The Solčava Panoramic Road in Slovenia – a route with stunning views!
It’s perfectly adjusted to tourism, very scenic and quite crowded during the season. However, that’s shouldn’t discourage you since its considerable length (37km) allows everybody to find a place for themselves. What are we talking about? The Solčava Panoramic Road in Slovenia, yet another must-see on the map of that country!
HOW TO GET THERE?
You may enter the road in four different places:
- from Solčava village,
- from the Logar Valley,
- directly from the Pavlič Pass (border with Austria),
- from Zgornje Sleme.
Despite everything, the most popular starting point is probably the Logar Valley because the road leading to the pass starts directly at the beginning of the valley. It’s a solid winding asphalt road.
VIEWPOINTS OF PANORAMIC ROAD IN SLOVENIA
Over 20 viewpoints are waiting for you along the road. They take the form of special bays or sometimes platforms with seats offering excellent panoramas. Don’t hold back the urge to take pictures. Obviously, there are many more picturesque places along the way but sometimes it’s a bit tricky to park your car in a safe location near them. You may avoid that problem completely if you go by motorcycle or bike. Then you may stop wherever you want although it may also considerably prolong your trip.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED?
It depends, there no one right answer. You may cross the entire road by car in one day. How much it takes obviously depends on your pace of sightseeing. It takes a few hours to consciously cross the main part of the route (21km – green route on the map). If you can devote a whole day for enjoying this road, go to see its offshoots such as the areas near Robanov Kot and Matkov Kot. Another interesting option is combining the road trip with a visit to the most beautiful lake called Zgornje Jezersko situated at the other side of the Pavlič Pass. To get there, you need to cross the Austrian “headland”. If you opt for such extended trip, set off early in the morning as you are in for a really long ride during which you won’t wish to hurry. The options we suggest here obviously concern car or motorcycle users. It’s hard to estimate how long it would take to cross this route by bike (significant elevation range). The road is very demanding as far as cyclists are concerned although we drove past many badasses valiantly pedaling up the steep slopes.
ABOUT THE REGION
Solčava Region consists of a small settlement of the same name and Podosleva village, as well as three beautiful parallel valleys of glacial origin: the Logar Valley, Robanov Kot and Matkov Kot. Robanov Kot and Logar Valley form a national Park and 80% of the region is protected under the Natura 2000 programme. The whole area is a great example of well though-out tourist infrastructure, what is confirmed by the title “European Destination of Excellence”SEE A MAP OF THE ROUTE
WHERE CAN YOU EAT, FUEL UP OR GO SHOPPING?
Solčava village is a centre of the region. That’s also where you can get the widest choice of restaurants and shops. Importantly, there’s also a petrol station! Don’t count on refueling your car while driving the road itself!
You will also drive past several places where you can get something to eat. Usually they are a kind of local inns, farms or Guest House-type hotels.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR INFORMATION?
Slovenia is a model example of perfect tourist facilities in country which has much to offer. There are official websites where you can download maps, check where exactly you can stay for the night etc. All of that was designed with stunning visuals and a user-friendly approach. A great place to look for information about the route itself is… its official website. What other road has got its own website?SEE THE ROUTE'S WEBSITE