THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
panoramic roads in Slovenia
FROM MANGART TO
OUR FAVORITE PLATEAU...
Driving towards the top of the Mangart mountain road only take you maximum an hour and a half (with stops to enjoy the views), we decided our drive will be continued towards our favorite plateau in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. So we headed back to the foothill of the road and turn back towards Tarvisio.
We could also continued via Soča river, but this will stay for the next time. We've already wrote some things about the plateau of Jof Di Montasio, but that majestic moment of arriving on the plateau that giant mountains embrace you, is just so amazing every time we go there. This time, surprisingly, it was really quiet, just few cars were parked on the slots. In the summer time parking space can sometimes be really crowded, as this is a very popular starting point via Mt. Pecol and Mt. Jof di Montasio. Actually the plan to drive via Altiplano del Montasio was to stop by the highest mountain farm and bought some of the best cheese for our planned picnic, but unfortunatelly it was too early. They are mostly opened in July, August and September. Having this plateau all by ourselves, was just beautiful. That calm of stepping out of the car that there is only a sound of a wind, is just priceless.
There are those days, when you really want to escape to the pure nature, but you don't feel 100% sure you want to make that long hike or biking the whole way, so we made a compromise. Especially because we got weekend test drive challenge with Hyundai i40. We planned to go somewhere accessible with the car, but still breathtaking. To find beautiful views and place to relax somewhere away from the noise and in the heart of the nature.
So we agreed that our first pit-stop will be the highest mountain road in Slovenia - road to Mangart Saddle. If you like to feel adrenalin, you will absolutely love this 12,5 km long road, which climb to the top of Mangart Saddle. The road has 17 narrow turns and 5 tunnels. For those who are scared of height, we guess driving on this road will be quite a challenge. If you in search for the beautiful scenic mountain road, this one definitely offers you the best scenes along the way. In case you drive Hyundai i40, you know that the car was designed for such panoramic drives – it is just so spacious and it has that huge glass surfaces, you are surrounded with the nature all the way up.
Once you arrive on the top parking place, the view is breathtaking. But don't be surprised upon the narrowness of the road. Only one car at the time can drive on the road, but there is many side spaces in case of meeting others. Our car also have that great and very convenient little helper – integrated camera in the back, so when driving backwards, you do not need to turn your head too much, it is all in the screen in front of you.