72 hrs in Slovenia | Vancouver Sunlight

Share via email

Slovenia was a second thought. It’s deserving of a lot more time.

Write-up web content

When I inform individuals I went to Slovenia, they have a bemused appearance. Usually, interest reaches them as well as they take out their phone to locate the nation on a map. I didn’t recognize, is frequently the reaction. To be reasonable, it’s easy to understand that a great deal of individuals may not have actually come across Slovenia: it is among Europe’s tiniest nations.

Promotion 2

Write-up web content

Sandwiched in between Austria to the north as well as Croatia to the south, it was when component of Yugoslavia. And also unlike its brother or sisters, Slovenia’s freedom in 1991 was fairly calm.

Write-up web content

There’s a stating that good ideas been available in tiny plans—this is Slovenia. It’s a nation pleading to be checked out. From the bit of shoreline on the Adriatic Sea that teases with Venetian design to the magnificent tops in the Julian Alps, where crystal-clear rivers have the aquamarine appearance of an exotic sea.

Church spires and colourful buildings in Ljlubljana’s car-free centre.
Church apexes as well as vibrant structures in Ljlubljana’s car-free centre. Picture by Carrie Donohue

We drove right into Slovenia from Croatia as well as browsed with enchanting towns bordered by ranches as well as rolling eco-friendly hillsides as well as woodlands. Over the following couple of days we’d find out there is whole lots to like regarding Slovenia.

Our very first location was the resources as well as biggest city, Ljubljana (obvious loo-blee-aa-nuh). If impressions are every little thing, Ljubljana obtained me in mins. With a populace of much less than 300,000, it’s conveniently walkable, the roads are lined with leafy trees, as well as well-used bike courses crisscross the city. Plain as well as inviting, there was a trendy ambiance that I suched as.   

Promotion 3

Write-up web content

We strolled along the Ljubljanica River, which reduces slackly with the city. It resembled an appealing area to invest a mid-day with a publication or to people-watch. We remained to the city’s stunning centre.

The popular three bridges area in Ljubljana’s centre, backdropped by the pink hued Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.
The preferred 3 bridges location in Ljubljana’s centre, backdropped by the pink hued Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. Picture by Ken Donohue

Church apexes jabbed over old, vibrant structures, tables as well as patio area umbrellas splashed out from dynamic dining establishments as well as coffee shops, as well as a 15th century castle depended on a hillside forgeting the city.

Stunning. Captivating. Comfy. Ljubljana is all that. However there was one point regarding the city that puzzled me. Graffiti musicians as well as taggers apparently have totally free use the city as their canvas. Colourful. Eccentric. Political. The prevalent graffiti was rough in the beginning, as well as I still question that equilibrium in between art as well as civil liberty as well as what is just anti-social behavior.

Promotion 4

Write-up web content


Surrounded by mountains, Bovec is a mecca for outdoor activities, including skiing in winter.
Bordered by hills, Bovec is a capital for exterior tasks, consisting of snowboarding in winter months. Picture by Ken Donohue

We left Ljubljana behind as well as drove 2 hrs northeast to Bovec. Bordered by wonderful hills, this area is a capital for exterior tasks—treking, hill cycling, river rafting, as well as snowboarding in winter months. Prior to Bovec, we made a rest stop at the Kozjak Falls. Quickly obtainable, it is among the a lot more preferred ones in Slovenia.

We strolled along a well-travelled route for around 40 mins that teased us with magnificent sights of the emerald-green Soča River. We quit component method to appreciate the sight from a foot bridge that extended the river. Jealous of individuals swimming listed below; we had actually left our swimwears in the cars and truck.

Hidden, at the end of a slim canyon of high rock, is the 15-metre-high falls that puts right into a little swimming pool. It was the sort of area I anticipated to see Indiana Jones. Standing in front of the drops seemed like remaining in a shelter. The sound of our hectic globe silenced by the relaxing noise of dropping water.

Promotion 5

Write-up web content

Mineral fragments give the Soča River its aquamarine look, along with crystal-clear water makes it seem like a tropical beach.
Mineral pieces provide the Soča River its aquamarine appearance, together with crystal-clear water makes it feel like an exotic coastline. Picture by Ken Donohue

Time ticked on our brief remain in Slovenia, so we leapt back in the cars and truck as well as remained to Bovec. There, we located a place on the Soča River for a late mid-day dip. The summer season warmth concealed the trendy temperature level of this towering water. We dove in anyhow, capturing our breath. We would certainly go back to the Soča the adhering to day, clothed a lot more pleasantly in wetsuits for a rafting experience. And also it didn’t dissatisfy. Giggles, giggles as well as grins were testimony to the enjoyable we had, as we jumped as well as drifted down this river whose water is noticeably clear.

Lake Hemorrhaged

Our last location in our speedy journey with Slovenia was Lake Hemorrhaged. Attract a straight line from Bovec to Hemorrhaged on a map as well as it’s about 50 kilometres. It would certainly be a fast drive if it weren’t for the looming hills in between. While you can increase as well as over the hills, the quickest method to arrive was to drive with 2 nations. Leaving Bovec, we snaked high right into the hills, fascinated by the jaw-dropping landscape. We drove right into Italy. Fifteen mins later on we remained in Austria as well as a half-hour on, we were back in Slovenia.

Promotion 6

Write-up web content

Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular destinations. Visitors can hire a boat or enjoy the view from the shore on a footpath that circles the lake.
Lake Hemorrhaged is among Slovenia’s most preferred locations. Site visitors can work with a watercraft or take pleasure in the sight from the coast on a walkway that circles around the lake. Picture by Ken Donohue

Lake Hemorrhaged is one of the most photographed area in the nation. A smooth course circles the lake, which takes regarding 2 hrs to stroll. And also at the western end of the lake is a little island regarding an acre in dimension, as well as house to the 17th century Church of the Presumption of Mary. At lake degree, you can obtain a great sight of the island as well as the church, however I recognized that a sensational sight can be located from the top of among the hills close by.

The following day I woke prior to 5 in the early morning as well as drove in darkness to the lake, as well as located a route that led me 685 metres to the top of Mala Osojnica. Alone on the route, I rushed up the rough course. Half an hour on, I was compensated with a fairy-tale-like scene: the early morning sunlight punctured openings in the mostly-cloudy skies to cast colors of oranges as well as yellows as well as pinks throughout the lake, as well as the remote hills mounted this work of art.

When we prepared our European journey, Slovenia was an afterthought, a bookend to journeys in various other close-by nations.  However there was something regarding this hilly as well as eco-friendly nation that drew me in as well as left me desiring a lot more. I obtained a preference for Slovenia as well as it was tasty. I can’t wait to return.

Promotion 1


Postmedia is devoted to keeping a vibrant however civil discussion forum for conversation as well as motivate all visitors to share their sights on our posts. Remarks might occupy to a hr for small amounts prior to showing up on the website. We ask you to maintain your remarks appropriate as well as considerate. We have actually allowed e-mail alerts—you will certainly currently get an e-mail if you get a respond to your remark, there is an upgrade to a remark string you adhere to or if an individual you adhere to remarks. See our Neighborhood Standards to find out more as well as information on exactly how to readjust your e-mail setups.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *