Olivia, Marcel & Grga
On the morning of 14th August 2018 we (Olivia and Marcel) left Germany to head down to Slovenia on a 10-hour train ride. Our backpacks were packed with way too much clothing for a road trip of only a week, many snacks and most important joy, happiness and lots of excitement. We were more than ready to start our adventure through Slovenia.
We spend our first night in Ljubljana, getting to know the beautiful capital of Slovenia on the second day on a Free Walking Tour was definitely the best start to our trip. After some sightseeing around the city we met Ziga at the Sax Hostel to pick up Grga and blast off to the real adventure: our road trip. Meeting Ziga and chatting about our road trip ideas and destinations and listening to his recommendations was a key moment within our planning process. Initially we wanted to head down to Zadar but with only 6 days of road trippin’ our decision to stay in Slovenia and make it a chill but also adventurous trip was easily made.
So with somehow a plan in mind, not really sophisticated, but enough to start with, we left Ljubljana driving up towards Bled. Since we were smart enough to check for the camping sites’ early (which I would recommend anyone travelling in main season) the road didn’t take us all the way to Bled, but to the nice campground of Sobeč, a village close to Lesce, directly abut on the river Sava. At this first stop we camped for two nights. Same as with the other two camp sites we visited after. Staying for two nights makes it so much easier to get to know the surroundings, chill and have a great time without hurrying. Staying at Šobec was a good start to this vacation, but the best was yet to come.
Two days later we left camp Šobec early in the morning, around 5 a.m. to head up to Bohinj. Along the road we passed Lake Bled, which looked amazing in the morning light. Further was this early start definitely worth it to also get a spot at the fancied (but low-key) camp site of Zlatorog right at the beautiful lake of Bohinj. This place is miraculous ( honestly, we could’ve stayed there forever!). The first day we enjoyed the sun, did some canoeing and found our own private place at the lake to relax and get sun kissed. Followed by the second day where we went on a hike to see the close by waterfall Slap Savica and even continued to hike further towards another mountain lake.
Leaving Bohinj on the fifth day heavy-heartedly but with the curiosity to discover more of the stunning landscape of Triglav National Park we headed up North in the direction of Soča valley. We made a quick pit stop at Sotočje, jumped in the river and then continued our trip to Kamp Soča, in the middle of Soča valley, surrounded by mountains. This camp site was by far the most relaxed and most quiet one and the right place to calm down and enjoy the last days of our trip, hike around the valley and bath in the refreshing (and super cold) mountain water of Soča river.
These six days passed so quickly (, too quickly) and were full of adventure. Staying in Slovenia was one of the best decisions for us, since this country has so much to explore with its unspoiled nature, the beautiful landscapes, the stunning mountain views and the gorgeous lakes. We will definitely come back, Slovenia, and there is no other way to go on the road again without rusty Grga joining us!