Yes it is that time again, another weekend trip. This time Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I will be perfectly honest, I knew nothing about Slovenia and certainly had no idea what to expect from Ljubljana. Boy was I surprised. Slovenia and Ljubljana are absolutely stunning, not just the amazing scenery but the people, the architecture. Everything about the country surprised me.
We landed at Ljubljana airport around midday on the Friday, met our pre-arranged transport and made our way into the capital.
We arrived at the Hotel Slon, which incidentally translates to “Elephant”. After a short freshen up we headed out for lunch and a wander round the city. There are quite simply loads of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Ljubljana, to suit every pocket. We chose an Italian just round the corner from the hotel, excellent value for money.
The following day we had a tour organised, the “Karst and Coast Mystery Tour“. Our guide, Aljaž picked us up at 9am and took us to Predjama Castle. On the way he stopped by one of the oldest, most ornate Hay racks in Slovenia, they seem to be a common feature of the landscape.
Predjama Castle dates back to the thirteenth century, and has steadily been built up over the years. It is situated in a cave to make it almost impregnable.
From Predjama Castle we went to the Škocjan Caves, unfortunately as this is one of the largest Subterranean cave systems it is in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites and hence protected so no photography at all inside. However I will say they were stunning and for me very scary as I do not like heights and they were very, very deep. On the way we stopped for a light snack to taste some Karst Ham, with local cheese and wines.
However from a viewpoint outside the caves you can go and look at hole where the water enters the cave system, and oh my god!! It is DEEP!
This picture really does not do the depth justice, I was, quite frankly too scared to get closer to the edge to really look over and take a photo that shows more.
I am getting the jitters just thinking about it again, so I will move on. Next stop was the town of Piran, a beautiful old town on the Slovenian coast. You can actually see the Croatian and Italian coasts from here.
After an early dinner we had a wander round the old town.
The bar had an idyllic location!
After enjoying some excellent cocktails we headed back to Ljubljana, the drive back was very beautiful with a stunning sunset.
Day 2 in Ljubljana and another tour, this time the Alpine Fairytale tour. Our guide for the day was Aljaž again. Just a note to say this guys knowledge of Slovenia and its history is great!
First stop for today was Blejski Vintgar, a natural Gorge near Bled. The Gorge was discovered in 1891 and within 2 years walkways were installed and it was opened to the public in 1893.
What a great way to start the day, the gorge was beautiful and thankfully quite cool in the shade. From here we went to the town of Bled with its Glacial lake and Castle that sits on the cliff edge.
The lake has a small Island in the middle with a church, you can get to the lake via one of many traditional row barges called Pletna, costs €12 per person and you get about 30 minutes on the island.
Time for lunch again, this time in an old village close to Bohinj. It was a beautiful place to have lunch.
After a Wild Boar Cutlet lunch it was time to head to Bohinj and visit our second Glacial lake of the day.
Unlike the other lake, Bohinj lake has a constant throughput of water, its exit point is the Jezernica River.
That was the day done, we headed back to Ljubljana for dinner etc. It just remains for me to say a big THANK YOU to Aljaž and the tour company Roundabout for 2 great trips. I will certainly be recommending people to visit Ljubljana.
Hope you enjoyed the photos, and maybe found it helpful in deciding on a holiday destination.