A Holiday in the Julian Alps
The Julian Alps is a mountain range which stretches from Italy to Slovenia. This is one of the most popular regions in terms of skiing as well as tourism in general. It is thought that the etymology of this area has descended from the name of Julius Caesar himself, as many Roman officials travelled here for holidays when southern Italy was too warm during the summer months. It seems as if this habit continues into the present day, as a milieu of visitors enjoy all that this unforgettable region has in store. Let’s take a closer look.
The Julian Alps: Natural Splendour and More
The Julian Alps can be divided into two regions: the eastern Alps and the western Alps. The eastern portion is known for its selection of peaks which rise to well above metres. Some examples include Triglav, Mangart, Razor and Tosc. In fact, the highest mountain within this range reaches nearly 3,000 metres into the air. On the western side, peaks such as Jof Fuart and High Mount Kanin tend to dominate the landscape. One of the major attractions here is that their height enables many peaks to be accessible to skiing enthusiasts throughout the year. The same cannot be said for other regions such as the Pyrenees.
As opposed to many other tourist destinations, the Julian Alps are nearly solely devoted to skiing alone. It therefore makes a great deal of sense to mention some of the most popular passes. A handful of the top spots include Predil, Pontebba and Hrusica. Please note that these are obviously interspersed between Italy and Slovenia. Many of these passes also offer lower elevations and these regions tend to be home to the majority of hotels and resorts to be found throughout the region. You can also enjoy some spectacular views (especially in the summer) of the nearby mountain ranges. Fans of photography should frequent spots such as the Krnica Valley for some one-of-a-kind views along the way.
What to Consider
The autumn and winter tend to be the busiest months of the year and the prices of accommodations will often reflect this observation. If you are looking to enjoy more amenable rates, it could be better to schedule a visit to the Julian Alps during the off season (between March and September). The weather here can also be a bit unpredictable; especially if you are at higher elevations. So check the forecasts in advance to avoid being snowed in or otherwise having to wait for your chance to hit the slopes in style.