For centuries, the town of Bled and Lake Bled, which boasts the only island in Slovenia, have been attracting those seeking outstanding beauty. Traditional boats called pletnas take visitors to see the island and the church, which has a bell that is a special ode to love. The most beautiful view of the lake, its island, and the surrounding Alpine peaks can be enjoyed from the castle towering above the lake on a cliff. This castle is considered to be one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Europe.
On the tip of Southwestern Slovenia, and on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, is the resort hotspot called Piran. The destination is reminiscent of Italy, which makes sense since it was actually part of the Venetian Empire for more than five centuries. Piran is small in size, but it is quaint, historic and scenic. History buffs might want to explore landmarks like the main square called Tartinijev trg, the oldest building in the city called the Venetian House and the Church of St. George. You can also walk right on top of the city walls or hop off one of the piers for a refreshing swim in the Adriatic.
Predjama Castle is a magnificent Renaissance castle. What makes this castle unique is the fact that it is built inside a cave. The castle used to be home to Erazem Lueger, a knight, who was known as the local Robin Hood. Available audio tours reveal the exciting life of Lueger and the history of the Predjama Castle. Tours of a secret tunnel, which served as a supply route when the castle was under siege, are also available when scheduled in advance.
Looking for Vipava accommodation? Vipava Valley … Golden hues of ripening spill across the greenery. The air is heavy with the scent of apricots, peaches and ripe grasses. If valley days appear too hot, the Nanos, Gora and Trnovo Plateaus offer plenty refreshment, alongside the crystal rivers and springs. Tastings in superb wine cellars make for joyous evenings in good company. Whether hiking, biking, exploring or simply enjoying nature, the perfect summer day lies at your feet ….
Slovenia’s wine regions may not be well known internationally but a visit can be just as rewarding as exploring the wineries of Tuscany, and you’ll avoid the crowds. We visited the Vipava Valley just an hour’s drive south of the capital Ljubljana but it feels far away from city life. Here we discovered karst hills and vines heavy with grapes, terracotta roofed villages and gothic churches, gourmet food using local produce, and of course many excellent wines.
Our day began in Vipava, the principal town of the region, with less than 2000 inhabitants. In the main square men were drinking beer in the pavement cafes at 10am on a weekday and the town had a sleepy unhurried air. Rugged karst mountains, limestone protruding from the green-blue forest, are the backdrop to the town of simple but elegant white and pastel buildings all with terracotta roofs.
Ljubljana Castle offers the most beautiful views of Ljubljana. This sixteenth-century castle is easily accessible by foot or by taking a tram. On the top, the café and a restaurant in the castle’s courtyard are a perfect place to rest and enjoy a cup of coffee or taste traditional food. Ljubljana Castle also hosts several permanent exhibitions and offers guided tours.
Planica is home to the biggest ski jumping hill in the world. For over twenty years it has hosted one of the most important ski jumping competitions in the world. In 2015 Planica received a much-needed update, and the new Planica Nordic Center was built. Aside from the ski jumps the center also features an athletics stadium, a zipline, a wind tunnel, cycling and walking paths, and a visitor’s center. Planica zipline has the steepest descent in the world, which creates the sensations that ski jumping champions feel when flying through the air.
BLED LAKE: Simply put, Bled Lake is one of the most romantic destinations on the continent. A crystal blue lake, protected by a castle overlooking the waters with a none-more-idyllic island in the middle, Bled Lake is a Disney scene come to life.
VIPAVA VALLEY: During autumn and spring time take part at the osmica, a traditional open-houses where you can taste local wines and home-made delicacies. Wine growers are allowed to sell their surplus of their last year’s wine eight days (eight in Slovenian language means osem and from a word osem delivers osmica) per year without paying tax. In this way they empty their wine barrels for upcoming year. It is a real culinary mouth-watering treat with live music during the weekends!. For rooms/accomodations please check Borea rooms Budanje.
LJUBLJANA CASTLE: Arguably the capital’s most recognisable sight, Ljubljana Castle sits atop the hill around which the city grew. It has gone under many reconstructions over the centuries and is chock-full of points of interest, but the panoramas of the city it provides is worth the trip alone.