2/5 An active and outdoorsy, permanently green, capital

Of course, Ljubljana was delighted to be European Green Capital 2016, but not too surprised.

From eating fresh, local and seasonal food to promoting libraries in parks during annual Book Week, green’s long been the preferred colour here. Think of an outdoor activity and there’s a park, garden, river, hill or huge open space where it’s happening. Summer’s when the Lubljanica River comes into play with kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding and sailing. Cycling’s an any time of year pursuit: Ljubljana Cycling Club was established in 1885 and today the tradition’s stronger than ever on over 200km of cycle paths, tracks and lanes. If you want to share in the two-wheeling passion, you can hire bikes for the holidays at citywide Bicike stations.

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