Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia

Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia

photo by Rampensau (wikimedia commons)

Top Slovenia Motorhome Roadtrips

Piran, Slovenia photo by Patrick Giraud (wikimedia commons)Piran, Slovenia photo by Patrick Giraud (wikimedia commons)

Slovenia has some beautiful views to witness from your campervan hire or motorhome rental.  The most popular area is the Julian Alps, north of the capital Ljubljana, so this is where we’ll start our top road trip in Slovenia. 

Pick up your campervan hire or motorhome rental in Ljubljana and drive just four miles north of the city where you will find campsites all along the River Sava.  This area is well served by the local bus network which will take you right into the centre.  Spend a couple of days in this beautiful city with its old baroque walled town, triple bridge over the river and hilltop castle.  There are lots of historic buildings and churches to visit and along the riverbank are craft stalls, areas for live music and dancing as well as peaceful walks along the flower filled promenade.

After you have explored Ljubljana take the motorway and head north towards Kranjska Gora, Bled and Austria.  The area around the lake is very popular so there are a number of campsites to choose from.  If you’re feeling grand there’s even one in the grounds of summer residence of Tito, former president of Yugoslavia. The campsites in this area are generally open between April and October, so if you come at the beginning or the end of the season expect snow on the mountains above you and it might be slightly chilly at night.  Having said that, this is an amazingly beautiful place, it’s just like being in an Austrian style Monte Carlo.  The streets surround the emerald green glacial lake; tourists take guided tours in horse draw carriages or are rowed around the lake in gondolas to the small church in the middle of the island, its picture perfect.

There’s enough to do here for a week, but if you don’t have that long perhaps hire a bike and take one of the routes around the lake, or if you’re feeling more energetic take the route up the Bohinj Valley where you pass dairy farms and meadows with old fashioned haystacks, you’ll feel like you’re in a film.  

 

Leaving Bled behind head south again towards Ljubljana and then west for Postojna. Postojna is famous for its cave complex, well signposted from the motorway.  Just like the area around Bled, Postojna has a good choice of sites to stay, so find yourself a shady spot and exlore the subterranean world of stalagmites and stalactites in this 4 million year old cave system.

From here take the road south towards the border with Croatia and then back to Ljubljana, or if you have a few more days head further west towards the coast.

Head for Portroz, Slovenia’s most popular coastal resort, the port of Koper or Piran, which is known as ‘Little Italy’.  This whole coastline is only 47km/30 miles long but the small towns which run alongside it offer gothic and Venetian architecture and some relaxing squares to spend time.

This itinerary can be done in full or broken down into small sections for those with less time, but how ever long you have, taking a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle through Slovenia will be a very memorable holiday.

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