For some, Slovenia is just a tiny plot of land between Italy and Croatia. But for others who take the time to explore it fully, Slovenia is a vast country full of unique and beautiful attractions. Formed in 1991 as part of former Yugoslavia, Slovenia is the perfect adventure lover’s destination that many people don’t even realize is there.
For its small size, Slovenia really does have it all: stunning coastlines, jagged mountaintops, lakes, caves, rivers, forests, and more. In fact, forests cover around 2/3 of the entire country, and it’s one of the top 3 most forested countries in Europe. There are also over 10,000 named caves in Slovenia. Slovenia is arguably just as beautiful as some of the well-known areas of Austria, Northern Italy, and Switzerland, but traveling there comes at a fraction of the price.
So, I decided on a whim in 2017 to go for a visit, and I was floored by Slovenia’s exceptional beauty and kind locals. So floored, in fact, that I recently went back for round two. In this post, I’ll cover some of the reasons why Slovenia is a fantastic adventure destination, travel tips to plan your visit, and 5 amazing places to see while you’re there.