On nearly all of our trips to Slovenia we have stayed on camping sites, travelling around the country in our trusty VW campervan. Camping suits our style, especially camping with a motorhome. OK, so its not as luxurious as a hotel or a nice apartment (it is more comfortable than a tent!) but the real advantage for us is that it allows us to be flexible, it gives us freedom. So what if the weather forecast is not so good in the Julian Alps…lets head to Putji then, or perhaps the Karst or the coast, wherever its not raining!
The Slovenian Tourist Board lists 58 camping sites and, so far, we have stayed at 19 of them. As in any country, some sites are better than others but we have yet to be really disappointed. Facilities on offer vary tremendously but we always have found the sanitary facilities to be clean and the sites themselves to be kept neat and tidy. For us, that is enough.
- Most sites have electricity hook-ups using the two-pin and earth connectors, although we always carry a two-pin adaptor, just in case.
- Good advice would be to take sufficient gas supplies with you. Camping Gaz, it seems, is not available in Slovenia.
- Sites are generally open from April to October. A Camping Card International (CCI) is not compulsory but is recommended and is often rewarded by a discount of 5% or 10%.
- You will need your passport at registration.
- The Slovenian Tourist Board lists all the campsites, including facilities and contact details. They also publish a very useful brochure.
- We recommend booking in July and August!
- Camping outwith official campsites (wild camping) is not permitted in Slovenia.
Below is a list of some of our favorite campsites in Slovenia and ones that we can happily recommend.
Camping Bled – located near the western shore of Lake Bled and a perfect base for our local walks near Bled. Probably the site where we have stayed the most. The staff are very friendly, brilliant linquists and exceptionally helpful – you are assured of a warm welcome here.
(Photo courtesy of Camping Bled)
News Update, January 2010 – Camping Bled wins Alan Rogers Active Holiday award.
- Camp Triglav (no website) – located at Trenta in the Soča Valley at the very foot of the Julian Alps.
- Kamp Koren – located on the raised bank of the River Soča, near Kobarid and an ideal base from which to explore the Soča Valley. Another very friendly campsite, where we have spent many happy days. We have five walks near Kobarid.
(Photo courtesy of Kamp Koren)
- Camping Kamne – located near the village of Dovje and convenient for the walks around Kranjska Gora.
- Pivka jama Campsite (no website) – located about 10km from Postojna on the way to Predjama Castle (not to be missed!). A great base to explore the Karst region. Even the Istrian coast is within easy reach. From Postojna, we have four walks that are easily accessible.
- Avtocamp Šmica – located near Luče in the Savinja Valley and an ideal base for walking in Logarska Dolina.
- Ljubljana Resort Camping – a very well run site on the edge of the capital city. A frequent bus into the heart of the Ljubljana passes the camp entrance. We do not have any Ljubljana walks in our book but it is a fun city to explore on foot.
Perhaps towing a caravan or driving a motorhome across the continent is a bit too daunting, or perhaps too time consuming? Then why not consider hiring a motorhome in Slovenia? As they say, “if you can drive a car, you can drive a motorhome”. (We have a handy guide to driving in Slovenia, with hints and tips and links to motoring organisations).
PS. If you are planning on taking your own vehicle, see our driving to Slovenia information page.
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