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.
Pro Montana - Slovenia's mountains offer a serious challenge in winter. Head to this outdoor specialist to get fully kitted out, seek advice and even get set up with a local guide. Poljanski Nasip, Tel. 01-280 0590.
Krakovo - Ease just south of the city centre to find old ladies tending vegetables in their allotments and views back to the striking castle.
Lake Bled - Hop on a bus and an hour later you will be on the shores of one of Europe's most dramatic lakes. Deeply picturesque Bled is surrounded by a vault of Alpine peaks, is overlooked by a castle and even has a cute island with a church on it.
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