Slovenia: Europe’s Best Kept Secret
Slovenia has to be one of the most naturally beautiful central European countries, yet for some reason it remains vastly off many travellers’ agendas. In an area that is less than a tenth in size of the United Kingdom, you will find everything from picturesque lakes, stunning cities, glorious mountains, mysterious caves and fast flowing rivers. Being one of the most affordable places for us Brits to pay a visit to, why not make Slovenia your next European break destination? And always be sure to check your EHIC card is renewed before travelling. Carrying a European Health Insurance Card when going to Slovenia will ensure you avoid paying large sums of money should you need to receive any medical treatment when you visit. You are guaranteed to never feel disappointed or lacking something to see or do when visiting Slovenia-here are just some of the highlights this spectacular hidden gem has on offer…
You will soon begin to notice the assorted dragon statues that scatter the streets when you begin wandering this elegant city. According to a legend, Jason and the Argonauts slayed a monster similar to a dragon in days long ago, making them an important historical feature of the town. The city is also filled with other impressive architectural details and is packed with buildings from the Baroque period. Be sure to wander into Ljubljana’s Old Town, made up of lots of winding lanes and little squares that are sure to get you lost in the best way. And a trip to Ljubljana wouldn’t be complete with a climb up to its Castle, where you can truly soak up the most impressive views of the city below.
This picturesque town is a highly popular tourist spot and it’s easy to see why when you are surrounded by stunning views of the lake and the tiny church that sits on an islet. Beyond that, Bled Castle can be seen sitting proudly on the edge of a cliff. Bled is the best place to head to if you’re looking for a more active holiday as opposed to a city break. You can try cycling, canoeing, hiking and even take a chair lift to the top of Straza ski slope and ride a toboggan back down again. Family fun is guaranteed!
Slovenia isn’t typically known as a winter sports destination despite having some great, high-quality ski slopes on offer for snow sports enthusiasts. Vogel, situated above the grand Bohinji Lake is ideal for both beginners and more experienced skiers. Slovenia certainly offers a more affordable option when it comes to skiing and its season runs from December to May, which is generous, giving you plenty of time to hit the slopes.
If you’re one for extreme sports, visiting Soca Valley, situated near River Soca that runs from Triglav National Park to Nova Gorica, is a must. From paragliding and rafting, to hiking, horse-riding and fishing spots, there is plenty to allow you to stay busy whilst soaking in the lush scenery.