Travel: Explore the wonders of green-listed Slovenia and Slovakia

by the news that Slovenia and Slovakia - two very different but both Slavic, central-European and utterly beautiful countries - are now on the Green List. 

Because while both tend to be lesser-known to British tourists, they should definitely be on your travel hit list. 

Here are just a few of the highlights Slovenia and Slovakia have to offer...

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled located in Slovenia Europe. There is a Church on the Island and ancient castle on top of a rock. Beautiful blue sky with dramatic cloudscape over the reflection in the Bled Lake. Story in such a beautiful sunny day on sunset. European Alps in the background.

Views don't get much more fairytale than at Slovenia's Lake Bled - where a church stands on an island in the middle of a mirror-like, turquoise lake, with the dramatic Julian Alps in the background. 


You can row or paddle board on the lake in summer, and ice skate over it in winter - but be aware that you'll join plenty of other visitors, both foreign and local. 

The High Tatras, Slovakia

Wonderful sunrise at Czarny Staw Gasienicowy in summer, Tatras

You can hike, ski or climb your way around this glorious mountain range, packed with spectacular peaks and rolling vistas. 

Hire a local guide who can help you explore the miles of mountain paths - with their help you might even be able to spot wildlife, including bears. 

Ljubliana, Slovenia

Ljubljana - Slovenia (Church and river Ljubljanica)

Slovenia's postcard-perfect capital city is a gorgeous place for a mini-break. You can stroll through the pretty, pedestrianised Old Town, take a boat along the river or hike up to the hilltop sixteenth-century Ljubljana Castle for incredible views.

Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

05.16.2020, Bojnice, Slovakia - Bojnice Castle (Bojnicky Zamok), Medieval Romanesque Castle built in the 12th Century.

This romantic, medieval fortress looks like something straight out of a Disney film. Sitting high above a historic spa town, surrounded by dense greenery, it features a Golden Hall and even a swan pond. 

Piran, Slovenia

A view of Piran, Slovenia

Do you love the wonderful architecture in Venice and Dubrovnik, but don't love the heaving crowds of tourists both attract? Don't miss a trip to Piran, perched on a peninsula on the Adriatic coastline. For 500 years, Piran was part of the Venetian Republic, and you can see the influence in its buildings.


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