Slovenia is our absolute favorite when it comes to picking a European country. The reason? It’s small and so wonderful that in a few hours you could go from basking on the beach to hiking in the Alps!! As they say its all about the location, location, location!
While the peak season like any other European country is June to August, we love Slovenia in May. The reason is that while the summer activities have started there is still snow in the Julian Alps, the crowds are yet to come and you will have the hiking paths and the rivers pretty much to yourself. This is our favorite region in Slovenia, while most just visit Lake Bled, we encourage you to explore the beautiful Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps.
In Ljubljana, it’s cute capital you will see the restaurants, cafes and parks open and buzzing but not overpacked like the later months. The evenings are pleasant with just a slight nip in the air to justify that new sweater or scarf you bought for the trip. The monuments are not as crowded and popular sights like the Predjama cave and castle along with Postonja caves can be visited without having to wait in long lines.
The beach towns of Piran, Portoroz, Izola and Koper are best visited later in May when water is a bit warmer, but honestly we have always found the waters in Europe even in August a bit cold for comfortable swimming. So if like us you too are barely going to dip in for a few minutes and enjoy the sunbeds (the ones with least amount of sun) and the seaside café, restaurants and clubs then hey, it’s a great time to go!
Except highs of around 20°C and lows of around 10°C, we told you it’s the perfect time to visit! May is springtime and the days are sunny but comfortable making it the best time to explore the outdoors.
A distinct emerald green color makes Soča one of the most beautiful river in the world. May is when Kayaking, Rafting and Hydrospeed activities on the river begin and you must not miss it! The Soča valley is beautiful with a wonderful hiking route running along its banks. Hike, cycle or just drive, the Soča valley is enchanting with its natural beauty and charming little towns.
For those who love driving mountain roads, Slovenia is the place to drive. In Slovenia you can go from driving coastal roads with glimpses of the azure sea to maneuvering hairpin bends of alpine roads and stopping to play in the snow in under 2 hours! The scenery keeps changing making the drive very interesting and there are plenty of quaint towns and viewpoints enroute.
In Lipica you can visit the stud farm where Lipizzaner horses are being bred since the 16th century. These grey-white beauties were first bred as the personal mounts of the Hapsburg monarchy. For the less adventurous enjoy a carriage ride pulled by these royal steeds and for the more active there are trails to be explored amount these beautiful grey-white horses. Talk about feeling like a knight on a white horse as you ride past ancient vineyards, villages and castles!
In the heart of Slovenian nature and cultural history lies a Gothic water castle built on an island in the middle of the Krka River. The first historical references to this castle date back to 1252, today this castle been converted to a beautiful heritage hotel set amidst the peace and quiet of the Slovenian countryside. Let us know if you would wish to spend a night or two at this dreamy 13th century castle.
You can explore the caves like normal people do by train and a guided tour or opt to explore like an adventurer. You will be given proper caving equipment and will get to access parts of the cave off limits to usual public. You will go through underground rivers and see majestic stalactite and stalagmite formations as you crawl, rappel and scramble through narrow opening as well as walk though massive cambers.