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Hikers to get to know Kras at heritage tourism festival

Sežana, 21 April - A heritage tourism festival featuring various theme-based hikes as well as creative workshops and expert meetings opened on Thursday, offering an insight into the Slovenian Karst region as one of the oldest cultural landscapes in the country and richest habitats in Europe.

The heritage and landscape of Kras celebrated in a special festival featuring also hiking. Pictured is the village of Lipica, home to white Lippizzan horses.
Photo: Rosana Rijavec/STA
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The spring part of the festival opened in the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, and will move at the weekend to Sežana, Dolenja vas and Divača, where visitors will be able to enjoy the natural and cultural landscape of Kras.

The event, which will also see the presentation of culinary delights from the region, will conclude with a hike down a natural and cultural heritage trail in the area of Senožeče and an open-air string concert in Dolenja vas.

The festival will also feature three more parts that will be held in July, October and February next year, so that the visitors could see all the natural features of the region in all four seasons of the year.

This weekend will also feature several other recreational events, including an endurance hike on Saturday in Kočevje, called "Along the Bear's Trail". The 61.5-km hike is not a competition, and will take place mainly on forest roads and trails.

On Sunday, recreational cyclists will get a chance to take part in the first marathon of the season. The 84-km Velo Marathon, which starts and finishes in Ljubljana's northern borough of Črnuče, also features a shorter, 30-km version for families.

A running competition of a different sort will be held on the same day in Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini. The 2nd Runfest Savinjska dolina 2016 will among other races feature a beer mile race that will see participants combine running and speed drinking.

The racers will compete on a 525-metre running track, and will need to complete four laps while having to drink up a 12-ounce beer after each lap.

© STA, 2016