So, you’re curious about Slovenia’s natural gems and want to see what the fuss is all about? Well, you’re in luck. Lush green forests are never far away when in Slovenia.
Hence, for souls like you, there’s a quick fix: “Šmarna Gora” I come to this butte, which lies north of Ljubljana, whenever I need a short break, along with some of Ljubljana’s 300.000 inhabitants.
In a nutshell, it’s a forested hill with an inn and a Baroque church that sits 664 meters above sea level. Those who reach its top get to enjoy a stunning vista of the Julian Alps and Ljubljana (if you’re in the weather gods’ favor).
For those who, like me, didn’t grow up in the mountains or near any hills, there are about fifteen waymarked, well-maintained paths that lead to the top. Although most of them are pretty easy, some of the steeper paths on this hill could prove challenging, so please don’t wear flip-flops while hiking up the hillside, and make sure to bring a bottle of water and your wallet. Because at the top, I recommend that you treat yourself to a portion of miške (a doughnut-like snack).
Warning: it can get crowded on Saturdays and Sundays. However, if, by some streak of luck you manage to stay off the beaten path, you might be able to relax and enjoy some fresh air. You can also follow a waymarked path to the second summit, Grmada—more ideal if you’re searching for peace of mind.