Summer in Slovenia
Now that the sun is slowly but surely coming back out to play, the thought of the next big summer holiday tends to tease everyone’s thoughts away from the mundanity of winter life. South-Eastern Europe doesn’t seem to get a huge look in – and for what reason, I do not know. Whether it’s a summer of Euro travel you’ve got ahead of you or just a two week stint away from home, Slovenia deserves to make the shortlist. And here’s why;
There’s A LOT to do.
For a country so small, Slovenia has a hell of a lot to offer. From my (almost) one week stint there last summer, I managed to squeeze in white water rafting on the Soča river, touring in the 20,500 metre long Postojna caves, swimming in and cycling around the picture-perfect Lake Bled, spending a night at an outdoor street festival, and eating dinner at an open air cinema at the top of a CASTLE?! overlooking the city. All in 6 short days. And there’s so much more – from paragliding, to hiking, to chilling on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. It’s got it all. And if adventure activities and nature isn’t your thing, then Ljublijana is one of those places that you can easily wile away the hours and chill the day away.
Money is usually a huge determiner as to where you choose to visit – so why is it that people insist on visiting the massively overpriced and hugely touristy destinations? Western Europe isn’t the centre of the Euro-holidaying world, surprisingly, and although Spain, France and Italy are all beautiful countries there are – wait for it – better places. Noticeably underrated as a country, Slovenia is somewhere where you can buy a glass of wine in the centre of the romantic capital city overlooking the river for a SINGLE euro. One Euro! And where you can eat like a queen at the top of a castle at sunset for less than a lunch (albeit a big lunch…) at Starbucks. Lovely.
It’s incredibly beautiful.
Breathtakingly beautiful, in fact. The only time in my life where I’ve actually been physically taken aback by the view in front of me was on my approach to Lake Bled. It almost looks photoshopped it’s so bloody beautiful. And the best thing about it? Even though it was busy, it wasn’t overcrowded. I rode a bike around the lake and then swum in the crystal clear waters all without being hounded by hoards of holidaymakers or people trying to sell me a flashing piece of plastic of some description. The week after my visit to Slovenia I was in Italy, and upon reading my unnecessarily huuuuuuge guide to the country, I decided to take a day trip out of the built up city of Milan and head to Lake Como – recommended as one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. In comparison to Lake Bled, it was disappointing to say the least. Like holidaying on the British seaside after a trip to the Thai Islands. That disappointing.
I also was lucky enough to bag a lift with a very friendly Catalonian guy I met in my hostel when I visited the caves, and therefore equally lucky enough get to view the amazing scenery Slovenia had to offer.
So that’s it. These may be three incredibly simple reasons that Slovenia should be on your travel radar this summer, but travel isn’t about over-complicated justifications and pretentiousness. The simple beauty of Slovenia might just be the relatively undiscovered aspect of it – just get there quickly before the tourists take over.