Things to Do in Slovenia
Slovenia is an incredibly beautiful country with deep traditions. My husband grew up in Slovenia and his whole family lives there so we have done quite a bit of traveling across the country.
Must-visit areas in Slovenia, in my opinion, are:
- Ljubljana (capital).
- Lake Bled (beautiful mountain town, once described to me by an Italian man as "Europe's best kept secret)."
- Triglav National Park - a beautiful mountainous park in Slovenia's northwest region.
- Piran - a town with tremendous architecture on Slovenia's seaside on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Hiking in Slovenia
One of our favorite things to do when we're in Slovenia is to head into the mountains. There are beautiful hikes to be done, do some research beforehand though, because not everything will be baby friendly (we learned this the hard way).
- Triglav National Park. Climbing Slovenia's tallest peak is a right of passage for many Slovenians. There are many other trails that are a bit more baby friendly.
- Hike Bohinj. There are stunning hikes to be done around Lake Bohinj.
- Logar Valley. We headed here on our most recent trip. We did the Frischauf Hut to Okrešelj path and honestly it was a bit scary with the baby (my husband carried her) as the rocks were a bit loose and if it rained the path would become slick. The views were absolutely spectacular, though.
One of the great things about Slovenian hiking trails is that there is often a hut at the top, where you can rest, grab some water, soup and even shelter if you are continuing on.
If you find yourself in Slovenia during the wintertime, head to the slopes - there are 29 ski resorts in Slovenia. My husband says that Mariborsko Pohorje and Kranjska Gora are the best.
Head to the Seaside
The old town of Piran is absolutely stunning, walking through the old town feels like stepping into a time machine. Lonely Planet calls it "one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere in the Mediterranean." If you want to take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, head to nearby Portorož. I would recommend visiting one of the private beaches attached to a hotel, like the Grand Hotel Portoroz.
Visit Lake Bled
Lake Bled is a stunning lake situated in the mountains with a church on an island and a castle on the hill. Walk the perimeter of the lake, go on a hike in nearby Bohinj and take a boat to the church on the island (this is where I got married!).
The capital city of Ljubljana is gorgeous. It is charming, historical and chill. While you're here, take long walks down the river and enjoy their culture and food. One of my favorite things to do is get up early and jog through the streets before they get too crowded. If you visit during the winter, the Christmas markets are delightful.
There are Terme spas peppered throughout the country (mostly located within hotels), these Termes feature cold and warm pools, saunas and sometimes natural springs with mikroorganizms.
Many of the hotels throughout Slovenia offer thai massages for incredible prices. I received the best (and most inexpensive) Thai massage I've ever had at Park Hotel Bled.
Yoga isn't widely available throughout Slovenia, but there are a couple of standouts: Yoga Bled offers Yoga in the beautiful mountain town in Bled and Ajna Studio offers Ashtanga classes in the capital Ljubljana.
The cuisine in Slovenia can shift pretty drastically from region to region. In the mountains, the food is meat and carb heavy and on the seaside you'll find more fish and oils. Much of the country is farmland, so most everything you'll eat is farm-to-table in the truest sense of the word. Also, mealtime in Slovenia is always laid back and convivial, which I absolutely love.
If you are in Ljubljana, two of our favorite restaurants for traditional cuisine are:
Here are some of my other traditional favorites:
- Kasha or Buckwheat is a commonly used grain in Slovenian cuisine. Here is a yum-looking traditional recipe for kasha and mushrooms.
- Pumpkin seed oil makes a salad of simple lettuce taste spectacular. It's hard to find and pricy in the States, so enjoy while you're there.
- Prekmurska Gibanica [recipe] you'll find this tasty (and not too sweet) dessert in the Prekmurska region near the Hungarian border. Ingredients include apple, poppy seeds, raisins and cottage cheese.
- Mushroom soup or Gobova Juha [recipe].