Spectacular nature, a wine region and charming capital of Ljubljana
SLOVENIA: Capital Ljubljana is small and beautiful with party vibe and grand architecture. A road trip to the Trenta Valley and the Julian Alps is a must for the scenery. Within an hour drive you are at Lake Bled with its amazing blue-green water and famous island. The Slovenian Riviera stretching just 46km along the Adriatic Sea. Add forest and vineyards and you are in a secret corner of Europe – and a romantic country to visit.
The population is only two million. But Slovenians are friendly and upon arrival, the man at passport control might welcome you like a long-lost relative.
Here are 10 more reasons to visit Slovenia.
- Visit Slovenia. Quite literally – an abundance of nature stretches from The Alps in the north and northwest to the Pohorje in the northeast, the Pannonian Plain in the east, and the wine-growing hills and thermal water regions of the southeast. Forests blanket nearly two thirds of the country.
- The Julian Alps are a true natural playground any time of year you visit. In winter, ski resorts such as Vogel and Kranjska Gora offer a variety of slopes perfect for the whole family. In the summer, the Alps are carpeted with wild flowers. Visit Bohinj International Wildflower Festival in May.There are in excess of 10,000km of marked hiking trails in Slovenia with more than 170 mountain huts and 40 hotels with products and services for hikers, as well as 14 ‘cycling destinations.
Look to the coast, rivers and lakes for water sports opportunities. Adrenaline junkies can head to the Soca Valley for white water rafting opportunities or sample cannoning at Sušec and Kozjak canyons.
- Spas and thermal. It is the quality of the water that Slovenia has to thank for the fertility of the landscape. The country is home to natural spas and thermal springs, with a centuries-old cultural tradition of treating both body and spirit using world-famous magnesium and calcium-rich waters.
Today visitors can relax and rejuvenate in 15 certified natural health resorts. These resorts date back centuries: Rogaska Slatina is Slovenia’s oldest and largest spa town, while the thermal springs of Laško were popular even with the Romans. Among the most popular are the geysers and whirlpools of Terme Olimia, the Roman-inspired Rimske Toplice and the waters of Rogaška Slatina Health Resort. At the Thalasso Centre in Portorož, innovative treatments include brine inhalation and packs made with Istrian salt pan mud.
- Have you ever dreamt in the forest, slept in houses steeped in age-long tradition, or relaxed in the treetops? There is nothing more beautiful than starting your day with a view of the green landscape and a hearty breakfast
- This is one of Slovenia’s oldest traditions and today home over 10,000 beekeepers, 12,500 apiaries and nearly 170,000 hive colonies. Slovenia’s Carniolan honeybee is regarded as the second most widespread bee breeds in the world, and native bee species are protected.
The Slovenian Beekeepers Association has worked with tour providers to develop trips that combine tour rich beekeeping tradition with eco-friendly values.
- The Culture. For thousands of years Slovenia has served as a crossroads of nations and an inspirational melting pot of natural and cultural influences from the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain, where some of the greatest wonders of humankind and nature were created. Get to know the Slovenian cultural sights – from the oldest discovered instrument, walk through the famous Plečnik buildings in Ljubljana.
- A festival nation. Slovenian regions echo to the sounds of music, which can be felt at every step. In summer in particular, green, healthy, and active Slovenia transforms into a great outdoor concert venue. Slovenians love socialising, music, and dancing, so there is almost no place in the land between the Alps and the Mediterranean that would not host a festival or a traditional event. In the midsummer, when the day is at its longest and magical spirit reigns the atmosphere, the cultural events move to streets and squares. Slovenia is alive and enjoying the rhythm of festivals.
- Five-star experiences. Five-star ranking experiences are not only connected to the luxury of hotel rooms. The prestige of Slovenia is hidden in its natural and cultural richness. Slovenia’s five-star hotels believe that a true five-star experience happens when high standards of the services meet the best that the local environment has to offer.
- A rising star. Combining a rich natural larder and historic food traditions with influences spanning Austria, Italy, Hungary and the Adriatic, it comes as little surprise that Slovenia is considered a rising star in the culinary map of the world. Slovenia’s culinary story would not be complete without a glass of world-class wine from one of the country’s 14 wine-producing regions.
Slovenia’s traditional delicacies have something from neighbour Italy, Austria and Hungary, marrying Mediterranean and Central European flavours.
Ask for Ana Ros, she was named the world’s best female chef 2017.
10. Slovenia is romantic. As the world’s only country with the word ‘love’ in its name, it’s no surprise Slovenia is a haven for honeymooners and couples looking for a weekend away. Home to some of the world’s most iconic romantic spots, including the magical castle on Lake Bled, the majestic Postojna Cave and the world’s oldest grape vine, here’s why Slovenia is one of the most romantic countries.