Slovenia is simply stunning. It’s far more beautiful than you’d expect for a country that many people have never heard of (or, at least, might have trouble placing on a map). In a recent post, I shared 10 photos of Lake Bled in all seasons. Yes, Lake Bled is gorgeous, and it deserves all of the attention that it receives. But the beauty of this little country (about the size of New Jersey) goes well beyond that one lake. Here are some photos of my other favorite Slovenian destinations. Enjoy!
Let’s kick things off with a dramatic sunset I enjoyed from the rooftop terrace of my hotel over the pristine main square of Piran, on Slovenia’s 29 miles of Adriatic coastline:
For mountain scenery, just a half-hour’s drive from Lake Bled is the more remote and rustic Lake Bohinj:
And just up the road from Lake Bled is the stunning Vintgar Gorge:
But my favorite scenery in Slovenia is deep in the Julian Alps, which butt up against Austria and Italy. The best route is the one-day drive over the Vršič Pass, then back down along the Soča River Valley. (We designed our Best of the Adriatic Tour to include a day for this journey.) For my money, this is (in good weather) the most spectacular drive in Europe, with scenery like this:
I know I said “10 images,” but what the heck? Here’s an 11th, for good measure:
I’m determined to convince more Americans to visit Slovenia — one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, and certainly its most underrated. I hope these pictures stoke your interest in a place you’ll never forget. (Of course, all of these places are covered in our Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook.)
And if you’ve enjoyed these, don’t miss 10 more photos of Slovenia’s showcase mountain resort, Lake Bled.