Get ready to enjoy one of Europe’s most underrated countries. Slovenia is a destination that will surprise and delight even the most seasoned travellers. The nature, food, culture, people and atmosphere are all worth visiting for. If you’re wondering what needs to be on your list of things to do in Slovenia, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to the must-sees in this bite-sized beauty.

Get to Know Ljubljana and its Castle

Slovenia’s vibrant capital is a must-visit. The city centre is relatively small and the key places can be easily accessed on foot. Expect green spaces (such as the expansive Tivoli Park), great Christmas markets, fantastic restaurants, beautiful buildings and a very rustic feel. A good starting point is central Prešeren Square, which is surrounded by the Franciscan Church, a white-washed bridge over the curving Ljubljanica River, and the pedestrianised old town. Landmark Ljubljana Castle towers over the city, and the route from the old town to the summit is a pleasant 20-minute, tree-lined walk. It’s not overly taxing, but if you don’t fancy it, you can choose to ride the funicular. And if you have cash to splash, have dinner in the castle vineyard.

Boat Ride on Lake Bled

Lake Bled is Slovenia’s postcard place and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful blue lake, and the small island that sits in the middle, attract thousands of visitors every year. The best way to reach the island is by pletna, a traditional wooden boat. Once on the island, you’ll need to tackle 99 steps to reach the church, and it’s then considered good luck to ring the bell when you get there. Walking around the lake is another must, and the easy four-mile stroll provides the most beautiful views.

Hike the Vintgar Gorge

Located just outside Bled, Vintgar is Slovenia’s most impressive gorge, and there’s a spectacular walking route through the narrow centre. A boardwalk hugs the rock face, criss-crossing the turquoise waters of the Radovna River, before arriving at the Šum waterfall.

Visit Lake Bohinj

Nestled in the foothills of the Triglav National Park, the crystal-clear expanse of Lake Bohinj has a more authentic feel than big sister Bled. Bohinj is at its best in autumn, when the shores of the lake and its surrounding hills are covered in bright golden foliage. If you’re pushed for time, board one of the pretty wooden boats for a tour of the lake or take a short 20-minute walk to the beautiful Slap Savica waterfall. Staying longer? Try the multi-day Seven Lakes hike or head to Dom na Komni mountain hut for the perfect day trek.

Explore the Logar Valley

Just one road leads into the peaceful Logar Valley, where imposing peaks tower over lush green fields dotted with cottages and farmhouses. It’s beautiful and tranquil and offers a choice of short and long hikes, cycling and climbing.

Adventuring in the Soca Valley

The Soca Valley is the centre of Slovenia’s buzzing adventure sports scene. Bovec is the starting point for most activities in the region, such as rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, climbing or cycling. The Soca Gorge is the perfect place to admire the beauty and colours of the Soca River, and you can swim there during the summer. Kozjak waterfall, just outside of Kobarid, is a stunning spot with emerald waters surrounded by lush green trees. History buffs should also stop at the Kobarid Museum to learn more about the region’s past and its role in World War I.

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