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Slovenia Estates – Real Estate Agency

Slovenia Estates

Interested in buying or renting real estate in Slovenia? Look no further!
Set up in 2006 as the first English-run licensed real estate agency in Slovenia, Slovenia Estates have solidified their position at the top of the industry ever since with their attention to detail and sheer passion to help prospective buyers get exactly what they desire.
Whether it is buying real estate, long-term rental, holiday rental, property management or much more, help is at hand in a number of languages.

 

Slovenia EstatesContact details:
Zabjak 2, 1000 Ljubljana
+386 (0)51 62 24 44
+386 (0)41 95 87 35

http://www.sloveniaestates.com
info@sloveniaestates.com

 

Ok, you may not be planning on buying a house in Slovenia but Slovenia Estates offer holiday rental accommodation as well.  Its also really worth checking out their “Life in Slovenia” section for lots of inspiring articles on Adventure Sports, Fishing, Golf, Cuisine, Wines and City Guides – plus lots more!

Group Accommodation in Slovenia

Book group accommodation in Slovenia
Book group accommodation in Slovenia

Hostelbookers.com also offer a group booking service which makes finding the right place to stay in Slovenia quick and easy.

Hostelbookers.com cater for families, school and college groups, hen and stag trips plus sports groups. In fact, whatever your group or interest we recommend contacting them for a quotation.

Why book with the HostelBookers Group Travel Team?
Our 7 day a week service has a proven track record of providing the best group accommodation at the lowest prices, with a variety of rooms available from dorms to private rooms.

*Book Group Accommodation with Hostelbookers*

Budget Accommodation in Slovenia

Book budget accommodation in Slovenia
Book budget accommodation in Slovenia

Use the search box on the right or follow the links that are found throughout the website (similar to the one below) to find a selection of hostels, cheap hotels, inns, rooms and apartments in the area that you are reading about – most of the walk information pages and town/city pages have these links.

*Book Budget Accommodation in Slovenia with Hostelbookers*

Reservations for hostels and cheap accommodation are made through Hostelbookers.com. Their service includes

  • Hostels and cheap accommodation listed throughout Slovenia
  • No booking fees
  • Hostels rated and reviewed by backpackers
  • Over 2,500 destinations worldwide
  • Search hostels by price or rating
  • No registration required – just search and book!

We have always camped or stayed in mountain huts on our trips to Slovenia and have only stayed at one hotel in Slovenia, the excellent 4* Hotel Park in Bled, so we cannot make recommendations. Instead, we advise you to read the reviews on Hostelbookers.com.

Camping in Slovenia

Mural at Camp Danica, Bohinj
Mural at Camp Danica, Bohinj

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 63 camping sites and we have stayed at many 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.

  1. Camping Bed (photo by Aljosa Vidovic, courtesy of Camping Bled)
    Camping Bed

    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)

  2. Camp Triglav – located at Trenta in the Soča Valley at the very foot of the Julian Alps.
  3. Kamp Koren
    Kamp Koren

  4. 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)
  5. Camping Kamne – located near the village of Dovje and convenient for the walks around Kranjska Gora.
  6. Camp Danica, Bohinj
    Camp Danica, Bohinj

    Camp Danica – located on the outskirts of Bohinjska Bistrica and has wonderful mountain views.  Easy access by bus to nearly all our walks in Bohinj.
    (Photo courtesy of Camp Danica)

  7. Pivka jama Campsite  – 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.
  8. Avtocamp Šmica – located near Luče in the Savinja Valley and an ideal base for walking in Logarska Dolina.
  9. 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).

Happy Camping!

PS. If you are planning on taking your own vehicle, see our driving to Slovenia information page.

Motorhome hire in Slovenia

Motorhomes for hire in Slovenia
Motorhomes for hire in Slovenia

As we said in our Camping and campsites in Slovenia article, we travel around Slovenia in our campervan and stay overnight on one of the many excellent campsites. It is a great way to explore the country and, for us very convenient, but not everyone has the time to drive across the continent on their annual holidays. Apart from flying and using hotels, or perhaps booking an apartment, what other alternatives are there? Well, one option would be to hire a motorhome in Slovenia.

We found on the Internet a company called sloveniacamper.com, who have motorhomes for hire. They have a fleet of over 30 coachbuilt motorhomes that sleep from four to seven people.  Based in Ljubljana, they can arrange pick up at the airport.  (Flying to Slovenia article)

They advertise –

  • competitive prices without hidden costs such as mileage, etc.
  • over 30 brand new motorhomes
  • the option to rent camper for 1 day only
  • low fuel consumption
  • simple to drive – if you can drive a car, you can drive a motorhome
  • bring your family and friends! Most motorhomes are registered for 6 persons
  • 12 hours reservation response
  • 24 hour call service

On their website are full details, prices and booking information.

Worried about driving a motorhome?  Well, its not a difficult as you might think and as TDS 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).

Disclaimer: This article is not an advert and we have no connection with TDS Group Plc.  Information in this article should be checked before making a booking.

Bohinj Park Hotel – Five Stars and Eco-Friendly

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj

**Bohinj Park Hotel**

The newly opened (2009) Bohinj Park Hotel in Bohinjska Bistrica has been awarded a Five Star rating. What really sets this hotel apart though is it’s “green” eco-friendly credentials.

The hotel is setting new standards in energy efficiency.  Using a 430m deep geothermal well, which heats the hotel in winter and cools it in summer, reduces energy consumption.  Other advanced measures include the extraction of heat from waste water before it enters the sewage system; the majority of hotel lightning is based on Power LED technology; and sensors on guest room windows will switch off the air-conditioning if left open.

Bohinjska Bistrica is right on the edge of the Triglav National Park and is a great base for walking, either in the valleys, around Lake Bohinj or on the nearby peaks of the Julian Alps.  We have six walks around Bohinj in our book, but there are lots, lots more.  See also our Bohinjska Bistrica local information page for more details.

For more information about the hotel, its comprehensive range of facilities and booking, visit –

Lake Bohinj from Ribčev Laz
Lake Bohinj from Ribčev Laz

Mountain huts in Slovenia

Vodnikov Dom
Vodnikov Dom

There are over 170 mountain huts in Slovenia, including huts (dom or koča), shelters and bivouacs , operated by 94 mountain clubs, under the umbrella organisation of the Planinske zveze Slovenije (PZS) or Alpine Association of Slovenia. Whilst the shelters and bivouacs have no provisions, the mountain huts cater for all needs of the walker and mountaineer, a roof over their heads, a bed, drink and food (a dom is usually larger than a koča with more beds). Some of the huts are found in the valleys at road-heads and on the slower slopes but there are many at higher altitudes in the mountains. Rarely are huts more than five hours apart which means some fantastic high-level routes are possible. It is worth pointing out here that wild camping is not permitted in Slovenia. We spent 12 days in the Julian Alps in September of 2009 – there is an account of our hut-to-hut walk in Slovenia here.

Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih
Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih

Some huts are open all year but the higher ones generally open in early June and close near the end of September.  In July and August the huts will be busy and we advise booking ahead.  In June and September it is quieter but we still recommend booking your Saturday night beds.  It may sound obvious but check that your chosen hut is open before you set off!  Although closed in winter some huts have “winter rooms” where you will find a bed and blankets.  Here is a list of all the huts in Slovenia.

Huts are graded into three categories. The actual classification is a bit complicated but generally Grade 1 are at high altitude, Grade 2 huts are lower and more easily accessible and Grade 3 are lowland valley huts.

Dormitory in Dom Planika
Dormitory in Dom Planika

Accommodation at the huts can be in simple rooms or, more cheaply, in a dormitory. The beds were always comfortable with clean sheets and enough blankets. We found that the extra expense of a room was rewarded by having some personal space and a good nights sleep! Take some earplugs if you think you might be sleeping in a dormitory – its guaranteed that at least one person will be snoring!

Prices for overnight accommodation are set by the PZS and are based on the hut grade.  The 2009 prices were as follows –

  • Grade 1, room with 1-4 beds – 27Eur
  • Grade 1, room with 5+ beds – 20Eur
  • Grade 1, dormitory bed – 18Eur
  • Grade 2, room with 1-4 beds – 20Eur
  • Grade 2, room with 5+ beds – 16Eur
  • Grade 2, dormitory bed – 12Eur

Money saving tip. We managed to save a lot by joining the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and obtaining an Alpine Club Reciprocal Rights Card (make sure that you choose to become an Aspirant member of the Alpine Club). This card, when presented at registration at the hut entitles you to half price accommodation. Whether the card is worth paying for depends on how many nights you plan to stay in the huts – the card costs £40 (2009) for each person and then there is your club membership to consider.

Recommended kit on a hut-to-hut walk. In addition to the usual necessary walking equipment only a little extra is needed in order to stay in the huts. Just the basics are needed in the washing department as explained below.  A spare set of clothes to wear in the evening and a torch is advisable for use in the dormitories at night, but you will have one in your pack anyway.

Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom
Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom

Hut food is basic but wholesome, mostly thick soups, eggs, ham and sausage and delicious home made bread. Our favourite evening meal was ričet a delicious, spicy barley porridge, available with or without meat (brez mesa), and bread. For dessert it was a difficult choice between apple strudel and pancakes with jam! In the busier times the menu is more varied, the choice becoming more limited nearer the end of the season. There is always plenty of beer, spirits and bottled water to be purchased but we found that the most refreshing beverage is čaj, (aka “a nice cup of tea”). We had noticed that the flavour is slightly different at every hut and we were told it was because it is made from the petals of the wild flowers gathered at each location. Chocolate and biscuits are usually available too.

As many of the huts can only be serviced by helicopter, food is relatively expensive but prices for stews, tea and water are set by the PZS. For other beverages and meals the huts are free to set their own prices. To help you budget here are some example 2009 prices from Grade 1 huts –

  • A breakfast of two fried eggs, one slice of bread and a cup of tea was 5.30Eur
  • A cup of tea was 1.80Eur
  • An evening meal of ričet (without meat) and one slice of bread was 5.40Eur; desserts varied between 1.70 and 3Eur.

Food in Grade 2 huts is approximately 20% less. It may not be cheap but when you consider how the huts have to be supplied we think the prices are very reasonable.

Eating your own food in the huts is allowed but you cannot cook.

Do also remember that all money transactions will be in cash, so take plenty of Euros.

Triglavski Dom at Kredarica
Triglavski Dom at Kredarica

We found the huts to be warm and comfortable.  There will be somewhere to dry your clothes and a pair of slippers is provided.  Washing facilities vary!  Do not expect a shower (although we are told that some do exist, we have yet to find one), at best you may have a communal sink with cold water for hand/face wahing and teeth cleaning.  Toilet facilities are sometimes basic but usually clean.

The above information is based on our experiences and the PZS website (link above).  Unfortunately, the PZS do not provide an English translation but we use the Google Translator found on the Google Toolbar which can be used in IE or Firefox.  It is not perfect but you can get the gist!

Many of the walks in our book could easily be extended by using the huts for an overnight stay.  For instance, with Walk 21 to the Triglav Lakes Valley, spending the night at Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih means that you could explore further up the valley or perhaps climb a nearby peak.  As another example, Walk 19 could be made a lot easier with an overnight stay at Dom Zorka Jelinčica on Črna prst.  Get out your maps, the possibilities are endless really!

Dom Zorka Jelincica hut on the summit of Črna prst
Dom Zorka Jelincica hut on the summit of Črna prst