Nestled within the green heart of Europe, Slovenia continues to fly under the radar as a relatively hidden gem of a travel destination, despite its outstanding natural beauty, friendly local people and magnificent cultural highlights. The country’s diverse landscapes truly have something for everyone, from snow-capped Alpine peaks and underground wonders for adventure-seekers to impressive architecture and cultural experiences for city lovers and rolling green hills for those in search of a tranquil rural getaway. Not forgetting a short but spectacular coastline, where the sparkling sea provides the perfect backdrop for fairytale towns and picturesque villages.
Slovenia’s rich history and close relationship with its neighbours, along with the country’s fertile lands which yield incredible local produce, make this a destination to remember when it comes to culinary delights. The food is as diverse as the country’s landscape; from rustic, comforting dishes such as potato and cheese dumplings served at a traditional mountain gostilna, to fresh Mediterannean fare including Piran sea bass and stuffed squid, or a delicious local cheese paired with Karst prosciutto and a glass of wine, served straight from the producer’s cellar in Goriška Brda.
With forty-seven kilometres of coastline along the Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean Slovenia boasts a treasure trove of beautiful beaches and seaside towns. The beaches of Izola, Portorož and Piran are some of the most famous along the Slovene Riviera, with family-friendly facilities and easy access to clean, safe waters. Izola offers visitors a well-maintained swimming area by the lighthouse or the popular shores of Simon’s Bay, as well as plenty of local cafes and bars.
Watersports enthusiasts will adore Koper, where kitesurfing, paddle boarding and scuba diving are all on offer, as well as exciting boat excursions. Strunjan Nature Park offers visitors a challenging but rewarding trek to Moon Bay, a stunning pebble beach with crystal-clear waters. For another invigorating walk, descend from the top of Ankaran Peninsula and discover the dramatic Debeli Rtič, a unique feature of Slovenia’s coastline. Here, you can breathe in the scent of the pines and the salt in the air.
Unique experiences await you in Slovenia, where a week-long getaway might see you begin by exploring the lively street markets and imposing castle of Ljubljana, or rowing to Lake Bled’s fairytale island, before making your way to the emerald-green waters of the Soča Valley for a day of invigorating watersports.
A trip to the stunning Karst region heralds a day of hiking in the fresh air or a visit to the Skocjan Caves, before an intimate wine-tasting experience in a local Brda cellar. Cycle through the verdant countryside of the Vipava Valley before a trip to the coastal jewel of Piran, a picturesque town surrounded by salt pans.
If alpine adventures are more your style, the awe-inspiring peaks of the Julian Alps beckon, perfect for skiing, hiking or simply enjoying the jaw-dropping scenery.