Slovenia is too often overshadowed by its better known and more established European neighbours. Well, we intend to put a stop to that criminal ignorance and finally give the Central European country some much-deserved credit.
Below, we’ve listed some of Slovenia’s best sights, sounds, attractions and activities, all compiled into in our handy country guide to show why it’s well worth a visit. Remember before booking any trip to Europe to renew your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and get ready to jet off – here’s what you need to know about Slovenia.
Often used as the poster image for Slovenia, Lake Bled is even more awe-inspiring in person thanks in large part to its abundance of picturesque photo opportunities. With snow-topped mountains, an astounding amount of pleasant greenery and a pilgrimage church perched upon an island, it’s incredibly beautiful.
What’s more, the area also offers a wide variety of active pursuits for you to enjoy during your visit including hiking, mountain biking and canoeing.
Ljubljana is one of Europe’s most underrated capitals, unassuming, not brash nor overtly busy; it’s a compact pedestrianised city that at its heart is humble.
You won’t find dominating landmarks surrounded by tourists, instead to visit its most notable landmark you’ll have to take a glass cable car up to the Ljubljana Castle and observe the city’s finest views in peace and quiet.
What’s more, instead of the usual crop of expensive designer clothing stores, you’ll find a series of quaint 19th-century shop fronts selling local produce.
Škocjan Caves Tour
Located in Slovenia’s Karst region, the Škocjan Caves are an expansive limestone cave system more than 6km underground that wouldn’t be out of place in a fantasy film.
When attending one of the many tours provided, you’ll be met by your guide at the man-made passageway of the Globocak Collapse Doline, where they will then take you through a fossil passage filled with numerous dripstone formations. You will then have the option of continuing the tour independently or staying with your guide as you follow Reka River through the cave formation until you eventually emerge back into daylight!
Only fit for the most passionate water sports enthusiasts, Soča river is home to whirling canyons, steep waterfalls and pine-covered valleys, providing plenty of excitement for even the most seasoned thrill seeker.
The mountain town of Bovec is the main hub for adventure excursions where you can organise white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, river boarding and abundance of other adrenaline-inducing activities.
Do you want to come away from your time in Slovenia an honouree Slovene? Then you’ll need to scale Mount Triglav. Situated in a national park of the same name, Triglav is actually Slovenia’s tallest summit, standing at 2864m and appears on the national flag.
There are 20 different routes to the peak and the journey is best to be done on a two-day trip, with you spending one night on the mountain. If you intend on completing the climb we suggest that you hire a guide from the Alpine Association of Slovenia.
The Vipava Valley
As the home to Slovenia’s best wine vineyards, the Vipava Valley also offers almost perfect paragliding conditions. With a variety of adventure companies providing excursions, you can spend an afternoon flying through the air above Slovenia’s finest wine region without any prior knowledge of the adventurous pursuit.
You’ll take flight as part of a tandem, with a qualified instructor who you will have to run and jump off a cliff face with. The average flight lasts between 20 and 50 minutes, depending on the weather conditions and you’ll need to rent a pair of spiked running shoes from the excursion provider for grip.
For the best view of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, and a cracking cuppa, Nebotičnik is your one-stop shop. An elegant café on top of a 13 storey high rise, the Nebotičnik stands at a height of 231ft and was one of Ljubljana’s tallest buildings for decades after it was originally built in 1933. Once you’ve finished enjoying the view, a club and lounge can be found below the café.
Although you might not immediately associate Slovenia with a vibrant nightlife, there’s plenty to do once the sun is set. Not least explore the various clubs and bars found in the capital of Ljubljana, the perfect place to do this is along the Trubarjeva cesta, one of the most colourful and dynamic streets present in the capital. It’s there where you will find the Centralna Postaja, a cocktail bar with graffiti on its walls that transforms into a club on Fridays and weekends.
The wine has been a staple of the Slovenian diet for millennia, and that experience is abundantly clear when trying the locally produced Vino. A bottle of Slovenian wine is of the highest quality and makes for an unusual addition to any connoisseur’s collection. There is a variety of vinoteka (wine sellers) scattered across the central European country, where the staff can advise you on which regional wine is best to suit your personal tastes.
A visit to Slovenia wouldn’t be complete without sourcing some of the finest local cuisines the Eastern European country has to offer.
As for a recommendation, we suggest the Lotos a family run business on the Ljubljanica embankment, where you’ll find many Slovenian native baked goods like strudel, muffins, biscuits and of course Slovene cupcakes. The family-run store also has a wide array of homemade jars of jams and marmalades for you to peruse.
Things To Consider:
Slovenia’s most efficient mode of travel is by car, with there being limited public transportation options. Don’t be put off the prospect of driving in a foreign country, the Slovenian roads are clearly signposted and for the most part very pleasant to drive on. Please note to drive on motorways you must have a vignette, which can be purchased at all petrol stations in Slovenia.
In Slovenia, you can stay in very different places in very different types of accommodation. With such a diverse offer you’re bound to find something just for you. In Slovenia there are a variety of places that you can stay depending on your preference, below we’ve listed some of your options.
- Tourist Farms
- Private Rooms
Hopefully, this guide has shown you Slovenia’s value and that you consider it as a destination next time you’re looking to travel in Europe.
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