Slovenia: Mangart – The Most Beautiful Road of the Julian Alps – VIDEO
I drove on the Manhattan road for the first time two years ago, but unfortunately the landslide stopped me before the last section. But I will not forget the beautiful sunset from one of the smaller peaks above the road. That's why I knew that I wanted to go to Mangart again and ideally this time to reach the upper parking lot and climb the remaining 600 altitude meters to the top, which lies at 2679 meters above sea level.
The road starts by turning off the main road between Italy and Slovenia through the Predel pass. It leads for a while along the Mangartský stream and then through a beautiful deciduous grove. After a while we arrive at a relatively newly built toll booth, where I pay 5 euros for entry.
From here, the road starts to climb sharply and soon narrows so that 2 cars have trouble avoiding it. After several steep serpentines and roughly carved unlit tunnels, the forest ends and wonderful views begin to open.
We stop at a small rest area in front of the last tunnel and just enjoy ourselves for a while. From here you can already see a large part of the dome-shaped massif of Mangart and part of the valley below us.
Unfortunately, disappointment comes in the parking lot near the local chalet. The last part of the road is still closed and concrete barriers have been added to the sign prohibiting entry. Unfortunately, we do not have enough time to get to the top from here, so we have to settle for 1992 meters of the top of the Mali litter.
It is not visible from here all the way to Triglav, on the other hand we have the majestic Mangart directly above us and a deep slope below the Koritnice valley. On the left side, the rock walls of Jalovce and Pelc rise sharply from the valley, and in the distance in front of us other massifs along the border with Italy.
In addition to the view, I am also fascinated by the local nature. Even at the end of July, the grass-covered parts between the rocks burst with the colors of many species of flowering plants. And flowers, of course, attract beautiful butterflies.
Due to the closed road, we finally change the plan of the last day in Slovenia a bit. On the way to the well-known Austrian camp, we are adding a stop for a great late lunch in the tip of Italy, which needs to be passed. And symbolically we say goodbye to the beautiful Julian Alps.
Text, foto a video: Matouš Vinš
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