Home to majestic mountains and alluring lakes, Slovenia is a beautiful nation characterized by elegant towns splendidly cast in a jaw-dropping setting that is almost magical. It is a country with much to offer all through the year but it really comes into its own during winter as every beautiful detail is magnified tenfold. That said, here’s a look at why Slovenia is an unrivalled winter treasure.
1) The capital city of Ljubljana is a Christmas miracle
Remember how those old Christmas movies were set in fairytale-like backdrop comprised of idyllic streets livened by festive lights whose vibrancy was only matched by the jubilant cheer in the air? Well, Slovenia’s capital is the real-life version of storybook depictions. Complete with lovely shop-fronts, charming stone structures and an endearing market brimming with the aroma of seasonal delicacies, the winter period in the country is anything but chilly.
2) Lake Blade sparks to life in subzero temperatures
If breathtaking views are what you’re after, then popular Bled situated an hour’s drive from Ljubljana is the place to visit. An enchanting snow-covered island stands at the center of the lake providing refuge to an ancient castle positioned almost artistically in the midst of frozen waters that enticingly mirror the beauty of the white accented vegetation necklacing the water body. Nothing quite measures up to the experience of taking a walk through the surrounding of Slovenia’s largest lake at a time when the atmosphere is permeated by crisp winter air and the shores are embraced by fringed, snow-laden trees.
3) Winter breathes a new lease of life into the mountains
This will be especially good news for skiers and hikers who are in search of an excellent winter getaway. The Alpine ranges lying in an area circumscribed by the towns of Slovenske Konjice, Dravograd and Maribor provide residence to the Pohorje ridge that is a collection nicely segmented forest lines thriving upon towering peaks and exciting valleys. During the winter, the snow takes over the landscape turning the evergreen vegetation a lovely alteration of white while availing a number of endearing trails to explore. Skiing Pohorje should certainly feature on your to-do list if you take a winter trip to Slovenia. The area offers plenty of cross-country skiing complete with adept ski schools and an enviable cable lift system that make it a world-class skiing destination in its own right. Aside from never-ending fun on the snow, Pohorje is also famous for its traditional delicacies.
4) Winter affords the opportunity to sleep in an igloo and go ice climbing
If building and laying your head in an ice dwelling is something you always aspired to do, then Slovenia’s trio of sleepy igloo villages in Triglav National Park will turn your dreams into a reality. For those with a penchant for ice climbing, the country’s many frozen waterfalls in Mlačca Gorge, Logar valley, Trenta valley and Tamar valley are a very appealing winter treat.
When the cold season kicks in and the sun’s brilliance is stifled, that’s when Slovenia truly shines. If you were wondering where to head off for your next winter vacation, then you need not wonder any longer.