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Slovenia Holidays

Tucked into a mountainous corner, between Austria, Italy and Hungary rests a destination with everything in abundance: the majestic Julian Alps with their glacial valleys, sparkling rivers, crystal clear lakes and breathtaking waterfalls, deep forests and mysterious Karst caves, fascinating medieval towns, beautiful castles, Gothic churches and the warm Adriatic sea.

This may sound like somewhere out of a fairytale but it is in fact the exquisite 'Green heart of Europe' country of Slovenia. The coastline of Slovenia is a very fertile land, exploding with every type of greenery and plant life imaginable with vast orchards of olive and cherry trees, rich, versatile and bathing in hot summer rays. Further up are the imposing solitary peaks of the Julian Alps, mirrored in the deep blue waters of the lakes.

Slovenia is a heaven for adventurous spirits with a huge variety of exciting activities to suit every taste. The coastal areas offer an endless choice of water sports, including sailing, windsurfing, diving and swimming or a refreshing dip in the spring and mud baths in the resort of Portoroz. And if you've had your full of the beach and its attractions, the beautiful lakes and mountain regions of Kranjska Gora, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj offer horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, hunting and hiking, all set to the backdrop of some of the world's most beautiful scenery.

With decades of experience in providing great value holidays to Slovenia, Balkan Holidays know that every penny counts and that is why we are pleased to offer customers booking a holiday to Slovenia with us the opportunity to save even more with our exceptional promotions including loyalty discounts, early booking discounts and special offers.

So, whether your ideal holiday to Slovenia is spent relaxing in a tranquil setting with a breathtaking backdrop, none more famous than Lake Bled, or relaxing under the sun on a Slovenian beach, Slovenia has the perfect resort for you!
 
Summer Holidays
Our collection of great value for money Summer holidays in Slovenia
Beach Holidays
from £608 pp
Golf Holidays
Walking Holidays
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Lakes and Mountains
Lakes and Mountains
 

Winter Holidays

Slovenia makes an ideal choice for an action packed value for money ski or snowboard holiday. With a wide range of accommodation the resorts of Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and Kranjska Gora continue to prove popular choices for skiers and snowboarders, thanks to the excellent facilities, wide and groomed pistes and unbeatably priced apres ski.

Slovenia Winter Holidays ➤
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Popular Holiday Resorts in Slovenia

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from £608pp
PORTOROZ
Portoroz offers a mild climate, fashionable hotels and modern tourist attractions.
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from £484pp
LAKE BLED
Stunning scenery, reliable weather conditions, thermal lake water and good quality accommodation.
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from £329pp
KRANJSKA GORA
Kranjska Gora is the most popular Slovenian resort for an active holiday, offering the best of everything all year around.
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from £547pp
LAKE BOHINJ
Lake Bohinj offers breathtaking views of the Julian Alps that are mirrored in the tranquil lake below.
 

Travel Guide

Always alluring and devastatingly beautiful, you can't help but be seduced by the charms of Slovenia. Snow-capped peaks and turquoise-green rivers away, along with an Adriatic stretch of coastline that boasts a rural rustic charm.

History

From its most picturesque villages to its stunning cities, you'll encounter traces of Slovenia's history. One of the first things you'll notice is the way you will come across various historical eras at every turn. The country has done well to preserve truly old items in museums, but things like archeological finds are often displayed where they were found - whether out in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of town. You'll spot countless castles, churches and other important buildings in villages, cities and on hilltops - they're just begging to be explored.

Get a sense of the medieval by visiting Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle and Celie's Old Castle, dive into ancient history by seeking out an archeological park - these are very common throughout the country - or pay tribute to the dead who lost their lives during Slovenia's dark and troubled past by visiting the cemeteries on the River Soca.

Culture

Despite the fact the country's population only stands at around two million, Slovenia performs well above its weight in terms of education, international sport, science, academics and even philosophy. Wherever you go, you can be expected to be treated to a smile and (often) an English greeting. People here are proud of their country and happy to show it off.

Living as they do in such a stunning nation that positively oozes with natural beauty, Slovenians are well-attuned to nature. Food influences come from the neighbours - Austria, the Balkans, Hungary and Italy - and fresh ingredients are used wherever possible. Try a delicious salad or a rich red wine - this is a great foodie destination. The people value being outside and you may be invited - or expected - to participate in whatever sporting activity they're doing on a particular day. Lake Bled is a particularly stunning area to enjoy cycling.

Geography

Slovenia is situated in central Europe and touching the Alps, bordering the Mediterranean. These include the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke chain. As previously mentioned, Slovenia is absolutely stunning to look at, wherever you go, with emerald-green rolling hills and imposing mountains taking up around 90 per cent of it. While this makes for a great playground for sports fanatics who want to get the blood pumping, there are also beautiful beaches lying against the coast - great stretches of white sand against turquoise ocean - that are quite frankly in a class of their own.

Cities

Slovenia is very much a rural destination first and a city destination second, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of sights, sounds and sensations to experience in its towns and urban areas. Ljubljana is the capital and makes a fascinating destination all on its own. Many festivals, celebrations and markets take place here, so seek out a calendar of events upon arrival. Your hotel staff should be able to suitably inform you if you can't find one.

Other places worth visiting include Piran, an old Mediterranean town on the coast. There are many narrow streets to explore and there is certainly a spirit of history. Maribor is also an incredible place to spend some time - its quaint little squares dominated by impressive architecture from all sides are quite something.

Passports & Visas

Passports need to be valid for the proposed duration of your stay - no other validity is required. British nationals do not require a visa to travel to Slovenia. However, there are certain customs and laws to be aware of. Carry your passport at all times as a form of identification. It is important to register your arrival at a police station within three days of getting to Slovenia - this will usually be done by your hotel, but if you're in self-catering, it's worth checking the arrangements with the booking agent. There are also heavy on-the-spot fines for jaywalking, so get used to crossing at a designated point. If you're intending to drive during your holiday in Slovenia, you must use a vehicle fitted with winter equipment including snow tyres, to cope with the harsh conditions.

Money

Since 2007, the euro has been the currency of Slovenia, replacing the tolar. Euros are very easy to get hold of at foreign exchanges, although you may find there are other options that might be cheaper to explore. Never trade money at airports on the way to your destination - you'll always receive the worst rates.
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Quick Facts
Capital
Ljubljana
Language
Slovenian
Time Zone
GMT +2
Arrival airports
Ljubljana
Flying Time
2.5hrs
Beach Resorts
1

Currency
Currency
European Euro (EUR)
Typical cost of
Lunch Pizza - £6
Local Beer - under £2
Three Course Meal - £11

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