The COVID-19 lockdown in Slovenia, which from 30th March meant that we were not allowed out of our municipalities, was finally lifted today, hooray! Of course, we aren’t out of the woods yet; strict social distancing measures are still in place, we still have to wear masks in enclosed places, there’s still no public transport, schools are still closed…but things are gradually beginning to open and get back to some degree of normality.
Other than a somewhat uncomfortable feeling of a loss of freedom, fortunately, it actually didn’t affect me too much since I work from home and the municipality of Radovljica has so much to offer in terms of the great outdoors. In addition to my usual local haunts, it was actually quite interesting working out and planning just where (and where not) I could hike and cycle. I was surprised to discover that the municipality of Radovljica comprises a whopping 52 towns, villages and hamlets!
This gave me an idea for a blog – well actually two – in which I will photograph and describe (in brief!) each – or most – of the 52. A task-and-a-half indeed! So, in alphabetical order, here is the first half!
Begunje na Gorenjskem – one of the bigger villages in the municipality, with plenty to see and do! The birthplace of Slovenian national folk music, home to the Avsenik Museum, the Elan Alpine Skiing Museum, the Draga valley, Kamen Castle, and more.
Brda – a small hamlet at the start of the Lipnica valley near Lancovo.
Brezovica – a hamlet in the Lipnica valley near Kropa.
Češnjica pri Kropi – follow the windy road up to this sunny settlement for wonderful views of the Karavanke mountains.
Črnivec – a small village near Brezje with a pizza place and a restaurant.
Dobravica – a small hamlet near Češnjica pri Kropi.
Dobro Polje – another small hamlet, this one is near Brezje.
Dvorska vas – a small settlement near Begunje, home to the Lambergh Chateau and Hotel.
Globoko – a small settlement, which is home to the Barbaner Lipizzaner stud farm and the Globočnik homestead, which is about as traditional and homely as it gets!
Gorica, just a handful of houses but also a great mini golf course!
Hlebce and Hraše – two small settlements between Lesce and Begunje that I often confuse as they are located parallel to each other and both start with the letter ‘H’!
Kamna Gorica – sometimes also referred to as Slovenia’s ‘Little Venice’ due to its numerous water channels, the village is also home to the Sextons’ Museum House and the Church of the Holy Trinity, from where there are great views of the surrounding hills and mountains.
Lancovo – home to the confluence of the Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka rivers.
Lipnica – the lush Lipnica valley winds its way from Radovljica towards Podnart. Great cycling territory, either on the flat through the valley or by mountain bike on the forested Jelovica plateau.
Mišače – I often pass through this peaceful hamlet when cycling through the Lipnica valley and back towards Radovljica via Globoko. In recent times a new ECO river camp has sprung up.
Mlaka – to be honest I’m not sure! I know of one area called Mlaka beneath the old town of Radovljica and a small hamlet beneath Mt. Dobrca, but not sure which one this is!
Nova vas pri Lescah – a small hamlet between Radovljica and Begunje.
Noše – a small hamlet near Brezje.
Otoče – a small village with a railway station on the main line between Ljubljana and Jesenice.
Ovsiše – located on sunny plains above the Lipnica valley and home to the Porta organic farm.
So, as you can see, there’s far more to Radol’ca than just Radovljica – and that’s just the first half! My work here is not yet complete! Until next time…
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