Some destinations are special. Ljubljana is one of them.
Straddling the divide between The Balkans and Central Europe, the capital of Slovenia is a fairytale city of rare beauty.
Only a few years ago, Ljubljana was relatively unknown among travellers.
But, the secret got out -and this European jewel is fast becoming a tourist hotspot.
Close to Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, the city of Ljubljana is easy to reach and well set up for visitors.
It’s main attractions are generally located in an attractive Old Town area alongside the pretty Ljubljanica River.
This pedestrian zone contains strikingly colourful buildings; outdoor cafes and coffee shops; wide public squares; cobblestone streets; fountains, sculptures and monuments.
And above it all sits the imposing Ljubjiana Castle, an 11th Century fortress that can be reached by glass-sided funicular railway or by several walking trails.
From the castle towers, you can see across the red rooftops of the Old Town and over the suburbs of Ljubjiana to the snow-topped Alps in the distance.
The fact that Ljubjiana has less than 300,000 permanent residents gives the city a particularly friendly and laid-back atmosphere
At Ljubljana’s centre is Preseren square, just a short walk from the Old Town across the three-pronged Triple Bridge.
The square is surrounded by beautiful historic architecture, including the salmon-coloured Franciscan Church of the Annuncian. This among several eye-catching churches in Ljubljana’s heart.
Other well known river crossings in central Ljubjiana include the Dragon Bridge and the more-recent ‘Love Lock Bridge’.
Slovenia is a modern country in every sense and Its capital city has many trendy bars, including Metelkova Mestre, a former army building that was taken over by squatters and is home to fringe art centres, alternative clubs and music venues.
Senior travellers are probably more interested in the city’s vibrant cafe snd restaurant scene, stunning architecture and range of museums and galleries.
It is also an excellent base from which no part of Slovenia is more than one hour away.
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Overall, Ljubjiana is a wonderful destination for travellers of any age. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
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