Slovenia may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but this former Yugoslav republic has really come into its own since the mid-90’s. In fact, Slovenia was the first Eastern European country to adopt the Euro, and it’s stable government and economy has been a model for other former Eastern Bloc countries.
Among Slovenia’s many draws, is the capital city Ljubljana. This picturesque city is situated in a valley along the Ljubljanica River, with an ancient castle overlooking the Old Town. One of the most famous landmarks in Slovenia is the small Dragon Bridge, which crosses over the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana. Grab some food from the local market (a cheese lovers paradise!) and have a picnic on the river, followed up by a beer or coffee at one of the many beautiful riverside cafes.
Another of Slovenia’s many attractions is Lake Bled, famous for it’s monastery set on an island in the middle of the lake, surrounded by mountains. You can go spelunking in local caves, visit the monastery and even hike in the surrounding mountains.
Most flights arrive in Ljubljana and most international flights will have to stop at a hub such as London or Frankfurt along the way. You can find cheap flights to Ljubljana from other countries in Europe thanks to the many European discount airlines.
Slovenia is filled with hotels, hostels and guesthouses. While not as much of a bargain as neighbouring Croatia, expect to pay Western European prices for accommodation in Slovenia.