The prestigious Condé Nast Traveller suggests 12 places to visit in Slovenia. Slovenia, tucked between Italy, Austria, and Croatia, packs a major visual punch in the eyes of the journalist of the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine: alpine villages, cliffside castles, emerald lakes, fields of white horses, and some of the most beautiful forests in the entire world. A fairytale, in a word.
What are some of the best and most beautiful places the country between the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst region and the Pannonian Plain has to offer? The icon of Slovenian tourism is certainly Bled, with its emerald lake and island church, offering mesmerising views of the Julian Alps. Not far from there is the Pokljuka Plateau, with its picturesque wooden cottages within the Triglav National Park. Then comes the romantic and charming capital city of Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016.
On the way to Mediterranean Slovenia, everybody discovers the secrets of the Karst region, such as Škocjan Caves, one of the UNESCO listed natural wonders. Another real gem is Lipica, where Lipizzaner horses have been bred since the 16th century in the oldest stud farm in Europe. One of the most dramatic castles and the biggest cave castle in the world is at Predjama, close to Postojna Cave. The fresh salt smell of the Adriatic Sea feels like a soul food in Piran, one of the most beautiful Slovenian towns, reminiscent of Venice in miniature, as they say at Condé Nast Traveller.
Back to the beauty of the Alps, there is the Vintgar Gorge close to Bled, Kranjska Gora outdoor resort, and Škofja Loka with its picture-perfect old town. In the eastern corner of Slovenia, Maribor invites everybody to feel the authenticity and hospitality of the town with the oldest vine in the world.