Slovenia Travel Guide
Slovenia is a small, chicken-shaped country in central Europe. The country prides itself with fairy-tale-like lakes, turquoise rivers, enchanted castles, lush forests, charming seaside and the kindest, most welcoming people you will ever meet! With a population of just over 2 million people, Slovenia is a true heaven for nature lovers and explorers. Approximately 60% of the country is covered in forests, there are many beautiful caves, Alps, wine-regions and picturesque towns. Slovenia is a great year-round destination and has something to offer to anyone coming in summer or winter.
Slovenia is also the place where I was born. Growing up in Slovenia I never explored my own backyard and now having spent the past 10 years out of Slovenia, I tend to do a lot of touristing whenever I visit. It struck me a little late just how beautiful my home-country is and how much I have left to discover. I would now dare to say I have seen more of Slovenia than my friends or family, who still live there!
Things to See and Do in Slovenia
- Row a boat in Lake Bled
- Coastal town of Piran
- Enchanting Skofja Loka
- Hiking in Triglav National Park
- Lipica Stud Farm
- Soca River
- Sneznik Castle
Typical Costs When Travelling
Accommodation – I am giving you a local perspective on costs here, since I always stay at my parent’s house when I visit. Generally speaking you will need around $50 USD per night to stay in a mid-range hotel in Ljubljana and other touristy places. It’s worth staying a little out of the main spots if you want to save – Slovenia is small and you can easily get anywhere even if you stay outside the center.
Food – You will notice quite fast that Slovenian food is very delicious, cheap and the portions in many places are so big, you will definitely be able to share. A meal at my favorite Mexican restaurant in Ljubljana center is $10, and I always split it with my boyfriend. A kebab will cost you around $4 and a burek (a must try!!) about $2.50. You can spoil yourself and eat fancy, but expect the prices to then be around $25 for a main dish. Skip eating in the old town Ljubljana – the food is average and the prices reflect the clientele (aka, hardly any locals).
Transportation – Don’t even consider public transportation during your trip to Slovenia. It will take you 3 times longer to get to a desired destination and you’ll probably need to walk some time as well. Rent a car for your trips out of Ljubljana. And if you plan to only stay in Ljubljana – WALK! The city is small and so beautiful you don’t want to be on the bigger roads. Car rental per day is around $20, gas around $1.50/L and a weekly vignette (you need this sticker to drive on the highways), will cost you around $17.
Suggested daily budget
$50-80 USD. Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid-range hotel, eating out in mid-range restaurants and renting a car. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!
1. Rent a car with friends – If you travel with at least another friend then make sure to split the rental, gas and vignette costs. You can definitely fit 4 people in almost any car!
2. Supermarket food – Almost every supermarket in Slovenia has freshly made food. Pizzas, sandwiches, soups, burek – you name it! Grab something and eat it by on the square or by the river. Cheap and cozy!
3. Cook your own food – Renting an Airbnb with a kitchen will definitely more than half you food budget. Head over to Lidl or Hofer (both in Ljubljana) and stock up on cheap groceries.
4. Make your own itinerary – There are many tours available in Slovenia, but making your own will be free and you get to do it in your own pace. So open Google Maps and start entering those interest points!
When to visit Slovenia
Slovenia is a great year-round destination. In winter the temperatures drop below minus, so the alpine northwest sees abundant snow from December to March. Spring is fantastic for rafting on Soca River and summer is ideal for climbing, hiking and strolling around all the cities. Best time to visit Slovenia as a first timer is beginning of June. The tourists haven’t arrived yet (no crowds in Ljubljana) and the school and work is still going for the locals. July and August get very busy and also tend to be very hot.