Slovenia is quickly gaining popularity among tourists, especially the active types. Slovenia has gorgeous mountains, rivers and hiking trails. It is also home to the famous Lake Bled. The capital, Ljubljana, is bustling with life, especially youth. Riverside cafés and restaurants, theaters and engaging nightlife have increasingly been attracting tourists from all over Europe and other parts of the world.
What to See
Top attractions in Slovenia include the lakes of Bled and Bohinj, the Julian Alps with Mount Triglav and the cities of Ljubljana and Maribor. The Istrian peninsula also has Slovenian part, and here you can visit the towns of Piran, Portoroz and Koper (Capodistria). Slovenian Istria is in the western part of Slovenia and it also borders with Italy. Thus, this area is at least bilingual – with most people speaking Slovenian and Italian, but you might often find Croatian and German speakers as well. If you find yourself roaming in this area, try to visit the Municipality of Kobarid (Caporetto), where the famous World War I battle happened. Even Ernest Hamingway documented this battle in his novel A Farewell to Arms. The river Soča (Isonzo) also flows along this Slovenian-Italian border, and it is hard to miss for it’s mesmerizing aquamarine color.
What to Do
Slovenia is a paradise for travelers who enjoy nature, especially mountains, rivers and lakes. You can hike the Julian Alps and Mount Triglav, paddle board on Lake Bled, or white river raft on the river Soča. And we’re only talking summer activities. Winters in Slovenia are great for skiing, especially in Kranjska Gora. Ljubljana, the capital city, offers many opportunities for sightseeing, as well as just lounging in one of the cafés by the river.
What to Eat
Our favorite topic, as you might have guessed! Compared to coastal Croatia where you will find a predominantly Mediterranean diet, Slovenian cuising is a lot more hearty – because you need a bit of extra energy for the winter. There are a lot of similarities with the food in continental Croatia, and in both regions you will find štrukli – rolled and baked dumplings, usually filled with cheese, and they can be either sweet or savory. Kranjska klobasa (Carniolan sausage) is a type of sausage from the Kranjska region. Other popular dishes are on the sweet side, including knedle, or potato-dough dumplings filled with plums, potica – a nut roll, usually baked for the holidays, and the famous prekmurska gibanica, a national specialty, which is a layered pastry filled with poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins and curd cheese.