Resources

  • Slovenian Tourist Board (www.slovenia.info) Info on every conceivable sight and activity.
  • Slovenia Times (www.sloveniatimes.com) Website of the independent quarterly magazine.
  • E-uprava (http://e-uprava.gov.si) Official info-packed government portal.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/slovenia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Go for local specialities when dining out. Things like buckwheat groats may look strange on menus but the end result is usually delicious.
  • Turn to TICs for more than tourist information. They usually also book rooms, offer free internet and sell local souvenirs.
  • Call ahead to reserve wine tastings. Many wineries are happy to welcome visitors but may not be equipped to handle walk-ins.
  • Rent a bike. Whether you're in the capital or the countryside, you'll find trails everywhere and biking brings you closer to the scenery than sitting in a car or a bus.
  • Ask locals for recommendations. Most Slovenes will know at least a few words of English and are happy to help.

What to Take

  • Good walking shoes and a daypack for forest trails
  • Any other climbing or special gear you might need
  • Travel adaptor plug
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Ski gear and multiple layers (in winter)
  • Car SatNav system (with maps loaded)
  • Insect repellant (in summer)

What to Wear

What you pack depends on the season and what you intend to do. Slovenia is not an overly formal destination, and the only time you'll have to 'dress up' (a sport coat for men and a dress or pants for women) would be an evening out at the theatre or a fancy restaurant in Ljubljana.

If you're planning on spending time in the mountains, bring plenty of layers, even in summer, as the weather is unpredictable. Winters can get fiercely cold, even in Ljubljana, so pack gloves, a hat, and a heavy coat and boots. Summers on the coast are usually warm, so even on a cooler night, you're likely to get by with just a sweater or light jacket.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Make advance bookings for events, travel, accommodation and sights
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions
  • Alert your debit-/credit-card company you're travelling to Slovenia
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Check your mobile/cell-phone roaming restrictions
  • Find out the requirements for hiring a car