Five reasons why Slovenia is a must

Five reasons why Slovenia is a MUST visit. A “bucket list” destination for sure!

Geographical diversity:

There are four geographical regions in Slovenia:

  • Pannonian Plain
  • The Alps
  • Dinaric Karst
  • Mediterranean Coast

In the post we will try to explore Five reasons why visit Slovenia. With small distances between each region you can easily wake up in the morning surrounded by endless mountain tops, explore subterranean caves throughout the day, then swim in the vast clear sea in the afternoon.

We do however, recommend you to spend more time exploring all areas with no time limits, especially the Caves of the Dinaric Karst region.

Postojna for example is very popular with families as the train ride through the cave is huge attraction for the kids as they journey deep into the cave. Visiting Postojna during the week, first thing in the morning (first tour is at 9am in summer time or 10am for the rest of the year) or late in the afternoon (last tour is at 5pm) are preferable times to avoid the big crowds and tour buses flowing in.

Skocjan Cave has been a UNESCO heritage site since 1986, it is less crowded than Postojna, with, I believe, even more spectacular scenery. River Reka disappears into the cave and creates majestic canyons and underground chambers. One of those chambers – Martel chamber is considered to be the largest discovered underground chamber in Europe being 146m tall, 120m wide and 300m long.

One of the highlights of the Slovenian Alps is Velika Planina is definetly one of the five reasons why visit Slovenia.

Velika Planina is in the heart of Kamnik-Savinja alps and has a plateau- Velika Planina (Big pasture) where local Sheppard’s still bring their cattle every summer (June-September). You will find special Sheppard villages there, rebuilt after the Second World War, in the same style, using original materials and methods.  The plateau is at 1600m and easily accessible by cable car on one side or you have the option to drive almost to the top from the Cernivec side. From this point it is about 30 min stroll to the first village. Local cuisine is available at the mountain retreats, this wholesome food is made from scratch using local ingredients. Handy Tip: Take cash, no credit cards accepted.

 

We have tantalised you with a small portion of this uniquely stunning country – then there is the more famous areas such as Bled and Bohinj lakes, Savica waterfall, Kranjska Gora, the ever-changing colours of Soca River and even Planica – the mountain famous for “Ski Flying”.

Fine dining – “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” this quote is so true of this region and the experiences you will have.

There are many businesses focusing on delivering unique dini

Velika planinang experience in very intimate environment with maximum capacity between 10 to 20 people. Therefore, interaction with guests is guaranteed and overall experience for both hosts and guests is more fulfilling. There is nothing quite like sitting around with friends or travel buddies, having great conversations about your day, over a delicious meal and a glass of incredible wine.

We highly recommend for you to share an experience in the Goriska Brda region, but don’t forget about Sentjanz as well. Always ask the locals which ones they would choose!

Wine tasting is definetly one of the five reasons why Slovenia is a must

There are three major wine regions in Slovenia: Podravje region, Posavje region and Primorska region, within each region there many more small unknown local wine makers. Each of these regions are worth visiting as they all contain truly magnificent wines.

Slovenian wines have become more and more renowned internationally, especially over the past 10 years, this has been proven at the biggest world wine awards, the Decanter.

Below are the Slovenian Platinum and Gold medal winners for the past three years:

  • 2018 Platinum medal winners: Razman – Malvazija Antiqua 2015, Gross- Colles 2015, Klet Brda Bagueri Ribolla Gialla 2013
  • 2018 Gold medal winners: Gasper- Pint Grigio 2017, Jakoncic – Carolina red 2015, Simcic – Leonardo 2011 and Kupljen- Aldebaran 2017
  • 2017 Platinum medal winners: Bjana for Rose Brut, Buzinel Brda for Ice wine 2009 and Puklavec family wines for Sipon seven numbers 2015
  • 2017 Gold medal winners: Bjana – Brut, Jakoncic – Carolina white 2013, Marjan Simcic – Opoka Ribolla 2013, and Vino Gross – S.J.I. Furmint 2013
  • 2016 Platinum medal winners: Bjana for their Brut Zero 2010 and Jakoncic for Carolina Ribolla 2013
  • 2016 Gold medal winners: Jakoncic for Carolina white 2012, Jeruzalem Ormoz- yellow muscat 2015, Ptujska klet – Pullus 2011 and Vino Gross – Colles 2013

We are very fortunate to have personally worked alongside with some of these wine makers on our visits to Slovenia.

We do enjoy visiting them each time we go back and we are sure you would love this experience too.  We have attached a list of Slovenian winemakers currently attachedon Wikipedia: https://sl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seznam_slovenskih_vinarjev

Please note the list is not complete however it gives you some great ideas on who to visit.

Outdoor activities

Where to start? There are endless opportunities from basic activities such as walking/hiking to more demanding as mountain or rock climbing, mountain biking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, then skiing and ski jumping in winter…..

Whether you want to try them on your own,in a group or with the professionals, all options are available for you in almost every part of Slovenia. You can get some ideas on this link https://www.slovenia.info/en/things-to-do/active-holidays or send us an email with your request and we will point you in the right direct with information and guidelines.

Connecting with locals and their way of living, local produces are the best.

 You need to escape from the big cities (it is not like Slovenia has big cities-compared with other countries) But I always find it easier to talk with people from small townships.

That’s where you can really unwind. Switch off all of your devices and smell the flowers. Everything slows down, there is no urge to do things fast. You can engage in conversation with random people about growing vegies and fruit which can easily last for hours. Help locals on their garden or farm and you will end up with the whole bucket of goodies at the end of the day. And beautiful thing about it that it is all organic.

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Goriska Brda – Beautiful scenery

 

This Goriska Brda winery is in the top 100 in the world – according to the Wine & Spirits Magazine and a MUST visit!

We arrived in the afternoon after a glorious drive through the Goriska Brda region, Uros had organised that we stay overnight at the Kabaj winery and kitchen. Kabaj is a family run winery in the heart of Goriska Brda region. The winemaker Jean Michel Morel came from France and married his wife Katja Kabaj whose family had been in this region for generations. They offered an extremely personal experience from the moment we arrived. Katja showed us to our rooms, then we had a relaxing hour on the terrace where we simple sat and took in the incredible views overlooking the vineyards. 

Dining at Kabaj was divine, each of the 5-course degustation meals are paired with Kabaj’s incredible selection of white wines. Katja also offered a wonderful bottle of red wine with the main course and no request was too difficult.  One of our guests was a vegetarian and they were able to change the menu to suit without delay, and the food produced was exquisite.

The Kabaj family are famous for their Amfora wine which is stored in huge clay barrels, this is a tradition that stems back in history for 8 thousand years, originating from Georgia.

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Lake Jasna in Slovenia Europe

 

Lake Jasna – Reflections of mountains in the crystal-clear lake water

Before the first road bends to Vrsic, we stopped for a short break at the Jasna Lake. This lake consists of two interconnected artificial lakes at the junction of the Velika Pisnica and Mala Pisnica stream. The area around the lake offers an assortment of walking trails as well as you can enjoy fishing since it is a well-known fishing district. Fly fishing is the only type allowed and you need to have a permit.

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Volcji Potok Arboretum Slovenia

The Volcji Potok Arboretum is the largest and most visited botanical park in Slovenia.

We have been back in Kamnik for a week now and today we visited Volcji Potok.  It was first established in 1952 by the university of Ljubljana. The 10km’s of walking tracks keep you smiling with multiple colours and everchanging surroundings this beautiful place has to offer.  The Volcji Potok Arboretum is fun for everyone, time does not matter, each garden is different, there are streams and lakes, colourful flowers, water plants and funny looking fish, sort of like our cat fish.  There is just so much to see. Strolling through each area, taking it all in, it is such a serene yet breath taking experience.

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Lake Bled in Slovenia Europe

Lake Bled, one of the most visited areas in Slovenia.

A walk through the Bled Castle and photos out over Lake Bled and the Baroque church is a must do for anyone visiting this area. Another way to gain another perspective of this beautiful area is to take a boat tour around the church, giving you a ‘waters eye view’ of the island. Make sure you take note of the bell, as the legend goes the bell was cast from the chapel in memory of the lost husband of a young widow, Poliksena who once lived at Bled Castle. When the bell was being taken by boat to the Island, a terrible storm struck, sinking the boat and crew to the depths of the lake. The story goes that the bell still rings. After the widow Poliksena died, the Pope sent a new wishing bell to Bleds Island, which is the one you see today.
After a wonderful stroll around most of the shoreline of Lake Bled in Slovenia we found Zima Café (which means winter) and sat, enjoying the sunshine and a famously delicious vanilla slices (kremsnita)!

Travelling with Uros is fantastic, so easy, I find the language is a barrier for me, but not for him obviously. He was telling me it is important to know which café produces the best Kremsnita at Lake Bled. While all of them are mouth-watering, there are still differences in the consistency and quality.
Feeling full of all of nature’s experiences, these beautiful sights and an incredible feeling of happiness within ourselves, we headed back to stay in the village of Kamnik. We did however stop at Sobec Camp grounds which are one of the most luxurious in the area near the Sava river, another great river for white water rafting (they are everywhere here!)”

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Soca River in Slovenia Europe

Another incredible day here near Soca River in Slovenia, loving this country!

We took off with Uros’ mum, to go and explore the Soca river in Slovenia.  The Soča River is a 138-kilometre long river that flows through western Slovenia to north-eastern Italy and is considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Soca rivers water flows across various small waterfalls, cascading through narrow rocky gorges, carving surprising canyons and pools. The photos cover an area of 10kms within what’s known as the Kobarid region. The walk along the Soca river was breath-taking, picturesque and insanely beautiful and don’t do the amazing emerald green colour enough justice. It was so peaceful to sit and watch the Soca river in full use with fishermen fly-fishing and kayakers exploring its reaches. The famous Soča trout attract fishermen from all over the world, so I was hoping we’d see one caught, sadly not while we were there. The Soca river and its tributaries attract wildlife adventurers seeking not just kayaking, but wild water kayaking, rafting, canyoning etc. Unbelievable to think the water temperature even at this time of year is still only 10 degrees Celsius! We crossed the wodden bridge over the Soca river, and even though it’s only 15m above the water, my fear of heights saw me clinging to Uros. In my mind I thought if it broke it would be a softer but freezing fall! I was so proud of myself when I made it to the other side.

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Lake Bohinj & Savica Waterfall

Today I realised I am in love with Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj:

It’s Friday, and we’re heading in our trusty campervan to visit the majestic Lake Bohinj and then onto the awesome outlook of Savica waterfall. It’s a bit cooler today, with light rain falling, but that won’t deter us, there’s exploring to be done! As we walked the 20 mins or so up along the relatively easy pathway to the Savica waterfalls, Uros told me of the famous Slovenian poet France Preseren, who not only wrote a poem about the Savica falls, but one of his other poems, Zdravljica is still used as the Slovenian national anthem. By this time we’d reached the small hut at the top of the Savica waterfalls, a wonderful place to sit and take in the stunning views of not just the falls, but the cliffs and surrounding forest. The view is just breathtaking! 

Savica waterfalls:

The walk back from Savica waterfalls saw us run into a local man selling yummy cheese, which made for an excellent impromptu lunch of cheese sandwiches. We then headed off for a quick stop at Lake Bohinj to get the traditional photo with the Alpine mountain goat statue that stands proudly looking after and over the lake. Lake Bohinj is the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the glorious natural beauty around you or if you’re more energetic, go hiking, cycling, rock-climbing, kayaking or even a spot of fly-fishing. For me, it was lovely to simply lay and watch the world go by.

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Postojna Caves in Slovenia

 

Postojna caves have more than 100 metres underground, these ever-changing caves are spectacular!

Postojna Caves! Wow! The caves are home to various creatures so make sure you visit the “vivarium” to check out these aquatic animals.

Something to think about – I wore 5 layers of clothing as I feel the cold.  Postojna Caves are between 8-10 degrees and if you take your time, you may be in the cave system for over an hour! The train ride into the depths of the caves was lots of fun with some areas lit up by enormous crystal chandeliers.  The walk through the labyrinth of rock formations is just amazing.  I really liked the information from the guide, it was very informative and was spoken in so many different languages that no one missed out. At the end of the tour we ended up in a giant cavern where our guide sang an impromptu tune! The acoustics were incredible.

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A day and night in Slovenia

A day and night in Slovenia

We were on a tour around Italy when Uros and Nikki called us to invite us to tour with them. That was a day and a night in Slovenia we will never forget.
Slovenia was not that far from where we were staying and a destination we knew little about. So Frank, I and our two children jumped in the car and drove to Postojna Caves, Uros’s first highlight for the day.
After the initial hellos and hugs we headed toward the waiting area where we stopped for coffee and cake.  Uros was fabulous in providing us with some great facts before going into the caves, but not too much that we were not “wowed” by this experience when we got there. 
We headed into the cave where we boarded a long train that took us deep into a very mysterious subterranean cave formation that is around 24 kilometres long. The train ride around Postojna Caves took about 10 minutes and then we alighted and walked our way back up to the entrance.  The total tour took about an hour and a half.  We would highly recommend warm clothing as the cave can be quite cool, around 10 degrees.
As we were walking in quite large groups (divided into one’s native tongue), it was wonderful to have Uros with us explaining more about this natural beauty in a personal and informative way.  Lots of photos were taken.
From Postojna Cave we headed into the township of Postojna where we were privileged to have a table at “Storja pod stopnicami”, which actually means “Story under the Stairs”.  This bistro café has a feeling of warmth, in a lovely rustic setting.  Our host was one of the family members who told us stories about the paintings on the wall, the wines and the best part, the flavours of the genuine local food which were incredible.
Uros had also organised for us to travel to the Goriska Brda region and to stay overnight at Kabaj.  We had no idea what this area was like or what to expect but we were surprised at the fact that it is so green everywhere.  Turning into the driveway of Kabaj, there was a sense of the old (the beautiful old original building and surroundings) and new (the recently renovated accommodation).
We were treated like royalty, a five-course degustation menu, paired perfectly with Kabaj wines.  Each explained specifically by Katja Kabaj our story teller to make the night simply perfect. We could not fault the food or the wine, a truly wonderful evening.  We were thrilled to learn just how many awards (international ones as well) had been presented to this winery.
It was a perfect day capped off by having Uros, a native Slovenian, interpreting the occasional menu item.   It was a very full and relaxing day. 

 In addition to our information, you can check out this link to their National Tourism Agency https://slovenia.si/

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