As far as mountain bases go, it’s not half bad. A perfectly preserved old town of gothic and renaissance houses with a cafe culture, several summer festivals and art galleries, Radovljica lies snugly between Slovenia’s plains and the majestic Julian Alps. Footpaths leave the town and wend into the nearby countryside, following the Sava River into the Jelovica foothills, or passing through pine copses – the perfect place to stretch the legs in advance of the larger mountain challenges nearby. And while you’re here, try the honey. As the town’s colourful beekeeping museum makes clear, this place knows a thing or two about producing the nectar.