Sunday, April 19, 2015

Guest Post: 5 Best Slovenian Destinations!

Good morning, world! As I'm currently lounging beachside in the sunny Dominican Republic, I enlisted the help of a friend to write a little travel-inspired post today. Isabel moved to the beautiful country of Slovenia for love, and I've been following along with her blog for quite some time. I'm so excited to have her guest post on the blog today, and have asked here to tell you about the 5 best Slovenian destinations you should visit! After looking over this, I'm (almost!) ready to hop on a plane straight from this vacation and take a trip through Slovenia. Without further ado, here is Isabel!

Hello everyone! This is Isabel from The Sunny Side of This, a blog where I write about my expat journey at the Sunny Side of the Alps a.k.a Slovenia. Not only did I fell in love with this place, I also felt in love with a Slovenian, got married, and well, started my life here last year! (Okay so, I met the Slovenian first but Slovenia and I were love at first sight too). And don’t worry, I also didn’t have a clue of where Slovenia was before. It’s situated right in the heart of Europe, bordering between Italy and Austria. Hence, the perfect combination of mountains & sea. Here are the 5 best Slovenian destinations you don’t want to miss: 

1. Bled
Bled, Slovenia
This place was called Heaven on Earth by the Romans, and back then, only the privileged got the chance to immerse themselves in the beauty of Lake Bled. If you were ever a fan of fairytales growing up, this is your place to go. There’s a beautiful church in the middle of the lake, and a beautiful castle overlooking the whole place. It’s an hour away from the capital and there are buses leaving from there every hour. It’s definitely worth the trip! 

2. Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia

I seriously had a hard time finding just one picture that will do Ljubljana justice. It’s the perfect European Capital with a river crossing the city center, old chic town squares, and picturesque restaurants and coffee shops where you can dine al fresco. There’s also a castle in the middle of the city where you can get the best view of Ljubljana. You can climb it by a funicular but if you are a bit more outdoorsy, you can hike to the top too. There’s also a cool bar scene around the city center at night and a large diversity of international cuisine. Ah and by the way, the city’s symbol is a green dragon and you can get to see it on the famous Dragon Bridge (also known as the Mother-in-Law Bridge, Slovenians like to be funny).  

3. Predjama Castle & Postonjska Caves

So this is 2 in 1 because if you probably go to the famous Predjama Castle you will probably also go to the famous Postonjska Caves. They are 15 min away from each other and it makes for the perfect day trip. The caves have 3 natural made floors (the first 2 are open for the public), dozens of rooms, and canals with such incredible stories to tell. You can read more about them here! And that castle that you see there is a truly architectural wonder, it’s built inside of a cave! So if you like those kind of historically & scientific enriched trips, these places you should put on your list!

4. Piran

Not everything in Slovenia is mountains and forests. They also have a really gorgeous coastline right next to the Adriatic Sea. There are various destinations you could go to soak up the sun with sand on your feet but Piran is in this list because for its impressive architecture. It was heavily influenced by the Ottoman, the old Venetian Republic and the Austria-Hungarian Empire. So every building that you will see will be quite unique from the rest of Slovenia. I love it for its eclectic feel and beautiful sights. Lots of walking around but it’s definitely worth it. This is the place you want to go if you want to mix a little bit of exploring to your sea side vacation.

5. Soča Valley

This place is for the adventurers. If you like the extreme/outdoors kind of thing then look no further. You can do rafting, zip lining, hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, climbing and bouldering, bungee jumping, fishing, horseback riding, basically anything sporty and extreme that you can think of, you can do it here. The Soča Valley is not like any other rivers in Slovenia, this makes the list for its emerald green waters that charms any one that has ever seen them. 

It's safe to say that Slovenia has something for every kind of person, and what makes it even better is that you can use its size to your advantage! Don’t let Slovenia’s size fool you into thinking that just because it’s small it could be boring, the complete opposite! It’s actually kind of awesome that most of these destinations are only max. 2 hours away from one another. I think that you can now understand why I fell in love with this place. But the most important question now is, are you in love with it too?

Which place(s) are you dying to see now?

From the Sunny Side of This,



  1. So beautiful! Everything I see about Slovenian has me dreaming of a visit!

    1. Definitely- I'm hoping this year will be my year!

  2. I've heard such wonderful things about Slovenia... serious wanderlust!

    1. I know! It's so hard being back in the states and not able to travel Europe as easily!

  3. Yeyyy! I'm glad you liked it and I CAN'T wait to show you around!! Seriously, you are welcome any time! :) Hope you are having a great time!!

    1. Thanks so much for the post! I'm definitely hoping to make it to Slovenia- ASAP!

  4. Hello, I read this post and i love the way you handle content on your website. i'm a blogger myself and i'm looking forward to join a good platform for publishing my content. Can you please refer me to the link for guest post?

    1. Hello, at this point I am no longer accepting guest posts. Thanks for your interest though!


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