When you think of a European vacation, Slovenia may not immediately come to mind. It certainly didn’t come to mine when I first arrived there in early 2013, but ever since then I’ve been plotting my return. Here are a few reasons why we think it should be on your must-see list!
It’s rife with adventure. You can hit the slopes on the mountains OR adventure inside Postojna, one of the world’s most famous caves. You can hike or raft a river or admire some super picturesque lakes. Rafting is my personal favorite activity. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed by the view!
It’s full of culture. As a region, Slovenia has a long and storied history, so yes, this means castles! It also means cool museums and long-standing traditions to learn about. Plus, the arts are flourishing–check out the arts community of Metelkova Mesto if you don’t believe us! Or grab a ticket for the Slovene National Opera and Ballet Theatre for a classy night out.
It’s still affordable. Sure, it’s on the euro, but compared to other tourist hot spots in Europe, prices are low. It’s not hard to find good places to stay, especially in Ljubljana (check out Hostel Vila Veselova for helpful staff, comfy quarters and fair prices).
It’s easy to get around. The country is SMALL. With a population of barely more than 2 million and a land mass smaller than the US state of New Jersey, it’s easy to rent a car and traverse the whole country, take a bus or ride the trains. Plus, Slovenia shares borders with Croatia, Italy, Austria and Hungary. Why not make a little side trip from one of those places and check it out?
Have you ever been to Slovenia? What did you think? Share in the comments below!