Complete Beginner's Guide to Slovenia

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

As a reader of the Reale Adventure, typically, an interest in travel is commonplace. So I am sure you are all asking yourselves - why on earth did you travel to Slovenia?

Pinterest has provided me with most of my travel ingenuity in my 20's and sparked my first brush with online travel inspiration back in 2013. How millennial do I sound right now? However, I saw this photo of Slovenia that ultimately urged me to book my stay. An Instagram post and a couple dm's later, one of my great friends Alexis joined the trip! (Some advantages to being a millennial right?) Now, let's get into a complete guide to this beautifully underrated city!

Ljubljana - 1-2 Days

To begin with, pronouncing the name of this city is nearly impossible for me. In case you thought I was especially cultured, I am far from it in this situation. Ljubljana (pronounced Lou-ble-ana) is Slovenia's capital city and provides historic charm and rivals a more rustic Paris.

My travel mate Alexis and I first ventured to a cafe to grab coffee & local bread to start our first day of exploring Slovenia. We also stumbled upon an open-air street market, which happens virtually every day near the old town area. Try some local fruit, like the grape/pomegranate hybrid featured above!

Cajna Hisa has the cutest tea room and is located in the old town area of Ljubljana, where we began our trip. This picturesque segway of streets and shops is where our primary dining (and ice cream eating!) happened with perfect fall weather to boot. We next headed toward the Ljubljana Castle, where I suggest taking the all-glass Cable Car up to the top. Stroll around the grounds, discover some Slovenian history, & sip wine & cheeses at the Castle Cafe.

Head back down to Old Town Ljubljana and toward the Triple Bridge, which rivals Rialto Bridge views of Venice. Take a stroll along the Ljubljanica River and straight to dinner in Old Town! Fine dining options include Monstera Bistro (formal, requires reservation) and Odprta Kuhna. For a more casual feel, visit Pop's Place for burgers and beer!

Lake Bled - 2-3 Days