We had four days in lovely Slovenia with three places in mind that we wanted to see, so we decided the best way to do this would be to rent a car to get ourselves around. I am so glad we did this because the views driving through the Julian Alps were flipping amazing!
Where to rent from?
We rented from Sixt Car Rental at the train station in Ljubljana. We had arrived on bus from Venice which dropped us right at the train station. The guys in Sixt were very patient and helped us out after a bit of bother with our payment. The deposit for the car was rather large, which is always the case when renting a car, but the deposit was returned within minutes of returning the car, amazing!!
Where to go?
The drive to Lake Bled was only about an hour from Ljubljana and mostly motorway. We stayed at Hotel Trst which was right beside the lake and had amazing views of Bled Castle. If you are an active type of traveller there are plenty of activities for you here. Hiking, cycling, kayaking, swimming and supping are all easily available at Lake Bled.
We decided to take a gentle stroll around the lake. It takes just over 2 hours to walk the whole lake and it’s 6.5 km in total. We also took a boat ride out to the island. It costs 14 Euro for a return trip and were given about half an hour on the island. You’re dropped at the bottom of a staircase. It is said that if a man can carry his partner up the stairs then they will live happily ever after. When you get to the top you have the church right in front of you. In the church you will get the chance to ring the bell which is said to make your wishes come true! Lake Bled is essentially fairy tale land.
After the island we went to try Bled Cake which is a type of cream cake that originates in the region. We got it in Restavracija Dax which was very close to the hotel. But they sell it in pretty much every restaurant and is definitely worth a try. One little tip is that most restaurants right beside the lake are crazily over priced so just walk a little bit away from the lake to save yourself (a lot of) Euros.
The drive to Bovec was a bit harder as we were heading up into the mountains. Lots of winding, thin roads. We also accidentally drove into Italy as that was the fastest route but the rented car was not suppose to leave the country! So just make sure you map your journey properly!
Bovec is a little town in the Julian Alps. Here you can do all sorts of activities. Hiking, rafting, kayaking, canyoning and zip lining are all on offer here. We stayed at Hostel Soca Rocks which was a really lovely hostel that I would definitely recommend. The bed was comfy and there were plenty of common areas to sit and chill at. They had a bar and some hammocks in their garden. It was lovely to lay in the sun with a beer! The hostel offers a 10% discount on all the activities mentioned above too. We went for the rafting which was really good fun. The water was essentially ice though but let’s just call it refreshing!
There was a lovely little restaurant only a short walk from the hostel called Felix. They do insane burgers and a nice breakfast. They were also the only place we came across in Europe that served iced coffee!
The drive to the Skocjan Caves was just about an hour from Bovec and mostly motorways again. The Skocjan Caves are a UNESCO site, it is rated one of the most important caves in the world. It is also the largest cave within Europe.
We stayed at Tourist Farm. This was the cutest little place I have ever stayed at. Most people come here to camp on their camp grounds. I don’t think they have many guests who actually stay in the house because they had forgotten we were coming and we were given a suite! The room was lovely and the views of the Slovenian countryside were just gorgeous.
At the caves you can do a guided tour offered every hour or an unguided tour done twice daily. We went with the guided tour, it’s a one hour slow walk. No photos were allowed so you’ll just have to believe me that the caves were pretty incredible. You can see the paths of the first explorers of the caves! After the caves there’s some lovely homemade ice cream. We went back to the farm and ate some traditional Slovenian food. I went for goulash which was very tender beef with gravy and mashed potatoes, yum!
Honestly all you need here is an hour. We walked most of the city in about 45 mins. Most other posts will tell you to check out the triple bridge. Maybe I missed something but it looked like a pretty average bridge to me! Metelkova is one thing worth checking out and is only a 5 minute walk from the train station. It’s an abandoned military barrack and has been squatted in since 1993. It is home to artists and musicians and the whole place is covered in amazing alternative art.
And that’s everything we did with our four lovely days in Slovenia. We had such a relaxing time here breathing in the fresh air, swimming in ice cold water and walking through wild flower meadows. Slovenia should be on your list, it really really should! Has this post convinced you to go? Have you been before? Is there anything I missed in Slovenia? I’d love to hear from you!
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