AMT Stories - Bovec
Slovenian Alpine Mecca
In today's AMT Story, we will talk about our home country, Slovenia, more precisely about Bovec, an alpine town in the north western part of Slovenia.
Before we focus on Bovec just a few words about Slovenia. As we Slovenians like to say, it has it all: Alpine twisties, Tuscany-like wine growing areas, picture perfect lakes, dense forests, high mountains, Adriatic coastline, medieval towns and castles, a perfect capital city with a castle overlooking the old town and the river, excellent wine, delicious food and friendly local people. Slovenia covers only a small patch of the European map, but it is rich in natural resources and cultural diversity, and it offers countless roads from your motorcycle wish list. You'll be pleasantly surprised and you'll wish you could stay longer.
Bovec is a part of very beautiful north-west Slovenia, home to the Soča Valley and Triglav National Park. Bovec is a small alpine town surrounded by high mountains, located alongside the turquoise and fairy-tale Soča River. It's a superb outdoor center for water sports, hiking, and other adrenaline-pumping activities. If we have a rest day in Bovec, we often go zip-lining in Učja Canyon, the biggest zipline park in Europe, and are rewarded with unique views of the Bovec Basin and the peaks of the Julian Alps. The whole area is amazing, and the views are spectacular. And so is the riding to, from, and around Bovec, amidst high alpine peaks. It's sometimes difficult to stay focused on the road and not look around! The area is also historically and culturally rich, as this area of peace and tranquility was the site of the infamous "Isonzo Front" during the WWI.
English speaking readers - and others - would love to know that near Bovec was the sight of an important battle where famous American Nobel Prize-winning author, Ernest Hemingway, drove an ambulance and found inspiration for "A Farewell to Arms".
Two of our tours will take you to Bovec. On our 9-day sLOVEnia tour you'll spend one night in Bovec, while on our 15 day long Alps Adriatic Adventure you'll enjoy a rest day in Bovec, allowing you to explore the Soča Valley or relax, admiring the high mountains and enjoying the local specialty – Soča trout, the largest trout in the world (Salmo marmoratus)!
TOP 5 list by AMT
1. Visit a WWI museum in Kobarid. Very sad, but must see exhibition of the Isonzo Front, the backdrop and inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms."
2. Go rafting or kayaking on the emerald green Soca River.
3. Ride to Mangart Saddle, the highest road in Slovenia
4. Visit beautiful Kozjak waterfall, the most picturesque waterfall in Slovenia.
5. Taste Soča trout, "frika", "krafi", "frtalja" and other untranslatable dishes.
AMT Stories - Sardinia
Perfect for today's dreaming is Sardinia, our next favorite riding destination which literally wins over any other destination when it comes to RIDING. Sardinia is a rider's dream come true, often called "Riders' Heaven." Why, some people may ask? Here are several reasons why: good asphalt, perfect grip, endless S-shaped turns, almost no traffic, and perfect vistas.
Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000 km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior—a perfect combination for a rider and adventure-seeker! Its rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives. One of the largest and oldest dates to 1500 B.C. Crazy stuff! The island doesn't »only« promise the joy of riding but takes you on one of the most mysterious journeys back in time, rewarded with many archaeological sites.
We could go on and on talking about the perfect weather, delicious and extraordinary local cuisine, prize-winning Sardinian wines, kind and proud locals, Mediterranean charm, rich tradition, and we still wouldn't do it justice. You have to come and see the island yourselves— or better, ride it!
Sardinia is among the »oldest« AMT destinations, added in 2008 after Matej and Martina vacationed there and fell in love with the wild beauty. It makes up part of our 9 day Sardinia & Corsica Tour and 16 day Tuscany Sardinia Corsica Tour.
TO DO list by AMT:
1. Ride the famous SS 125 Road. And then do it again.
2. Stop for a coffee in Orgosolo, a small town known for its graffiti.
3. Ask for the catch of the day at one of the many seaside restaurants in Alghero.
4. Rent a boat in Cala Gonone and take a swim under the cliffs.
5. Take a photo with the famous Castelsardo as a back drop.
AMT Stories - Česky Krumlov
Fairy-tale town of Bohemia’s deep south, Czech republic
In today's AMT Story we'll go back in time to the 13th century, when the first settlements of Česky Krumlov arose beneath the castle. During the Communist era of Czechoslovakia, historic Krumlov fell into disrepair and was known as a "gypsy" town, but since the Velvet Revolution of 1989 much of the town's former beauty has been restored. Today Česky Krumlov is one of the most picturesque medieval towns in Europe, a Unesco World Heritage Site with a stunning Castle (second largest in the country), proudly rising above the Vltava River. Renaissance and baroque buildings, small cobblestoned alleys and a picture-perfect old square are nestled in tight curves of the Vltava River only a short walk from our hotel.
Matej and Martina came up with the idea of adding Central Europe to the list of the AMT tours in 2006. They made a rough plan for touring the countries, towns and roads, and went exploring in December 2006. In those days GPS-s were just coming out, and there were no Google maps - just regular maps. It took them three weeks to explore Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic. The result was the 15 day Czech Hungary Tour. The first tour was done in 2007 and soon became one of the most popular AMT tours. Česky Krumlov was one of the last towns they visited. They knew instantly they needed to share this fairytale with AMT riders!
TO DO LIST by AMT
1. Order a glass of local beer just after you park the bike. What a perfect ending to a riding day! Cheers!
2. Walk to the old Castle, take a panorama photo of the town and visit the Castle Theatre.
3. Walk the Castle gardens and feel like one of the royals.
4. Above the restaurant there's a small motorcycle museum. We have just enough time before dinner is served.
5. Order the famous roast pork for the dinner, and after dinner, dance on the tables as we did back in 2007.
AMT Stories - Durmitor
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
Imagine a narrow, winding road on a mountain plateau surrounded by snow- covered peaks. The grass turns gold in the afternoon when the sun is low and the air is sharp and fresh. When you reach the top of the pass, you NEED to stop the bike, take off your helmet and breathe in all the beauty and serenity. Your only company - a herd of sheep and a lonely shepherd.
This is how it was back in 2003 when Matej rode to Durmitor NP in Montenegro for the first time and decided we needed to show this pristine beauty to our riders. Durmitor has been a favorite AMT destination since the very start of the company, and it forms a very important part of all our Balkans tours.
Today, 17 years after we took our first group to Žabljak, the highest situated town in the Balkans, Durmitor isn't much different. Okay, we're able to sleep in a nice hotel now, and we can even choose a restaurant for the dinner. But despite that, Durmitor has kept its charm and is still one of the most unique and pristine places you can ride to. And the Adriatic Coast is only two hours ride away. Simply Amazing! Durmitor NP was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1980.
TO DO LIST by AMT
1. Ride the majestic P14 road (and don't forget your basketball!)
2. Rafting on Tara river, one of the deepest river canyons in Europe.
3. Somewhere on the way: stop the bike, take off your helmet and breathe in the beauty.
4. Try local specialty called "mučkalica", thick pork pepper stew. Desert: strong local apricot brandy called "kajsija".
5. Early morning walk around the Black lake.
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