Ju­lian Alps,

Slove­nia

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

When Hol­ly­wood calls to film a fan­tasy flick on your home turf, you know you hold the keys to an ethe­real realm that bests the most ad­vanced com­puter graph­ics. Lo­cals in the Ju­lian Alps are quick to point out that their back­yards were fea­tured in The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia: Prince Caspian and a slew of other films. This re­gion of­fers moun­tain bliss in an over­looked cor­ner of Europe. More than two-thirds of the re­gion is pro­tected by the Triglav Na­tional Park man­date, which curbs de­vel­op­ment along the sum­mits and en­sures that in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments hap­pen in a slow and stud­ied man­ner. Once suit­able only for the in­trepid, the Ju­lian Alps are open­ing the door to ev­ery stripe of trav­eler. A grow­ing num­ber of lo­cally run op­er­a­tors are pair­ing pulse-rac­ing treks with up­mar­ket ver­sions of home­s­tays in stylish shep­herd digs.

» Don’t Miss As­cend­ing Mount Triglav, Slove­nia’s high­est peak, is a rite of pas­sage for ad­ven­tur­ous lo­cals. The av­er­age ac­tive trav­eler should al­low two days to com­plete the trek with a reg­is­tered moun­tain guide.

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