With the highest percentage of clean fresh water in Europe, lakes with water so clean you could drink it, crystal clear rivers and a warm Mediterranean coastline, it should come as no surprise to you that there many, many places for you to go swimming in Slovenia.
So many of our guests add in a swim or some toe dipping into their day out that we just simply had to do a separate page on swimming places as part of our "Daytrips" section! Here are just some of the places we tip and some of the secret places too!
The stunning water in the main picture above is part of the incredibubble Soca gorge and you may feel like jumping off the 10 metre high cliff into the water after you have walked from the beautiful Soca church along the river to this gorge.
Just a short walk or cycle from the Lodge there is a lovely local river that winds it way all the way from a massive lake under the nearby Nanos mountain across the Postojna valley towards the Postojna cave. The local kids swim here on hot days. Even though the largest disappearing lake in Europe at Cerknica has emptied by the summer there is usually some water left at a beach area to have a nice quiet swim in a green paradise, below right.
These photos are typical of the crowds you are likely to have to deal with at the more secret places in Slovenia!
There is a really wonderful place, above left, to swim near Idrija on the way to the secret WW2 hospital in Cerkno or to combine with a visit to the Idrija mercury mine and all the wonderful things to see there.
The first thing you have to decide if you are going swimming in the sea is.. which country.. Italy, Croatia or Slovenia as all three share the beautiful warm, relatively flat waters of the Adriatic sea within a short drive from the Lodge.
Once you have chosen your country you then have another huge choice of places to enjoy floating in the salty Mediterranean water. Many of our guests combine a visit to the seaside with trips to see castles, caves, vineyards or maybe salt fields.
In Slovenia you can choose from the picture perfect Piran, Portoroz or Izola Venetian seaside towns, but there are also many secret places along the coast like Strunjan, Fiesa or Ankaran where you can really concentrate on your swimming without any crowds.
Why not experience how the Italians do the seaside at nearby Muggia, Sistiana or a little further to the mega seaside resort of Grado! We still have more secret seaside spots to find and explore ourselves on the long coast down to Venice, less than 2 hours from the Lodge!
And the Istrian Croatian seaside towns of Porec, Rovinj, Umag and Pula are all within reach for your daytrip, but our favourite Croatian seaside town is Opetija, which exudes Victorian elegance and quality, for a day by the seaside with maybe a cup of coffee and a freshly baked croissant! You will also find the wonderful "Lungomare" here, which is an almost 20km long promenade along the coast with Opatija at the centre.
This is not the Lord of the Rings set, it's the heart of secret Green Slovenia and yet another magical waterfall you can easily hike to and visit the absolutely jaw droppingly stunning Kozjak waterfall (we call it Kojak for ease) If you are feeling hardy enough then you can swim in the thundering mini lake or maybe dip your toes in the river fed by this majestic king of nature. You don't have to be a Hobbit to enjoy this amazing place, but it helps!
On a hot summer's day there is no better place to have a swim in ice cold fresh water than one of Slovenia's stunning gorges. You can take a break from your walk to have a dip and cool down. The colour of the water at Little Bridge, Mostnica gorge is quite spectacular.. here above left the people are swimming not too far from the "Elephant". But don't forget the water will be ice cold.. it's come directly from the Alps!
At Tolmin gorge, above right, the water flow is often way too powerful to think about jumping in.. instead you will be very happy to admire the power of the water from the bank, but on a hot summer's day when the water level is usually lower you will get your chance to have a swim.
Apart from being picture perfect, Slovenia's best known Alpine lakes, Bled, left and Bohinj, right, are also absolutely perfect for swimming. Not so many people know about the secret white beach at the other end of lake Bohinj, where the water warms up over the summer, so much so that we were swimming here in September after 5pm and the water was warm! This secret beach will remind you of an Australian sand beach lake, with New Zealand like mountains jutting up out of the water with James Bond cable car above and the traditional Alpine vista in the background.. wow, what a place to swim!
Lake Bled is also not too bad either as a place to swim!! There are lots of little beaches to find and if you don't want to swim you can hire a rowing boat, or go paddle boarding or take it easy and jump in a local gondola, (called a pletna) to visit the magical island in the middle of this fairy tale lake.