Slovenia in 5 Days – How to spend an amazing 5 days in Slovenia

Slovenia in 5 Days – How to spend an amazing 5 days in Slovenia

The old saying goes that ‘good things come in small packages’, well that’s certainly true for Slovenia. This pint-sized country is an absolute gem with its historical cities, stunning mountains and waterfalls, an epic adventure sports scene not to mention the delicious food! Although naturally, you will want to stay longer, you can easily see the best of Slovenia in 5 days.

This 5 days in Slovenia itinerary covers all of the best things to see in this sometimes overlooked country. If you have longer, then I 100% recommend that you spend a bit more time in each of the destinations, especially around the Julian Alps region. During my trip to Slovenia.

I had very leisurely 10 days in the country (although I spent plenty of time eating and drinking!). I totally fell in love with everything Slovenian during my time there and you’ll quickly learn why their social media hashtag is #sLOVEnia. Honestly, I can’t wait to go back!

Slovenia has an area of just over 20000 sq. km and is nestled between Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia. When you visit Slovenia, you’ll find influences from all of these countries. From the delicious food and wine, the cute medieval towns, to the stunning mountain ranges. It feels like the Slovenians have kept their beautiful little country a secret as it so often gets overlooked as an amazing European destination.  

Because of the small size of the country, it’s easy to see a lot with just five days in Slovenia. In a nutshell, this Slovenia itinerary starts in the capital of Ljubljana, heads towards one of Slovenia’s most iconic natural forms, the Postojna Caves, while also visiting Predjama Castle, the world’s largest cave castle! You’ll then head down to the coastal town of Piran before heading to the infamous Lake Bled and the stunning Julian Alps region. This 5 days in Slovenia itinerary is packed with awesomeness! 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a brew and let’s discover Slovenia in 5 days.

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Getting from the Airport to Ljubljana

Slovenia only has one major international airport, located just under 30km away from the capital, Ljubljana. To drive, it takes about 25 minutes.

There are several options to get from Ljubljana airport to the centre. One of the most efficient is by taking the public bus number 28 route. This journey takes about 45 minutes and costs about 4 euros. It drops off at the bus station in Ljubljana, where you can either walk or get a local taxi to your hotel.

Alternatively, you can book your airport transfer directly to your hotel in advance with either a meet & greet private transfer. Booking in advance saves you both the hassle and avoids the hefty inflated fees from the taxi firms at the airport.

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 5 DAYS IN SLOVENIA ITINERARY OVERVIEW

 

DAY 1 IN SLOVENIA: LJUBLJANA

 

Explore the Old Town of the nation’s capital, visit the local food markets, climb up to Ljubljana Castle, and discover the autonomous district of Metelkova Mesto.

 

DAY 2 IN SLOVENIA: POSTOJNA CAVES & PREDJAMA CASTLE

 

Spend a day at Europe’s largest cave system, travel inside on the cave train, and try to spot the ‘baby dragons’. Then visit Predjama, the world’s biggest castle built in a cave.

 

DAY 3 IN SLOVENIA: PIRAN ON THE ADRIATIC COAST

 

Spend a day wandering about the pretty Venetian harbour of Piran, get lost in the pretty cobbled streets of this incredibly photogenic town along the Adriatic coast.

 

DAY 4 IN SLOVENIA: LAKE BLED

 

Explore the town of Bled including Bled Castle and Lake Bled, visit the beautiful Vintgar Gorge.

 

DAY 5 IN SLOVENIA: THE JULIAN ALPS

 

A stunning road trip around the Julian Alps including Jasna lake, the Vršič Pass, Soča river, the Boka and Kozjak waterfalls, riding the awesome Auto Train and the town of Bohinj.

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Slovenia in 5 Days
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Best time to visit Slovenia

For the optimum weather, like most places in Europe, the best time to visit Slovenia is anytime between late May through to October. The warmest months are July and August.

This also coincides with the peak time for crowds. Along with the crowds, come the peak prices. So if you’re wanting Slovenia’s warmest months but without the crowds, then stick to June or September. That said, Slovenia doesn’t see the same numbers of tourists as its neighbouring countries.

It can rain throughout the year in Slovenia (this is Europe after all!) so whatever time of the year you visit remember to take a rainproof jacket and jumper for chilly evenings.

If you’re into ski-ing then Slovenia has several ski resorts in the Julian Alp region. Peak times for this is over the festive season and up to February.

Getting around Slovenia

You could do this 5 days in Slovenia trip via public transport, Slovenia has decent and affordable train and bus timetables. This is a fully packed itinerary, so just be aware if you do choose to follow this 5 days Slovenia itinerary, that you allow time for transport connections and make the most of any tours which include transport as part of the price.

Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Piran are well connected. However, seeing all the destinations I mention in the Julian Alps region will prove tricky using public transport alone.

The most convenient option is to hire a car. Slovenia is an incredibly driver-friendly country, the roads are quiet, well maintained and have decent signposting. If you only have 5 days in Slovenia, then self-driving will allow you to make the most of your short time here.

Top Tips for visiting Slovenia

      • Slovenia is a fairly compact country and the main highlights are all easily accessible via public transport. Either by bus or train. Make the most of the efficient and affordable public transport system to get about if you aren’t hiring a car.
      •  This Slovenia in 5 days itinerary covers loads of the best things to see in the country. However, if you only have 3 days in Slovenia, then skip days 2 and 3 on this itinerary. If you have longer, then I highly suggest adding extra time to the area sounding Lake Bled and the Julian Alps.
      •  It’s a good idea to book-entry tickets and tours in advance. In particular, with Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. This can get insanely busy as they only let a certain number of people in at a time. If you try to purchase your ticket on the day, most likely you’ll have to wait until there is a time slot available *guiltily raises hand because I didn’t do this*
      • If you don’t hire a car and don’t want to use public transport, then make the most of your trip by opting for tours which offer transportation as part of the price. There are loads of day-trip style tours going from all the main tourist spots. If you were feeling super lazy, you could base yourself in Ljubljana for the full 5 days and just book day tours to each of the destinations I talk about.
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Ljubljana - Day 1 of Slovenia in 5 days

I’ve started this Slovenia in 5 days itinerary in the capital of Ljubljana. I really struggled to pronounce the name of this city, but think of it like lube-li-ana. It quickly became one of my favourite European cities.  

Ljubljana is an incredibly green city, with trees and grassy banks, dotted everywhere along with a turquoise river running through the centre. What’s more, the city is extremely pedestrian and bike-friendly, so naturally, this is the best way to get around.

Although this is the nation’s capital, it feels more like a town when you compare it to other European capitals. It’s actually tranquil here. The absence of motor vehicles in the main centre, twinned with the amount of greenery gives it a calm feel. It’s very pleasant just to wander about here. 

Walking tour of Ljubljana & the Old Town

To orientate yourself with the city, I highly recommend a walking tour, loads of free city walking tours depart daily at 10am from the main square. This will give you the lowdown on the city (as well as the country’s) history, insights into Slovenian life as well as pointing out some of the best things to see in Ljubljana. You’ll probably also get to sample the local schnapps as part of your tour; the blueberry one was delicious!

Some of the highlights in Ljubljana Old Town are Mestni Square, the Plečnik’s Arcades and the iconic, Dragon Bridge.

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Ljubljana food markets

After spending the morning learning about the city, pick up a lunch at the city’s local market, seriously, make sure you go with an empty stomach (and wear your stretchy waisted pants). I can wholeheartedly say it’s ALL delicious, the problem was knowing when to stop stuffing my face with the FOMO feeling of not getting to try everything on offer.

Ljubljana Castle

After gorging yourself on Slovenia’s mouth-watering cuisine, head up to Ljubljana castle. There is a funicular railway, which goes up, but honestly, I needed the up-hill walk to justify everything I ate for lunch.

Ljubljana castle is visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, so it’s a no brainer that up here you’re going to be blessed with amazing panoramic views of Ljubljana and the surrounding area. Inside the castle grounds, you’ll find a mix of exhibitions, museums and towers to climb. It’s certainly one of the top things to do in Ljubljana.

Entrance to Ljubljana castle is €10 per person. You can buy the ticket at the bottom of the funicular railway which also includes the return journey to and from the castle for €13.

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The autonomous district of Metelkova Mesto

After visiting the castle, I highly recommend exploring what became one of my favourite areas of Ljubljana; the autonomous district of Metelkova Mesto. In a nutshell, this area was once army barracks, after it’s abandonment it became a squat for the city’s youth and artists. At several points, there was talk of bulldozing the whole area to gentrify it. Thankfully today, it’s been recognised as an important part of Ljubljana culture. 

Metelkova Mesto is probably one of THE most colourful places I’ve ever visited. Street art dons every imaginable surface and sculptures created out of recycled materials sit in the public areas, it’s a fascinating area of the city and well worth a visit. 

During the day time, it’s fairly relaxed here unless they have a pop-up street market at the weekend. After hours, Metelkova Mesto does have a lively club scene and is a great place to hang out if you’re looking for vibrant bars. 

Just please be mindful that this is a residential area with people going about their daily lives – don’t be that obnoxious tourist.

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Take a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River

Alternatively, if super cool and hip districts aren’t your thing, then go for a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River to view the city from a different perspective. The river runs right the way through the centre, so you’ll have great views of all the main attractions.

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Eat at a local restaurant and try the Orange Wine

In the evening, head out to one of the numerous restaurants in the city before hitting the bars. Do try the local Orange Wine. Deceptively, it’s not made from oranges, but it gets its name from the colour of the drink. The winemakers leave the skins on the grapes, giving it an orangey tinge.

Where to stay in Ljubljana

      • On a budget: Kva Hostel Ljubljana is a great choice for solo travellers on a budget. It’s perfectly located to explore the city, with loads of communal areas to socialise, large lockers, a fully equipped kitchen and the option of what guest calls a ‘fantastic’ breakfast. 
      • Mid-Budget: Apartments Hiša Pod Gradom is centrally located and great if you want more flexibility as it comes with its own private kitchen and lounge
        area. The accommodation also offers an inclusive fabulous buffet-style breakfast if you don’t fancy prepping your own!
      • Blow the Budget:  InterContinental Ljubljana 5 star hotel is centrally located so a perfect base to explore the capital. The rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the beautiful city as well as an onsite wellness and spa centre with an indoor pool.

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Postojna Cave and Predjma Castle - Day 2 of Slovenia in 5 days

If you’re doing this 5 day in Slovenia itinerary as a self-drive vacation then arrange to pick up your car today.

On day two of your Slovenia in 5 days itinerary, you’re going to be heading south from Ljubljana towards the Postojna Cave system and to Predjma Castle. Leave early from the capital, spend the day here before heading down to Piran.

If you don’t have your own transport, then the most efficinet way of seeing both these attractions is on an all inclusive full day tour from Ljubljana.

Prebook now: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana

The Postojna Cave

The Postojna Cave system is the largest ‘show-cave’ (meaning they let people inside), in Europe. It’s a whopping 24 kilometres long. Although it’s a little gimmicky, there’s a train that takes you inside for the start of your 90-minute tour of the caves. This was the world’s first railway into an underground cave. The original railway opened here in 1872! Thankfully, it’s been modernised a bit so it’s new claim to fame is that it’s now world’s only double-track cave railway. The train takes you about 4km into the cave system and you walk back out.

One of the cute residents of the caves is the ‘baby dragons’; the Olms! These are adorable nearly translucent skinned creatures have fluffy red external gills and no eyes. Back in the 17th Century, locals wrote about dragons residing in the cave and that the Olms were the offspring.

Fast forward a few hundred years and scientists have discovered that Olms are endemic to the region, meaning that you won’t find them anywhere else in the world. Astonishingly, and I love this fact, an Olm can go without food for up to 12 years! And they can have a lifespan of up to 100 years. These are pretty epic little creatures!

Predjama Castle

The second destination in this region is Predjama Castle. You can catch the shuttle from Postojna Cave to the castle 9 kilometres away. – or if you have your own transportation it might be quicker to drive at peak times. This service is only available in July and August.

If you love fairy-tale castles, then youl=’ll swoon over Predjama. The castle has perched off the 123-meter-high cliff for over 800 years. The castle was deemed as impregnable, what you see on the front poking out of the cliff face, is just a small part of the castle complex. 

Behind it is a network of hidden and secret tunnels. Like with the Postojna Caves, the castle has a claim to fame. It’s actually the world’s largest castle cave. 

If you’re visiting Slovenia in the summer months, then be sure to take the tour of the caves. The cave under the castle is home to a colony of bats, if you’re here towards dusk, you’ll see them flitting about. Even when you can’t see the bats, you can smell them. Because of the bats, the caves are only open from June to August. This is because the bats are hibernating for the rest of the year. 

Despite the cave only being open for limited months throughout the year, the castle is open to visitors year-round. After spending the day exploring Postojna Cave and Predjma Castle, continue to head towards the coast to the pretty town of Piran. 

Entry for the Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle start from €27.

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Piran on the Adriatic Coast: Day 3 of Slovenia in 5 days

If you arrived in Piran last night, then you’ve probably already had a quick wander about and know that it’s a beautiful part of the country. Day three of your Slovenia in 5 days itinerary is going to be spent exploring Piran.

Slovenia is mostly a landlocked country, with the exception for this slither of coastline. Located on the Adriatic coast, Piran is a bit of a gem. You can really see the Italian influence in this town, with Venetian architecture dominating the building style. For example, the central area of Tartini Square is lined with buildings of this style. This is because for 500 years Piran was part of the Republic of Venice.

Explore the Old Town

Piran is an incredibly photogenic town, so spend the morning exploring the medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. You’ll find the Old Town is like a maze, the streets go off in all directions, passing colourful houses as you go. Part of the excitement of ancient cities is exploring these little alleyways. You’d be hard pushed to get lost here, nearly all the lanes end up either at a beach or Tartini Square. Just embrace ‘getting lost’.

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Church of St. George

Be sure to take a stroll up to the Church of St. George. This church is based on St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. It’s located right on the water’s edge so it’s a great spot to watch the sailing boats and yachts come and go from the harbour. If it’s a clear day you can also see the coastline of Italy and Croatia!

Tartini Square & the Bell Tower

If you type in Piran into any search engine, I guarantee you’ll find the one looking down on Tartini Square. To get this shot, you’ll need to climb up 146 steps of the bell tower. It’s a good leg workout, but the views are worth it.

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Walk the city walls

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably read that I love a walled city – if you’re after another walled city along this coast, then I highly recommend adding Dubrovnik in Croatia to your travel bucket list.

Take a walk around the 15th-century walls which once circled the city, protecting it from Turkish invaders. Today, it’s another great vantage point to view the sea and the town below.

Hit the beaches

After spending the morning exploring the town, spend the afternoon relaxing on the beaches, just be aware that this isn’t a wide golden sand beach. It’s more like a narrow stretch of shingle and rock. Sunbeds are available to rent. Spend a second night in Piran before an early start tomorrow.

Where to stay in Piran

      • On a budget:  Hostel Adriatic Piran is one of the better hostels in Piran. It’s situated in the historic centre of Piran. Just 350 yards from Tartini Square and 450 yards of St. George’s Parish Church. The beach is a 5 minutes walk away.
      • Mid-Budget: Miracolo di Mare Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located for exploring the Old Town of Piran, just 350 yards from the main square! The accommodation is set in its own private gardens where breakfast is served. The nearest beach is mere 150 yards away.
      • Blow the Budget:  Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož is nestled in a heritage-protected landscaped park in the centre of Portorož, just outside of Piran. With onsite parking, extensive landscaped grounds, heated outdoor swimming pools, a spa and lavish decor. This is the height of luxury. 

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Lake Bled: Day 4 of Slovenia in 5 days

On the fourth day of your Slovenia in 5 days’ itinerary, head back inland towards Lake Bled. Base yourself in this pretty town for two nights, as you’ll be exploring quite a bit in this region.

The town of Bled is located in the Julian Alps and home to probably the most photographed lake in Europe, Lake Bled. Nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world, Lake Bled is certainly postcard perfect, the blue waters of the lake, with a pretty church in the middle, surrounded by the rolling mountains. It’s no secret this is Slovenia’s biggest tourist destination.

Bled Castle

Within the town on Bled, make sure you pay a visit to the 12th Century Bled Castle. If you choose to walk, it will take about 15-20 minutes from the water level. Climb up for some of the loveliest views in the region.

The castle overlooks the lake so also a great place to photograph Lake Beld from above. Inside the castle is a fairly comprehensive and well-curated museum, displaying artefacts, paintings and memorabilia about the history of Bled and Slovenia.

Entry to the castle is €10, which is worth it for the views alone.

Walk or Cycle around Lake Bled

You can walk the whole circuit of Lake Bled, there’s a mixture of footpaths, wooden promenades and regular pavements. It’s about 6 kilometres (3 miles) to do the circuit. If you walk at a decent pace and don’t stop you could do this within an hour. However, allow for more time, as you’ll probably be stopping regularly to take photos and admire the view.

If you don’t fancy walking, then there are also vendors (most in the main town) renting out bikes. The terrain is flat so it’s a very enjoyable cycle ride if you want to get around it quickly.

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Bled Castle

One of my favourite lookout points in Lake Bled was a trail going up through the woodland at the Boating Club end of the lake (look for the signpost pointing to the trail). The trail leads up quite steeply through the woods and up to a clearing at the top with which I honestly think is the most phenomenal views of Lake Bled.

Take a boat ride on Lake Bled

If you want to visit the island of Bled, then you’ll have to get a boat. There are tourist motorboats, although, in my opinion, these spoil the tranquillity of the area. 

 

Instead, opt for one of the traditional wooden Petna Boats to Bled island. These super cute boats are rowed across to the island, so there’s no horrid motor noise or smell of fuel. Numerous boats are making this return trip throughout the day. Alternatively, if you want to paddle yourself, rowing boats (€15 per hour) and paddleboards (€10 per hour) are available to hire from vendors all around the lake. I even saw one person swim over to the island! However you choose to get there, it’s worth it. 

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Ring the bell of the Assumption of Mary Church

During your walk around Lake Bled, you’ve probably heard the bell of the church. When you arrive on the island, climb up the 99 stone steps. At the top, you’ll find the Assumption of Mary Church.

Legend says if you ring the bell of the church, your wishes will come true. You don’t have to pay to step foot on the island, however, if you want to go in any of the buildings and the tower to ring the bell, the ticket costs €14.

Eat Lake Bled Cake

Lake Bled has its own cake; the Lake Bled Custard Cake. This sweet and sickly cake is sold in cafes all around the town of Bled. I know my eyes were defiantly bigger than my belly as a chowed down on a whole slice to myself. If you like custard or just sweet stuff in general, I certainly recommend trying one or sharing one. The slice was massive!

Visit Vintgar Gorge

After exploring the area around Lake Bled, head out to Vintgar Gorge. Wooden bridges and viewing platforms have been constructed along this gorge to view the stunningly blue Radovna River that flows below it.

The gorge is 1.6km long and you’ll see cascades, rapids and pools. The finale of the trail is the 13metre high Šum Waterfall. 

The pretty stone bridge of the Bohinj Railway crosses the gulley. If you wait long enough you’ll see the train pass overhead. You could easily spend a couple of hours at the Vintgar Gorge, if you’re visiting the summer, it’s a lovely cool escape from the heat of the sun.

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Where to stay in Lake Bled

      • On a budget: Travellers’ Haven Hostel is one of the few options for dorm-style accommodation. Bled doesn’t have a great selection of modern style hostels, let’s just say they are all a bit ‘old-skool’ style. This is one of the better ones. Locate just under Bled Castle and close to all the amenities.
      • Mid-Budget: Old Parish House is centrally located in the older part of Bled town, just 100 yards from Bled Lake and right next to the Church of Saint Martin. Bikes are available at this property, so you can cycle around the lake. The rooms are spacious and feature loads of character from when it was a parish house. There is also a pretty awesome breakfast served each morning. 
      • Blow the Budget:  Adora Luxury Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Lake Bled. Previously known as Vila Istra, it’s located right on the banks of the lake away from the centre so you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Lake. The decor of this hotel is stunning, so even if you don’t intend to stay here, go an oggle at how this hotel beautiful it is.

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The Julian Alps: Day 5 of Slovenia in 5 days

This is the final day of your Slovenia in 5 days itinerary where you’re going to explore the beautiful alpine region. If you don’t have the use of a car, then to make the most of this area I 100% recommend booking onto a tour (the route for today is known locally as the Emerald Tour) as this will guarantee you see the most of this area. Public transport isn’t really an option here.

The Julian Alps are a great destination if you love your adventure sports. So, IF you are wanting to do adventure sport of any type, I recommend booking this at least the day before. I can highly vouch for the white water raffling in Slovenia!

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Jasna Lake

Start by heading out of Bled towards the Kranjska Gora Alpine Region. Here you’ll find the picturesque Jasna Lake. The whole of today is a scenic drive through the stunning countryside, so you’re probably going to want to stop regularly to take in the view and photograph everything! In winter this is one of the Ski Resort regions.

At Jasna lake, stroll around the clear turquoise (and very cold!) water before posing with the Slovenian Zlatorog mountain goat. If you aren’t bothered by the cold and are up for some ‘ice water therapy’ Slovenian style then there is a trail that follows around the lake. Apparently, the cold water has so many health benefits, you go in, sit for a while, and then come out and walk on the sharp stones. It didn’t sound like my idea of fun, so I limited myself to just dipping in my toes, which sent a shudder up my leg. That was enough.

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Vršič Pass

From Jasna Lake head towards the Vršič Pass. This road was built by Russian prisoners of war during WW1. It’s the highest mountain pass in the Eastern Julian Alps. It was a notorious job with a high death rate. Along the meandering pass, you’ll see the small Russian Chapel which was built to honour the victims and casualties of the war.

The Vršič Pass is one of the most iconic roads in Europe, with no less than 50 hairpin turns snaking its way upwards towards the highest part of the Soča valley. At the top, you’ll find some phenomenal views overlooking the valley.

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Soča River

Take the Trenta Pass on the way back down, there’s a spot to pull over and see the source of the Soča river. It’s a short walk from the parking area, past a cute cottage and a scramble along the rocks to the top.

If you’re nervous about heights, I don’t recommend going to the top. You have to traverse your way along the jagged cliff face with just a bit of rope or metal tightrope wire to hold on to. There is no safety net, you’re not in a harness, nor are you wearing a safety helmet. All that’s below you is a 15-metre drop onto the sharp rocks. Basically, don’t let go of the ropes!

Eventually, you’ll get to what looks like a little cave, with a pool of clear sapphire coloured water inside. It really is beautiful. This is the source of the Soča River.

Head back to your car, and keep travelling down the mountain. You’ll start to see the bright blue Soča river as you drive. Stop off to take lots of photos. There are various places just off to the side of the road where you can go for a paddle.

You know what I said about Jasna lake being ice cold, this is just the same. I braved going in with both of my feet, to stand in the river. I never knew my feet could get an ice-cream headache. As quickly as I got in, I was straight out. It’s cold!

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Bovec

Stop off for lunch in the pretty mountain town of Bovec. Bovec itself is fairly small, however, if you’re looking to do an adventure sport such as kayaking, canyoning, white water rafting or zip-lining this is the hub for it. I chose the white water rafting, and it was awesome!

Check out this useful  article about rafting in Slovenia.

Boka and Kozjak waterfall

The Boka waterfall is 18 meters wide and 106 meters high and the biggest in Slovenia. It’s also VERY cold!

Another notable waterfall in the area is the Kozjak waterfall, which has carved out a dark chamber in the rock. The ceiling of the chamber has caved in, so the light shines down into the turquoise waters.

The Auto Train

I absolutely loved the Auto Train, mostly because of the novelty value of sitting in the van, on the back of the train, trundling through the Slovenian countryside. The railway was built in 1906 to connect Most na Soči and Bohinjska Bistrica. The railway also goes through Slovenia’s longest tunnel, all 6327 meters of it. 

The cars are loaded onto the trailer of the train, there’s not much room for error so be careful of your wing mirrors. You’re then free to wander about the top of the trailer or sit with your car doors and windows open feeling the air whizz past. As a note, this is a coal-powered train, so close your windows and doors when you go through the tunnels unless you want your face and lungs full of soot!  

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Bohinj

Finish your 5 days in Slovenia in the beautiful town of Bohinj, similarly to Bled, there is a lake here. However, the lake is a lot larger and the town itself is so much calmer, less touristy and more authentic than its glossy sister.

Depending on your itinerary, head straight back to Ljubljana from here.

Final notes on Slovenia in 5 days

So, there you have it, I’ve told you all about how to spend an amazing 5 days in Slovenia. After reading this I hope you can see why I totally fell in love with this country. Slovenia has actually become a bit of an obsession, I honestly think it’s outstanding in every way shape and form. Beautiful cobbled towns and cities, castles, picture-perfect lakes and adventure sports.

I will for sure, be back here to explore more than just the highlights. If you do happen to have longer than 5 days in Slovenia, I highly recommend spending much longer in each destination.

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Wondering what to see in Slovenia in 5 days? This full-on itinerary tells you everything you need to know about an amazing 5 days in Slovenia itinerary. All the best things to do in Slovenia including Lake Bled and Ljubljana. Perfect ideas for 5 days Slovenia travel in this Slovenia road trip. Use this Slovenia travel guide to plan your trip to Slovenia. Ideas to add yo your Slovenia bucket list. #sLOVEnia #visitSlovenia #Europe #LakeBled #Ljubljana #EasternEurope

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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