Slovenia: The 2011 Secret Getaway Hotspot

Before I went to Slovenia I knew absolutely nothing about it. This was partly down to my ashamedly poor general knowledge but, in my defense, Slovenia also seems to be bizarrely far off the tourist radar.

My friend Sally and I decided to go because we had both been to Croatia and Italy before, but neither of us had ever even considered Slovenia and from all the photos it looked pretty stunning.

We arrived with no place to stay (very disorganized) but luckily found somewhere almost immediately, although they called it a hotel, it is more like a cosy guesthouse.

The outside was beautifully decorated with hundreds of colourful potted plants growing on the yellow painted window sills, I felt as if I was stepping into a doll’s house! Inside was equally as vibrant with a beautifully tiled entrance hall and lots of wooden furnishings.

However, the thing I really loved was that they had hundreds of bikes (fully equipped with helmets and locks) that you could borrow, so it was really easy to get around.

We soon discovered that we were only five minutes from Lake Bled so we peddled there in the early hours of the morning and got there just in time to see the sunrise on the Lake, I felt as if we had cycled straight onto a postcard, it was o picturesque!

We then walked around the Lake, which can take up to two hours, but it was incredibly relaxing.

I would recommend taking the boat to the island on the lake as there are some beautiful old steps there that lead to a lovely church. To top it all off there is a beautiful view once you reach the top, so make sure to bring a camera, as I completely forgot!

For the last few days we decided to travel to Ljubljana (the capital of Slovenia) and treat ourselves by staying in the fantastically luxurious Antiq Palace Hotel.

Originally for the aristocracy, we felt very posh (and slightly out of place) as we walked in. The room was absolutely beautiful, we got a suite (I know really pushing the boat out!)  which had a Jacuzzi in it.

Naturally we spent the next two days acting like celebrities. They also have a Spa that offers great massages that had us floating on cloud 9, I felt more relaxed then I had been in years. Plus there is a relatively large gym, which kept the holiday weight off, just!

Although not as beautiful as Bled, Ljubljana has a great deal of character and loads to do! I would recommend the walking tour and ride to Ljubljana castle.

I learnt so much about the history of the city, the buildings were a mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, I was in complete awe and this time I had my camera.

I would highly recommend this beautiful place to anyone considering an adventure. Slovenia Hotels are full of character and charm and there is so much to see and do. For more information visit

(photo credits: Nigel’s Europe – mirci)

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10 Responses to Slovenia: The 2011 Secret Getaway Hotspot

  1. Anonymous July 19, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    Looks lovely, you’ve certainly sold me on the idea of adding it to my (ever expanding) ‘to visit’ list.

    • Sofia - As We Travel July 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      Add it, lake Bled is one of the most beautiful places in Europe!

  2. Ales July 19, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    nice post. I live in Slovenia for my whole life. I did backpack around the world in last years, and there is one thing that i like about my country.

    From Ljubljana where i live it takes me only 1 hour to sea side, 1/2 hour to ski resorts, 1/2 to Mountains. It means you can do Mountain hiking in the morning and then go swimming in the sea in the afternoon. 

    • Sofia - As We Travel July 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

      The convenience and close distances between such different things makes it ideal. 
      A country where you can ski, mountain bike and go swimming, and reach all places within just a few hours, is a perfect place to live. Sounds amazing.

  3. Jodi July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Awesome! I’m taking a quick tour to Bled soon, so this post has my vote. =)

    • Sofia - As We Travel July 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

      Great! We’ll be posting a video of our trip to Bled soon, so stay tuned!

  4. Sofia - As We Travel July 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    It’s a really romantic destination, especially if you enjoy beautiful nature. And the people in Slovenia are SO friendly!

  5. Jeremy Branham July 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    There might not be another travel blogger on there (not based in Slovenia or Eastern Europe) that has written more about Slovenia than me!!  I love the country and can’t get enough of Lake Bled.  I will have another part in my series on Slovenia coming up in the next month as I interview a tour guide friend from Slovenia.

  6. My Kafkaesque Life August 28, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Thanks for this post :) I’m Slovenian living in Taiwan and I’m happy you enjoyed the stay in my country. Always welcome back :)

  7. Ana December 6, 2011 at 12:19 am #