Cheap flights to Ljubljana
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.
The town of Idrija is renowned for producing intricate lace and you can pick up a web of designs at the Idrian Lace Sales Gallery in the Old Town (17 Mestni Trg).
The sleepy suburb of Krakovo comes alive in spring as greenery breaks out, cafes burst into life and students spill out onto pavements.
Less than an hour's drive from the city, glacial Lake Bled is at its picture-postcard best in spring with a dusting of snow on the mountains.