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Der Jasna See in der Nähe von Kranjska Gora, Bild: Ales Krivec / shutterstock

The most beautiful holiday resorts in Slovenia – culture, nature and beautiful beaches

Slovenia is very trendy as a holiday destination in Europe, because the small republic has unique natural landscapes with mountains, dense forests and the beautiful Adriatic coast, the Slovenian Riviera, to offer. Worthwhile destinations in Slovenia also include the modern and culturally rich cities with interesting architecture and vibrant nightlife.

Ljubljana – a capital steeped in history with a heart

Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Image: Georgios Tsichlis / shutterstock

The country’s capital of around 280,000 inhabitants can best be described with the word “romantic”. Ljubljana has a picturesque old town with idyllic houses in the Art Architecture style and invites you to linger in numerous cafés along the banks of the Ljubljanica River. The absolute highlight for an exciting city tour to Ljubljana is the medieval castle, which tourists can reach either on foot or by cable car. The Slovenian metropolis offers those interested in architecture not only buildings in the well-known Art Nouveau style. Baroque and modern architectural styles can also be found here. The historic city centre in particular offers exciting sights. The imposing statues in the center originally come from Greek mythology and stand for the far-reaching history of the region.

At an altitude of almost 300 metres in the basin between the Karst and the Alps, Ljubljana is the ideal location for a popular and frequently visited city. Holidaymakers can enjoy themselves on one of the many golf courses, go on a shopping tour or visit one of the numerous renowned restaurants. Both international and country-specific dishes are offered here. Due to its ideal location, skiing areas and the Adriatic coast can be reached directly from the charming metropolis.

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Piran – charming harbour town on the Slovenian Riviera

Piran Square
Piran town square, Image: sangriana / shutterstock

The coastal town is located in the southwestern part of Slovenia and is located directly on the beautiful Adriatic Sea.

Piran has only about 4000 inhabitants and is located about 120 kilometers from the capital of the country. It is only 14 kilometres to the border with neighbouring Croatia .

The history of the port town dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. Piran also offers its visitors exceptional architecture in the Venetian style. Imposing-looking palaces and cathedrals, but also fortifications and old city masonry are among the buildings worth seeing.

The hub of Piran is the city harbour, where the life of the idyllic place takes place. After a visit to one of Piran’s museums or galleries, holidaymakers can stop at quaint taverns along the visually appealing waterfront promenade, offering regional delicacies and good wines. The nightlife also pulsates here.

In Piran and the surrounding area there are many beautiful beaches for beach vacationers.
Crystal clear water and gravel and rock sections can be found on the beach of Lake Fiesa. The area is located east of the old town and is especially popular with families. Lushly grown pines provide natural shade here during the particularly hot midday. There are also opportunities for water sports.

Fornace beach is located south of the harbour and has well-kept sun terraces and access to the water for wheelchair users. Visitors will also find a café and restaurant on Fornace Beach for their physical well-being.

Kranjska Gora – hotspot for winter sports enthusiasts and nature lovers

Kranjska Gora is particularly well known to winter sports enthusiasts. Near the Karawanken tunnel lies the internationally renowned Planica winter sports centre.
The quaint alpine village is located directly at the foot of the Vitranc mountain. Skiers will find numerous slopes and cross-country trails for different levels of difficulty.
And the nearby Triglav National Park makes the region attractive as a holiday destination even outside the winter months. Here, sports enthusiasts can go on exciting hiking tours or explore the natural area by bike. There are opportunities for white water rafting, trekking and climbing. Animal lovers will also get their money’s worth in the Triglav National Park near Kranjska Gora, because the biodiversity of flora and fauna is remarkable. Ibex, red deer, foxes and even brown bears have found a suitable habitat here.

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During the summer months, Lake Jasna not far from Kranjska Gora invites you to swim and linger with its fantastic mountain scenery.

Bled – climatic health resort on the lake with numerous opportunities for leisure activities

Pilgrimage Church of Bled
The pilgrimage church of Bled, Image: ZGPhotography / shutterstock

The idyllic town of Bled is known as a climatic health resort and is located in the immediate vicinity of Lake Bled. The town’s landmark is the Bled Castle at an altitude of around 140 metres on a rock. Bled is known above all for one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe, which is located there on a high plateau. The spa town is located about 56 kilometers from the capital Ljubljana. Holidaymakers can expect a unique mountain panorama and lush forests around the emerald green lake.

Due to its location, Bled is one of the most beautiful Slovenian destinations in the Alpine region. On Lake Bled, water sports such as canoeing, diving or rafting are offered. The area is also ideal for extended hiking tours. Beach volleyball, mini golf and summer tobogganing round off the range of activities perfectly. In Bled, holidaymakers also have the opportunity to explore the fantastic scenery on horseback. For the adventurous, there are climbing gardens at lofty heights and exciting cave expeditions for varied leisure activities.

Another small highlight is the pilgrimage church of Bled, which is located on an island in the middle of the lake.