Slovenia is so small that you could get it passed on foot, and so great that you can explore it endlessly. This green country is in the heart of Europe, at the confluence of the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonia Basin. The national tourist slogan is “Feel Slovenia” and if you visit you might understand why they say so! Feel and explore this small country endlessly and you will love it!
When and how to visit Slovenia
Take advantage of the winter break and hop on with the children to some of the closest ski – centers. If you do not know how to ski, instructors advise to try the snowboard, because it is much more interesting and faster to learn. Although Slovenia is primarily seen as a winter ‘ski’ destination due to the numerous ski resorts, the beauty of this country can be enjoyed during all seasons. In order to attract visitors outside the ski season, Slovenians invested in the wellness, sports and congress tourism.
Slovenia is situated in Central Europe and is bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. It is only a few hours’ drive away from Venice or Vienna and easily accessible from all the neighboring countries, because it has good road and rail links from European cities, where daily flights are also available from. Since it is a coastal country Slovenia can be reached by sea.
Piran bay is a nice starting point for a cruise. At the Slovenian Adriatic coast nautical tourists have modern equipped marinas in Portorož, Koper and Izola at their disposal, where the shipyard is located within a special yachting center devoted to providing technical services. All marinas provide fuel supply, and the public docks in Piran and Izola. Marine border crossings in Koper and Piran on the Slovenian coast are functioning all year round, and the border crossing in Izola is open from May to October.
Most flights to Ljubljana are held by the only Slovenian airline Adria Airways. You can fly over to any of the international airports in the neighboring countries, and from there you can reach Slovenia by bus, train or rental car.
What to see in Slovenia
Bled – located near the border with Austria and about 90 minutes’ drive north-west of Ljubljana. This is one of the most picturesque town in Slovenia and a great place to visit with beautiful landscapes, an alpine lake and forests. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Bled, Bled Castle is perhaps one of the most charming castles in Europe. The interior of the castle has many interesting medieval artifacts, and from the terrace of the castle you will have a great view of the lake. Lake Bled is an ideal destination to enjoy a boat ride along the lake and excursions to the beautiful islands in the middle of the lake. Bled is famous for its beautiful setting of the mountains and forests and has long been a favorite station of the rich and famous.
Maribor – Located on the northwest side of the country, just a few kilometers from the border with Austria. This is one of the largest cities in Slovenia. If you want, you can go on a day trip to nearby Austria, because Maribor just a 50 minutes’ drive away from Graz in Austria. Maribor is not far from the capital, making it a popular destination for a day trip from Ljubljana. There are many churches and squares, as well as many interesting buildings and monuments for you to explore on foot.
Postojna Cave – the most visited cave in Europe, Postojna Cave is a system twenty kilometers long of passages, galleries and chambers. This characteristic karst cave is characterized by hundreds of stalagmites, stalactites and calcite formations in different shapes and colors. Your tour starts by train through the cave passages. After the train tour you arrive to a concert hall that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The tour lasts about an hour and a half. Bring something warmer to wear, because the temperature in the cave goes from 8 to 10 degrees. Postojna Cave is best known by the type of a unique biological underworld species, the aquatic salamander.