Via Dinarica Slovenia is a long distance hiking trail, that will take you through one of the most interesting natural areas in Slovenia. It starts at the Nanos mountain and it connects mysterious karst phenomenon on its way. You will hike through forests past disappearing lakes, underground caves and monumental castles, enjoying breathtaking views from the high karst mountains.
First stage of Via Dinarica Slovenia will take you from Nanos plateau (1240 m) past Predjama caste and beautiful sighting points towards Planina karst field with Planinska cave and ruins of Haasberg castle. You will hike through forests on marked gravel paths visiting different local cultural and natural heritage.
In the second stage, you will hike past Cerknica lake, the largest disappearing lake in Europe. Due to its karstic nature, water fills the entire karst field creating the largest lake in Slovenia, where you can go kayaking or observing 200 different species of birds, that live in this natural park. The trail continues towards Slivnica mountain, also known as the witch mountain and it ends at the high Bloke plateau. Here you can stay in a hostel or at a glamorous campsite next to Volčje lake.
The third stage will take you from Bloke to Sviščaki mountain resort. You can stop and see the Križna cave with more than 20 underground emerald lakes. On the way, you will hike past Snežnik castle, one of the most romantic castles in Slovenia. Its specialty is that it has an original interior equipment.
This is also the beginning of the ascend at the highest mountain in the region - Snežnik. This is the highest non-Alpine mountain in Slovenia and it offers stunning views all the way from the Bay of Trieste, Slovenian Alps, Kvarner area and Adriatic sea. Snežnik area is also protected as a UNESCO world heritage site, for its ancient and primeval beech forests. This is also a home of wildlife, including brown bears, wolfs and lynxes. Special tours, observing brown bears in natural habitat are organized from April to October.
From Snežnik you will descent towards Babno polje, the coldest place in Slovenia, and continue on your hike at Croatian stage of Via Dinarica.
Plan about 7 days of hiking with stops at different natural and cultural heritage sites.
Visit Predjama castle, as it is one of the most famous sights in Slovenia. It is located in a 123-meter high vertical cliff and it is home to numerous myths and legends. One of the most famous ones is the story of Slovenian Robin Hood, a rebellious knight Erazem Predjamski, who lived in the castle centuries ago.
Don't forget to observe and enjoy in everything nature has to offer!
Hiking trail Via Dinarica is not marked yet, but it follows existing hiking trails (E6, Great Krpan trail...). For most part the trail is on gravel roads and paths, in some places it connects on tarmac road.
Normal hiking equipment is sufficient.
For more information on where to eat, sleep and what to do, visit the web site on Green Karst destination: http://zelenikras.si/en/