Slovenia travel guide, including map of Slovenia, top Slovenia travel experiences, tips for travel in Slovenia, plus where to hike in Slovenia
Tiny Slovenia, hemmed into the Adriatic by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, packs a lot into its diminutive proportions. In Slovenia there are lovely lakes and towering mountains, rural backwaters and a cosmopolitan capital – and the best thing is, you can see it all in a relatively short amount of time: small is beautiful!
Slovenia is a great destination for adventure-lovers – the hills are perfect for walking, the rivers exciting to raft, there are some spectacular caves to spelunk, the proportions perfect for getting around by bike. But take time out from the activities to tour Slovenia’s mouth-watering wineries, roam its romantic castles and join the locals in a country inn for a raucous evening of folk music.
Lace up your hiking boots: small Slovenia has over 7,000km of walking trails, marked by a red circle with a white middle; the Alpine Association of Slovenia, based in Ljubljana produces maps and other info.
Public toilets aren’t that widespread; you usually have to pay a small fee to use them.
Motorcycles, cars and vans must carry a vignette in order to drive on any Slovenian motorway or the Ljubljana ring road.
Slovenia has warm summers, mild spring and autumn weather, and harsh winters – though these are good for skiing in the Alps. The average temperature is 20°C-plus in July, and around 0°C in January.
May and June can be wet, and snow lingers in the mountains, but the wildflowers are profuse. June-September is best for hiking.
Ljubljana International (LJU) 26km from Ljubljana.
Several local bus companies link towns across Slovenia, with a more limited service at the weekends. Trains are slow; Slovenia has a few steam train services, great for spotters.
Hiring a car is the best way to explore, giving maximum flexibility and access to more remote, and appealing, areas. Cycling is a wonderful way to explore.
Campgrounds in Slovenia are cheap and widespread, and great ways of staying in remote countryside locations; many sites have bungalows for rent if you don’t have a tent. There are basic huts in some mountain regions.
Farmstays are a fun and immersive option; you may get to help with the chores. Rustic guesthouses are good budget options. There are high-end hotels; prices will be far higher in summer.
Slovenia’s cuisine borrows influences from Austria, Hungary, the Balkans and Italy to create an interesting eating experience. Meals are often meat-based – pork, veal and beef are the most common, plus cured meats such as salami and proscuitto. Breads are good, soups a hearty starter.
Vegetarians might struggle in Slovenia, though salads are popular. Cheesy dumplings are another good non-meat option.
Slovenia produces lots of wine, some of it excellent (though cheap stuff often tastes just that). Try reds from the Primorska region and the Zlata Radgonska Penina sparkling white. Pivo (beer) is very popular; the main brands are Union and Zlatorog. Espresso and Turkish coffee are common.
No specific jabs are required for Slovenia but check with your GP before travelling. Take high-factor sunscreen.
Tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, are present in Slovenia – wear repellent and check yourself for ticks after walking in wilderness areas.
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