The Julian Alps Hiking Trail included on the Guardian's list Top 40 destinations to visit in 2019
The Julian Alps Hiking Trail will officially open in April 2019, but has already been included on the Guardian's "Hotlist 2019" among 40 holiday destinations well worth visiting this year.
The Julian Alps Hiking Trail is a new 300km circular trek around the mountainous north-west of Slovenia. It is divided into stages of about 20km , each stage will start at a railway station or bus stop, close to places to eat, drink and stay. The trail is planned to incorporate cycling trails in the future.
The Julian Alps have several peaks over 2,000 metres, including 2,863-metre Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, in the national park of the same name. Hikers will pass lakes, waterfalls, forests, unusual rock formations and rivers with rapids of clear blue-green water.
The trail starts and ends in Rateče at the state border between Slovenia and Italy. It mainly runs through villages, and it will be possible to use public transport in some areas along the way. It is hoped that each stage will start at a railway station or bus stop, and hikers can spend the night at the beginning or end of the stage and buy food and drink there. It is also envisaged that they will be introduced to local myths and legends, unique craftwork and culinary treats along the way.
The trail has also already been pointed out by Lonely Planet .