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 - This gloriously old school department store has thrived since socialist times and is very much a local retail institution. Sells everything and anything. www.nama.si
See the banks of the Ljubljanica. A spring stroll is glorious along the willow-strewn banks of the lifeblood Ljubljanica River.
Krakovo - Ease just south of the city centre to find old ladies tending vegetables in their allotments and views back to the striking castle.
Piran - The Slovenian coast is already shaking off the winter blues so take a bus down to the chocolate box pretty Venetian-era town of Piran and enjoy its remarkable architecture from its pavement cafes.
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