The next European destination to be pinned to the growing Llama Travel map is Slovenia. From the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps to the short but sweet Adriatic coast; the cobbled old town streets of Ljubljana to the sparkling turquoise lakes of Bled and Bohinj, the bite-sized country of Slovenia packs a huge punch. It is the green heart of Europe, with more than half of its total area covered in forest.
Here’s what Otto, a member of the Llama Travel sales team, saw during his time in Slovenia - all the photos in this blog are his own.
My tour of Slovenia began in the heart of the Julian Alps. Only a 40-minute drive from Ljubljana Airport is the Lake District of Slovenia. Arguably the most iconic image of Slovenia is Lake Bled, with its island church, medieval clifftop castle and mountainous backdrop. Another must visit lake is Lake Bohinj. Although Bled is more famous, the quieter Bohinj is the largest natural lake in Slovenia with equally breathtaking views. Leaving behind the lakes, I visited Predjama Castle, a medieval castle built into a cliff cave that has been standing for more than 800 years. Closeby is Postojna Cave, a cave system of caverns, halls and passages some 24km long and two million years old. Continue on to the Adriatic coast to the resort town of Portorož and the Venetian coastal town of Piran. I ended my tour in Ljubljana. Slovenia’s calm capital is one of Europe’s greenest cities with the historic city centre having been fully pedestrianised.
Here are some pictures I took along the way.
The Church of the Mother of God on Bled Island.
The medieval Bled Castle overlooking the lake.
Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenia.
Predjama Castle sits in the mouth of a cave on a 123 meter high cliff.
Take a 3.7km train ride into the underground cave system and explore the dramatic cave formations.
Sun setting on the Slovenian Riviera.
Sea view of picturesque Piran.
Tartini Central Square, with a statue of the famous composer Giuseppe Tartini and St. George’s Cathedral in the background.
The Triple Bridge connecting Ljubljana's historical medieval town on one bank and the modern city on the other.
We’ll let you know when our Slovenia holiday is on sale, but if you are potentially interested, send us an email or call us by 15 November to let us know and we’ll give you an extra £50 per person off, in addition to any other launch offers we have. There’s no commitment on your part, but this will help us gauge interest.