Lake Bled is one of the most visited attractions in Slovenia. The beautiful views of the lake and the small island it surrounds brings thousands of visitors every year. The best way to reach the island is taking a pletna, a traditional gondola in the Bled area. Once on the island, visitors must walk up ninety-nine steps to reach the island’s church. It is considered good luck to ring the church’s bell when visiting the island.
Slovenia's capital city is as romantic and charming as they come—and clean, having been named the “Green Capital of Europe 2016” by the European Commission. Stroll through the pedestrian-only Old Town, sip coffee by the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River, or take in the baroque architecture and hilltop sixteenth-century Ljubljana Castle.
Slovenia's second-largest city is provincial and charming, with a medieval Old Town, pedestrian-only central streets, and a skyline defined by orange roofs and rolling hills. The town is also the site of a glorious landmark: "the oldest vine in the world." Stara Trta (literally "Old Vine") is more than 400 years old, and is a symbol of the rich wine culture in Maribor.
Situated on a picturesque peninsula on the Adriatic coastline, Piran is one of Slovenia's most beautiful cities. Its pedestrian-only Old Town is reminiscent of Venice in miniature, with Gothic architecture, alfresco wine bars, narrow alleyways, and glowing sunsets.
Lipica Stud Farm
Lipica Stud Farm has been breeding Lipizzaner horses since the sixteenth century. Once used by royals for their private stables, the farm is now open to visitors and allows them to admire this beautiful breed of horse. When visiting the Lipica Stud Farm, guests can stroll through the barns and join one of the farm’s guided tours. Three times a week the Classical Riding School performs, and guests can see the Lipizzaner horses in action.
Triglav National Park
The Triglav National Park, named after the country’s tallest mountain, is the only National Park in Slovenia. With beautiful views of the mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, and pastures, this park is a nature lover’s paradise. Aside from hiking, Triglav National Park offers great activities such as kayaking, rafting, skydiving, and parasailing.
Slovenia main airport, Jože Pučnik Airport, is located just outside its capital city and is well served by international airlines.
A small regional airport, Trieste in Italy is located about an hour away from Slovenia’s seaside resort town of Portoroz. Ryanair flies to and from Trieste multiple times a week from Stansted Airport.
Sečovlje Salina Nature Park
The Salt pans in the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park are one of the few places in the world where sea salt is still produced by using a centuries-old method. When walking on the park trails, visitors can observe salt being harvested manually by local workers.
Planica Nordic Centre,
Planica is home to the biggest ski jumping hill in the world. For over twenty years it has hosted one of the most important ski jumping competitions in the world. In 2015 Planica received a much-needed update, and the new Planica Nordic Center was built. Aside from the ski jumps the center also features an athletics stadium, a zipline, a wind tunnel, cycling and walking paths, and a visitor’s center. Planica zipline has the steepest descent in the world, which creates the sensations that ski jumping champions feel when flying through the air.
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10 places that prove Slovenia is a Real Life Fairy Tale!
The only thing more fairytale-like than a castle is a castle perched on a 400-meter cliff that’s built around the entrance of a natural cave. Oh, and did we mention there’s a network of secret passageways? The Predjama Castle in Slovenia has all that and more.
Today, Predjama Castle is open year-round to visitors who can also buy combo tickets to see the Postojna Caves. Meet the Knight Erazem, a 15th-century robber-baron who, like Robin Hood, stole from the rich to give to the poor. A real life fairy tale hero.
Magical and mystical, be wary the river doesn't put you under it's spell. Clear vibrant turquoise water winds its way through the deep gorge. With lookouts named Devils Bridge and Dantes Cave, you know theres going to be some interesting stories to hear.
Located in the very south of the Triglav National Park, it's a perfect stop off during a road trip of the Soca Valley.
Looking like something out of middle earth. The herdsmen’s cottages on Velika Planina plateau allow you to experience the traditional Apline life.
Not far from Ljubljana, you must take cable car to reach the plateau. The surrounding mountains make it a great starting off point for hikes.
You've discovered a castle in cave, now discover one in a river! Surrounded by water Otocec Castle is a medieval fantasy come to life.
The Otocec castle is the country's most beautiful and most preserved castle. Found on a small island in the heart of river Krka, it has been transformed into a luxurious hotel.
Slovenia is a green paradise. Over 60% of the country is covered in forest. Wherever you are in Slovenia your always close to a walk in the woods
Discover the prettiest towns with streets full of colorful houses. Walking around Ptuj, Piran or Maribor one almost expects to see storybook characters tucked amongst the tourists.
Go on a quest across the city of Ljubljana to find the mythical beasts. Seek the legend of the greek hero Jason (yes the same Jason who stole the golden fleece and many more adventures) and help him defeat this monster.
The Symbol of the Slovenian capital, and guardian of the iconic Emperor Franz Josef Jubilee Bridge, Ljubljana’s dragon is the city’s most recognizable resident. Not only does he perch, with teeth bared and wings spread, on all four corners of the aforementioned arch, but his image also appears on the town’s coat of arms, flag, river walls, manhole covers, and even on the crest of the local soccer team.
The most magical and famous fairy tale scene of Slovenia. This breathtaking alpine lake is probably the icon of Slovenia, the symbol of all the natural beauties this small country offers.
5 Reasons why you need to visit Slovenia.
Why you need to visit Slovenia!
Only a two hour flight from the UK this tiny country is often overlooked. Bordered by Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy, Slovenia is an exciting mix of the best of each culture. Known for its diverse topography and praised for it’s sustainable tourism.
The country's conscious efforts to promote regional tourism and encourage slow travel make it the kind of authentic, alluring adventure that our Fleewinter guests are seeking today.
Here are just a few reasons to visit Slovenia now, before the rest of the world does!
Picture Perfect Lake Bled
1. Storybook Scenery
Lush forests, snowy peaks, sparkling waters and castle so many castles. Slovenia is a fairytale come to life! A real-life Narnia (indeed many of the scenes from the 2008 film Prince Caspian were filmed here) you’ll find yourself enchanted by a world of knights, dragons, white horses and rich folklore at every corner. There’s even a castle in a cave! The vivid turquoise rivers and emerald lakes will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Children will love learning about local legends at some of the many festivals throughout the year.
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The mysterious underground world of Postojna Caves
2. Diverse Nature
Tiny Slovenia, hemmed into the Adriatic by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, packs a lot into its diminutive proportions. As the only country that combines four of Europe’s distinct geographical features – the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain (a lowland basin) and the Karst (a rocky limestone region) Slovenia exhibits a vast diversity of nature.
The country’s numerous mountains and hills are suitable for all levels of hiking and offer jaw-dropping views. The Prekmurje lowlands in the northeast are perfect for the cycling enthusiast. The Adriatic coast offers the Mediterranean warmth, clear waters and beautiful sunsets. In complete contrast the underground world of Karst region contains some of the largest cave formations in Europe.
And the best thing is you can see it all in a relatively short amount of time: small is beautiful! Roughly the size of Wales You don’t have to choose between swimming in the balmy Mediterranean or a cool Alpine lake – you can do both in the same day!
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Local dish of Pumpkin Gnocci
They say the best way to experience a country’s history and culture is through its food. This is especially true in Slovenia, which has become a melting point of cultures, thanks to its neighbours, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Slovenia has no less than 170 typical dishes, all characterised by using locally produced ingredients. Discover special Slovenian cheeses, meat products, sausages, oils, honey, and other food.
Any self-proclaimed foodie will have Hiša Franko on their must-visit list. The brainchild of Ana Ros (of Netflixs Chef’s Table fame), this pink farmhouse in the whisper-quiet Soča Valley serves Alpine dishes from the future—think roebuck sashimi with juniper and chestnut, or goat’s-milk croissants stuffed with rosehip and roasted apple ice cream. It’s a sure bet for Slovenia’s first Michelin guide, which is coming in March 2020.
There’s much more to Slovenia’s foodie scene than just fine dining, however. Ljubljana boasts a thriving street-food culture, the highlight being a weekly “Open Kitchen”—or Odprta kuhna—which runs from Spring to Autumn. The open-air culinary celebration draws food producers from all over the country.
All this, however, is just for starters. With more than 20 gastronomic regions to explore, Slovenia features traditional farms making their own sausages, mountain huts preparing savory stews for hikers, and coastal towns offering fresh seafood from the Adriatic. Whether you’re a passionate foodie or casual traveller, life here tastes pretty sweet.
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What the pros know (and the rest of us are just beginning to realize) is that Slovenia is Europe’s most promising new wine destination, not only for its cult-status bottles but also for its insane—we’re talking half-the-price-of-Bordeaux insane—value on everything from winery tours to meals to vineyard-side glamping. Home to the world's oldest grapevine, winemaking in Slovenia existed long before the Romans introduced winemaking to France, Germany and Spain, since the time of the Celts and Illyrian tribes. It's no wonder then that Slovenia has such a rich wine making history.
Wine tours are available throughout the year, but autumn is when most wine-related events take place. In September, visitors cannot only taste the delicious wine, but they can also participate in harvesting the grapes, while October sees St. Martin’s Day, Slovenia’s biggest wine-related holiday, when events held all over the country celebrate the must (young wine) being made into Slovenia’s finest vintages. The extensive selection of excellent local wines makes Slovenia a great destination for all wine lovers.
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The famous spa town of Rogaska Slatina
5. It’s water
Slovenia is rich in mineral water. In fact it’s the thermal water traditions that initially led Sarah to Slovenia when researching for her spa and wellness holidays. Visited over the centuries by Europes royalty and aristocracy searching to cure their ailments, Slovenias 15 different areas spa areas, each offer specific health benefits. Legends say when the winged horse Pegasus landed on the ground, healing mineral water burst onto the surface. This water is called Donat Mg and it has the highest magnesium content in the world! And can be found in the spa resort town of Rogaska Slatina.
These spa resorts don’t just offer restorative healthy stays they have a wide range of water parks that children will love! The awards winning Terme Olimia is perfect for a family holiday!
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Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
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