This spectacular Eastern European country is one less visited, and we have no idea why. It has it all, and Slovenia’s terrain varies from mountains and alpine to the sandy beaches and temperate forests. It remains a wild and beautiful country with a splash of sophistication and elegance. Storybook, jaw-dropping beauty is another reason to push this little country to the top of your list.
The most popular outdoor pursuits are skiing, cycling and either a leisurely walk or all-day hikes in the mountains. Adrenaline lovers try rafting the Soča River or maybe some canyoning or caving. And for those that simply want to relax, the coast on the Adriatic is your location.
The architecture is varied. At Lake Bled see a tiny baroque chapel on a picturesque island and a dramatic castle; the cottages in a Venetian harbour town along the coast which contrasts to the Hungarian-style farmhouses of Prekmurje. Around every corner is another gem, including Gothic churches in the Julian Alps and within Ljubljana, are exquisite art nouveau splendours. The museums are vibrant, rich in culture and warm welcoming.
Food forms an essential part of Slovenian life with dishes drawing inspiration from neighbours such as Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans. The traditional dishes use only fresh and locally sourced ingredients hence why it’s becoming a culinary destination. Sample a pasta or Kranjska Klobasa (Carniolan sausage), maybe the most known Slovenian food; however Potica a Slovenian dessert made of dough and filled with various fillings (there are up to 80) is yummy as is gibanica.
If you like the grapes, the Slovenian wine is a little hidden secret. Regions produce award-winning whites and reds which pair perfectly with the local cuisine. Indulge and enjoy this little European secret.
The question is what you want to do for the best time to plan a visit, as the best time is different for different activities. Skiers: the alpine northwest sees abundant snow from December to March, and warm, dry conditions from May to September make it ideal for hiking, climbing, cycling and adventure sports. Spring makes white water rafting a great option by late May.
The Adriatic coast and its inland Primorska region enjoy warm summers, beautiful autumn colour and pleasantly milder winters. The remainder of the country sees hot, dry summers and cold winters. Many attractions – including Ljubljana – are enjoyable year-round.