Lonely Planets 6 excellent suggestions to visit in Slovenia

Published: 11.12.2015

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Lonely Planets 6 excellent suggestions to visit in Slovenia

Green, active and healthy Slovenia astonished the Lonely Planet. Take their suggestions for your next trip to Slovenia. Magical Bled, Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016, Postojna cave, stunning Piran, emerald alpine river Soča and the green Vipava valley.

Lonely Planets 6 excellent suggestions to visit in Slovenia

Green, active and healthy Slovenia astonished the Lonely Planet. Take their suggestions for your next trip to Slovenia. Magical Bled took the first place, followed by Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016, which convinced the authors by its picturesque old city centre. Visit the mysterious karst underground world and unique train at Postojna cave. A stunning adventure awaits you at romantic coastal town of Piran. Adventurers will enjoy the valley of emerald alpine river Soča, which is a popular playground for lovers of white-water activities. The green Vipava valley, renowned for its culinary delights, invites you to the tasting of the autochthonous grape varieties, Zelen and Pinela. Slovenia is waiting for you!

Iconic Bled, embraced by the highest Slovenian peaks, and crowned by an island in the middle of an alpine lake in the Gorenjska region, is surrounded by unspoilt nature and is a perfect destination for an active retreat or romantic getaway. Try the local speciality, Kremšnita cream cake, and enjoy the view from the castle. Did you know the tradition of transportation on and around the lake? Ask the local Pletnar on a boat ride to the island or the Fijaker on a horse carriage ride around the town.

The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, amazes you with its lively river Ljubljanica embankment in the city centre, the central market, numerous cafes, romantic corners and unique atmosphere, which is a combination of a more than 5000-year history and modern touches. On the heights, Ljubljana Castle overlooks the vehicle-free city centre of the European Green Capital 2016 and offers a panoramic view of the lively Ljubljana basin.

Step into the magical underground world of the Slovenian karst. Over 10,000 caves shape the mysterious world of stalagmites and stalactites, among which Postojna Cave is one of the world’s most famous tourist caves. The 140-year-old cave train takes you deep underground to the beginning of the marked trails, which take you deeper into the cave system. A special experience awaits you towards the end, where you will see the olm (human fish), a creature endemic to the Slovene karst. Because of its appearance, some even call it a baby dragon.

Enjoy a picturesque experience in the charming coastal town of Piran. Take a walk along the seaside promenade where wooden fishing boats bob on the sea on one side and the colourful façades of the buildings stand for you to admire on the other. Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets leading past Tartini Square to the end of the promontory with its lighthouse. The city developed from the salt production of the nearby Sečovlje Salt Pans.

Venture from the Adriatic coast towards the Alps along the valley of the emerald Soča River. It is known as one of the most beautiful European alpine rivers and its upper section is ideal for an active outdoor holiday and white-water adventures. Join a guided rafting tour, go adventurous canyoning or take a walk on the network of hiking trails in the surrounding mountains.

The Vipava valley is a source of green energy and relaxation that radiates all colours of the rainbow among its undulating hills, stone villages and manors. The green shades of the vineyards and orchards are true balm for the eyes. The landscape has been marked by water and wind - the bora wind, which is what gives this region its character, from its energetic locals to the air-dried prosciutto. Taste the autochthonous white wine variety called Zelen. It is named after its characteristic bright green leaves and shoots, and not after the colour of the wine, as the wine is white.

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