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How to Spend the Greatest Winter Holiday in Slovenia

Photos: Franci Ferjan

A lot of people believe that the winter time is better spent at home as there is not much that can be done during this time of the year. Those people could not be more mistaken.

The winter season is a mix of festivities, nature and fun activities. All of this is heightened if people are spending their winter in a country that specializes in winter-related entertainment. One such country is the magical and beautiful country of Slovenia.

Slovenia, situated in the heart of Europe, is one of the most scenic places that one could visit because of its wealth of natural hot springs, mountain ranges, stunning lakes, landscapes and much, much more. This mostly untouched country is the perfect balance of nature and modern day living, making it the perfect place for anyone looking for relaxing yet engaging holiday.

Even though Slovenia has a lot to offer no matter what time of the year it is, the country complements the winter season to an extent that not many other countries can. Due to Slovenia’s history, traditions and natural geography, the country is turned into a winter wonderland, making it an exciting place to go on a holiday.

For people living busy lives in the city, this kind of place is a welcomed change of pace. The city allows them to put their feet on the ground and spend a much deserved memorable time with their loved ones.

So, if you and your loved ones are looking to get out and experience something unique and different, then spending family-friendly holidays in Slovenia should be at the top of your list. Slovenia is the ideal place to visit this holiday season because Slovenia has something for everyone.

So what exactly can one expect to do once they are there? Well, here are some of the ways to spend the greatest winter holiday in Slovenia:

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The Ultimate Skiing Experience

One of the cornerstones of tourism in Slovenia is the ability to ski in one of the best settings in the world. People come and visit Slovenia just to ski their hearts out.

During the winters, Slovenia is able to hold thousands of tourists in their world-renowned ski resorts, all providing a unique experience to each and everyone one of them. The pure white slopes and the views surround them is something that needs to be seen in person.

If a person is a ski enthusiast or looking for a more simple skiing experience for themselves and their family, they do not need to worry about the resorts only catering to one group. The ski resorts are so well built and maintained that multiple professional events have taken place there. These resorts offer various activities ranging from:

  • Skiing (slopes at various degrees of difficulties to satisfy the casual goers and professionals alike)
  • Ski lessons (each resort has their own equipment rental that tourists can rent from)
  • Cross country skiing (Specialized tracks)
  • Snow boarding
  • Night sledding
  • Snow Parks
  • Ice bars
  • Winter sports stadiums, where people can watch and partake in sports such as ice hockey, skiing, ice skating, etc

Most of these activities are also not too heavy on the pocket as day ticket passes for these slopes range from 20 - 35 Euros for Adults and 10 - 18 Euros for children.

Most of the all inclusive family resorts in Slovenia that will be covered offer a variation of the above activities. Some excel at some activities more than others due to their geographical advantages. With each ski resort offering its visitors a lot to choose from, tourists can choose what they prefer.

Here is a small overview of some of the best ski resorts that should be included in every tourist’s Slovenia tour package:

  1. Kranjska Gora Ski Resort
  2. Krvavec Ski Resort
  3. Vogel Ski Resort
  4. Rogla Ski Resort
  5. Maribor Pohorje Ski Resort
  6. Cerkno ski resort
  7. Kanin ski resort

These are some of the best ski resorts in Slovenia, maybe even in the world. The list above is arranged in no particular order and has their own advantages. Each of these resorts offers accommodation in the form of guest houses and hotels on the resort or near it. This makes using these ski resorts a breeze and removes any hassle that could be associated with them.

Alongside the exciting skiing and other winter activities, these resorts and other venues offer tourists a more relaxing time through their amazing facilities.

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Relaxation at It's Best

After exerting physical energy, its time to relax a bit. The hotels, in and out of the resorts, offer many facilities that allow visitors to kick back and let go off any stress that they might have.

Relaxing and taking care of oneself by making use of the facilities and treatments provided by the hotels doesn't only help you relax physically. It also gives you peace of mind. After all, what's the point of a vacation if you can't fully relax and are always on the go.

So how can one relax in the cold, one might ask? Well, Slovenia offers a variety of indoor and outdoor relaxation facilities that will take care of those. By visiting any of the amaizing wellness resorts and relaxation spas , tourists can enjoy all of the amenities they have to offer:

  • Jacuzzis
  • Traditional Turkish saunas
  •  Finnish saunas
  • Chromotherapy Saunas
  • Massages (Classic, antistress, sport and parental)
  • Rose Spa
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  • Private access to hot springs
  • massage salons 

These are just some of the things that you can find and partake in at these resorts. Some of the hotels have specialized treatments that you can avail as well, so have a look at the list of the best wellness resorts and relaxations spas.

If visitors are with their families, then they should know that many of these hotels and resorts offer family packages that everyone can be a part of. So, even with kids around, everyone can have a family-friendly holiday in Slovenia when it comes down to relaxation.

With some of the activities and ways to relax being covered, let’s see what Slovenia has to offer this time of the year.

One of the cornerstones of tourism in Slovenia is the ability to ski in one of the best settings in the world. People come and visit Slovenia just to ski their hearts out.

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Christmas Market and Events

No matter what time of the year it may be, Slovenia always has something to offer its visitors. However, the winter season offers something special.

The cities transform into magical towns filled with festivities and lights. The cities appear so magical that they look like a scene from a Disney movie. All visitors will realize this as soon as they arrive at the country's capital, Ljubljana.

Before and during Christmas, the capital city becomes a festive city with awe and wonder. The capital holds many festivities over the year, but the Christmas festivities should not be missed by anyone. This is mainly due to the amazing Christmas market that this city holds.

The Christmas markets are not specific to the capital; instead, they are held in most of the cities in Slovenia. Each is unique and offers something different to its visitors. These markets usually entail locals dressing up in seasonal outfits, putting up classical wooden stalls to serve traditional Slovenian food,  and lighting up the city.  

The food

During this Christmas markets, tourists will be able to indulge themselves in the different foods that the country has to offer. Some of the things that can only be found and should be tried before leaving include the Carniolan sausage, Dödoli, cϋcki, bograč, bujta repa and gibanica.

If people are interested more towards sweets than savory food, then they will not remain disappointed as, during these festive times, they will be able to taste a number of Slovenian sweet delicacies.

All of these specialties should not be missed as they will take all those who try it on an adventure full of taste and satisfaction.

Activities

These Christmas markets are reason enough to make any tourist visit the different cities to experience what each city has to offer. One such unique offering is the ability for tourists to partake in a city-wide hunt called the “Legend of the Sunken Bell”. This entails tourists finding clues all over the city by interacting with the locals, which in the end leads them to the bell.

Such a wholesome and large-scale event is rarely found anywhere around the world and can be a great way to spend time with the family and other loved ones. If any tourist is going to be in Bled (which they should) during Christmas, then they should make sure that this hunt is part of their Slovenia adventure holiday package.

Even without the Christmas markets, the cities are drop dead gorgeous and should be visited during this season. From the snowy plateaus to the frozen Lakes (especially Lake Bled), these cities become some of the most naturally beautiful winter wonderlands. It’s truly a treat to see so many castles lodged on islands and on top of the mountains covered in snow, exemplifying the fairytale nature of it all.

Talking about all these different cities, let’s talk about where else specifically tourists can go and what they will get to see and experience, once there.

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The Wondrous Cities of Slovenia 

Until now we have only talked about the capital city of Ljubljana, but that’s not even the best of what the country has to offer. If tourists and their families call themselves nature addicts or just want to see some of the most exquisite sights a human has ever seen, then they should definitely visit some of these cities mentioned below.

Kranjska Gora
This city is home to Lake Jasna and Zelenci natural reserve. Both of these are mostly untouched and can be visited during the winter season as well. The lake itself is surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps. The view is so picturesque that it seems too good to be true.


Bled
Bled is home to Lake Bled, one of the most visited places in Slovenia due to its crystal clear emerald water. In the winter season, this beautiful lake transforms into a crystal plane that families can skate on.


Many Other Cities to Explore
These are just 2 of the cities that can be visited to explore and become one with during this time of the year. Some of the other notable places that tourists should definitely include in their Slovenia Tour Package are Soča river Canyon, Velika Planina, the port city of Piran and many more.
In these cities, one can visit world famous salt pans, take electric bicycle tours, explore caves, visit ancient castles and explore the lands through hiking trails. The cities are very rich in history and tradition, and tourists should definitely explore the different cities as each city possesses a unique architectural design.

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Getting Around

Now, most of those reading this might be thinking how is it possible to visit so many cities and cover all that these places have to offer. Well, there is nothing to worry about because most of these places are not that far apart. The ones that are, have such scenic routes that time will fly by. When one is staring at the mountain ranges covered in white or the glass surface of far-reaching frozen lakes, it seems as if time has stopped.

Most of the country can be covered over a weekend, let alone several days, which is recommended so that those visiting can truly experience all that this wondrous country has to offer.

Getting around is also not a problem as the country offers all tourists and locals a number of ways to get from one city to another. The travel time might range from a few minutes to a few 3 hours at most. These modes of transportation include buses, trains, car service, car rentals and many more.
Tourists should make sure that however they plan on moving around, they should preplan it in their Slovenia tour package in order to minimize worries.

All in all, it is not only easy to move around from city to city, but it is also easy on the wallet. If people hurry, they can find amazing tourism packages, hotel deals and cheap flights to cover their whole trip. So don’t miss your chance to Visit Slovenia this winter. With so much to do and so many places to visit, you will be missing out on a winter experience that you cannot find anywhere else in the world.

All in all, it is not only easy to move around from city to city, but it is also easy on the wallet. If people hurry, they can find amazing tourism packages, hotel deals and cheap flights to cover their whole trip. So don’t miss your chance to Visit Slovenia this winter. With so much to do and so many places to visit, you will be missing out on a winter experience that you cannot find anywhere else in the world.