Slovenia is a firecracker of a nation that is often ignored in favor of its more popular counterparts such as Croatia, Austria and Italy. This picturesque country is usually associated with luscious valleys, snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes. Slovenia is a country that ought ot be explored as it sits amidst a plethora of historical wonders, waiting to narrate its past.
Kick-start the city by heading out to its dynamic capital - Ljubljana. Some of the attractions to be visited are: Old Town, iconic Ljubljana Castle, eye-catching dragon statues of Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge), Ljubljanica River and a plethora of museums such as City Museum Ljubljana and National Museum of Slovenia. Drop by at Slovenia's seaside jewel - Portoroz. Some of the prominent sight-seeing points are: Forma Viva - an outdoor sculpture garden, Minorite Monastery, Church of Our Lady, Tartini House - birthplace of composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini and so on.
Do spend some time in Bled for it is one of Slovenia's most famous resort. Tourists are rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the lake along with its small church. History buffs can also visit the Gothic Bled Castle that is housed on the cliff's edge. One can indulge in activities such as cycling, canoeing, and hiking as well as take a chair lift to the top of Straza ski slope and toboggan back down for an incredible adrenaline rush.
Drop by at Skocjan Caves - a system of underground caves, a UNESCO Heritage Site and has tallest cave hall in Europe. The caves are packed with remarkable stalagmites and stalactites and houses around 15 species of bats. Stop over at the gorgeous coastal town of Piran. Explore the old town's winding streets and marvel at the Venetian style buildings. One of its most elegant attraction is the St. Georges Church that looms gloriously over the town from the hill.
Interested in winter sports? Then spend some time at Vogel, one of Slovenia's high-quality ski-slopes. It is perched on a plateau above the sparkling Bohinj Lake and is equipped for both beginners and experienced skiers alike. Head over to So?a valley if you enjoy extreme sports such as paragliding and rafting. One can also indulge in other activities such as hiking, horse-riding and fl-fishing or just marvel at the scenic beauty.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for Slovenian souvenirs such as bobbin lace, crystal glass and wine. As for cuisine, do gorge into some of their local delicacies such as Potica (a circular cake with a variety of fillings, namely nuts, honey, cream, raisins and cinnamon), Gibanica (a popular layer cake made with pastry, cheese and eggs) and Goulash (a stew of meat and vegetables famous in the Hungarian influenced eastern Prekmurje region).
The stay options in Slovenia are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Slovenia experiences continental climate with warm summers and cold winters and Mediterranean climate on the coast. The best time to visit would be during the summer season, between May and September, for the temperatures are pleasant at the time.