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The Ultimate Slovenia Itinerary – Food, Wine, Mountains, Lakes And More

by Chloe Gunning
Wanderlust Chloe at Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
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Follow this Slovenia itinerary and you’ll see the best sights, eat the best food and have a great time in an extremely beautiful and underrated country.

Slovenia is the only country in the world with love in its name…

You know that magical moment when you’ve flown somewhere at night, only to open the curtains the next day and see an incredible, unexpected world outside your window. That’s how my time in Slovenia began! ALMOST.

Sit back and enjoy my video about travelling in Slovenia, then check out my Slovenia itinerary below.

Šmartno, Slovenia

Sunrise in Šmartno, Slovenia

Smartno, Slovenia

Smartno, Slovenia

Smartno, Slovenia

Smartno, Slovenia

Travelling To Slovenia

We got off to a slightly rocky start. After landing in Trieste, Italy, we attempted to ‘break into’ Slovenia. The border was closed, but rather than a ‘migrant crisis’ it looked more like some road works that hadn’t been completed! After following a diversion, we arrived at Tourist Farm Breg, and started a 5-day binge of Slovenian food. From polenta to gnocchi, seasonal chestnuts to mushrooms, and frico – an incredible fried cake of cheesy-gooey-delight, this was an induction to an uncharted, rather tasty cuisine.

Tourist Farm Breg, Slovenia

Tourist Farm Breg, Slovenia

Frico at Tourist Farm Breg, Slovenia

Frico at Tourist Farm Breg, Slovenia

5 Days In Slovenia 

Over the course of the next 5 days I explored a country I associated with mystery, beautiful lakes and bad pop music. My visit was focused on food and wine to celebrate the Brda region winning EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence award), which this year was recognising areas for their local cuisine, gastronomy and tourism.

As always, I found time for a few other adventures! Rather than lay out a specific day by day plan, I decided to share a little more about our trip so that you can build a Slovenia itinerary that suits you. 

Tell Me More About Slovenia

Slovenia is a small country, tucked between Italy, Austria and Croatia. It has a small coastline, and size wise, the country could probably be compared with Wales. It’s compact enough to cover a lot of ground in a short trip – around three hours from one side to the other.

What Are The Landscapes Like In Slovenia?

It’s a country you can enjoy rolling hills, a bustling city, mountains and beaches. It’s a clean country, a friendly country, and all in all a simple country. A place where families really look out for each other, help their neighbours and continue to undertake traditional jobs – particularly in relation to farming and hospitality.

While it’s not at the top of the tech game, it’s still a forward thinking country. Communities are leading the way in energy efficiency projects, for example in Šentrupert (known as the land of the hayracks) where they are producing their own heating from wood chip – fuelling the local economy.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Land of the Hayracks - Sentrupert, Slovenia

Land of the Hayracks – Sentrupert, Slovenia

Slovenia Is Beautiful

It’s a mind-blowingly photogenic country. I’ve mentioned the countryside, but then there are the lakes and the mountains. Lake Bohinj is up there as one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever visited, and simply has to be on your Slovenia itinerary! A mirror effect is created by deep water and the position of the mountains around the lake. It’s one of the most instagrammable places I’ve been in a long time! Lake Bled, the most photographed place in the country, is another magical spot.

Top Tip: Where to stay in Slovenia.

Wanderlust Chloe at Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Wanderlust Chloe at Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Mountains And Beaches In Slovenia

On a good year, the skiing is excellent… but who do you know that skis in Slovenia? The 46km coastline is thought to be as beautiful as neighbouring countries Italy and Croatia, but who do you know that spends their summer holidays in Slovenia?

Vogel Ski Resort, Slovenia

Vogel Ski Resort, Slovenia

Vogel Ski Resort, Slovenia

Vogel Ski Resort, Slovenia

What Is Slovenian Food Like?

In terms of cuisine, Slovenia is a country with plenty to shout about… but, let’s face it, when have you ever heard anyone mention it? There are several restaurants considered to be Michelin standard, yet they don’t have a Michelin guide, as the country is so small.

Lunch at San Martin Hotel, Šmartno

Lunch at San Martin Hotel, Šmartno

Lunch at Vila Podvin, Slovenia

Lunch at Vila Podvin, Slovenia

Pear Dessert in Šmartno, Slovenia

Pear Dessert in Smartno, Slovenia

Pear Dessert at San Martin Restaurant, Smartno, Slovenia

Pear Dessert at San Martin Restaurant, Smartno, Slovenia

Wine Production In Slovenia

Then there’s the wine industry – one of the keys to this small country’s economy… but I’ve never seen Slovenian wine on a menu in London. Why? Well, with a population of only 2 million, what they produce, they drink! Slovenia has the fifth highest wine consumption per capita in the world, so there’s not much left for anyone else…

Slovenian Wine

Slovenian Wine

So this all comes back to it being underrated. No one is shouting about it, because they’re quietly keeping themselves to themselves! Until now…

So welcome to Slovenia – Europe’s most underrated country! After 5 days there, I definitely rate it, and I can’t wait to share more highlights from my trip.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Slovenia itinerary. Thanks to the Slovenian Tourist Board for inviting me to visit their magical country. I can’t wait to return again in the future!

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Keri 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Been a very long time since I visited Slovenia but this brought back fond memories. I enjoy visiting countries more ‘untouched’ by tourism and I felt Slovenia was one of them. I didnt know, however, how small it actually is! Lovely pics Chloe, makes me want to go back…

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Wanderlust Chloe 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Thanks Keri – it really was soooo pretty and very unspoilt. I hope it stays that way. Just doesn’t feel like tourism is a big thing there yet.

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Bob 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Nice article, impressed you avoided the ‘usual suspects’ even though the STO was involved!

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Wanderlust Chloe 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Thanks Bob! I had a great trip and yes, nice to go see some places that weren’t just the obvious picks! More blogs to come and a video too – so make sure you check back over the next few weeks 🙂

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Gabrijel 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Thank you for promoting our country.
Visit us again.

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Stan 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

During your next visit to Slovenia you should not miss the underrated part of our underrated country (http://www.slotrips.si/slo/gorsko-kolesarjenje/trip/935/Kungoska-kolesarska-pot) for some more spectacular views.

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Chloe Gunning 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Looks beautiful Stan – I’ll certainly pop back at some point!

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Marijan 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Nice artice. I suggest you visit Soča next time. It’s Slovenia and EU hidden treasure.
http://youtu.be/sGuVQDu7rAY

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Chloe Gunning 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Ah Soca is beautiful. We did actually visit that region too. Such a gorgeous country. I’ll definitely be back. Thanks for reading my post 🙂 Cx

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Spicy Campers 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Ahh, we’re just so glad to live so between Soča and the Adriatic sea. Excellent climate and amazing views! Definitely a country worth visiting for a brand new experience…

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TwoUpRiders 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

We visited Slovenia (and all of the Balkan countries) on our motorbike tour in August 2015. We didn’t even see some of the beautiful places you visited, but we spent time in the mountains, Predjama Castle, Postojna Cave, and Ljubljana. Such an awesome country and so small! We can’t wait to go back.

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Chloe Gunning 30th November -0001 - 12:00 am

Wow that sounds like an amazing trip. I think having the freedom of biking would be a great way to get around, especially as it’s pretty small. What was your favourite place? I heard the caves were awesome but didn’t have time to see them. Cx

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