In April of 2018 I did a road-trip in Slovenia and posted my trip on my site and divided it into a couple parts: Ljubljana, Triglav National Park, Bled, Piran and Italy. I go really in-depth and cover each part of the country in great detail. However, I wanted a photoset that covered Slovenia in one page and this is what Best of Slovenia is. I highlight the best of Slovenia and make it easy to see more about a specific location.
14 day road trip in Slovenia
My trip starts in Ljubljana, the capitol city of Slovenia. A piece of advice: get to the city early and find parking. Parking in the city is a bit hectic and can be difficult to find later in the day. Once you’ve taken care of parking, walk to your destination. The city is small enough that you can walk to any destination. Ljubljana has a lot to offer. I suggest you give the downtown area a bit of time and explore the restaurants, the cathedral and walk up to the castle. I go into more detail about Ljubljana in the Ljubljana photo-set.
36 Hours in Ljubljana
Make Bled your base and explore Triglav National Park
My thoughts of Bled are different than expected. There isn’t much to do in Bled and you should be aware of that if you’re going. Go to Bled, do not skip this town. This town is beautiful and while it doesn’t have a lot to offer, it’s beautiful in its own way. I just wouldn’t spend too much time there.
5 Days in Triglav National Park
If you’re going to Slovenia, you need to set a base to explore the national park. I set my base in Lesce, a town outside of Bled. I spent four days in Lesce, this gave me the opportunity to drive to Triglav National Park and surrounding areas outside of the park. Because Slovenia is fairly small, the time I spent driving was minimal. Driving from Lesce to Vršič Pass, a great section of Triglav National Park is only 55 minutes. 55 minutes sounds like a lot but it really isn’t, traffic moves fast, sometimes too fast and the scenery that Slovenia provides is incredible.
Two Days in Piran, Slovenia
I want to get to something really important as it relates to Piran: Parking. You have to park outside in one of the garages for tourists. If you’re a tourist you can take your car inside the city but parking is something like €20 per hour and to say parking is limited would be an understatement. I couldn’t find a single parking spot when I arrived in Piran. Park outside, it costs €20 for 24 hour parking and they have a free shuttle that you can take from the garage to the city. Walking to the city is about a 15 minute walk but Piran can be really hot during the summer. If you're in Slovenia during the summer, I suggest taking the shuttle.
The beauty of the Shengen Agreement
Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia and he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!
The last day of my trip in Slovenia was hard because I knew it was time to fly back home to California. I loved Slovenia. I had an incredible time and to be quite honest, I found this trip to be more enjoyable than Iceland. Maybe it’s because I stayed in hostels and the people made it so much better or because I have more experience traveling alone. I honestly don’t know but I know that I had a great time road tripping through Slovenia. This road trip might seem hard to reach financially but I only spent $1,000 USD in Slovenia, including the rental car. If you want to do a trip like this, make it a priority and you’ll be in Slovenia in no time. If you have any questions, including about the cost, feel free to email me or Tweet me.
Ljubljana is the start of my return to Europe. In October of 2015 I spent two weeks in Iceland and had an incredible time. I had been planning a European trip for a while but I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go. It wasn’t until I found Alan X El Mundo, a Mexican YouTuber with a channel dedicated to travel. His highlight of Slovenia made me fall in love with the country’s natural beauty. After seeing his series on Slovenia I knew I wanted to drive through Vršič Pass and experience Soča Rocks.
Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and one that hosts the natural beauty of Slovenia. The park it self is home to many natural wonders, including Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall and my favorite, Vršič Pass. My suggestion, if you’re going to Slovenia set a base that you can drive back to at night. Slovenia is really small and you can spend the day in the park, drive back to base and explore the rest of the park the next day.
Bled is a small town, 40 minutes outside of Ljubljana. Bled is mostly known for Lake Bled, a lake with a church in the center of it. In Bled you can go for a hike and see Lake Bled from above or go to the castle and fork over €10. I decided to skip the castle altogether. The reviews online were not great and people regarded the castle as a tourist trap with nothing interesting to see and mostly a place for overpriced food. I wouldn’t spend more than a day in Bled. There isn’t a lot to do in Bled and parking can be really expensive and hard to come by.
Piran is a beautiful city by the coast of Slovenia with a few quirks that make it an interesting place to spend time in. I haven’t spent any time in Venice but people that have point out that Piran very much reflects the style of Venice. The center of Piran is vibrant with vendors selling amazing gelato, coupled with decent cold brew and fresh seafood. I very much enjoyed Piran, the view at sunset is spectacular and the overall walkable aspect of the city made it a great place to spend time in.
Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia, he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!