Rich in natural beauty, Slovenia is a destination to appreciate at a relaxed pace. After a night out in Bratislava, there is nothing better than a breath of fresh Slovenian air to nurse a hangover. The images we are used to seeing, of topaz lakes dotted with tiny droplets of verdant islets boasting majestic castles and manors are just as beautiful in reality, if not more. Its soaring mountains, pristine lakes, Alpine forests and chic coastline, Slovenia is good example of good things in small packages. The best part is that despite its proximity to the UK, it hasn't been overrun by tourists, despite its capital, Ljubljana, being somewhat of a haven for stag-does at the turn of the century.
Although there are a number of sights to visit in the compact medieval town centre, Ljubljana is a capital to be savoured. Good food and good wine are to be sampled, market bric-a-brac to be riffled through, and quaint cafés and chic boutiques to be visited.
If you are thinking of visiting in the summer, plan your trip so that you are in town for the Ljubljana Festival, which graces the city for two months of song and dance, allowing the city to shine under a different light. However, for something a little more rural, the Julian Alps are absolutely stunning. And if you have the budget to do so, a stay at one of the area's chic spa hotels is well worth it for a night. We loved the Bohinj Park Eco Resort and Spa for its soothing atmosphere and stunning views. But for the complete lowdown on Slovenia's hotels, see our Slovenia hotel reviews.Bratislava, Slovakia Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina