SOUTH EAST SLOVENIA CYCLINGSunny vine hills, medieval castles, flow of the river Krka and warm hospitality. Welcome to the South east of Slovenia.
ABOUT THE SOUTH EAST REGION
Regions bordering to Croatia, positioned at the South East of our country are among the most romantic areas. Yes! Imagine medieval castle positioned in the middle of the river. Otočec. At Krka river. Or imagine the village surrounded by the river like a ring? There is one. Kostanjevica na Krki.
South east Slovenia is a land of rivers Sava and Krka. Calm green meadows, cozy old villages. At the most southern part, behind the hills of Gorjanci, you will visit Bela Krajina. White Carniola. Known for a specific white traditional dresses and red wine. All the region is a perfect place for a cycling holiday. The home of Adria Mobile road racing team. Home of the Slovenian indoor cycling stadium.
You will have a variety of secondary roads, with less traffic, but undulating up and down rides. You can climb over Gorjanci hills, or even go to Croatia for a short visit to Samobor Town. Of course, south east is known also for Thermal waters and Spas, such as Dolenjske Spas or family oriented Čatež resort.
This is a region where life slows down considerably. Here is the place where you are invited to enjoy meandering rivers and rolling hills covered with forest, orchards and grapevines. Here, villages cluster around church spires, and distinctive toplarji (double-linked hayracks) shelter neat woodpiles. Fantastic sights such ar Otočec castle in the middle of the river Krka , or calm flow of the most southern river Kolpa winding trough the meadows, separating Slovenia from neighbouring Croatia. At White Carniola. Bela Krajina. Come and enjoy that lovely peace!
The traditional cuisine of Dolenjska was certainly influenced by the neighbouring countries and their traditional dishes, so it is possible to find Italian, Hungarian, Balkan and other characteristics in the local cuisine. Everyone should definitely try ‘štruklji’ (rolled dumplings), ‘žganci’(hard-boiled corn mush), ‘matevž’ (a kind of traditional side dish made of mashed beans and potatoes that goes well with meat and stewed cabbage), different kinds of porridge (millet, barley and buckwheat) and buckwheat and corn žganci.
We must mention a typical dish from Bela Krajina-White Carniola , called Pogača (sounds almost like like Tadej Pogačar?). Made with only four basic ingredients, this variety of flatbread is a typical product of the White Carniola region and was brought there in the 15th or the 16th century by Uskoks, Balkan migrants who settled in the highlands of southeastern Slovenia. Belokranjska pogača is about 3-4 centimeters thick, round in shape, with its surface sliced in a cross-hatched pattern.
It is glazed with egg wash, generously sprinkled with coarse salt and cumin, and baked to a golden or light brown color. Freshly baked Belokranjska pogača exudes a delightful aroma of cumin and it is best enjoyed while it’s still warm, broken by hand, and consumed in bite-size squares.
GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Active vacations, water attractions, a rich spa tradition and relaxation in modern wellness centres amidst beautiful nature – experience this and much more at Krka Spas.
Dolenjske Toplice Spa has been a reputable health spa resort for centuries. Nowadays, one of the oldest health resorts in Europe has become a popular wellness centre for all generations with its modern wellness hotel.
Šmarješke Toplice Spa. In the haven of green woods and meadows, far away from the everyday hustle and bustle, one of the most modern Slovene thermal health resorts, Šmarješke Toplice Spa, is located. As Šmarješke Toplice Spa is known as a centre for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, they mainly focus on modern medical wellness programmes, designed by their medical, wellness, nutritional and sports experts.
CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH EAST SLOVENIA
SLOVENIAN SPA & GOURMET ROAD CYCLING TOUR
The Spa & Gourmet cycling tour is an attractive cycling trip around Slovenia, where you will get to know the diversity of top Slovenian natural health resorts in 5 stages, with a total of 385 km and 3410 vertical meter ascents, with personal cycling guides-hosts.
Tour date: ON REQUEST
Duration: 7 DAYS
Bicycle type: ROAD, GRAVEL
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