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Elena Sand

Slovenia the hidden gem


Slovenia is a hidden gem - an amazing one that offers spectacular scenery, adventures, and a charming capital. Here's an overview of the best things to see when visiting this great country.

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Introduction to Slovenia

With just over 20.000 Square kilometers, Slovenia is a small country! However, don’t let that fool you. Slovenia still has so much to offer, and you’ll, without a doubt, enjoy the spectacular scenery. From ice-capped mountains in Logarska, beautiful lakes, exciting caves to the medieval town Piran - this trip list takes you to the best things Slovenia has to offer!


The currency in Slovenia is Euros, so be sure to carry some euros on you at all times, especially if you’re going to national parks. Credit Cards are also widely accepted.


Slovenia is not really a famous country known for its culinary. Still, they do have great food and local specialties that you should check out! Try the Carniolan sausage with sauerkraut or cold cuts with local prosciutto, salami, and cheese. Afterward, you should definitely have a piece of Kremšnita, a delicious cake - just check out the picture below!


For most travelers, at least those traveling from Europe, Australia, North and South America,  visas are not a requirement. However, if you’re traveling from Africa or Asia, you might need a Schengen visa. You can check out the link below and see if your country is on the list.


Slovenia offers warm summers and cold winters. The scenery is beautiful both in summer and in winter, so it’s the perfect destination year-round. 


I would recommend renting a car and driving around Slovenia. This way, you can choose your own time and path, and it leaves you more flexible. However, if renting a car is not an option for you, you can also take busses, trains or day trips. 


Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital, and even though it's the largest city, you can quickly get around by walking. Ljubljana is a small city, but with so much charm.

Stroll around the Old Town, feel the atmosphere of a medieval town, and afterward head to the Castle. You can take the funicular up and enjoy the fantastic view of the city. The Castle used to be a medieval fortress, and today it's an essential landmark of the town. Besides the incredible scenery and the exciting story about the Castle, you can also enjoy lunch at the restaurant!

In the evening, go for a walk up and down the riverside. When it's time for dinner, head to "name" - they have delicious pizza and local specialties as well! Afterward, enjoy a drink by one of the many riverside bars, end enjoy the last evening of your trip. 

Logar Valley

From the airport, head straight to Logar Valley. It is one of the most famous Alpine glacial valleys in Europe, and when you get here, you’ll be glad you did so. This place is so beautiful, so remember to bring your camera or a fully charged phone - you’ll want to snap so many pictures here.

Logar Valley is the place to enjoy hikes, so put on your hiking boots and explore the landscape. You can also explore this place by bike or enjoy the scenery from horseback. And in wintertime, this area is suitable for skiing!

Check out the ideas below for more inspiration on which activities you can do here.

Stay at one of the small, local hotels or farms, and experience the lives of a local farmer. And taste the food from local produce! 

Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and Vintgar Gorge

These places might not ring a bell to you, but I promise you, you don’t want to miss out! Lake Bled is the most famous lake in Slovenia, and if you stay here, you’ll be close to everything. Start out by exploring Lake Bled. Go for a hike, and find the spot with the bench - it will offer you a fantastic view over the lake.

Afterward, take a small boat out to the island in the middle, and explore the little church here.

Lake Bohinj is a half an hour drive away, and it will offer you a bit more solitude (only a bit though - this is also a famous lake!) Spend a couple of hours swimming and relaxing here.

10 minutes away from Bled is Vintgar Gorge, and this place is so beautiful. Follow the wooden paths, and explore the Gorge meanwhile. You can easily spend a couple of hours here - just look how beautiful it is in the picture above!


Bovec, the adventure town of Slovenia, offers beautiful landscapes and thrilling experiences. Situated by the Soca River, this tiny town offers a lot of water activity! (and skiing as well)

Try out River Rafting at Soca River, and enjoy the thrill of sliding through currents and waves in your boat. Or if you really want adventure, try out canyoning at abseil through waterfalls! Another fun adventure I can recommend is zipline!

In winter, you can also enjoy skiing at Kanin. Kanin Ski Centre is the highest ski center in Slovenia. And when you’re on the top of this mountain, you’ll have a terrific view over the Alps. So rent some ski or snowboarding gear, and head up to try one of the many slopes.


If you just look at Slovenia on a big map, you might not even be able to see it. It doesn’t look like it, but Slovenia actually has a small coastline of 47km. It’s also known as the Slovene Riviera! You should definitely visit some of the towns here! (Tip: you can also do a small day-trip to Italy or Croatia).

Piran is a small coastal town, but very cozy with its narrow streets, the long pier, and the Venetian Architecture. Go for a stroll around the charming streets, have dinner in Tartini Square or head to one of the nearby beaches.

On your way from Piran to Ljubljana, make sure you stop by Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. Postojna Cave is a famous landmark of Slovenia, and a visit is well worth it. Take a 90-minute tour of the cave, and enjoy a nice walk and a short train ride while exploring the famous cave!