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.