“Slov-where?” was the question I was asked upon telling people I was spending my last week of summer vacation on a solo-trip to Slovenia, that tiny country squashed between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia.
I was in a weird place back in August. Long story short, Slovenia had been on my list for a long time, there was a cheap flight available, and I desperately needed a detox. So, with little hesitation, I deactivated my Facebook and deleted Snapchat, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Instagram from my phone– and was off on a solo adventure.
This quaint European capital is simply charming! It’s small, walkable, and full of surprises. The city is colorful, its vibe is very laid back, the tourists are a bit more scarce. Although the two full days I spent in the capital were enough, its bustling markets, stellar cafes, and stunning architecture are definitely something to see.
Situated in the Julien Alps, the famous Lake Bled is everything it’s cracked up to be and more. This was the place I was most excited to visit, and it did not disappoint. The lake spans an approximate 4-mile radius, and is easily walkable and bike-able. Lake Bled is also home to Slovenia’s only island, which is accessible via boat or swimming! I spent 2.5 days here and could have easily stayed for much longer. I spent my days wandering around the lake, biking through the countryside, and hiking to the highest points of the town. The views and colors are absolutely incredible.
A few miles outside Lake Bled, Vintar Gorge is definitely worth a visit! It is easily accessible by bike, and is a great place for hiking and admiring the amazing blue-green water (due to the natural glaciers) of Slovenia.
Triglav National Park
My favorite day in Slovenia was spent at Triglav National Parks with the Emerald River Adventure! After reading nothing except raving reviews, I knew that this excursion was exactly what I was looking for. We spent the day hiking, climbing, swimming, white water rafting, and jumping off high surfaces. Highlights of the trip included hiking to the spring of the Soča River and cliff jumping! It was such a rush and made me feel as if I was on top of the world.
12 meters, or 40 feet!
Slovenia’s caves are actually very famous, and definitely labeled as a “must-see.” Unfortunately I didn’t make it there, although I tried! I’ll have to do it again one day.
Have you ever been to Slovenia, or the Balkans?