Slovenia was a country I knew little about. In fact, we only really ended up here after I put a call out on my Facebook page about where we should go in Europe and Slovenia had the second most votes! I was surprised that this little known country was actually so popular.
After that, I knew I had to go. I read up and found gorgeous photos and I was sold – I was travelling to Slovenia!
I am so glad that we did.
We found a beautiful country with stunning scenery and a lovely capital. We were happy to be somewhere without the crowds that was just so nice to be.
I hate to describe it as “nice” as I know that can be misconstrued as a “nice” way to say somewhere isn’t that special. However, I don’t mean that at all. I just can’t think of a better way to describe it as it doesn’t have the grandeur of Italy or Paris, or scenery as beautiful as Switzerland. But everything is fantastic. Just not in a way that calls for lots of superlatives.
We travelled to Slovenia with our 3 and 5 year olds. We found it to be an excellent destination with kids.
I knew we were onto a winner when we had a fuel stop after passing the border and I bought a drink in the shop. The attendant handed me some bags of lollies for my kids – who were waiting outside. That theme continued with people trying to make Z laugh in the bus and S’s red hair getting lots of admiring glances. We found Slovenia very kid friendly.
There are also some great attractions in Slovenia for kids. We had water parks, a science museum and a zoo to chose from in Ljubljana as well as many parks and more low key attractions.
Slovenia is not as easy to get to as the more common European countries but it is still easy. We caught shuttles on GoOpti which offers private and shared shuttles. I found their concept very interesting – you can choose to pay less money for your transfer by giving a time frame for your pick up. This is what we did to travel from Italy to Slovenia and from Slovenia to Croatia. It worked very well and was cost effective.
There are also trains and flights into Slovenia. From Italy, keep in mind that there isn’t a direct rail link, so catching a bus or a GoOpti shuttle is a far quicker way to go.
It is very easy to travel in Slovenia. There are buses and trains many places and we found it easy to just turn up and hop on the next one. The country is quite small so it’s also easy to day trip around the place.
In our Slovenia travel blogs, you will find our Slovenia travel guide and more information about Ljubljana and Bled. You can also read this article about things to do in Slovenia or read about the neighbouring countries in our Italy and Croatia travel guides.