Slovenia is a small country with about 2 million people. It is located in the central part of southern Europe.
Where is Slovenia?
Slovenia borders Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia
. The country also has a 43 kilometres long coastline of the Adriatic sea, which is very picturesque.
Europe - Slovenia
is one of the most diverse countries in the world regarding to its size. Slovenian landscape has mountainous Alps, the Adriatic Sea, Karst caves, natural spas with thermal springs, old towns, magnificent castles, clean lakes and rivers ... and it's all at your fingertips. In Slovenia can everybody enjoy, so nature lovers as well as lovers of cultural and historical monuments. Which is also extremely important fact, water can be drunk straight from the tap.
Ljubljana with neighbourhood
Transport infrastructure is relatively well developed and if you take the highway you can be very quickly in any part of Slovenia. Highway cross is stretching from northwest to southeast and from northeast to southwest. In Slovenia you can arrive by the plane to the Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport, also known by its previous name Brnik Airport. You can arrive also by boat by the Adriatic Sea. The easiest way to see Slovenia is by car, also you can choose the option of public transport (buses or trains) or through organized tours.
Highway to seaside - viaduct
The capital city of Slovenia is Ljubljana
, which is located in the centre of the country and to Ljubljana is possible to come almost from any area of Slovenia in about 1-2 hours. Ljubljana is just the right size, so it offers almost everything as offer great metropolis, yet is small enough that it can be walked on foot. Especially is beautiful the old part of town along the Ljubljanica river.
Slovenia has lots of mountain summits, from two thousand high in the Alpine region to the smaller hills across all the country. There are mountain huts for refreshment and rest in the mountains, to which lead marked trails.
Slovenia also has a national park, Triglav National Park
, which is named by the highest Slovenian summit Triglav
(2864 m). It offers beautiful Alpine valleys, high peaks, waterfalls, lakes, etc. This is a true paradise for nature lovers and hikers. Part of the Triglav National Park is also the Lake Bohinj
, which is a good starting point for various trips and spending leisure time in the nature.
Triglav National Park - Bohinj Lake
Interesting hiking trails are also in the highlands, which are very suitable for families (for example Golte
). Here it is possible to an easy way withdraw from the city bustle to the nature.
is a mountain plateau, which is one of the must see places in Slovenia. Velika Planina offers amazing views to the Kamnik and Savinjske Alps, many marked walking trails and the fairy view of the shepherd’s huts, around which the cows graze peacefully.
If you prefer lowlands, then you have to visit amazing Alpine valleys, such as the Logar Valley Landscape Park
, Vrata Valley
, etc. Here you can see and admire the high peaks without worrying that you will be blister by your walking shoes.
Just an hour drive from the capital city Ljubljana is waiting for you blue Adriatic Sea, where you can experience true Mediterranean touch in the old coastal towns like Piran
. An unforgettable holiday experience offers the wordly Portoroz
in Slovenia are definitely a unique attraction that are worth seeing. The most visited cave is world famous Postojna Cave
, where lives olm (Proteus anguinus - also known as the human fish). For sure you will be also impressed by Skocjan Caves
, which are part of the UNESCO's list of natural and cultural world heritage sites.
Every visitor in Slovenia has to experience and feel the fairytale Bled
, which will fascinated you with the small church on the island in the middle of the lake. Above Lake Bled is proudly raising a castle where is a wonderful view of Bled and surrounding peaks.
In Slovenia there are also the picturesque gorges
, which will cool you pleasantly in the summer time. If you have time to visit only one, then visit the Vintgar Gorge
, which is located near Bled.
Due to the highly dynamic surface Slovenia also has many waterfalls
, from smaller to larger.
Mountain road over the pass Vrsic
is a unique experience where you can admire the beautiful views on the stops along the way and later at the top of the pass. A little bit larger experience offers a scenic Road to Mangart Saddle
, which will bring us to the height of over 2000 metres above the sea. While driving on either of these roads don’t be surprised if the road crosses a group of sheep.
Road to Mangart Saddle
Lovers of rivers have to see and feel the emerald Soca River
. Soca is very clean river, so that you can drink it, if you ran out of bottled water.
Slovenia has many castles
, some of them are open for visitors and arranged as museums, while others are barely held together. One of the most fascinating is Predjama Castle
, which is built into the rock and offers a variety of secret passages and an amazing cave which is behind the castle.
In Slovenia there are many botanical gardens. The most beautiful are Volcji Potok Arboretum
and a flower park Mozirski gaj
, where you need at least half of a day to see all. However, worth of seeing is also Tivoli Park
Arboretum Volcji potok
In the winter time are operating many ski resorts
, of course if weather permits. The most popular ski resorts are Kranjska Gora
and Mariborsko Pohorje
In the summer time are very popular natural baths
at lakes and rivers besides beaches at the seaside. There you have to come in the early morning hours to get a parking place for your car.
Bled - Velika Zakaj
In the eastern part of the country there are lots of spas
, which are open throughout the year and offer an unforgettable relaxing in swimming pools, saunas, massages, etc. Wellness Orhidelia in Terme Olimia will fascinate you for sure.
Slovenia has many churches
Zice Carthusian Monastery
Don’t forget the old towns
(Ljubljana, Maribor, Skofja Loka
, coastal towns, etc.), which will return you back in the time when on the streets were knights, counts, etc.
The second largest city in Slovenia is Maribor
, home of the oldest vine in the world. The city offers much more than just this. If you will be in Maribor in the summer time, you should definitely drive with the boat or lumber raft on the Drava River, visit the park, museum in the castle, etc.
The eastern part of Slovenia is mostly hilly and dotted with vines. When autumn colours leaves is especially nice to drink a glass of wine in the company of the local people.
In the southeastern part of Slovenia along the border with Croatia flows the Kolpa River
, which offers numerous opportunities for swimming, rafting and boating. In the summer time is river very tranquil, so it is suitable for almost everyone. Every few kilometers there are smaller dams, which were made because of the mills that were once along the river.
Slovenia offers diverse possibilities of accommodation that satisfy every taste and request. In all the popular tourist resorts are many hotels of different categories and providers of apartments and rooms.
Hotel Kempinski Palace Portoroz
Lovers of camps will also find beautiful and tastefully decorated places like Camp Sobec
near Bled, Zlatorog Camp
in the Triglav National Park, camp sites by the Soca River, etc.
Although Slovenia is a small country and many people would think that it can be seen in a few days, you will need much more time to see all the above suggested places. Slovenia also offers many other beautiful places that have not been mentioned above. If your visit, however, is limited to a short period of time, then you should read What to visit in Slovenia in one day?
and What to visit in Slovenia in three days?