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Slovenia’s capital is one of the best-kept travel secrets in Europe.

Often described as Prague in miniature, minus the crowds, compared to Salzburg for its setting and Vienna for its architecture, this city is a hodgepodge of European styles. But this is Central Europe after all, so expect plenty in the way of Baroque and Renaissance buildings and, of course, an old town packed with café-lined squares. And with a hilltop castle, a snaking emerald-green river and a surrounding countryside of hilly woodland, settings really don’t get much better than this. 



Visit the Idrian Lace Sales Gallery. The Slovenian town of Idrija is famous for its superb lace and this capital outlet stocks the best. Mestni trg 17

Nama - Ljubljana's Harrods is a quite unique department store that has somehow managed to straddle the sweep from communism to capitalism intact. They stock almost everything you can think of (Tomši?eva 2, tel. 01 42 58 300, www.nama.si).

Open Kitchen is a brilliant food market, offering seriously tasty local produce direct from the producers on Fridays. For more information go to http://www.odprtakuhna.si/en/.

Old Town - The cobbled old town reclines beneath the landmark castle, a chocolate box pretty riot of baroque and medieval architecture. That it comes wrapped in cosy bars, cafes and restaurants is a bonus, as are the superb shops.

Key Areas

Go to Krakovo. Old ladies tend their vegetables, while hipsters chill in the cafes and restaurants, with a view of Ljubljana Castle.

Trnovo - Trendy Trnovo sits south of centre, but left of field. Join local hipsters and students discussing the works of France Preseren in the lively pubs and live music venues.

Ljubljana boasts some of Europe's finest art nouveau sprinkled on and around Mikloši?eva. Hotels, cafes and bars in the area enjoy an art nouveau flourish.

Pro Montana - Slovenia's bountiful mountains offer superb skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering. Get kitted out here. Poljanski Nasip. Tel. 01-280 0590.

Day Trips

Escape to Bohini. Many visitors flock to Bled, but its big brother is also a dramatic mountain oasis that offers excellent hiking. An hour and a half away by bus.

Follow the savvy locals on scorching days and head for the Adriatic coast where Piran, a picture postcard Venetian-era gem, sparkles on the water's edge.

Lake Bled is Europe's most picturesque lake. Framed by mountains, topped with a castle and boasting an island in the middle with a pretty church, this fairytale is only a bus ride away.

Lake Bohinj - Tourist saturated Lake Bled may be more famous, but Slovenia's other lake is bigger, quieter and arguably even more impressive. Catch a bus here and revel in an epic landscape of mountain and lake.

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