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 woman of Idrija in Slovenia are renowned for their intricate lacemaking skills. At the Idrian Lace Sales Gallery in the Old Town you can pick up come excellent souvenirs and presents (17 Mestni Trg).
Summer is when the willow-strewn banks of the River Ljubljanica come into their own with plenty of pavement cafes and restaurants to enjoy the scene from.
Ljubljana is home to some of the world's finest Art Nouveau architecture. Head along Miklosiceva and keep looking up to catch all the ornate work.
Lose yourself among the cobbled lanes and historic houses of Ljubljana's chocolate-box Old Town, where there's no shortage of cafes and restaurants to relax in when your feet get tired.
Glorious old-timer Nama was Ljubljana's favourite department store long before the malls arrived and it's still going strong (1 Tomi?eva, nama.si).
The sleepy suburb of Krakovo comes alive in spring as greenery breaks out, cafes burst into life and students spill out onto pavements.
Hop on a bus or a train and in less than an hour you will be lost among the mountains, lake and castle of beautiful Bled. Walking around this famous lake is the best way to take it all in. There is skiing here in winter, too.
The small city of Kranj, handily located near Ljubljana's airport, is famous for its associations with national poet France Preseren and is well worth a ramble around. slovenia.info
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.