11.6.2015 17:12

Slovenia at Expo as destination of hiking and cycling

Milano, 11 June - Slovenia presents itself at World Exposition Expo Milano 2015 with its own pavilion and under the slogan I feel Slovenia.Green.Active.Healthy. The green environment in Slovenia offers many opportunities for active holidays and free time activities throughout the seasons. The dynamic surface of Slovenia is extending from the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. A healthy diet and exercise are part of a healthy lifestyle.

Milano.
Foto: Spirit Slovenija

Milano.
Foto: Spirit Slovenija

Milano.
Foto: Spirit Slovenija

Milano.
Foto: Spirit Slovenija

Milano.
Foto: Spirit Slovenija

"Active" Slovenia has also an "active" ambassador at Expo, the world renowned football goalkeeper Samir Handanović. It is very popular to discover Slovenia's landscape through hiking and cycling, also within the international hiking and cycling trails (Alpe Adria Trail, Trans Slovenia etc.). 10.000 km of marked hiking trails, 2.000 km of hiking theme trails and 8.000 km of cycling trails invite many hikers and cyclists from abroad. Slovenia is also a destination for professional sportsmen for their preparations and sports events. Slovenia is also one of the most successful countries in the world in terms of number of medals per capita at Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

Today at Slovenian Pavilion in Milan take place the presentation of two important Slovenian touristic products - hiking and cycling.

Hiking
The most popular form of recreation in Slovenia is mountaineering, because the alpine mountains and the hills cover over 70% of Slovenia's surface. In our country visitors can find many specialized accommodation facilities (hotels, apartments, B&B etc.) for hikers. Through Slovenia are leading some well established international hiking trails: Slovenian mountain trail - the oldest European walkway, Via Alpina - from Monaco to Slovenia through the Alps, Alpe Adria Trail (Austria, Slovenia, Italy), E6, E7 - this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of establishment.
Alpe Adria Trail is an international trail of three different geographical regions (glaciers, high mountains, sea), three cultures, three different types of cuisine etc. It goes from the highest Austrian mountain Grossglockner thorough the Valley of Soča to the sea at Trieste. It offers exceptional views of diverse landscapes: alpine valleys, lakes, rivers, alpine pastures, the sea and the Brda wine-growing areas. Hikers can choose between 43 daily stages, which are approximately 15 km long or 5-7 hours of walking.

Presentation of Slovenian alpinist and adventure legends at Expo
Hiking in Slovenia quickly developed in mountaineering. Many Slovenian alpinists are "Active" ambassadors of Slovenia and reach top results worldwide. Today at Slovenian Pavilion we can see the presentation of Slovenian achievements in mountaineering and the conversation with renowned Slovenian alpinists: Viki Grošelj, Marko Prezelj, Silvo Karo and Matevž Lenarčič. Marko Prezelj has won three Piolet d'Or, an achievement that nobody ever reached before. Matevž Lenarčič, who flew twice over the world with an ultra light plane, is also the winner of the prestigious award for the best pilot in 2013. Silvo Karo is best known for its successful mountaineering expeditions in the mountains of Patagonia. His essay on the giants of Patagonia was published in the National Geographic book. Many Slovenian alpinists participate in humanitarian operations: Viki Grošelj experienced and survived this year's earthquake in Nepal and he stayed there to help the affected population.

Description of the alpinists

Cycling
Extremely varied surface in Slovenia allows mainly mountain biking, but also the road cyclists can find their chance in the hilly regions of Istria, Karst, Pomurje, Dolenjska, Posavje. The adrenaline addicts can visit the bike parks. In our country visitors can find many specialized accommodation facilities (hotels, apartments, B&B etc.) for cyclists. The well renowned cycling routes in Slovenia are the Drava bicycle trail (Austria, Slovenia, Croatia), around Karavanke (Austria, Slovenia), Trans Slovenia 1 and 2, Parenzana.

        

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