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.
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 (Tomi?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.
Head to Idrian Lace Sales Gallery, and see why Slovenia is famous for its lace. Here in the old town you can pick up unique intricate lace that will look great back home (Mestni trg 17).
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 Mikloi?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.
Banks of the Ljubljanica. The city's lifeblood river is the venue for moody autumnal strolls at this time of year with plenty of pavement cafes on hand where you can enjoy a bela kava (milky coffee).
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.
Bled. This postcard card perfect glacial lake, only a short bus journey from Ljubljana, is surrounded by vaulting mountains. Rent a rowing boat or stroll right around it.