France gets all the attention from cyclists because of its epic Tour de France bicycle race, but Slovenia is a European cycling destination that is home to some of the best cyclists in the world and quickly gaining attention from serious cyclists as a two-wheeled holiday destination.
Celebrating Europe’s new cycling capital
Slovenia entered the global cycling spotlight during 2020’s Tour de France, when cycling superstars Tadej Pogacar and Primož Roglič secured a historic first and second place finish for their home country. In honour of Tour de France 2021, the Slovenian Tourist Board has revealed its top reasons why Slovenia is the perfect destination for cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
A truly diverse year-round cycling destination
Amazing natural diversity and a warm Mediterranean climate make Slovenia the ideal base for cycling adventures almost all year round, whether you’re exploring stunning alpine trails and bike parks, cycling between vineyards in the Dolenjska and Prekmurje regions or even discovering bike-friendly cities such as Ljubljana and Maribor.
Not a road cyclist? In Slovenia it’s easy to go ‘off road’ and sample mountain biking and sample the forest paths and dirt tracks of areas such as Koroška, while e-bikes are ideal for families to cycle together through beautiful landscapes and along long-distance trails such as the Drava Cycling Route.
Cyclist-friendly accommodation and delicious food
This new article also highlights Slovenia’s wide range of certified cyclist-friendly accommodations, offering everything from safe bike storage to bike rental, licensed cycling guides, tailored menus and even massage and sauna facilities.
Nutrition is vital for cyclists and, as you may expect from the European Region of Gastronomy 2021, Slovenia offers much in the way of delicious local produce to help keep you well fuelled. What better way to celebrate a successful ride than to enjoy a meal at one of Slovenia’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
A Green&Safe destination for cyclists
Already considered one of the world’s safest and greenest countries, Slovenia has gone one step further and created the GREEN&SAFE responsible travel standard to ensure that visitors remain safe as tourism reopens. This means cyclists can be certain that a Slovenian cycling adventure is a safe and exciting option for 2021 and beyond.
Source: Slovenian Tourist Board