CYCLE, SAIL OR EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH CROATIA ON ONE OF OUR TRIPS THERE
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Part of Triglav National Park in northwestern Slovenia, Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in the country. Less busy than Lake Bled, and arguably even more beautiful, Bohinj is only a two-hour bus ride (one hour by car) from the capital Ljubljana. Yet it feels remote, surrounded as it is by the forested peaks of the Julian Alps.
The trail around the lake is 7 miles (12 kilometers) long, and can be undertaken by anybody with good walking shoes. You may want to take a picnic and perhaps a swimsuit in summer, when the crystal-clear aquamarine waters are warm enough to swim.
You’ll walk on a combination of (sometimes rocky) forested trails and paved paths, through a constantly changing landscape of meadows, forests, and gorgeous lake views, with the mountains as a backdrop.
Various other trails take you up to waterfalls and into the mountains. You can also take a boat ride across the lake, and a cable car up Mount Vogel for views.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The Cinque Terre area consists of five colorful villages strung along the Italian Riviera, south of Genoa. The villages perch on the edge of cliffs and are linked by the Sentiero Azzuro (Blue Trail) as well as a train line. Since the floods of 2011, parts of the trail are periodically closed, so check with the Cinque Terre National Park Office first.