The Hidden Beauty of Slovenia
Slovenia isn’t a country on the top of many people’s travel bucket lists – but it should be! Ljubljana, Slovenia is a perfect destination for a weekend trip, and I’m so glad that I made a last minute decision to go when I ended up cancelling my Barcelona trip due to the unrest in Catalonia at the time. My trip to Slovenia was my first solo travel experience and I don’t think I could have picked a more perfect place for my first solo trip – Slovenia had so much beautiful nature to immerse myself in and such friendly people to converse with.
After taking a midnight overnight bus from Florence, I arrived in Ljubljana (pronounced Lee-oob-lee-ah-na – the j is pronounced basically like an i) at around 6:30am and walked to my hostel, Hostel 24, to be picked up for my full-day tour at 7:15.
My tour, run by Nature Adventures, had a packed itinerary that included all the major attractions outside the city of Ljubljana: Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bled and Bled Castle, Predjama Castle, and Postojna Cave, with a friendly guide who drove our intimate group of 8 around Slovenia and explained the history behind all the tour stops throughout the day. My guide Tara, was fantastic and very sweet, and my tour group was great – there was a middle-aged couple from England, a fellow travel blogger from Madrid, a business traveler from Boston, and a group of Scottish men who were in town to see the Slovenia vs Scotland football game. It’s ironic that I haven’t been to Scotland yet but I have now seen a plethora of kilts just because I happened to be in Slovenia at a time when thousands of Scots flocked to the Slovenian capital for a football game.
The first stop on my tour was Vintgar Gorge, a beautiful hiking path through a gorge alongside a gushing river of the clearest blue color I’ve ever seen.
Next, we headed to Lake Bled, the main attraction of Slovenia heralded for its fairy tale-esque beauty.
We then headed to Predjama Castle, the only preserved castle in the world that’s built in a cave.
Our last stop was Postojna Cave, one of the most famous caves in Eastern Europe.
Check out each of my accompanying blogs posts to read about the wonders of Slovenia in further detail!
- Vintgar Gorge: A Perfect Escape to Nature
- Lake Bled: Stepping into a Fairy Tale
- The Caves and Castles of Slovenia
- Taste of Slovenia: Top 10 Things to Try
- Speed Tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia
After this – my first solo travel experience – I can truly attest that the following quote is true: