Wedged between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, encompassing mountains of the eastern Alps and a slither of the mediterranean, no country in Europe can boast as varied a landscape in such a modest landmass. Likewise, the history of the Slovene nation has been a proud struggle against its larger neighbours, seemingly adding the best of all these into an inherent culture to create something truly unique.
In a day it is quite possible to start with a coffee in the pastel Italianate main square of Piran, a nicely dilapidated port town on the Med, venture into UNESCO listed caves, taste wine with a tradition defying vintner, watch the sun set behind the mountains from the balcony of an alpine chalet before dining at the incredible restaurant of the World’s Best Female Chef for 2017.
Of course the most famous attraction is Lake Bled with its impossibly pretty church and medieval castle, while the easily digestible capital, Ljubljana is a must see for those looking to really experience the country. The surrounding mountains offer up truly sublime vistas of clear lakes, fairytale valleys and evergreen forests, a haven for hikers and extreme sport enthusiasts.
The food scene here is also thriving, increasingly adventurous in the wake of communist austerity, once more bringing regional influence to create something distinctive and acquiring international reputations. Viticulture predates France, Spain and Germany, producing some wonderful whites, and there is also a penchant for fruity liqueurs and strong spirits.
This all makes Slovenia perfect for short breaks and a less mainstream taster of Europe, while its location means it is a wonderful add on to trip to neighbouring Croatia or northern Italy. Get in touch with our expert travel designers to create a tailor-made luxury holiday to Slovenia.