Ever thought of going to Slovenia & not sure what to visit in this amazing country? Don’t worry, in this post, you’ll find enough information to plan your trip to Slovenia! Ljubljana, Piran and lake Bled: the best places in Slovenia.
First of all, it’s important to understand how long are you planning to stay in Slovenia. If you only can stay for a weekend, then you probably won’t be able to go to Piran. It would make sense for you to stay in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana and go on a day-trip to lake Bled, for example.
However, if you’re staying for over than 3 days, it makes perfect sense to see as much as possible. Unless you’re planning to travel to Slovenia twice a year from now on, of course.
Why go to Slovenia at all?
Well, this country has pretty amazing nature, architecture and culture! It’s sort of mix of Italy (coastal towns), Austria (mountains) and the Czech Republic (and many other countries too). And it has everything! If you want to spend a day, weekend or the whole week at a very beautiful lake, here you are, you can head to lake Bled!
How to get there: just go to the main railway station of Ljubljana and catch a bus or train. Notice: if you catch a train, you’ll need a taxi to get to the lake or you can also take another bus, but it doesn’t seem to go very often. The ride is about 1.5-2 hours.
There are plenty of hotels and apartments all around the lake, but it’s better to book your accommodation in advance. I would recommend you to use Booking.com and not AirBnb because the prices for the SAME apartments are lower on booking.com (I checked that myself). It happens because the properties on Booking.com don’t include the commission fee and the cleaning fee in their price (and you obviously don’t have to pay them).
What to do on the lake Bled? That’s a complicated question. Because there’s really not much to do there but you can walk around the lake (it’s quite big, you’ll probably need around 2 hours to make a circle), climb up to the castle (the entrance ticket is around 10 euros) and enjoy the beautiful panorama of the lake and mountains. There’re plenty of places to eat and have some drinks in the evening. But in general, it’s a good place for a total relaxation.
If you want to see the cheaper version of Italy (accommodation along with the food in the restaurant is much cheaper in Slovenia than in Italy) and swim in the summer, head to Piran or Portoroz.
Despite the fact that Slovenia only has around 30 km of coast, it has a pretty great infrastructure & many hotels. While Piran is very beautiful & atmospheric city, Portoroz is more suitable for long-stay vacations (all the nightlife, a variety of shops and so on are there). However, both cities are located so close to each other, that it’s actually possible to walk! It won’t be a 15-minute walk (probably around 50 minute-1,2 hour walk depending on how fast do you usually walk), but there’s also a bus.
Finally, if you want a very relaxing city getaway, you should head to Ljubljana. The capital of Slovenia is almost never crowded and that’s great!
What is there to do in Ljubljana?
Well, first of all – nice walks around the city: walking around Ljubljana is truly a pleasure.
-Secondly, you can climb the main hill of Ljubljana, where the castle is. The castle is not a must-do, but nonetheless, if you have some spare time, you can visit it. In case, you don’t want to discover the castle inside, you can see it from outside and enjoy the beautiful panorama of Ljubljana.
-Go out: even though Ljubljana is not very famous as the nightlife-paradise, there’re plenty of bars for tourists, where you can spend the evening.
-Discover many of churches and museums of Ljubljana.
-Visit the crafts market near the river.
-Grab a bite in one of the places with the local cuisine. Yummy!
Moreover, other countries are also pretty easy to reach from Slovenia: you can always go to the train station and buy the tickets to Hungary or Croatia, for example.
Finally, there’s a tip for you: In case, you arriving in Ljubljana by plane quite late in the evening or very early in the morning, be ready that you have to take a taxi to the city. And the taxis aren’t precisely cheap in Slovenia (if you can bargain, that’s fine, but usually drivers ask for around 50 euros for a ride to the city center from the airport).