Slovenia lies at the heart of Central Europe. Tucked between Italy and Croatia on the Adriatic coast, it reaches across spectacular Alpine mountain forests to the borders of Austria and Hungry.
A small and spectacularly beautiful country it offers visitors a taste of classic European architecture, history and culture without the hordes of tourists frequently seen in the neighbouring cities of Venice or Vienna. Slovenia seamlessly combines Hungarian, Roman, Venetian, Greek and Yugoslavian cultural influences into one perfect slice of Europe. Its surely one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Here you’ll see Venetian inspired architecture, Medieval towns, Renaissance Castles, sleepy cobble stoned villages and best of all you’ll be off the well-worn tourist path. Undulating snow-covered mountains, a stunning coastline dotted with islands, deep river valleys, crystal blue lakes, vast caves and karst formations make Slovenia a haven for those who enjoy being active in nature.
Slovenians are warm, friendly people, fluent in English, who love showing visitors their country.
Take in the beautiful view of the capital city from the ramparts of Ljubljana Castle. Built in the 12th Century as a medieval fortress, complete with dungeons, it’s a key landmark of the town and easily reached by tram or foot. Wine connoisseurs will savour spending time in the vine covered hills around the town of Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city where there’s more than 400 years of wine making traditions.
A visit to Lake Bled will leave you breathless at the sight of the exquisite cobalt blue lake and the island it surrounds. The island centre piece is the church, with Gothic frescos circa 1470, its Baroque tower stands tall against a backdrop of alpine mountains and forests. Explore the vast underground tunnels and passageways in the caves at Postojna and marvel at the ingenuity of the magnificent Predjama Castle, a renaissance masterpiece carved into the mouth of the cave. A must do is a visit to the Lipica Stud Farm, where the beautiful Lipizzaner horse, made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, has been bred since the 16th Century. These remarkable animals can be seen performing three times a week at the Classical Riding school.
Travel throughout Slovenia and you’ll soon fall in love with this little slice of quintessential Europe which offers something for every taste and pace.
Luxury Bound loves: Slovenia is where the world’s best female chef for 2017, Ana Ros, runs her restaurant Hisa Franko in the small town of Kobarid, about 100 kms from Ljubljana. Completely self-taught, Ana inherited her husband’s family business and decided to make the best of it. In a remote village which doesn’t have a single produce store, everybody grows and cooks their own food, so it was a natural progression for the talented Ana to create a new Slovenian cuisine. Her philosophy is simple, seasonal, local and personal, spiced with the strong character of Ana.