Why Slovenia is the most underrated country in Europe!

Slovenia…No, not Slovakia, but the little country nestled between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary often goes unnoticed! Anonymously sitting their nestled between countries that people flock to year round, a little piece of land with a culture, history and breath taking scenery that can sometimes feel forgotten. It has the Alps…but so does Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria! It has an Adriatic coast…but so does Italy and Croatia. Then there are is the cultured filled and historic capital…but doesn’t every country have one of those! Well here’s why Slovenia is different and why it is the most underrated country in Europe!

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The Mountains

Just like many of the surrounding countries, the Alps dive into Slovenia and leave the country a mountainous and nature filled delight. These are some fierce and stunning mountains too with challenging peaks, climbs and hikes to be hard for all levels. The mountainous Julian Alps can be seen from pretty much everywhere in this small country and are accessible from all 4 corners. Skiing is popular in the winter and climbing in the summer with the snow covered peaks casting a stunning backdrop to this green and lush country.

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The Lakes

With mountains comes lakes, Slovenia has too many to count (though I am sure someone has!), but two of the most stunning lie in the Triglav national park in the Alpine region. These glacial lakes formed over millenia are absolutely stunning! The water in them is so clear and clean, you can actually drink from them! The most famous is probably Lake Bled, the castle that sits above resembles something from a fairytale and the little island in the middle is just magical. But the most beautiful has to be Bohinj, this crystal clear lake is surrounded by mountains and is much quieter too.

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The Rivers

Well, with lakes comes rivers! Slovenia is a country that has many, many wonderful rivers that snake their way across the country. From the emerald green Ljubljanica river that we canoed down, the stunningly clear Sava that flows from Bohinj all the way to Belgrade and the wonderful light blue Soca deep in the mountains. Many of the rivers have carved out equally impressive canyons over the years. We explored the Vintgar gorge near Bled, a place we can old describe as one of the most amazing, beautiful and magical we have ever seen!

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The beach

Believe it or not, Slovenia also has a coast! Nearby to Trieste in Italy is the small area of coastline which belongs to Slovenia. Here you will find white sandy beaches and your own slice of paradise. Alongside that is the medieval coastal town of Piran which sits on the deep blue Adriatic and is dotted full of the customary terracotta tiled traditional homes.

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The epic adventures you can have

Craving adventure, well look no further! In Slovenia every adrenaline racing sport is catered for. We explored the canyons of Bohinj with a local guide for a trek we will never forget. The water sports don’t end there though with canoeing, SUP, Kayaking and rafting popular on the wonderful lakes and rivers. Then there is climbing, mountaineering and hiking. Or maybe paragliding off the main peaks, you can even do it close by to the capital! Then in the winter the snow sports begin with Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing available all over the country!

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The wonderful capital city

Ljubljana is one of the most amazing cities we have ever visited, hands down! The atmosphere here is just so chilled out, freindly and creative! It doesn’t really feel like a capital city in many ways, it has non of the over bearing traffic, crowds, stuffy public transport nor is it a concrete covered jungle! It is alternative, green (in both colour and environmentally), creative, bohemian and totally approachable, as well as being easily walkable too. Areas like Metelcova give you a good idea on how open and welcoming this city is to creative culture, we totally fell in love with it!

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.
  • Jamie Italiane

    I ended in Ljublana one night kind of on accident and found it wonderful!

  • That clear water! Breathtaking πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Pitman

    I love Slovenia too! Its the old Europe we all miss and love. I hope word doesn’t get out too quickly its perfect the way it is. Uncrowded, clean and fresh!

    • Ha ha, yes! I want to tell everyone but yet also want to keep it quiet as well! It is perfect!

  • I totally agree that Slovenia is underrated! I only made it to Ljubljana and Bled, but I absolutely loved it!

  • Carol

    WE have a couple of friends there who have been inviting us to come and visit. They sky dive regularly! Yes, it looks underrated.

  • Tom Stevenson

    Looks incredible from the photo! You’ve convinced me to visit anyway!

  • Saiful Islam Opu

    Slovenia offers tourists a wide variety of natural and cultural amenities. Different forms of tourism have developed. The tourist gravitational area is considerably large, however the tourist market is small. There has been no large-scale tourism and no acute environmental pressures so tourists must like that place to travel.
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  • NataszaM

    I was i this little country 4 times. I fall in love again and again and again. My favourite cities are Lublana and Koper, but who knows maybe next time I change my mind πŸ™‚

    • I would love to go back and see even more of this country, it is so easy to fall in love with!

  • Tamara Wilcox

    I keep hearing about Slovenia, and it sounds wonderful! Your pictures really draw me in, too. I really have to get there and see Lake Bled, but also the lake you described: Bohinj. Pinning this for future inspiration!

    • It really lives up to the billing!! Bohinj and Bled are like something from a fairytale!! Thanks!

  • Vesna

    It is so nice to see that people are starting to get to know our country. πŸ™‚ I just wish people would also visit other cities in Slovenia, there is sooo much more, than just the western part of the country. You are also very welcome in Maribor, Ptuj…. πŸ˜‰

    • Yeah it seems more people are realising how wonderful it is. We will deffo be back and would like to see more of the country too.

  • Milena

    Ha! I agree completely.

    You’ve probably heard that Donald Trump’s wife is from Slovenia. Here in the States, news reporters like to linger over that name… “Slovenia”… and they half-accuse Trump of finding his wife in a backwater of rural, village-y Eastern Europe.

    Not so! I was in Ljubljana a month ago, and it is lovely. I still haven’t uploaded the millions of photos I took to my Instagram πŸ™‚

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