Why Slovenia Should be Your Next Destination


It feels weird promoting the country I was born in, since one tends to have strong emotional ties to it, but I just have to write about its beauty:) So without further ado, let’s start.

I honestly believe that Slovenia definitely belongs in the underrated countries section. It seems like the people responsible for promoting Slovenia aren’t doing a good enough job (sorry guys), but then again, let’s be honest, it’s kinda hard to compete against European classics like Paris, London or Rome. Anyway, since complaining about whether certain cities/countries deserve to be popular or not, doesn’t really help anyone, here are, what I consider to be, the top reasons you should visit what is sometimes described as the hidden gem of Europe, that goes by the name of Slovenia.

1. Accessibility

Slovenia lies in the southern part of Central Europe and is therefore easily accessible from almost anywhere and is also a good “in between” stop for those of you, who are doing a Europe trip. It has it’s own airport (20 min away from the capital Ljubljana), but you can also take a train or a bus from one of it’s neighbouring countries (Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy). We’re also a proud member of the awesome European alliance called the European Union, so you won’t have to go through the boring and time consuming customs and border crossing procedures.

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Goriska Brda
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Goriska Brda
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Izola, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Izola, Slovenia

Once in Slovenia, due to it’s relative small size you can basically go mountain climbing and swimming in the same day. How cool is that? As a tip, I would advise you to consider renting a car, since there are many hidden corners to explore, that the public transport simply does not reach. 

Hidden places accessable only by car - Sotočje, Tolmin, Slovenia
Hidden places accessable only by car - Sotočje, Tolmin, Slovenia

2. Stunning nature.

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Mozjanca, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Mozjanca, Slovenia

Not being the most popular country in existence also has it’s upsides. The lack of mass tourism is most definitely one of them (who like mass tourism anyway?). In Slovenia you’ll have a chance to experience nature without the massive white hotel complexes, people constantly wanting to sell you something and huge crowds. Due to Slovenia’s extremely diverse landscape, you can visit beautiful lakes surrounded by mountains like the lake Bohinj, experience breathtaking views of landscape, visit some of Europe’s biggest underground caves - the Postojna cave, take a swim in the sea in Izola, Piran or Portorož and countless more. And all of that in very close proximity.

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - The Logar Valley
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - The Logar Valley
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - The Church in Jamnik
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - The Church in Jamnik

3. Affordability

Although things in general (clothes, electronics,...) tend to cost about the same as in other EU countries, going out for dinner or coffee is quite cheap. A regular cup of coffee with milk (a glass of water included and should be free of charge, since slovenian tap water is awesome!!!) should cost between 1.20 and 2.50 € (yeah, some places tend increase their prices due to popularity of the location, etc.) and for example a pizza (which is really good and I encourage you to try it) should be around 8 €. In addition, the transport in Slovenia is relatively cheap in comparison to western Europe. Expect to pay approx. 6 euros for a bus ride from Ljubljana to the famous Lake Bled. The train ticket from Ljubljana to the coastal city Koper should be around 10 euros.

 

All things considered I would say, Slovenia has very good price performance, meaning you definitely get your money’s worth.

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Lake Bled Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Lake Bled Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Lake Bled
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Lake Bled

In a nutshell:

Eating out in restaurants:

pizza: from 6 to 10 euros

pasta: from 8 to 12 euros

fish: from 10 Euros up

 

Cafés, bars:

cappuccino (always with a glass of water): from 1.10 to 3 euros

beer (0.5l): from 2 to 4 euros

vine (0.1l): from 2 to 3 euros

 

Transport:

i.e. bus ticket from Ljubljana - Bled (54 km): ca. 6 euros

i.e. train ticket from Ljubljana - Koper (106 km): ca. 10 euros

4. Great for hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing and paragliding

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Hiking between Stenar and Škrlatica
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Hiking between Stenar and Škrlatica

Slovenia is all about nature. If hiking, cycling, climbing, rafting and cross-country skiing is your hobby, Slovenia is definitely the country you should visit. If you visit the country in winter, travel to Pokljuka, it is just 20 minutes away from the world famous lake Bled. Take your cross-country skies with you and enjoy the winter experience in Slovenia!

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Cross country skiing at Pokljuka, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Cross country skiing at Pokljuka, Slovenia

There are so many possibilities if you want to go hiking. The Julian Alps are a must do. Drive to Vršič and climb to Mojstrovka. Or enjoy the walk to the "Triglavska jezera" - Triglav lakes. Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia (2864 metres).

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Near Mojstrovka - Nad Šitom Glava
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Near Mojstrovka - Nad Šitom Glava

When I think of paragliding I would immediately choose the agencies near Lake Bohinj. It is so beautiful there!

Tandem skydiving can be done from the airport in Lesce. We did it several years ago and it was awesome. Free falling with a view, what more can one ask for :)

If you are more into climbing and you need some information where to go, please let us know and we will introduce you to some of our friends. Many of them are Slovenian alpinists.

 

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Tandem at Lesce Airport, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Tandem at Lesce Airport, Slovenia

Biking from Mojstrana to Kranjska Gora is a very nice experience. It is easy and the views are incredible.

The photo below was taken at the panorama road from the Logar Valley via Solcava to Robanov kot. It should not be a problem for experienced bikers but there are some hills to climb, so don't expect it to be a "Sunday ride".

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Biking the panorama road
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Biking the panorama road

The best rafting in Slovenia can be done at the Soca River in Bovec. There are tons of agencies which offer you rafting, canyoning, kayaking, hydrospeed etc. The rafting itself lasts approx. 1 h 30 min and costs about 40 euros.

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Kayaking at Soca River, Bovec, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Kayaking at Soca River, Bovec, Slovenia

5. Delicious food.

Food is awesome. I'm proud to say there is a lot of healthy food available in Slovenia - from cabbage, beans, lentils to quinoa and amaranth. If you have the chance, stop at a country side restaurant that serves home grown fresh food. It takes like food (weird, I know). Yeah, there is also a McDonald's but not in every corner. I really hope we can keep it like that...:)

Last time in Slovenia I enjoyed delicious smoothies. In Ljubljana there are a few places where you can order a smoothie. One example is the Cacao bar. Yummi :)

One of my favourite things in Slovenia is ordering fresh smoothies for breakfast. Call Fruti Smoothie and your body will appreciate your healthy move! ;)

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Smoothies at Cacao bar in Ljubljana
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Smoothies at Cacao bar in Ljubljana

The cuisine consists of all sorts of meals, with influences from all around Europe. Due to closiness to Italy we eat a lot of Italian food like pizza, spaghetti, lasagna etc. Try the pizza from a stone oven. It's brilliant. Try some pasta with home grown vegetables. It can stand side by side with the best Italian specialities. Since Hungary is also one of our neighbour countries, you can find Gulasch on our plates once in a while. What is more, Slovenians love Balkan food - cevapcici, pleskavica, burek. Am I right, Slovenians? ;) A barbecue without cevapcici is not a barbecue! :P And there is of course fish which is a sign of sea closiness. From trout, octopus to calamari. We love sea food!  I can go on and on but I will rather stop because I'm getting hungry.. :)

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Pizza at Pizzeria Viva, Kranj, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Pizza at Pizzeria Viva, Kranj, Slovenia

5. Friendly and well-educated people.

Almost everyone in Slovenia speaks English (expect elders who will probably more likely speak German). In the north of Slovenia besides English people will at least understand German or even speak it. West and south west Slovenians are mostly fluent in Italian. South Slovenians might understand Croatian and Serbian while in east Slovenia people will probably know some Hungarian.

 

In the title I've mentioned "well-educated people". Most youngsters decide to study after high school. In Slovenia you can still study for free, so there are no tuition fees. I guess this is one of the main reasons why so many people go studying. 

 

The Slovenians are mostly known as open-minded, helpful and friendly people. There might be some exceptions but I think that's the case in every country.

 

6. A bit of everything for everyone

Mountains, cities, lakes, rivers, sea, caves, lowland, vineyards..all reachable within 1-2 hours or even less from the airport!

 

Due to it’s geographical diversity there are a lot of different things to do. Should you fancy an delicious dinner by the river with candles in the capital city Ljubljana, you can do it. Do you want to do a cheap backpacking version and do some sports, while you’re here, you can do it. Are you here to breathe some fresh air on the countryside and try some local delicacies, you guessed it - you can do it.

Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Rent a bike in Ljubljana
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Rent a bike in Ljubljana
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Ljubljana
Why Slovenia Should Be Your Next Destination - Ljubljana

And voila, that’s about it. So to sum up, it’s easy to access, full of fun adventures waiting to be done, relatively cheap, small, full of friendly people and good food. And that’s not even mentioning the view. After that, the only question I have for you is: What are you waiting for?

Travelling to Slovenia? Let us know in the comments below

In case your next destination is Slovenia, let us know! We would be more than happy to answer your questions and give you some advice about lodging and tours in the country!

 

Travelling tip across Slovenia: Rent a custom camper at affordable price with electricity, kitchenware for preparing food and a refrigerator to make your road trip in Slovenia unforgettable and even more comfortable! Check out Vanvoyage!


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Comments: 18
  • #1

    Han Vroon (Friday, 11 July 2014 20:05)

    Hello Sonja and Jernej,
    I came accross your site via a link on the SportMix, Bovec, facebook page.
    I totally agree! Slovenia is awesome!
    We started spending our holiday in Slovenia in 2005 and since then we came back every year. NATURE in capitals! Last year I was bold enough to launch a website to help foreigners to find al those beautiful natural sights in your country.
    Greetz,
    Han

  • #2

    Sonja (Friday, 11 July 2014 22:36)

    Hey Han,
    nice of you to come by our site. Really happy that you like Slovenia and keep on the good work promoting it. Also, compliments to your web site, looks really nice. Well, best of luck to you in the future and stay awesome!
    Cheers,
    Sonja

  • #3

    ALENKA (Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:48)

    PONOSNA SEM NA VAJU, Č E S T I T K E

  • #4

    Sonja (Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:17)

    Hvala Alenka!

  • #5

    Airtrail Slovenia (Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:27)

    Super post! Cool, informativen in zraven krasne slike!

  • #6

    Sonja (Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:44)

    Najlepša hvala! Feedback nama veliko pomeni. Tak pozitiven pa še dodatno motivira. Lp!

  • #7

    colette (Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:15)

    Hi there!
    Great page.We are coming from Australia in June 2015 and only have 2 weeks to spend in Croatia and Slovenia.Is there any chance you can help us to create a plan! where to go and how to get around and what towns/places are a must see!

    Thanks

    cjshiell@gmail.com

  • #8

    sonja-hladnik (Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:42)

    Thank you so much! Of course, I can help! I want you to have a great vacation in Slovenia and Croatia. Let me give you some ideas on the upcoming weekend, when I'll have a bit more time!
    Have a nice time until then,
    Sonja

  • #9

    sonja-hladnik (Sunday, 11 January 2015 20:28)

    I've just sent you an e-mail with my suggestions for travelling to Slovenia and Croatia. Hope you like it!
    bye
    Sonja

  • #10

    Tom (Wednesday, 01 July 2015 13:56)

    What a great post! Amazing photos and I'm so happy I chose to visit Slovenia! I love the Balkans! The most beautiful region in Europe! Will be in Slovenia in 2 weeks :)
    I'm just a bit surprised about the prices... 10-12 EUR for a pizza seems quite expensive.

  • #11

    Sonja (Friday, 03 July 2015 11:35)

    So cool!! You won't be disappointed!
    Oh, I didn't write 10-12 euros for a pizza, that would be expensive, yes - I wrote 6 to 10 euros. You see, a pizza is well affordable ;)
    Which places are you going to visit, Tom?
    Wish you a pleasant stay in Slovenia!

  • #12

    Anna (Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:36)

    I would love to visit Slovenia! I wouldn't compare it with cities like Paris or London but I think that Slovenian countryside is as beautiful as Austrian or Swiss one (you can update me on the latter since I've been only in Switzerland and not Slovenia). During the past 6 months I've seen so many posts about Lake Bled that I've lost count! And Ljubljana looks very pretty too!

  • #13

    Sonja (Tuesday, 11 August 2015 17:14)

    Go for it! :) It's a hidden gem in Europe! If you visit Lake Bled, take the time and visit the Bled Vintgar Gorge and the Lake Bohinj (another 30-min drive from Lake Bled). Ljubljana shouldn't be skipped, yes! If possible, go in summer, where some food festivals can be enjoyed too (i.e. "Odprta Kuhna" - Open Kitchen)!
    Enjoy and let me know how it was! ;)

  • #14

    Anja (Tuesday, 09 August 2016 16:07)

    Eden izmed boljših blogov. Pohvale! Super pogleda na Slovenijo in tudi super slikce. Me veseli, da se tudi kaj takega najde na spletu.

  • #15

    Sonja (Tuesday, 09 August 2016 19:09)

    Joj Anja, najlepsa hvala. Zelo sva vesela takih komentarjev :) Dajo dodatno motivacijo..

  • #16

    James (Monday, 27 March 2017 05:09)

    This post is fantastic, great photos and blurbs! I've been reading and seeing a lot about Slovenia, and for this reason I'm lucky enough to be spending three months here over the summer. Don't compare it to other big European cities! It looks like a more perfect version of those places with more nature :)
    I will be staying in Ljubljana for my trip, but making many side trips over the weekends. Do you have any website/blog/people/your own recommendations for beautiful hikes that are easy to get to? I could always rent a car but would rather not, so anywhere I could take a train or bus for some great day trips or weekend trips would be awesome.

    Thank you!
    James

  • #17

    write my paper for me cheap (Friday, 09 June 2017 13:50)

    It took two prepares, a transport, and 13 hours for us to get from Vienna to Ljubljana, Slovenia. We could have done it quicker, yet our hiker's financial plan hadn't managed us the advantage of booking the immediate prepare. The bed of our downtown lodging looked relentless enticing after the long excursion, and we instantly given way onto it.

  • #18

    Sandy (Saturday, 07 October 2017 15:48)

    Hi Sonja & Jerry. I am planning to travel to Slovenia this November. After reading this post am totally keen but needed to have your expert opinion on a couple of things

    1. Is November a good time to travel there. Will the topography be as pretty and any special festivals that happen in that month? If not, could you recommend alternative months. I love photography & writing so I ask
    2. What is the easier / safer mode of travel between train & bus?

    I will be in the land for 8 days. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much