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.