Stunning Slovenia located in Europe is on the edge of the eastern Alps with winding rivers flowing into quaint cities and towns all over this beautiful country. Its population of just over 2 million people has one of the greenest countries in the continent with lush forests, towering mountains, and enticing lakes. To the west is Italy, the north Austria, and Hungary, and to the south Croatia positions Slovenia at a crossroads of Europe waiting to be explored.
Language > Slovene
Dialing Code > +386
Vaccinations > Hepatitis A (recommended)
Slovenia started using the Euro in 2007
In Slovenia, the type C plug is widely used.
Being a Slavic group that shares common ancestry with Central Eastern Europe, Slovenes make up the majority of the country’s population. Other significant proportions of the population come from the Istria region of Italy that borders the country to the west. Due to its history, when it was once part of Yugoslavia, there are also Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks which make up a smaller percentage of the population.
- Slovenians are very good at adapting their behaviour to almost mirror the person they are talking to
- Being late is frowned upon so try and arrive a little earlier than expected
- Before entering a house, remember to remove your shoes
The charming capital city of Ljubljana with a population just shy of 300,000 people is Slovenia’s largest urban area. This cycle haven, with an abundance of green spaces and car-free centre make the city a great place to explore by bike. A definite place to visit in Ljubljana is Metelkova which is the place to experience the city’s creative scene with art installations, concerts, and parties happening in this former military barracks.
Located in the country’s northeast and very close to the Austrian border, Maribor is famous for its wine which it takes enormous pride in. It reportedly has the oldest vine in the world which is celebrated each year during a huge wine festival near the end of September, where numerous wine cellars and nearby the vineyards in the Drava Valley attract winos to this laid-back town.
This quaint medieval town is found close to the middle of Slovenia. Celje is very well preserved and its cobbled streets and buildings can be easily explored by foot. Its castle perched on top of a hill offers a beautiful view of Celje and the surrounding area that will make the walk up here well worth it.
Triglav National Park
The highest mountain in the country is found in the country’s only protected national park home to fantastic hiking trails and mountain huts. The park has a wide variety of fauna including brown bears, red deer, alpine ibex and alpine marmots which are found at different altitudes throughout the national park.
For more information visit the park’s website here
Bordering Triglav National Park is the largest lake in the country which offers abundant fresh air and nature. This lake is truly spectacular with majestic mountain peaks reflecting in the lake and the beautiful alpine villages of Ribcev Lav and Stara Fuzina offering a range of good accommodation options.
This iconic natural wonder in the Julian Alps attracts visitors from home and abroad. A beautiful picturesque church sits on Bled Island which sits in the middle of the lake and a thermal spring nearby which feeds Lake Bled makes it an excellent place to swim.
Just north of Lake Bled is a gorge in the Radovna Valley. It is home to the largest and most mesmerising waterfalls in the country along with powerful rapids that can be visited along a well-maintained walkway snaking alongside the Radovna River.
Located on the country’s Mediterranean coast close to the Croatian border, this stunning medieval village is famous for its salt which it takes enormous pride in. It’s well-preserved streets, urban design, and natural surroundings make it a wonderful place to explore by bike or on foot. Around Piran, there are numerous health spas that promote the use of locally mined mud and salt in body treatments.
For more information on health spas click here
Barely 50 kilometres south of the capital Ljubljana is an incredible underground cave network. A literal toy train takes visitors along a stunning section of the cave network passing incredible limestone formations created by the Prika River. The highlight of the cave system is a rock formation aptly named ‘Brilliant’ which towers above you at 5 metres tall.
For more information on the cave network click here