Dolenjska region hides many nice places not far from the highway A2 Ljubljana-Zagreb. One of them is a romantic small city with no high buildings, located on a tiny island on lazy Krka river, not far from Otočec and some Thermal spas. The Kostanjevica Monastery (est. 1234) is very close to the town. And you can also visit Pleterje Monastery (est. 1403).
Cruising through small villages on Dolenjska part of Slovenia can be fun and interesting. You can find many inns and restaurants. One such pearl is “Vinski dvor” run by the Deu family for about century. Architecture from 17th and 18th century hides also wine cellar for many tastes in which they mature the wines from their own vineyards. Marshal Tito was a connoisseur of good things and he visited this house several times.
River Krka is one of the most beautiful slow rivers in Slovenia. On the small island on the river stands small romantic castle Otočec, always kept in good condition and with classy restaurant and hotel.
Slovenian Karst is wonderful. But a part of it is a hidden underground world, full of unbelievably beautiful scenes. Some caves from this part are known from the Homer’s times (Ancient Greece 10th century BC).
you want to rest and relax before or after a long ride for a day, two, or more. Or maybe some day you will wish to come back with your friends or beloved one, or with your family…
Mother Nature blessed this small part of land with good soil and nice climate. And people living in these small, cosy hills thanked the nature fort his gift with their great respect and hard work. The name of the region is Brda, sometimes Goriška Brda, because Gorica (Gorizia) is close.
When you will be riding and discovering Karst, we can recommend you to visit “Hiša posebne sorte”.. This is Sorta family restaurant with a hotel in the middle of beautiful Karst nature, just a few hundred metres out of village Kordeti and surrounded by meadows, fields and forest.
If you want to stretch your legs after a long journey or you simply want to stroll through the old romantic Karst village, I recommend visiting Štanjel. Štanjel is a typical Karst village on top of a small hill with stone buildings and gritted streets because of the winter wind and summer heat.
The old typical Karst’s village house had been beautifully renewed. They offer excelent food in romantic ambience. On 1st floor they have guest rooms. So, if you wish to eat well, drink excelent wine and overnight in village silence, this should be one of the best spots.