|Population||Ca 2,3 million|
Slovenia with amazing caves and alternative cultural centres
Fortunately, Slovenia is not very big so you will easily have time to ferry by the beach in Piran, check out the fantastic caves that are unlike anything you’ve seen before, dream yourself away in sago castles and of course visit the cute capital Ljubljana. In Slovenia there is really good wine, so feel free to squeeze in a wine tasting or at least a glass or two!
Fairy tale castles and wonderful caves
A must in Slovenia is to visit the Postonja cave, which is located in the western part of the country. It is a wonderful place with stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes and sizes. One of the stalagmites is a powerful limestone formation that is five meters high and the dripping water makes it perfectly shiny. Once you have become fascinated time and time again as you make your way to the various halls of the cave, you can get to a fairy tale castle through a secret tunnel. The Predjama castle, which is very real, is like built into the cave which can be seen in some of the rooms which are half cave and half castle building.
The coast of Slovenia may be tiny but how many kilometres of beach are really needed to enjoy the sun and cool off in the sea? 46 kilometres is quite excellent. On the coastal strip you will find a small coastal town called Piran, it is a small medieval town with Gothic palaces, good food and a statue of the composer Giuseppe Tartini who was born there.
Little capital Ljubljana
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and also the largest city in the country, has a population of about 200,000. The city centre is small and decorated with beautiful facades, and you do not need many hours to see most streets and places in the city. Stroll, but don’t miss the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective by going on a small boat trip along the canal that runs through the city. You will not find any cars in central Ljubljana, which is one of the reasons why the city was named European Capital of Europe in 2016. The architecture is mixed which makes it extra interesting to stroll around among all the buildings. In 1895, more than 75% of the city was destroyed and while the old Baroque buildings were rebuilt, the Art Deco style came to fruition and made its mark. In addition, there are some traces left by communism. If you want to experience something special, go to Metelkova. It is an independent district and something that can be called an alternative cultural centre. Bohemians and artists besieged old army barracks to prevent demolition in 1993, and yes, since then, these artist souls have lived there. The area is filled with paintings, graffiti art, sculptures and installations. Festivals and concerts are organized, and you will find all kinds of music, from punk to hip hop and rock music and more. There are various clubs here, such as literature clubs and film clubs.
Go on a small day trip by train to Bled, you will arrive in just under 1.5 hours. In Bled you will find a wonderfully beautiful lake of the same name; in really nice weather the lake seems almost to shine in green. Take the opportunity to go wine tasting in Bled’s 100 year old wine cellar!
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