Close your eyes and embark on an imaginative journey to a green country, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain. Let your mind wander through vast green forests or charming towns. Set your imagination free and descend deep into the mysterious underground world of the Karst region or climb high to the peaks of the Alps.
When to visit
The weather in Slovenia is different in each of the four seasons. A harsh Alpine climate prevails in the mountain region, the coastal areas are marked by a sub-Mediterranean climate, and the north-east lowland part of the country has a continental climate. The average temperature is above 20°C in July, and around 0°C in January.
High Season (Jun–Aug)
- Mostly sunny skies with occasional rain.
- Crowds in Ljubljana and the coast; advance accommodation booking essential.
- Museums and other attractions open for business.
- Party atmosphere everywhere.
Shoulder (Apr & May, Sep & Oct)
- Sunny, September is dry a great time for climbing Mt Triglav.
- Lower tariffs at many hotels.
- Rafting is great by late May; swimming is over by September.
- Best overall time for hiking.
Low Season (Nov–Mar)
- Ski season runs from mid-December to March or even April.
- Christmas through to New Year can be crowded.
- Attractions in smaller towns may close or have limited hours.
In its small corner of the world, Slovenia is the only European country lying at the crossroads of the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain.
In Slovenia, one can experience four different worlds in a single day, since even the remotest corners of the country are only about two hours away from the capital city of Ljubljana. In the green heart of Slovenia your view stretches from the mountainous Alps to the tranquil beauty of the Pannonian plain in the east. Mediterranean Slovenia, with its coastal towns and the stunning Karst, is waiting for you to discover it in all its beauty. Feel the vibrant pulse of the capital city, explore the beauty of nature and culture in the surrounding area.
Image Credit: www.slovenia.info, Photo of Lake Bled by Janez Tolar
Medical care is very well spread across Slovenia. All Slovenian cities have health centres, while there are individual clinics in small towns. All Slovenian settlements are served by emergency medical assistance, even by helicopter if necessary.
Medications and Vaccination
In Slovenia, there is no risk of contracting any dangerous disease, which is why there are no special vaccinations for entry into the country. When travelling to Slovenia, the vaccination against tetanus is recommended, but not necessary.
For minor problems, such as colds, headaches, fever or insect bites, it is possible to obtain medications in pharmacies without prescription. The majority of Slovenian towns have pharmacies, while there are also 24 hour pharmacies in the cities.
Remember the phone number 112. This is the number of the Emergency Call Centre that can provide you with an ambulance and emergency medical assistance in case of emergency.
Take Care in Nature
When you are in the forest or by the water, you should watch out for ticks. We recommend that you provide yourself with appropriate repellents and, when you get back from the forest, check yourself thoroughly and remove any possible ticks early enough. In the summer, mosquitoes can also be a great nuisance near water surfaces.
In Slovenia, smoking is banned in all closed public and work premises, i.e. also in the catering and accommodation establishments. You must be at least 18 years old to buy tobacco products. This makes Slovenia one of the European countries with the most stringent restrictions on smoking.
Slovenia is in the Schengen Area. All Schengen Area countries issue Schengen visas under the same conditions, taking into account the interests of the other Member States as well. A visa issued by one Schengen Member State is also valid for the other Member States. In other words, this means that you can visit several countries which are in the Schengen Area.
Safely around the Country
Wherever you are, even late at night in major cities, you have no cause for concern. Although it is very unlikely for you to become a victim of a crime, such things can never be completely prevented. Thefts are the most common crimes, which can be often prevented by acting properly. The Global Peace Report 2016 has ranked Slovenia as the 10th safest country in the world, moving it up five spots since 2015.
2021 Public Holidays
- 1 & 2 Jan - New Year’s Day
- 8 Feb - Prešeren Day, the Slovenian Cultural Holiday
- 4 Apr – Easter
- 5 Apr – Easter Monday
- 27 Apr - Day of Uprising against Occupation
- 1 & 2 May - May Day Holiday
- 25 Jun - Statehood Day
- 15 Aug - Assumption Day
- 17 Aug* - Day of Slovenes in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation
- 15 Sep* - Day of Restoration of the Primorska Region to the Motherland
- 31 Oct - Reformation Day
- 1 Nov - All Saints Day
- 23 Nov* - Rudolf Maister Day
- 25 Dec – Christmas
- 26 Dec - Independence and Unity Day
National holidays in the Republic of Slovenia are work-free days except the holidays indicated by *.
All content was correct at time of publication.