Rafting in the Soca
If you are looking for a thrill, the soca river is not only beautiful and clean, but it provides the perfect level of rafting. There are plenty of options to chose from when picking a group to go out with and you won’t be disappointed. You will be fully equipped with wet suits and helmets, but be prepared to work because the guides will count on you to help as well.
Riding a Lipizzaner Horse
The Slovenia karst region is a stony land covered with low bushes, small pine forests and vineyards. Close to the Slovene-Italian border in a beautiful green oasis, the Lipica stud, birthplace of the Lipizzaner, has been developing for more than four hundred years. In 1580, the Austrian Archduke Karl II established the stud and the Austrians claimed the stud line until 1918.
Lipica is a tourist and recreation center featuring the beautiful Lipizzaner horses and the the performances of its classic riding school. Today, Lipica is known as an international location for equestrian events featuring dressage competitions and the Lipica Stud Days. Horseback riding lessons and carriage rides are available along with tours of this historical stud farm.
Sky Diving in Ptuj
Not to sound cliché, but this is one thing I wanted to check off my bucket list. I didn’t want to jump from a plane from any place less than extraordinary and this was by far the perfect location! While jumping off bridges and hang gliding is also a huge thrill, there is noting like literally falling out of a plane. The moment you hit the ground, you also might want to kiss it!
Water Sports on Lake Ptuj
Lake Ptuj is one of the largest artificial lakes in Slovenia. It was made in 1978, when the river Drava was dammed in order to provide electricity for the area. Lake Ptuj is 12 meters deep, 9 meters long and about 1 km wide. The lake is home to rare and protected birds and a popular place for fishing, sailing, boarding, rowing, motor boats and more.
Sailing the Adriatic
The Bay of Piran is a great place to start a cruise around the Adriatic or explore the interior of Slovenia. The coast region is attractive to nautical guests because of its friendly ports and attractive destinations. I took a sailboat from the Port of Portoroz and was almost able to sail the entire coast of Slovenia. It’s great to go by the coastal city of Piran and jump into some of the cleanest water in the world.
Skiing in the Alps
There are several dozen ski resorts located in the Alps that extend into Slovenia. Each in its own way offers winter fun. Artificial snow machines ensure enjoyment in the snow even during mild winters. Advantages of Slovenia’s ski centers are that almost all of them feature direct access to and from the lowlands, have modern cable car lifts and are known for their small size but diverse terrain. They also have reasonable prices. If you are an experienced skier and worried about the difficulty of the slopes, ask the locals and you can easily try another resort nearby. Everything is close in Slovenia.
Lake Bled is a glacial lake in northwestern Slovenia that adjoins the town of Bled. It is a very popular tourist destination because of its location in such a picturesque environment surrounded by mountains and forests. Bled castle stands above the lake and the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary is found on Bled Island, the only natural island in Slovenia. Built in the 15th century, the church has 99 steps leading up to the building and it is considered good luck for the groom to carry the bride up the steps on the day of their wedding. Then he supposed to ring the church bell and make a wish inside the church.