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7 best places to visit in Slovenia in 2019

A picturesque and forward-looking capital, lush countryside and a smattering of colourful towns - welcome to Slovenia! Here are 7 unmissable places to visit in this wonderful central European country - and the best things to do when you're there!

7 of the best places to visit on a holiday to Slovenia in 2019

1. Ljubljana

Slovenia's picturesque capital, Ljubljana

There is plenty of things to see and do packed into this gorgeous capital city. Above the city, Ljubljana’s Castle – one of the city’s top tourist attractions – is accessible by funicular or by a steep but scenic walk. Its clock tower boasts incredible views of the city’s Old Town with its pretty squares and Baroque architecture. While wandering around, look out for pictures and statues of dragons – they symbolise the mythological origins of the city. Legend has it that the Greek hero Jason and his Argonaut comrades killed a monster in a swamp on the present site of Ljubljana.

People sitting in an open-air cafe in Ljubljana, Slovenia

For a truly unforgettable stay book yourself into Hostel Celica for a night or two. The hostel is a former Yugoslav prison whose cells have been redesigned by over 80 artists into a mix of private and dorm rooms. They are individually decorated with quirky furniture (think circle beds that hang from the ceiling), mosaics and murals.

2. Bled

Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Slovenia

This postcard perfect, fairy-tale town is Slovenia’s most popular resort, and rightly so. People flock here to enjoy the stunning views of the lake with its small church that sits on an islet. Beyond it you can see the gothic Bled Castle that is perched on the cliff’s edge. It is a great town if you want a more active holiday as it is perfect for cycling, canoeing, and hiking. And for the child in you, you can take a chair lift to the top of Straža ski slope and toboggan back down. It’s an amazing adrenaline rush and is a surprisingly good way to take in the views.

3. Škocjan Caves

One of the most scenic things to do in Slovenia is visit Škocjan Caves. This system of underground caves is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the highest cave hall in Europe. This huge, underground canyon can be crossed by a narrow bridge where you truly get a sense of how giant the space is. The caves are filled with impressive stalagmites and stalactites and are home to 15 species of bat.

4. Piran

The beautiful coastal town of Piran, one of Slovenia’s top tourist attractions, juts out in to the Adriatic Sea. The old town’s winding streets are lined with Venetian-style buildings. Its most impressive attraction is St Georges Church, that stands tall over the town. From the hill that it sits on you’ll see all the way to the ocean.

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5. Vogel

Sunset over Vogel

Although not the most obvious destination for winter sports, Slovenia has many high-quality ski slopes and cross-country trails. Vogel, for example, is sat on a plateau above the majestic Bohinj Lake and caters well for beginners and experienced skiers alike. Their season runs from December all the way through until May. And what’s more, it is considerably cheaper than more well-known resorts.

Sunset in Bohinj Lake, Slovenia

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6. Predjama Castle

This 700-year old castle, sitting on a 123m cliff and built into the mouth of a cave, is a must-visit attraction on a holiday to Slovenia. It became famous due to the legend of the Robinhood-esque knight named Erazem Lueger – a robber-baron who stole from the rich and gave to the poor and fought the established order. Visit in July and you can watch their annual medieval duelling tournament.

7. Soča Valley

Rafting in Soča valley - one of the best places to visit in Slovenia

The turquoise River Soča stretches from Triglav National Park to Nova Gorica between the Julian Alps. It is one of the best places to visit in Slovenia especially if you enjoy extreme sports. Paragliding and rafting are extremely popular pursuits here. But if you wish to go at a slower pace there are plenty of hiking routes, horse-riding trails and fly-fishing spots for you to just relax and take in the scenery.

Cycling in the countryside, Slovenia

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7 best places to visit in Slovenia in 2019

Woman enjoying the view to Lake Bled, Slovenia
1. Ljubljana
2. Lake Bled
3. Škocjan Caves
4. Piran
5. Vogel
6. Predjama Castle
7. Soča Valley

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