Slovenia is a scenic country with a fantastic location in the heart of Europe. The nation is surrounded by the Eastern Alps, the Adriatic Sea, the Balkans, Italy, Croatia and Hungary, making it accessible from a range of European locations. Planning a trip to Slovenia is an opportunity to see a variety of destinations that include vibrant cities, charming villages, snow-capped mountains and scenic beaches. On your next getaway, aim to see as many of the best places to visit in Slovenia as your schedule will allow.
As one of the oldest coastal towns in Slovenia, and a major port, Koper is an integral part of the country’s infrastructure. This is yet another coastal spot that was once part of the Venetian Empire, and it formally went by the name Caprea. Later, it became part of Yugoslavia. Today, Koper is a lesser-known destination that nevertheless offers several enjoyable attractions. You can tour Tito Square, the heart of the city, explore the refurbished Praetorian Palace or climb the bell tower of Campanile for spectacular views of the city below. There is a free public access beach by the Koper Marina that is ideal for swimming or just enjoying a picnic in the sunshine.
Predjama Castle is a magnificent Renaissance castle. What makes this castle unique is the fact that it is built inside a cave. The castle used to be home to Erazem Lueger, a knight, who was known as the local Robin Hood. Available audio tours reveal the exciting life of Lueger and the history of the Predjama Castle. Tours of a secret tunnel, which served as a supply route when the castle was under siege, are also available when scheduled in advance.
Searching for Vipava apartment? Vipava Valley … Nearly forgotten, this historic local variety has been experiencing a welcome resurgence. It is being grown in petite amounts by winemakers familiar with traditional viticulture. With its slightly orange colour, Klarnica catches the eye while its rich and opulent flavour caresses the spirit, conjuring up legends of old ….
Located in the Slovenian Littoral, the Vipava Valley runs between the towns of Nova Gorica and Vipava. The valley offers magnificent scenery from hills and mountains, to ruined castles, beautifully preserved gothic churches and charming villages with tiled roofs weighed down with stones to prevent them from being blown off by the strong north-easterly “burja” wind that reaches speeds as high as 200 km/h.
The unique climate of the valley has encouraged vibrant viticulture, with over 3,000 acres of the valley covered with grape vines. Romans started winemaking in the area over 2,000 years ago. Infact, wine-making is regarded a way of life here.
The Triglav National Park, named after the country’s tallest mountain, is the only National Park in Slovenia. With beautiful views of the mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, and pastures, this park is a nature lover’s paradise. Aside from hiking, Triglav National Park offers great activities such as kayaking, rafting, skydiving, and parasailing.
The Romanesque-style Church of the Holy Trinity is located in a small village, Hrastovlje. It is most known for its seven-meter long fresco, The Dance of Death (Danse Mac). Until 1949, when discovered by Joze Pohlen, this magnificent piece of art was hidden under a thick layer of plaster. The Dance of Death portrays eleven skeletons leading eleven people (of different social status) to their grave, with the twelfth skeleton holding the coffin open for them. This art piece was created to remind people that we are all equal in God’s eyes.
LIPICA STUD FARM: Lipica is famous worldwide for its Lipizzaner horses, and the stud farm here has over 400 years of history behind it. The horses are as elegant as can be, and modern presentations (be they interactive displays or classical exhibits) showcase this clearly. To find out more about Lipica, read our in-depth article.
VIPAVA VALLEY: Mild Mediterranean climate, rich soil, bora wind, enough rain and hilly landscape are perfect for wine making. Vipava valley is known as a great wine-growing region. There are around 2300ha of vineyards. Well signed Vipava wine road will lead you to family-run winemakers. Wine lovers will enjoy wine tasting of autochthonous Zelen, Pinela, Klarnica grape varieties in the places where the wine is produced: in vaulted wine cellars. Do not miss to sing a song in wine cellars with perfect acoustics surrounded by wine barrels. Cheers and Na zdravje!. For rooms/accomodations please check Ajdovscina rooms.
LJUBLJANA CASTLE: Arguably the capital’s most recognisable sight, Ljubljana Castle sits atop the hill around which the city grew. It has gone under many reconstructions over the centuries and is chock-full of points of interest, but the panoramas of the city it provides is worth the trip alone.