STUNNING The crystal clear waters of Lake Bohinj surrounded by the Julian Alps
My highlight of the holiday was our drive the following morning up through the wooded foothills of the Julian Alps
Along with the area's ski potential, it also has some of the most impressive mountain scenery in Europe - particularly in Bohinj, part of the Julian Alps
On the far side of the valley, a jagged spur of the Julian Alps
ripped into the starry sky.
The company also offers a winter package, which includes nine days for skiing and hiking in the Slovenian Julian Alps
IN A NUTSHELL: One of the newer EU countries is undoubtedly one of the prettiest - and the prettiest part is the spectacular Julian Alps
- all jagged snow-capped rock, tranquil lakes and lush green flower-filled meadows in the valleys.
These are, for France, Rigotte de Condrieu' (PDO), a soft cheese made in the Massif du Pilat, South-West of Lyon; for Ireland, Waterford Blaa' (PGI), a white bread roll characterised by its white floury top; for Italy, Puzzone di Moena / Spretz Tzaori' (PDO), a cheese produced in the Alpine valleys of the Fiemme and Fassa and Primiero-Vanoi, and Pecorino di Picinisco' (PDO), a cheese made in the Comino valley in the Lazio region; and for Slovenia, Mohant' (PDO), a cheese made in the heart of the Julian Alps
. Further information is available at ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/schemes
The Kneza Fault is a dextral strike-slip fault located in the Julian Alps
between the Idrija fault to the SW and Ravne fault to the NE (Fig.
Slovenia is a far cry from neighbouring Croatia, but what it lacks in summer resorts, it more than compensates with its beautiful mountains, and the Julian Alps
The stunningly beautiful Julian Alps
which rise above the resort are a mountain range of the southern limestone Alps that stretches from northeastern Italy to Slovenia, where they rise to 2,864m at the summit of Triglav.
We were walking the Soca Trail, a seven-mile route down from the source of the river through Slovenia's Triglav National Park - named after the towering 9,396-foot peak that is the highest point of the Julian Alps
. This was the second day of a walking trip through a mountain region that must remain as one of the most peaceful and unspoilt of the whole European Alpine range, of which it forms the south-eastern tip.
Slovenia has added almost 750 km2 in the Julian Alps
, home to brown bears, the symbol of European fauna.