Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Slovenia travel informationOne of the new 'hot spots' of Europe, Slovenia is well worth a visit.  With stunning scenery, friendly locals and a burgeoning food and wine industry, Slovenia offers something for everyone.  I hope these articles will encourage you to add it to your European holiday itinerary, too.

 

 

Istria, a region divided between both Slovenia and Croatia, has many hidden delights for the visitor to discover.  Andrew Villone, owner and tour leader of Savor The Experience and Roads Less Traveled tours, shares five secrets of Istria that he has discovered.  Read the article in the Croatia section here.

Most visitors to Slovenia head straight for the capital Ljubljana and the picturesque town of Bled but if you can spare an extra day or two, I highly recommend a visit to the Triglav National Park and the small village of Ribcev Laz on Lake Bohinj.

With a population of just 280,000, Ljubljana is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in charm. The Slovenian capital is regarded as one of Europe’s undiscovered gems, with Lonely Planet ranking it at number two on their ‘Best in Europe’ list this year. That’s no small title to live up to but Ljubljana does it with ease.

The old adage “It’s not what you know but WHO you know” certainly rang true when I visited Bled in Slovenia recently. I’d arranged to meet Andrew Villone from Roads Less Traveled Tours and Savor The Experience tours and he’d promised to show my husband and I a bit of Slovenia away from the standard tourist trail - and he certainly did.

Travel brochures had enticed me for years with their photos of Lake Bled with its small island complete with church but it took me a bit longer than expected to actually get there.  My first visit was planned for December 2010 but my itinerary was changed when my husband required a stay in a French hospital!  As it turned out, a visit to Bled during summer was more than we hoped for and it was definitely worth the wait of almost four years.

Slovenia is a beautiful, tiny, green country lying right in the heart of Europe, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. For a small country, it has an amazing geographical diversity: lakes and snow-capped mountains, beaches and vineyards, caves and thermal springs. It has a population of only 2 million people, shares borders with Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia and has been a member of the European Union since 2004.

Lake Bled, SloveniaSlovenia is a tiny country, only half the size of Switzerland, often known as "Europe in Miniature" due to its magnificent and varied scenery. It has a rich and complicated history, formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War 1.  These days, Slovenia is visited for its diverse and beautiful scenery from mountains that are home to world class ski resorts to the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. In fact, you can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains.