This is a completely flat stage across Karstic meadows and forest. There is still a strong maritime influence on the climate, vegetation and architecture.
The Škocjan caves, which are on the UNESCO list of world heritage, illustrate the Karst's most important characteristics, both above and below ground, where the Reka river carved out huge canyons and cavernous halls. There are guided tours through the most interesting part of the caves. The path to the north leads across Gabrk past the grassy Vremščica.
This was once barren land, blasted by the brutal Bora wind during winter. The Bora is a cool and jerky northern wind that is created by the disparity between high atmospheric pressure on land and low atmospheric pressure over the sea. The cold, dense air blows down the Karstic plateau towards the sea and can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h. Beyond Gabrk is the Senožeško podolje valley system. Senožeče is said to lie in a draught because of the Bora. In the background stands the massive Nanos mountain, known as Okra in ancient times, below which lies Razdrto, an important pass between the sea and the interior.
It is almost obligatory to visit the UNESCO site Škocjan Caves, the small tour takes only 1.5h, the landmark of this stage.
Mind the wind on the stage, it can reach dangerous speeds.
Windstopper is a good addition.
You can book the tour in Škocjan caves in advance.
By car, by train or by bus.