Gorenjska Plaža and Firbc’ okn – Fab Fun and Food at the Gorenjska ‘Beach’!
One wouldn’t usually associate Gorenjska – the Alpine region of Slovenia – with a beach, and, of course, it’s true here the landscape is more about mountains and forests than sand and sea. However, Gorenjska also offers a multitude of places to cool down when the heat is on, such as lakes, rivers, waterfalls and pools. Of the latter, the Gorensjka Plaža (translation: The Gorenjska Beach) in Tržič is one of the best, and newest, around!
The pool complex has been fully renovated and is now a modern and attractive facility featuring a great restaurant too.
There are two pools covering a surface area of 1,000 m2 that are filled with natural water which is heated using solar panels; the average water temperature is 26 degrees celsius.
The perfect way to cool off when the heat is on – like now!
In addition to regular opening hours, in summer night swimming is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm, while early risers can take advantage of special early morning recreational swimming sessions from Monday to Friday from 7am to 8.30pm.
Daily entrance tickets cost:
- children up to 2 years of age – free
- pre-school children – 2 euros
- primary school children – 3.50 euros
- secondary school children, students, and pensioners – 4.50 euros
- adults 5.50 euros
Family tickets are also available at a discounted price.
Having worked up an appetite, I moved on to the Firbc’ okn restaurant which is part of the pool complex. However, this isn’t your usual swimming pool kind of food!
The restaurant has been divided into two areas – one for those on poolside and the other for those more appropriately attired and looking for something more substantial. Firbc’ okn has also become a firm favourite among locals who are not at the ‘beach’ for a swim. So, ‘beach’ or no ‘beach’ you can dine at Firbc’ okn whenever you fancy as its open year-round!
The restaurant is named after’s Tržič’s characteristic firbec oken window – a window for the nosey. You can see the last remaining original such window in Tržič’s old town centre, which you can read more about in a previous blog post here. The bottom of the window protrudes, thus allowing those looking from the window to be able to look directly out and down at those below them.
The varied menu includes house specialities such as wild game and fish, as well as other staples such as salad bowls, pizzas, pasta, grilled meat and more.
Owner Željko and his team are happy to recommend what to try, and were more than accommodating when I request a gluten-free meal.
Unfortunately I couldn’t indulge in dessert, but I can look, drool (and slightly weep) if nothing else!
So, when the heat is on, head to the ‘beach’ in Tržič!
Find out what else you can see in the area at the Visit Tržič website.