In it's small territory, Slovenia exhibits a vast diversity of nature. Here are some of the many reasons to visit Slovenia.
Mount Trivlag, in the national park of that name, is Slovenia’s highest peak. It appears on the nations flag and folk here don’t consider themselves true Slovenes until they scale old ‘Three Heads’ at least once. There are as many as 20 different ways to reach the peak, but unless you are extremely experienced, its best to follow the trail from the Pokljuka Plateau south west of Bled.
Soca River Rafting
One of the most thrilling places for white river rafting in Europe is the impossibly blue Soca River at Bovec as it makes its increasingly speedy way to the Adriatic Sea. Doable from April to October, the usual trip in an inflatable lasts between 1 ½ an 2 ½ hours, depending on the water levels and weather. Things may start off a bit placid but you’ll soon be grateful for that wetsuit and helmet as the swirls turn to rapids of grade 2/3 plus. You’ll get some excellent views of the Julian Alps, including Trivlag, towering almost 3000 metres above you.
Postojna Cave is Slovenia’s most visited site – its touristy in the extreme but never fails to work its magic. Created by the Pivka River two million years ago, the ‘cave’ is in fact a series of caverns, halls and passageways. Visitors get to explore 5.7km’s of its 20.6km length – 4km via an underground train and the rest on foot on a path with some gradients but no steps. The cave has a constant temperature of 8-10degrees, with a humidity of 95percent, so a waterproof jacket and decent shoes are essential.
This is the one sight in Ljubljana that you do not want to miss. Crowning a 375m hill south of the Old Town, the castle is an architectural mishmash, but most of it dates from the early 16th century when it was largely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake. You can roam the castle grounds for free, but you’ll have to pay to enter the Viewing Tower. Next door is the Slovenian History Exhibition, which guides you through the past via historic objects and multimedia exhibits.
Slovenia’s very short coastline – a mere 47km long – contains several Venetian Gothic towns and a major shipping port but relatively few places to swim. The one major exception is Portoroz. Its lifeguard patrolled, contiguous beaches, including the sandy main one accommodation up to 6000 people, have water slides and outdoor showers, and beach chairs and umbrella’s available to rent.