5 Things To Know Before Visiting Slovenia
by Lara McComish | Updated 22 February 2019 | Posted in Family Holidays, General
Slovenia is a small but scenic land brimming with lakes, mountains and beaches. With so much earthly beauty to its name, it is easy to see why we're suckers for Slovenia. But before you immerse yourself in all things Slovenian, here are 5 things to know before you go...
1. It is a Schengen country
Slovenia is part of the EU's Schengen Area that permits free movement between countries. This means it is a relatively easy country to visit and base yourself from if you also wish to explore its neighbours over in Italy, Austria, Hungary or the Balkans. However, you needn't venture too far as Slovenia has got plenty going for it.
2. It is a melting pot of cultures
Right at the heart of central Europe, Slovenia has benefitted from the influence of its neighbouring countries. The neighbourly influence is palpable in the diverse architecture, which very much appears to be cut from the same cloth as many quintessential Italian and Austrian towns. Food is a similar story, but for something truly Slovenian, you HAVE to try a Bled cream cake!
3. The coastline is stunningly staggering
The scenic Slovenian coastline is by far one of the nation's best-kept secrets. It offers visitors a lesser seen glimpse of the Adriatic Sea. Small but with some mighty views, the stretch is equally home to some lovely seaside towns, including the likes of Portoroz, Izola and Piran.
4. It is also home to the most beautiful lake
Lake Bled and its iconic turquoise-green lake are utterly picture perfect. Head to Bled to take in the world-famous waters and you'll soon discover why it continues to bring in flocks of families, honeymooners and outdoor enthusiasts every year. Plus, there's a fairytale castle lurking around the lake. Speaking of which...
5. Castles are a big thing here
Just to add to Slovenia's magic, it boasts a whole host of historic castles. From the aforementioned one at Lake Bled to the popular Ljubljana Castle, the enchanting spectacles make a great family friendly day trip.