5 Most Beautiful Places in Slovenia to Go Right Now

It’s official. Slovenia is underrated. Bordered by Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, this small country is culturally diverse, easy to travel and home to some of the most picturesque locations on the map. Below we will look at some of the most beautiful places in Slovenia.

Piran: The seaside town  

Piran, Slovenia, from the water

Start your trip in this beautiful small peninsula town on the Slovenian coast. It is one of the few places on the seaside in this country. 

Exploring by foot, start at Tartini Square, the town’s main square and center. From there, you are footsteps away from the Old Town. Take in the historic charm of the colorful Venetian house fronts and the narrow, cobbled alleyways. 

Don’t forget to check out the lighthouse, which sits at the Punta (point) of the town.  

Looking for somewhere to eat after wandering around? Make sure you visit the waterfront restaurants along the promenade. Indulge in some delicious fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. It’s a lovely place to enjoy an aperitif for sunset. 

While there are no beaches in Piran, you can jump into the sea from the concrete promenade (you’ll see people sunbathing). Otherwise, head to Strunjan or Fornače Beach. The latter is within walking distance.  

Postojna: Explore Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle in Slovenia

It’s time to head inland to two of the most popular attractions in the Slovenian Karst country. Wondering what that means? The Karst is a plateau in southwestern Slovenia (extending into Italy) made of porous limestone. 

To visit Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, base yourself in the town of Postojna. There are a few hotels and restaurants to choose from in this quaint area. 

Book the classic tour of Postojna Cave. You’ll start with an exciting 10-minute train ride through the massive cave. The next part of the tour is on foot, so you can admire the stalactite and stalagmite formations more closely. This cave is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Slovenia. 

Pro tip: It’s typically 10°C (50°F) inside the cave so bring an extra layer of clothing. 

On the same day, you can visit Predjama Castle. Yes, there are a few castles in Slovenia, but this one is unique because it’s built into the mountain face. It’s the largest cave castle in the world. Learn about the history, which dates back to the 13th century, as you explore the exterior and interior.

The best way to get from Piran to Postojna is the bus which is only 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

Ljubljana: The capital 

Ljubljana city center

You can’t visit Slovenia without going to the capital Ljubljana. A bus from Postojna to Ljubljana will take you only 45 minutes. 

This city isn’t as well known as Paris or London, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less beautiful. In fact, it’s known as one of the greenest cities in Europe. You also won’t feel the chaos of those other big cities—there is a lovely laid-back atmosphere. 

Expect a thriving outdoor dining culture in the summer months, a wealth of history, and many green spaces. 

There are some things you shouldn’t miss, like a visit to Preseren Square, located at the heart of the city. And wander along the Ljubljanica River, where you will find lively open-air cafes and restaurants. 

Of course, don’t forget about the city’s must-see attraction, the Ljubljana Castle. Perched on the hill above the old town, it has incredible views over one of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia. But it’s more than just great views. The exterior and interior of the castle are architectural masterpieces, largely rebuilt in the early 16th century after a devastating earthquake. 

Pro tip: It’s free to wander the grounds but worth every euro you pay to enter the Watchtower, the Chapel of St George and the Time Machine Tour. Tickets start at €9 ($20).

Bled: The postcard image of Slovenia

Boat near Lake Bled in Slovenia

If you’ve seen photos of this country, then no doubt you have seen Lake Bled. It is a Slovenia must-see! Even better, from Ljubljana to Bled, it will only take 50 minutes by car or bus.

There are a few activities you must do. Rent a small boat to paddle out to the island on Lake Bled. Not only are the views incredible, but it is also a fun experience, and you can tie your boat up and explore the island. 

You can rent a rowboat from several locations, including the Grand Hotel Toplice. It will cost you approximately €20 ($20) per hour. Hire the boat for 2 hours, so you are not rushed and have time to explore the island. 

If you don’t feel comfortable rowing your own boat, gondolas take small groups out. 

If you are an early riser, don’t miss a sunrise walk. There is a postcard-worthy viewpoint located on the southwest side of Lake Bled. 

Pro tip: When using Google Maps, type in Ojstrica to find the location. The walk is approximately 20 minutes one way. 

While you’re in the area, check out Vintgar Gorge. This picturesque location has waterfalls, rapids, and pools only four kilometers from Bled. It’s magnificent! The gorge is 1.6 kilometers long, so leave 2 hours walking time for a round trip. That will allow time to take photos, too.  

Triglav National Park: The place for adventurers 

Triglav National Park in Slovenia

The last stop on our trip through Slovenia is Triglav National Park. It’s the only national park in the country, covering 840 square kilometers. It’s worth spending a few days here to properly explore. 

Stay in a few different locations such as Kranjska Gora, Lake Bohinj and Soca Valley to get different vibes. 

Kranjska Gora is a small yet beautiful town. If you visited during the winter months, you’d find snow-capped mountains. However, in summer, it’s a place for nature enthusiasts. Stop by Lake Jasna, which is home to two interconnected artificial lakes. The reflection of the Stenar, Razor and Kriz Mountains is truly spectacular! 

Also, don’t miss the turquoise Lake Zelenci. Unfortunately, you can’t swim here, but it’s one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia.

Next up on your adventures in Triglav National Park is Lake Bohinj. Go kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing on the lake to take in all its beauty and access some of the beaches that can’t be reached by foot. 

Finally, but not to be forgotten, are the Soca Valley and the magnificent Soča River. They are an adventurer’s dream. To experience this area to the fullest, you must go for walks across suspension bridges, swim in some of the gorges, and go kayaking and rafting. Don’t miss Small Soča Gorge and the Great Soča Gorge.

A good place to stay when exploring the Soca Valley is Bovec, which is famous for its large number of outdoor activities on offer.  

What temperatures should you expect in summer?

Be prepared to pack for varying temperatures when visiting Slovenia during June, July and August. While most of the country experiences temperatures exceeding 30°C (86°F), it’s a different story for places such as Bled. There, you can expect milder temperatures of 20-25°C (68-77°F).  

Wondering where to go after Slovenia? 

People toasting on Venice canals

Combining a holiday to Slovenia with a visit to one or two neighboring countries is easy. 

For example, from Piran to Venice in Italy, it will take 2 hours and 45 minutes by ferry with Venezia Lines. 

After exploring the romantic city of Venice, you can easily hop across to Croatia. From Venice to Pula it will take 3 hours and 30 minutes by ferry. Or from Venice to Rovinj it’s 5 hours and 50 minutes. 

FAQ

Is Slovenia a safe place to travel? 

100%! It ranks among the top 5 safest countries in the world. 

Is Slovenia expensive?

It is actually one of the most affordable places to travel throughout Europe. 

What is Slovenia best known for?

The beautiful landscapes, lakes and dramatic scenery. It’s a nature lover’s paradise!

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