Top 5 things to do in Slovenia
Uncategorized | February 19, 2016
Slovenia is an untainted paradise comprised of snow-capped mountainous peaks, turquoise-green estuaries and Venetian-style coastlines. Home to natural treasures such as Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia has enhanced its organic backdrop with harmonious architecture, charming rural culture and sophisticated cuisine.
Being one of the most diverse countries in Europe; in terms of landscape, Slovenia combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The country is equally celebrated for its exquisite food and accompanying fine wines, combined with welcoming locals. To celebrate Slovenia, we have compiled a short; by no means, definitive list of our Top 5 places to visit and explore.
The resort town of Bled is set along the glorious Lake Bled. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard Church of the Assumption on the isle, the medieval Bled Castle perched a top of a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps in the background, there is no surprise why Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort. The view from the top of the castle is breath-taking and is a must when in the area.
Slovenia’s capital and largest city also happens to be one of the continent’s most viridescent and sustainable. Road traffic is restricted in the city centre leaving it free for pedestrians and cyclists. During the summer, many cafes set up terrace seating along the Ljubljanica River, making for some tranquil afternoons. Visitors can enjoy exploring the Presernov Trg square which links the old and new parts of the town as well as the historic Ljubljana Castle and National University and Library.
Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia. The unspoilt, visually spectacular mountain range has the imposing Mt.Triglav; the country’s highest peak, as its centrepiece. The park also features a number of diverse landscapes such as the expansive Lake Bohinj, the crashing waterfalls of Savica and Pericnik and Tolmin Gorges, which is the lowest and southernmost access point to the park and in itself an extraordinary landmark.
Situated near Postojna in south-western Slovenia, Postojna Cave is a 24,120 m long cave system. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, the astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as easy access means that the caves attract a large number of visitors each year. Explorers will find impressive stalagmites such as the famous “Brilliant” which is approximately 5-metres tall and has become the symbol of the Postojna Cave.
Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia, located in the village of Predjama. This unconquerable fortress is halfway up a 123m cliff and its four storeys were built sequentially from 1202, however the castle as it stands today is from the 16th Century. Audio guided tours are available which details the site’s many highlights and history. Joint tickets can be bought for the castle and Postojna Cave tours.