July 12

Why Visit Slovenia?

Devouring the enticing information presented for my destination, Slovenia, I imagined a delicious skip through gastronomic bliss against a backdrop of romantic scenery; pretty churches, quaint squares and misty mountains… Instead, I got light drizzle served as a starter, a torrential downpour main, followed by a dessert of angry thunderstorms.  Slovenia weather ‘varies’ apparently – it was consistently bad for my visit!  Abandoning notions of wandering through valley and over hill, the ‘wine tasting’ section of the guidebook goaded me with tales of the 11 mile long Jeruzalem wine road.  If wine was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me.

Maribor slovenia

Linking Ljutomer to Ormoz, a labyrinth of tiny country lanes takes you past a string of vineyards, the problem is not finding one, but choosing one (or three). The indecisive will be tortured by numerous wine related road signs (vinska cesta, vinotoc, vinogradniska…) which feature a pretty picture of a half full wine glass, just in case you missed the gist. However, don’t be fooled into believing you can trot in spontaneously to sample their delights – you must ring ahead to visit.  Thankfully for us, we pulled up to one vineyard just as a tour was beginning.

slovenia train

Slovenia National Cuisin

As we meandered around rows of barrels, our guide, Antonija enthused about the symphony of white wines Slovenia produces. She told us how the ‘Sipon’ wine became named so because of a French reaction that the wine was ‘c’est bon!’ and launched into how her father insisted she drink Kerner, a white reisling, with her evening meals from being a young girl.  Finally, the time of tasting arrived. Six glugs of graded sweetness were presented, to which we all feebly tried to offer intelligent commentary.  Antonija told us of the Slovenian proverb ‘speak the truth, but leave immediately after’ to which we offered, ‘mmmmmm….grapes!’

Vinag Vine Cellar

Slovenian Lake

For visitors not fond of fruity pursuits, Slovenia still has plenty to offer.  With its historic charm and natural beauty, a variety of 3-5 star hotels and all the cheap airfares available online, Slovenia is a must-see. The Predjama castle in the South West sits impressively built into the cliff face, former home of Slovenia’s answer to Robin Hood, Erasmus.  Only four miles away, the Postojna cave, monument of Karst underground, has 12 miles of grottoes and tunnels awash with stalagmites and stalactites.  This is a fantastic place to visit when the weather is distinctly hostile; an electric train steers visitors through miles of lit galleries, sculpted halls and chambers followed by a mile long guided tour on foot.  The guided walk is made more spectacular by visitors who forget to bring warm clothes and swish around the cave, wizard-like, in hired felt cloaks.

Lake Bled Slovenia

We ran out of time, but apparently a Slovenian ‘must see’ for equine lovers is the Lipica stud farm, home of the white Lipizzaner horses renowned for their beauty and intelligence.  We opted instead to head back to Ljubljana for our final evening, stopping at a gostilna (tavern) for a last supper of traditional Slovenian fare washed down with…grape juice.

Author Bio: Scarlett Redman

Scarlett Redman is a postgraduate social researcher with a heavily stamped passport, an empty bank account and a desire to eternally dodge the ratrace…

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Have you visited this magical little country in Eastern Europe? What did you like best? Isn’t Bled one of the most picture perfect lakes you have ever seen? What other highlights would you recommend? Please share your thoughts below and this post too if you liked it!


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  1. I live in Slovenia and it was a delight to read this post about my country! Bled is my favourite despite tourism there are so many places around in the area to go and its beautiful in summer as well in winter when lake is frozen and we can go for ice skating.

    1. Hi Nina! You live in a beautiful country with incredibly nice people- I bet you know this! Yup, Bled is a great lake area and though I haven’t been there during the winter months I can imagine it being just as wonderful 🙂 You have a nice blog too by the way!

  2. I never thought of Slovenia as a nice place to visit, but your post truly showed some very interesting things about it.

    I find most interesting the Postojna Cave, it sounds like a delightful place to see the true wonders of mother nature. I bet it is a wonderful experience not only because of what you see but how you feel inside the place. Can you go into a bit detail about the vibe that you feel there?

    Thanks, I will research more about this interesting country.

  3. Excellent photos & excellent blog!

    There really is a lot to see in this little country in addition to things you mention. I think nature is the strongest point of Slovenia. A hike into the mountains should be included in a visit. There is also the Soca river valley, with colours hard to imagine and for history buffs some really good museums are available (for instance the WWI museum in Kobarid). These are just a few of the things… there are many more.

    There are also many other charming towns worth visiting and food to die for can be found almost everywhere you turn.

    1. I agree Marko. I also have to say that Slovenians are genuinely friendly, as I found while traveling there and those I have encountered abroad 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

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