The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, offers the most summertime social life in its centre. We usually meet in "Prešerc", i.e. Prešeren Square, from where we head out towards the lively buzz on the banks of the Ljubljanica. If you turn left, you can stop by one of the pleasant bars onPetkovšek Embankment. Awaiting you on the other side, towards Trnovo, is the lively Breg, where in addition to various bars, you will come across flea markets and occasional art fairs on Saturdays. If your path takes you across the Triple Bridge, turn left to visit Plečnik's Central Market, where the popular Open Kitchen offers its flavours every Friday, if the weather is good. On the other side, you can sit by the Ljubljanica on the Cankarjev and Gallus embankments, and if you move a little further away from the river, a lively atmosphere with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars also awaits you in the old part of Ljubljana from the Town Hall to Upper Square.
A little removed from the narrow centre of Ljubljana is the popular Špica meeting spot, where you hop on a tourist boat and take a trip on the Ljubljanica. Art lovers can take a stroll from Prešeren Square to Tivoli Park. In this part of the capital, you can find the National Gallery, Modern Gallery, Opera and Ballet, Lily Novy Garden, Jakopič Promenade and International Graphic Arts Centre, which also features a popular bar and a scenic viewpoint. Tivoli Park itself becomes a popular green oasis for socialising in the summer.
Where to go in Maribor
In summer, the liveliest district of the second largest Slovenian city is Lent, home to the oldest vine in the world. Various events and festivals take place there – from the colourful Lent Festival to the playful Old Vine Festival. From Old Vine House, where you can try top-quality wines, the path takes you past Stolp to the colourful Maribor market. A lively buzz with restaurants and wine bars awaits you in Poštna Street. In the evening, you can take a turn to Central Square or Leon Štukelj Square, where you might come across a concert.
Meeting spots in Kranj
If you want to see where the most action is in Kranj, visit the old city centre. During the day, sit and chat with friends over a coffee in cosy cafés. Check out an exhibition in Layer House and stop by for a coffee and chat in the in-house café. You can take a stroll to Pungert, where there is always something interesting happening for all generations and where jazz lovers get plenty of what they come for. In the evening, you can listen to small concerts around the city centre and check out the cultural and musical buzz in Khislstein Castle. In the summer, Central Square turns into a stage for the cherry on the top of Kranj social life – the Kranjfest festival with the Kranj Night.
The centre of action in Koper
In the summer, Koper shows its most lively face in the old city centre. In the summer, Tito Square turns into a venue for many events – from the Altroke culinary market to concerts for all musical tastes. Another major socialising spot is Taverna, where you can treat yourself to a pleasant chat with friends over a coffee during the day or immerse yourself in the lively evening buzz. Locals and visitors also like to stop by Halvaty Park, on the edge of which you can find restaurants and cafés. And don't forget about Žusterna, where you can enjoy bathing, water sports and socialising during the day.
Summer dreams in Piran and Portorož
On the coast, the sea itself is a magnet for visitors in the summer. You can also add a social note to the refreshing summer seaside vibe. Portorož Riviera is almost entirely a hub of lively social life during the day and at night, while Piran offers a slightly more relaxed social scene. The heart of the city, which was built on the salt industry, is Tartini Square with its imposing Venetian buildings, where you can find museums, cafés and restaurants. From the central square in Piran, you can take a stroll to Punta, the westernmost point on the Slovenian coast, where you will also come across a lively buzz.
Breathe the air of summer relaxation in Celje
Visit the city centre, local shops and restaurants and the green spots in Celje. The centre of the action is Celje Castle, where various events will take you back in time, or you can remain in the 21st century and enjoy summer evening concerts and shows. Spend a day on the City Beach on Savinja Embankment, where numerous workshops, shows for children and smaller, light-hearted events take place, accompanied by a wide range of eating options. Find a green refuge in the City Forest and take your children to the Three House, where workshops, concerts and puppet plays await you. In the evening, take a stroll to Krek Square and Central Square, where you will perhaps catch a concert or two.
Relaxed summertime Radovljica
In the summer, the old city centre of Radovljica is certainly the first on the list of meeting places in the city that are well worth visiting. There you can enjoy excellent and traditional cuisine or treat yourself to a delicious ice cream. If you want to escape the heat, you can stop by a museum or a gallery. Thursday evenings are spiced up by entertaining concerts, and every first Saturday in the month by a grocery market. It’s also lively in the Sport Park, where you can drop by for a beer and snack after a game of football, basketball or tennis. There is a swimming pool nearby, inviting you to take a refreshing dip. If you’re up for a film evening under the stars, get comfortable in front of the Linhart Hall.
Socialising in Novo Mesto
The centre of the social life in Novo Mesto is Central Square, which not only impresses with its historical features, but also offers a lively urban buzz. In City Square you will find popular cafés, while the Open Kitchen culinary market also sets up there. In the summer, you can chill out on the City Beach below the Portoval Sport Park, where you can rent a stand-up paddleboard or a boat and paddle on the Krka River or sit down in a cosy café and have a glass of something refreshing.
Youthful Nova Gorica
Making up the summer buzz of the youngest Slovenian city are various concerts, mostly staged in Bevk Square and Silvana Furlana Platform. In addition to various concerts, the social aspect is enhanced by street theatre, puppet plays, cinema under the stars, workshops and the gastronomic offering. If you want to meet with your friends for a drink, you can find your favourite café in Delpinova Street.
The social heart of Ptuj
Do you know why City Square in Ptuj is a popular meeting spot for locals? If you stop by there, you’ll see why. In addition to the various restaurants, cafés and shops, you can also enjoy the concerts and other interesting events that are frequently held there. Especially on Saturday afternoons, when the central square in Ptuj has the most action. If you would like to see more cultural events and concerts, visit the Dominican Monastery. Don't let the name confused you, as the monastery today is the centre of culture and entertainment in Ptuj. You can spice up your summer evening in Ptuj by visiting the Cinema without a Ceiling, which has found its place behind the cinema in Cvetkova Street.
Velenje – town of many stories
Velenje is a young town with a rich mining heritage. High above the town stands Velenje Castle. Many routes connect the town centre with lake Velenje, which is not only a town (sports) playground, but increasingly also a cultural venue. During the summer months in particular, many events take place on Velenje beach, and the town's recent acquisition is the picturesque Vista – a park with a view.