7 Reasons to Visit Slovenia
When you are planning a trip to Europe, you may completely overlook the opportunity to visit Slovenia. You probably think of places like Paris, Barcelona, and Rome in the first place. But you can’t imagine that a trip to Slovenia can be the most unforgettable. Everyone will find something to do there. I will not hesitate, let’s look at a few reasons to visit this wonderful place.
One of the main reasons to visit Slovenia is the many beautiful castles scattered throughout the country. Many of them have been restored and are now museums, and some have even been turned into hotels. Yes, that’s right, you can stay in a real castle! Each castle conceals something extraordinary. For example, Castle Bled Hosting has a magnificent view of Lake Bled. Another castle, Predjama, is built from the surrounding rock and when you visit it, you will have the unique opportunity to go down into the unforgettable caves nearby.
Banovci Health Spa
Slovenia is incredibly popular for its healing resorts and wide range of health centers. One of the most popular is Banovci Resort health resort located not far from the border with Austria. It has a number of thermal pools, and offers a huge range of therapeutic and recreational activities, hiking and biking. In the resort you will find about 150 campsites, as well as 50 additional sites for people who prefer nudist camping.
If you want to learn more about Slovenia’s culture, visit Maribor! In 2012 Maribor was named the European Capital of Culture. Its main attraction is the Old Vine House, where the oldest wine in the world is kept. In summer you can visit the International Festival with music, dance and fair. Also you can enjoy the magnificent views of the city, and visit some of the cathedrals and squares in the heart of Maribor.
One of Slovenia’s biggest tourist destinations is Lake Bled, and for good reason. Guests are given the opportunity to take a 6 km trip around the lake and also visit some of the thermal springs located in the northeastern part. You can visit such activities during the day, and at night, as you know, the area has a lot of great bars and restaurants.
The vibrant capital of Slovenia is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is located on the Ljubljana River, so some bridges are already a huge attraction. Within the city everyone will find something to do: cultural entertainment, bars, restaurants, everything for you to fully enjoy the beautiful capital.
If you want to learn more about the Slovenian landscape, you should visit the Triglav National Park and enjoy the Julian Alps. You can take a hike and then you will have the opportunity to see an unusually beautiful 60-meter waterfall, as well as to get to the ski slopes and visit one of the best ski resorts in Slovenia.
A city which offers much of the old and much of the new. Medieval Piran invites you to visit its winding streets and may even get lost while you admire the beautiful Venetian style architecture. In Piazza Tartini you can visit many great bars and restaurants. And if you like to enjoy the view of the city, you should visit the church of St. George, a breathtaking view is guaranteed.
Slovenia may not be the most popular destination for tourists, but it is definitely worth a visit. Slovenia offers many attractions while maintaining its charm without being overcrowded with tourists. Have you ever been to Slovenia? Or maybe about to visit it? Which of the above attractions would you like to visit?
7 Reasons to Visit Slovenia
For our compatriots Slovenia is still a country from the category of “undiscovered Europe”. But the smart Germans and Italians figured out a long time ago that it is not necessary to overpay for a holiday in your country if in the neighboring Slovenia is the same spa centers and mountain resorts with good hotels, but much cheaper.
Here are the seven main reasons to visit this small, but very picturesque and original country:
Sea and Beaches
One of the largest resort towns of Slovenia – Portoroz
Slovenia has an outlet to the Adriatic Sea, the length of the beaches is only a little over 40 miles, but a place in the sun there is for everyone. Slovenian seaside towns with sand and pebble beaches are no inferior to the beauty and service resorts of Italy, Montenegro and Croatia. But the number of tourists is much less, so the beaches are very clean and well-groomed. The most popular beach resorts are Piran and Portoroz.
Mountains of Slovenia
One of the ski resorts of Slovenia
If you poll tourists, when mentioning the Alpine mountains, their first association will be countries such as Switzerland, Italy and Germany. And here Slovenia is underestimated, because it is just the perfect place for a winter holiday in the mountains. Mild climate, good snow cover and developed infrastructure of Slovenian mountain resorts have already appreciated by many fans of skiing. Especially popular is the resort of Maribor Pohorje with modern ski elevators and long slopes.
Popular health resort in Slovenia is Rogaška Slatina.
If you need medical rest and recovery procedures Slovenia also offers interesting options. Slovenian resorts of Rogaška Slatina, Terme Čatež, Strunjan, and Šmarjece Toplice specialize in treating a wide range of diseases: from skin care to psychosomatic diseases. Treatment is based on mineral and thermal waters under the keen eye of experienced professionals, and if you add to this a pleasant climate and beautiful scenery, the effect does not last long. In addition, treatment in Slovenia is much cheaper than in the Czech and Italian thermal spas.
Souvenir Shop in the historic center of Izola
Shopping tours in European countries are gaining in popularity, and in Slovenia there is something to spend money on. What do people most often bring from this country? Mostly clothes, handmade interior decorations, pottery, glass and crystal items and souvenirs, crockery and lace products. Also from Slovenia are often brought food, you can buy slices of dried ham, Gorenka chocolate or a bottle of good wine from the local winery.
Cuisine and restaurants
Delicious cevapcici – representatives of Slovenian cuisine
Gastronomic pleasures are worth a separate item, because Slovenia is famous for its quality and gourmet cuisine. No matter which place you choose for breakfast or dinner, whether it’s a restaurant or a casual eatery, you will always be fed with great food and offered refills. The main specialties of Slovenian cuisine are pork sausages, prsut jerky, shtrukli balls of ground dough, pies with nuts, apple and raisin pies. Slovene cuisine also offers unhealthy but very tasty fast food: sandwiches with pleskavica (more meat cutlets) and sauce, cevapcici, pancakes with various toppings. Prices in Slovene establishments will certainly please you, on the average, rich dinner or supper will cost 10 euros per person, and you will have to pay extra 5-10 euros for alcohol.
Architecture and attractions
The capital of Slovenia – Ljubljana
Do not forget that Europe is first of all beautiful architecture. And in Slovenia there are many beautiful cities with medieval architecture. First of all we should mention the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana must-see Ljubljana Castle, National Museum and the Triple Bridge. Also worthy of attention are Kranj with its magnificent Gothic town hall and Koper with its many palaces in the Venetian style.
National parks of Slovenia
Picturesque valley in Triglav National Park
Slovenia’s nature is its treasure, which is why many of the country’s natural sites are protected by the state. The main natural pride of the country is the nature reserve Triglav with mountain peaks and picturesque valleys, forests, waterfalls and lakes. There are hiking trails for lovers of eco-tourism along the Triglav National Park, as well as rock climbing and fishing. There are also many beautiful and unusual caves in Slovenia, for example, karst caves Postojnska Jama, Viljenica and Škocjan.