10 Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

Slovenia is a tiny country but it’s rich in beautiful fairytale-like places, many of them featuring castles, swans, boat rides in lakes, scenic mountains and mysterious caves… and among everything, only wonderful people who greeted us with kindness, always willing to chat and engage.

We spent a week in Slovenia last August, enough to fall in love with this land but also letting us wanting to come back for more.

These are the places you shouldn’t miss on your next trip to Slovenia:

1. Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It features too many beautiful assets: incredible turquoise waters, swans, a Disney-worthy island with a church, a castle on the top of a hill and the Julian Alps in the background. Simply perfect.

Things to do in Lake Bled

  • Climb the hiking trails to the viewpoints Ostnica and Osojnica to get the best views ever
  • Take a bath between swans on the beach
  • Try the Bled cake (yum!)
  • Take a boat to the island

2. Get to know the capital of the country: Ljubljana

Ljubljana is an adorable capital, with a historic centre that is easy to visit and with several tourist attractions.

Must visits places in Ljubljana

  • Visit Ljubljana Castle to enjoy the sunset
  • Cross the Bridge of the Dragons: the dragon is one of the symbols of Ljubljana because of this bridgedragons on each side
  • Triple Bridge: these 3 bridges connect the medieval Ljubljana with the modern city
  • Bridge of the shoemakers: named like that because it’s where shoemakers workshops were located in this bridge in the past.
  • Church of the Annunciation: this basilica is located in the heart of the city and stands out for the color of its facade
  • Climb the Neboticnik (Slovenian skyscraper): from this rooftop bar you will get the best view of the city

         

Spend the night at the Hotel Lev

Hotel Lev is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city.

I showed it all for Instagram Stories and you loved it, especially because I’ve sent you postcards from there!

Our room was huge and beautiful and the views from our window were amazing, from where we could see the castle, the skyscraper and the main church in Ljubljana. Unfortunately our visit was during a rainy day so the photo doesn’t accurately show how beautiful it was.

You can book your room at the best price here.

3. Visit Soca Valley

This time we visited Slovenia on public transportion as it was very easy for most of the routes we made. We were improvising most of the time and we were planning to visit Soca Valley on a day tour, but they were completely sold out for our dates there.

How to visit Soca Valley

  • Prepare your visit in advance – whether in organized tour or your own rental car – especially if you plan to visit it in August when the options are more limited.

4. Lake Bohinj

Around 20 minutes away from Lake Bled – and very accessible by public bus – Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia, is waiting for you.

Lake Bohinj is a beautiful glacier valley where you can enjoy various activities such as kayaking, paragliding and hiking. It’s a really beautiful place where we only spent half a day but I would have liked to spend way more time.

Things to do at Lake Bohinj

  • Go for some of the activities: kayaking, paragliding and hiking
  • Visit Slap Savica waterfall
  • Go up to the Vogel ski resort for outstanding views

5. Glamping in Big Berry

If you still don’t know what the glamping is, let me explain it quickly. It’s a mixt between camping and glamour, taking the best of each of these concepts so we can enjoy the comforts of luxury in the middle of nature.

I love the glamping from the first time I tried it and Slovenia was a perfect place to indulge myself with it with its beautiful scenery.

Find out more about Big Berry here.

Things to do in Big Berry

  • Join as much as organized activities as possible! The team works hard to make your stay unforgettable
  • Try the Pogaca, Bela Krajina’s typical bread: it’s terrific!
  • Cross the Kolpa River to Croatia on a canoe (you won’t need your passport!)
  • Start the day with a yoga session or a Shiatsu massage
  • Take a bath in the jacuzzi of your terrace

6. Visit the Best cat cafe ever: Cat Caffe Ljubljana

After my first experience visiting a cat cafe in Bucharest, I decided to visit the one in Ljubljana and I ended up spending a whole morning there. There are some rules you should follow so you all can end up having a purrfect time 🙂

If you visit the Cat Caffe…

  • Do not disturb the kittens while they are sleeping
  • Don’t feed them unless you are given special treats for them (you can buy them too)

7. Go off the beaten path: Bela Krajina

Bela Krajina is a rural area that does not receive as much tourism as other parts of the country. However, it’s a beautiful area with rural charm and awesome sociable people.

You will love this place especially if you’re a foodie.

In Bela Krajina don’t forget to visit…

  • The river Krupa in Semic, another fairytale place in Slovenia

8. Visit Maribor, Ptuj and the most romantic road in the world

Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia and Ptuj is the oldest city in the country. With a few pretty buildings, they deserve to be included in any itinerary in Slovenia.

Northeastern Slovenia is another area that I couldn’t visit this time. Can’t wait to come back to Slovenia just for it!

9. Castles

Because of our limited time – and because my priority is in nature – we only visited the Ljubljana castle during our days in Slovenia, but there are many castles that worth the visit there!

Most famous castles in Slovenia

  • Bled Castle: with one of the best views over the lake
  • Ljubljana Castle: perfect for watching the sunset over the Slovenian capital
  • Castle of Predjama: the only one in the world embedded in the cave of a mountain

10. Caves

The caves of Skocjan should be included in any travel itinerary to Slovenia too. They are the only caves that have been declared a World Heritage site with its karst walls and stalactites. The visit lasts an hour and a half and you need to wear shelter and appropriate footwear for the visit.

If you plan to visit the castle of Predjama you can also visit the caves of Postojna.

 

 

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