Mighty peaks offering spectacular views, crystal clear waters sparkling in the sun, green landscapes that inspire tranquillity and provide fresh energy. All this awaits you in the shelter of the Julian Alps, where mountains soar up to more than 2,500 metres. The king of these peaks is Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, which has great symbolic significance for Slovenians.
The Julian Alps are the highest mountain group in Slovenia. They lie in north-western Slovenia and north-eastern Italy. They are named after Gaius Julius Caesar, in keeping with their grandeur. Most of the surface of the Julian Alps is covered by the Triglav National Park.
Although the Julian Alps are a single, complete mountain group, deep transverse valleys and passes divide them into individual sub-groups. The mountain range is mainly divided into two parts: the Eastern Julian Alps and the Western Julian Alps. The much more extensive eastern part lies almost entirely on Slovenian territory, while only half of the Kanin group extends across the Slovenian-Italian border from the Western Julian Alps, and the most beautiful part of the Western Julian Alps – the Vistula and Montagne groups – lies in Italy.
Since 2003, the Julian Alps have been declared a Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme, which means special protection for their natural wealth and biodiversity.