01 - The emerald green road

From the old station at Tarvisio you go towards the Fusine Lakes along the asphalted cycling lanes and then to the Slovenian border. You pedal amidst the woods until reaching Kranjska Gora, a well-known skiing and holiday resort at the foot of the Julian Alps. Then, passing through towns full of history, you reach the picturesque Lake Bled: here you catch the train – with your bike – which goes to Most na Soči. This is the historic railway line which connected Trieste to Vienna. Getting back on your bike, you go up the spectacular Soča Valley going through Tolmin, then on the left bank you reach Kobarid and you can visit the local war museum. Those who are better trained can continue to Bovec. From here you return to Tolmin and to Most na Soči, then you reach Kanal, with its enchanting bridge over the Soča river, then there is a stretch of gravel cycling lane towards Solkan and here we are at Nova Gorica and immediately afterwards at Gorizia. Now you enter the Slovenian Karst, among monasteries, castles, churches and villages, in the direction of Lipica, home of the famous horse breeding and vast stables. It is time to get onto the well-known Parenzana cycling route, passing through Koper (Capodistria), Izola (Isola), Portorož (Portorose), the spectacular Sečovlje (Sicciole) salt mines, near Koper (Capodistria), to finally reach Trieste after passing through the beautiful town centre of Muggia. The whole route is flanked by the railway line which allows you to hop on a train at any time.

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