If you love mountain areas, then come to the snow-capped elevations of the Julian Alps, one of the most fascinating tourist spots in Slovenia.
What lies in Slovenia, is the southeastern part of the great Alp arc.
Julijske Alp, the Slovenian term for the Alps Mountain, derived its name from Forum Julii, (now Cividale) a town founded by Julius Caesar across the Italian border.
It stretches from northeastern Italy to Slovenia and rises to the highest pinnacle of 2864 meters at the Triglav National Park.
It is surprising to know that the Alps Mountain was created by the Mesozoic marine sediments. Later, tectonic forces created cracks and wide slits and transformed them into different facets, which look simply stunning. This section of the Alps in Slovenia managed to preserve its unspoilt nature even in the 21st century.
As part of the former Yugoslavia Slovenia was shielded from drawbacks of western lifestyle however the closeness of Italy and Austria adds a modern world atmosphere to the region.
Understanding the Various Sections of the Great Range
The Julian Alps is a portion of the great Alps arc. It extends to the northwestern part of Slovenia. The surface area is 4400 square kilometer. The entire mountain range is divided into two sections – the Western Julian Alps and the Eastern Julian Alps. The whole mountain range constitutes about 150 mountains.
A few famous peaks include:
Other mountain tops above 2000 m include:
The northern part of the Julian Alps is described as the most cheerful side of the mountains, since the sunrays are bright on the slopes. The portion falls within the Triglav premises, which is easily accessible from Bohinj town. You can take the walking path and the guider's advice to the crisscross lands of the snowy stretches.
As you scale the heights of the eastern slopes of the Julian Alps, you will discover the lush, green sprawling grounds of the Pohorje with the University town of Maribor as its capital.
When the sun is bright on the lands, the beautiful vineyards, lakes and forests are brimming with happiness, beckoning you to the picturesque ambiance. On the other hand, the place transforms into a white carpet during wintertime, with ample opportunities to enjoy skiing and other winter sports. Considering the skiing quality in this region, the World Cup Championship takes place here every year.
Spots that Conveniently Leads you to the Julian Alps
The Bovec pass leads you to one of the main region of the Gorica (or Gorizia) region in the mountain range. The Vrsic pass links you to the Soca and Sava river valleys in the Alps. It is a more defined road at 883 m from Ljubljana to the Gorica/Goriza. Apart from these, there are many other routes, which you should learn from travelers and local people before you venture out in to the Alps.
The majestic Brilliance of the Julian Alps
Especially, the Triglav National Park encloses the splendor of the mountains and the grassy slopes, which is surpassingly stunning. Visitors and trekkers are attracted to the unusual tower on Mount Triglav the highest peak of Slovenia.
Exploring the Julian Alps - Hiking
The best way to course round the mountain, is by trekking, skiing, or simply walking. Here is the opportunity to explore the mountain paths, through the Alpine meadows. The walking option will take your over the rocky paths and help you discover the deep gorges and the spectacular waterfalls.
Some trails might be quite demanding but you can find paths where you can walk at leisure even with kids. (Make sure you ask an experienced alpine tourguide about what trails are most suitable for you).
A number of routes also lead you to the charming villages cooping in the valley or at the mountain bends. The small brooks and streams foaming out of the mountains’ gorges are mind blowing. Remember to carry your camera with you to capture the subtle beauty trapped at every bend of the mountain.
Mount Krn at 2245 m is a characteristic peak within the Julaian Alp range. The panorama is just heartstopping: in clear weather you can see the shimmering blue of the Adriatic sea, the lush green of the valleys and the other, the azure of the Soca river. Read more about Hiking in Julian Alps.
Signposts in Julain Alps
Some parts of the Julian Alps are popular hunting areas. Read more about hunting in Slovenia. The crystal blue rivers in the northwest part of the Julian Alps attract fly fishers from all every corner of the world. Find out more about fishing in Slovenia.
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