April 22, 2016, by Olivia
Slovenia: 8 Reasons You Should Visit
With my last Easter holiday break having come and gone, I thought it was wise that I took a break from revision to travel to a new country. I headed to the sunny side of the Alps a.k.a Slovenia. Don’t know where it is? Neither did I until I booked this holiday. It’s a small country nestled between Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Austria. The no. 1 question I was asked by relatives and friends before embarking on this holiday was “Why Slovenia?”.
Fret not my friends, I am here to tell you. I picked 8 reasons as to why you should visit Slovenia.
1. Natural sights unlike anywhere else
2. Everyone is so nice!
Seeing as both my travel buddy and I did not speak a word of Slovene, everyone was incredibly accommodating to us and willing to speak English. There was even a miscommunication which led to us riding the bus for free and a restaurant closure which somehow led to free champagne?
3. The Alps – Julian Alps
This country truly had all the sights from mountain regions to coastal towns. The Julian Alps is one of the treasures of Slovenia with the highest point; Mount Triglav (three peaks) being featured on their national flag.
4. The Coast – Piran
Although Slovenia only has a coastline of less than 50km we didn’t turn down the chance to visit and were lucky to spend a day in the coastal town of Piran where the sun was blazing and the blue waters of the Adriatic sea glistening.
5. The Capital – Ljubljana
6. It is student-friendly
By student-friendly, I mean wallet-friendly. Accommodation was affordable and dinner rarely ever cost us more than 10 euros each. Then there were the attractions which were either free to enter or cost next to nothing.
7. It is super safe
Two girls traveling alone in Europe was definitely not my parents’ idea of safe. However this was quite the opposite, as people were friendly and would help us even if looked a little lost. Everyone was so relaxed, be it the town centre where locals left their bikes unlocked while they popped in for a pint or even hikers helping us when we got a little lost in the forest of the National Park.
8. The food, glorious food
Now this wouldn’t be a post from me without some mention of food right? While I wasn’t a huge fan of traditional Slovenian desserts such as the kremna rezina (cream cake) and prekmurska gibanica,
I definitely enjoyed the food from soul-warming goulashes to their fresher than fresh seafood.
Now, for those of you who asked me why Slovenia, this is why! Also would the tourism board of Slovenia please hire me? Haha.