The Upper Carniola (Known as Gorenjska in Slovenian) is a stunningly beautiful mountain region of Slovenia bordering Austria and steeped in many centuries of fascinating history. Although many people might think only of the enormous wealth of culture and history in Upper Carniola, there is also a magnificent sporting heritage which has been cultivated over the last few years, meaning that Upper Carniola now has some of the most modern and least known sporting resorts in Europe. Walking, fishing, canyoning, climbing, skiing, golf and paragliding are just a selection of the most popular activities available from a villa or chalet in Upper Carniola, all set in unbelievably beautiful Alpine scenery, miles from the tourist hoards.
The glorious mountain scenery is a haven for walkers, mountain climbers and mountain bikers, who have begun to come to Upper Carniola in their droves, making use of the holiday rental accommodation in Upper Carniola so that they can take to the mountains safe in the knowledge that there is a warm bath and cold drink waiting for their return. Walkers must head to the TRIGLAV National Park and the inspiring Vintgar Gorge.
During the winter, Upper Carniola is a quiet but sensational skiing destination. The snow-sure resorts of Bled and Kranska Gora remain quiet throughout the season giving you unrivalled access to all the pistes, cross-country skiing trails and virgin snow you could possibly wish for!
With spring comes melt water, which gushes down previously frozen mountain streams and rivers. White-water rafts and kayaks start to fill with delighted adventurers, and the still waters of Lake Bled become lined with fishermen. Any water sport enthusiast will be extremely happy in a holiday rental in Upper Carniola during the spring.
Upper Carniola has also become a great destination for golf holidays. There are a range of fabulous courses in the region, from tricky little 9 hole courses to huge 18 hole courses around Lake Bled.
There are a huge range of dramatic, fairytale castles and historical monuments which decorate the peaks, ridges and gorges which make up the landscape. Each town and village in the area is loaded with charming little bars and restaurants in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome.
The ski resort of Kravec in Upper Carniola has been regularly voted the best in Slovenia, and snowboarders are excellently catered for with specific snowboarding areas, a half pipe and a range of jumps. It is a perfect resort for families or groups of skiers new to the sport as the learner facilities are exceptional.
In the summer, Upper Carniola is blessed with average temperatures of around 21˚C, which is ideal for heading into the mountains in pursuit of outdoor adventure. When the winter snow arrives, temperatures drop considerably, averaging around 0˚C.
Slovenia’s main international airport, Brnik Airport (LJU) is just 20 minutes from the centre of Upper Carniola, making this ‘off the beaten track’ destination very accessible for tourists from the UK. First Choice Airlines offer direct flights from London Gatwick (LGW) making it very easy to reach from England and the UK.