On the Mediterranean coast of Slovenian Istria a mild climate offers year-round cycling between historic towns and villages. The former railway line from Trieste in Italy to Porec in Croatia has been converted into a cycle route. A popular linear route that incorporates all three countries starts in Venice and ends in Porec.
Triglav is Slovenia’s only National Park, set in the Alpine north near the border with Austria, and there are a number of beautiful routes to explore on two wheels. Further east the city of Maribor, set in the green Pohorje Hills, is a mountain bike MTB World Cup venue that also offers road cycling combining cultural heritage with an age old tradition of wine making.
Notranjska Bike Park, near the mountainous southern border with Croatia, offers mountain bikers of all abilities over 500 kilometres of trails that crisscross the largest unpopulated woodland in Central Europe.
Conditions vary according to location, in the interior they are just right for cyclists in the summer months while the coastal route is possible throughout the year tempered by cool breezes from the Adriatic.