Still have not decided where to go for your summer vacation? No worries, it is still time! Here are my top seven destinations for summer 2017. In this post, I will focus on European destinations – even though I love to travel as far away as possible, nothing beats Europe in the summer!
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is such a lovely city! I didn’t have any expectations to the city, but its beauty overwhelmed me. The old town is adorable, with dozens of cafés, bars and restaurants. There are no famous attractions in Ljubljana – but there are a few you should check out. One of them is The Dragon Bridge – an old bridge with dragon statues, which was built more than 100 years ago. Another attraction is Ljubljana Castle, which offers a great view of the city.
The last stops on our road trip in Slovenia were the coastal towns Piran and Portoroz. We went to this area of Slovenia because we wanted to relax by the sea. Slovenia only has a tiny coastline, so Piran and Portoroz are close to the neighbor countries Croatia and Italy. The Italian culture has especially influenced the area, as it earlier was a part of Italy.
The next stop on our road trip in Slovenia was Goriska Brda, a wine district south in Slovenia. To get there, we drove through Trenta Valley, along the crystal-clear blue river Sôca. There are several villages along the river, and we stopped in Kanal Ob Soci for a break and lunch. We stopped here because this village seemed to be the nicest one – and I think it was, because it was so lovely here. We ate lunch at a small restaurant (actually, the only restaurant I saw in the city), and the food were amazing. They only had one option; a three course lunch for 6 euros. We started with soup, then we got some meat and vedgetables and we ended the meal with a local cake. So cheap and so good!
Kranskja Gora is a mountain area located northwest in Slovenia, very close to both the Italian and Austrian border. The area is famous for skiing, both as a popular winter holiday destination and for hosting international sport competitions every year, for example the World Cup in alpine. During the summer, the place pretty quiet, despite the amazing hiking and biking opportunities in the area.
Vrsic Pass is a mountain pass going across the Julian Alps, with the highest point at 1611m above sea level. Visiting Vrsic was the main reason we went to Kranskja Gora, as it offers an impressive view and great hiking trails.
Lake Bohinj is another lake in the Julian Alps, not far from Lake Bled. I found Lake Bohinj as beautiful as Lake Bled, but it is less visited by tourists because the area doesn’t has as many sights as Bled. But, if you are going to Lake Bled, I would recommend a visit to Bohinj as well.
Lake Bled is a famous lake in the Julian Alps. The lake is known for its magic, green color, the island in the middle of the lake and the majestic mountains surrounding the lake.
Lake Bled is said to be one of Slovenia’s most beautiful places, and it is a popular tourist destination. It actually surprised me how touristy the area was; every building seemed to host a hotel or a restaurant, and there were big tourist groups (especially many Chinese tourists) everywhere. But, it is a reason why the place is popular. The lake is really beautiful, and you shouldn’t visit Slovenia without going to Lake Bled for a day or two.
Currently, I am on a road trip in Slovenia. In total, we only have eight days in Slovenia, but we will manage to see a lot of the country, as it is very small (but it still has a lot to offer!). Slovenia must be the perfect country for an interesting holiday. Slovenia has mountains, beaches, historical buildings and architecture, great food, shopping, wine yards, extreme sports – and so on.