If you love the pizza in Italy and the greenery of Austria, you’ll *love* Slovenia.
If you’re looking for the perfect travel destination that has incredible mountain hikes, cute seaside towns, and stunning castle views, but you’re on a tight budget, Slovenia is the place for you.
When traveling to Slovenia, chances are you’ll arrive in the capital city of Ljubljana.
Since Slovenia shares a border with Italy, you can count on there always being pizza nearby. So before you go to bed at 5 p.m. thanks to jet lag, grab a pizza to eat at 3 a.m…. you’ll thank me later.
My favorite thing about all the food I ate in Slovenia was the abundance of farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy.
When you’re ready for day one in Ljubljana, take a stroll along the river.
Even on a cloudy day, the city is beautiful.
There’s a funicular to get to the top, but you can also walk or take public transportation.
Ljubljana’s city center is a pedestrian zone, meaning you won’t see any cars around as they’re not allowed.
The next day, it’s time to head to Slovenia’s most popular destination, Lake Bled.
Definitely take a boat to the island in the middle of the lake.
While at Bled Castle, don’t skip their famous Bled Cream Cake!
Next on your itinerary should be a visit to Vintgar Gorge. There is a well maintained walking path with seriously stunning views — I’d plan about three hours here as you’ll want to stop often to take in the scenery, as well as lots of photos.
After an action packed day, I’d recommend staying at a guesthouse near Lake Bohinj instead of heading back to Ljubljana.
Tell me this isn’t your vision of a perfect day!
Since Lake Bohinj is less touristy than Lake Bled, you’ll be able to grab a quiet lunch with some incredible views.
If you ever get thirsty while exploring, no worries. Slovenia offers plenty of spots to fill up your water bottle.
Most guesthouses and Airbnbs will offer a delicious fresh breakfast to get you ready for an adventurous day.
For those who want to really hit the trails, head to Soča River and Soča Valley for hiking or kayaking.
If you’re a serious hiker, there are a bunch of incredible trails throughout Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps.
A day trip to this incredible castle (built into the side of a cliff!) is most certainly in order. Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave are such unique sites, and for someone who loves to learn about history, it’s a must see.
Next, head to Piran — because Slovenia does have a sliver of coastline to enjoy.
Then, be sure to head east toward Maribor. It’s Slovenia’s second largest city!
Have you been to Slovenia, if so, what was your favorite spot? Share all about your trip in the comments!