Edit 2: This list is intended for foreigners visiting Slovenia, not Slovenians. Many people visiting Slovenia only know about Bled, Bohinj, and Ljubljana, so although some of these are known to Slovenians, they are lesser known to a wider audience.
The town itself is adorable and quiet, complete with a delicious pizzeria recommended by our Airbnb hosts. The real charm, though, is the access to the surrounding nature: it’s impossible not to fall in love with the dramatic peaks, nearby waterfalls, or colorful Soca River.
If you’re looking to expand your horizons even more, Mojstrana is roughly an hour’s drive from well-known locations such as Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge. - Kate @ Our Escape Clause
Medana is an authentic village in the Gorizia Hills (Goriška Brda), which is one of the most important Slovenian wine-producing regions. Hidden from mass tourism, but very popular among Slovenians as a weekend getaway or as a stop on the way to nearby Italy or Soča region it is most famous for its wonderful setting with stunning views on the countryside. In the last decades eco-tourism has strongly developed and it is possible to buy tasty organic home-grown products and local specialties at most of the wineries and restaurants around here. The main reason for visiting Medana besides long walks through the vineyards and cycling to other villages on surrounding hills is of course enjoying is a quality wine-tasting experience. If you are there in August, make sure not to miss its most famous festival, the Days of poetry and wine. -Kat (Findingmalokoko.com: a Slovenian travel blog.)
-Mary from The Calculated Traveler!
Its rather small, but picturesque and colorful city centre is a great place to start your visit by exploring a Gingerbread museum and learn how to make it yourself or try traditional cake gibanica. The city is like an outdoor museum, where every road and building tell another, interesting story. After enjoying the splendid views on the valley underneath, you can decide to explore some of numerous hiking or cycling trails in the region or proceed to nearby Lesce to understand the importance of beekeeping traditions for the area and taste different kinds of honey.
The visit to Radovljica can be indeed very sweet and short, but you will always remember this extraordinary small town. You will miss its tranquillity and beauty will visit some more popular areas in Slovenia. Read more byMaja's experience in Slovenia on her blog!
With such a small share of coastline compared to all-stars Croatia and Italy on either side, it’s easy to see why coastal Slovenia is often overlooked. While the well heeled and heavy-pocketed head to the nearby town of Portoroz, Piran felt relaxed, easy going, and suitable for a range of budgets. Stone steps lead down past the rocks to allow bathing in the crystal clear Adriatic, and you can climb the old city walls and bell tower for a view that stretches as far as Venice.
Piran is about three hours from Ljubljana by bus, or you can take the train to the city of Koper further up the coast, and take a local bus to Piran from there. I visited in September, when the weather was still warm and the summer holiday crowds had flown. (Read more by Ellie on SoulTravelBlog!)