That’s right I said Slovenia. You know the place right?!
You know, above Croatia, next to Italy??
Errr…. this Country is AWESOME.
One of the most beautiful places in Europe if not, the world.
Insane beauty aside, Slovenia is truly one of the best places in Europe to visit, a real hidden gem. Here’s 9 reasons why Slovenia should be on your list of best places to visit in 2018:
1. MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Slovenia is definitely one of those cheap places to travel around. Lunches cost under €8 and Dinners under €10. With beers costing €2.50. Whilst not the one of the cheapest places in Europe, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia had pretty affordable accommodation and public transportation.
3. FAIRYTALE BEAUTY
The country is stunningly beautiful. Triglav National Park is home to the Soca river, one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, along with crystal clear lakes including this little gem: Lake Bled is something out of a fairy tale with cute little castle on an island in the middle of the lake. Also sitting high above the lake is Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia. The beauty in this park of Slovenia is endless with emerald color water, dramatic gorges and too many waterfalls to count. The entirety of Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s true hidden gem. It’s unrivaled beauty is what set’s Slovenia apart as one of the most beautiful places in Europe to visit.
2. EASY TO GET AROUND
Slovenia is a pretty small country, about the same size as Nebraska. You can get pretty much anywhere within 2 hours. In fact, to drive from one side of the country to the other would take you about 3 hours. Public transport is pretty easy and affordable allowing you to see rural towns, cities and mountain lakes all within a couple of hours.
4. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
Now I can’t speak for the guys, it just wasn’t something I noticed but from the moment I got off the plane, every Slovenian woman dealt with – buying a coffee, sorting out my rental car, at the supermarket… was stunningly beautiful. It’s just not something you expect. To see so many gorgeous women as you just went about your day was definitely a nice surprise. The gentlemen were also all super friendly.
5. PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES
With Triglav National Park being so close to The capital city of Ljubljana, there’s plenty of activities to take advantage of. If sightseeing and just taking in the striking natural beauty isn’t enough there’s white water rafting, canyoning, paragliding, skydiving, kayaking, zip lining, rock climbing, and cave exploring. For me, the adventure sports and outdoor activity opportunities are what cemented Slovenia at the top of my list of best place’s to visit in Europe.
6. GREAT NIGHTLIFE
Ljubljana the capital city has a great nightlife scene. The city is small and the vast majority of bars are concentrated along the river. Many restaurants dot the beautiful old pedestrian backstreets and waterfront, leaving plenty of options for different varieties of night dwellers with nightclubs closing at 5am – for the more hardcore of us. Beautiful back streets, cute restaurants, greta bars. Ljubljana is definitely on it’s way to being one of the best cities in Europe to visit.
Slovenia has more castles than any other country, so there are plenty to see. From small cute Chateauxs to epic Fortresses on the side of the mountains. Seriously check out Predjama castle below, it is literlally built into the side of a mountain!
Bled castle at Lake Bled is also an awesome place to visit. Everyone knows of Bled Island – the small Island in the middle of Lake Bled that’s home to a beautiful church, it’s part of what makes the Lake so picturesque, and unique. It’s no wonder Lake bled tops a lot of people’s lists as one of the most beautiful places on earth. But many don’t know of Bled Castle that’s sits high above the lake overlooking Bled Island. It’s one of the oldest castles in Europe, first mentioned in written documents back in 1011!
8. CULTURE AND HISTORY
If the number of castles didn’t give it away there is a lot of interesting history to be explored in Slovenia. The small nation sits on a historic trade crossroads and is essentially a gateway from Western Europe into the Slavic countries. Slavic, Germanic and Hungarian influences can therefore be seen throughout into country. Many of the largest battles of WW2 took place in Slovenia as it was occurred by the Germany, Italy, and Hungary. Reminders of the war can be seen in various villages and the internationally renown Kobarid Museum, is a great place to learn about the Slovenian front in WW1.
9. NO ONE ELSE GOES THERE
The best reason in my opinion… Go there before it gets ruined by everyone else! Slovenia can only remain Europe’s best kept secret for so long!
Have you been to Slovenia?? Let me know where you went, and if I should add anything to the list!