Top 7 things to do in Slovenia
Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst region. Check out these top 7 things to do during your time here.
1. Visit Ljubljana
The capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana, might be a small city but it definitely packs a punch. If you want to be at the heart of the action, head to Preseren Square, complete with buskers providing endless entertainment. Make sure you visit the Dragon Bridge, one of the most photographed parts of the city and for a spot of history, make your way over to Ljubljana Castle, home to a compelling exhibition on Slovenian history.
2. Experience all that Bled has to offer
Shaped like a tear, the picturesque Lake Bled can provide ample photo opportunities, as well as the chance to ride on a gondola. That’s not all however, check out Bled Castle, which definitely wouldn’t look out of place in a medieval fairy-tale.
If you love skiing then Slovenia is the place to you. This country is home to Planica, notorious for being the site of the first ever ski jump over 100m in 1936. Make sure you explore Mariborsko Pohorje, the biggest skiing area in Slovenia and perfect for skiers of all ability. For skiing with a twist why not try it at night, an activity popular with the locals.
4. Drink Slovenian wine and be merry
Slovenia is home to fabulous vineyards that are scattered across the country, so you’re bound to come across at least one during your stay. From the Old Vine House in Maribor, home to the oldest vines on the planet, to Vipava Valley. Taste and enjoy!
5. Ride horses in Lipica
If horse riding is your thing, make sure you get yourself over to Lipica, breeding ground of the majestic white Lippizaner horse. Check out Lipica Stud farm, where you have the chance to watch performances from the horses and even ride them.
6. Visit the coast and Karst region
The Slovenian coastline is only 47 kilometres long but there is so much to see. Piran is a breathtaking old Mediterranean town, which you should definitely visit and is situated at the tip of the Piran peninsula. Make sure you also spend time on the dazzling Koper beach and check out the nearby town of Izola in Portorož.
Some of the most beautiful underground chambers can be found in Slovenia too, with more than 6000 thousands karst caves and sinkholes to choose from. Don’t miss a visit to the world famous Postojna Cave and Škocjan caves, which are included on UNESCO's list.
7. Head to Maribor
Not to be outdone by Ljubljana, Slovenia’s second biggest city and the European Capital of Culture in 2012, is also a fantastic place to visit. There is the Maribor Regional Museum, home to the finest collection of Slovenian artefacts, the uniquely designed Maribor castle and the lively main square. Check out the nearby Slovenian city of Ptuj too, which is the oldest in the country.