Getaway to Slovenia

When Primoz Jurman, Akrapovic’s P.R. Head, offered me the keys to a BMW E92 M3 equipped with a full Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system and a full tank of gas, who was I to say no? The lightweight titanium system provided a true motorsport chorus and some very welcome extra punch through the lush green Slovenian countryside, however, it was also memorable to stop and take in the sights along the way. Slovenia is a beautiful little off-the beaten-track country in the European Union lying directly south of Austria and east of northern Italy. It has its very own share of the Alps, plenty of history, wine growing areas, excellent roads and infrastructure, and can be driven across in less than four hours, although you’ll want to take a week or more to fully explore it by car. (Things to do on page 59.)

Ten Things To See And Do

    • Explore the modern and beautiful city of Ljubljana

    • Tour the amazing kocjan Caves, an official UNESCO World Heritage site

    • Take in the award winning World War I museum in Kobarid

    • Have a fabulous seafood platter for two at a seaside restaurant in trendy Piran

    • Drive the scenic and challenging Vrsic Pass (5,285 foot elevation, and over 40 hairpins)

    • Hike in the Triglav National Park

    • Try "Rezina"—a delicious local cream cake

    • Explore a medieval castle such as Ptuj Grad in Ptuj or Predjama Grad in Postojna

    • Wine tasting in any or all of the three distinct regions

    • Visit the famous white horses of Lipica (Lippizanners)

By Doug Neilson
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