A warm October and the change of season, as reflected by nature, is an unbeatable combination. So if you fancy an off-season holiday tour or even an active weekend, head for the hills and follow the rainbow. Nature’s colours this year are exceptional, possibly the best for many years.
We took a new Sun Living S Series motorhome up to the Lake Bohinj area, just an hour away from the state of the art facilities where the new vehicle was designed and manufactured. A short weekend of mountain biking, blessed with such perfect conditions, that we were forever stopping to take photos.
Slovenia, they say is 70% forest and we now believe it. Green, active and healthy for sure and nowhere better to experience the changing of the season as the forests turn from green, to brown, red and yellow. In this corner of Slovenia, this colour is perfectly framed by the dramatic mountain peaks of the Julian Alps.
If you haven’t yet explored Slovenia, it’s well set up for touring holidays with destinations packed for of memorable things to explore and there’s great camping too. Everything is ‘not too far’- it’s a small country after all - the combination of stylish European old town in Ljubljana, the famous sights of Lake Bled, vineyards aplenty in areas such as Goriška Brda, a small but ornate coast around Piran and the outdoor activities in the Julian Alps and Soča Valley (everything from cycling, skiing, canyoning, rafting, kayaking..) Slovenia truly has it all.
And our weekend? We stayed near Bled. It’s of course, beautiful and nothing beats a day stand up paddle boarding on Lake Bled, but if you get the chance, go a bit further and explore the Julian Alps Triglav National Park. The Eastern zone comprises 1542sq km of mountains and lakes, with Slovenia’s highest peak – Triglav – at 2,864m and over 150 peaks higher than 2,000m. With ski resort Kranjska Gora to the north end and the emerald Soča river snaking down to the south.
As for our perfect day, it had to be the one we had at Lake Bohinj. Rent a mountain bike, cycle around the lake and up to the Savica waterfall. Its two to three hours of unbridled joy and jaw-dropping scenery. Top the weekend off by taking the cable car up-to Vogel and if you’re feeling brave (and the weather is fine) try the accompanied paraglide down.
As for the S Series? It proved so practical and comfortable, everything we needed and no more, no unnecessary things but most of all it felt so spacious. Open plan living, just in the forest.
Next autumn? Put Slovenia on your bucket list.