When to Visit Slovenia
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Last Updated on July 27, 2021
Because of its very desirable location as a Central European country, Slovenia is a place that is suitable for travel all year round. That being said, there are benefits to visiting Slovenia in each of the four seasons; with Slovenia weather changing constantly and offering unique opportunities for photography, exploration, activities, festivities, and more! So, when to visit Slovenia?
Slovenia in summer offers warm and breezy days that are ideal beach weather, while Slovenia in winter is often coated with a layer of snow, especially in the magnificent Triglav National Park with all the peaks of the Julian Alps.
In the summer months, Slovenia’s average temperature typically dances around 25°C, often reaching up to 30°C. Conversely, Slovenia weather in the depths of winter will drop below zero and stay there for weeks, but usually not very far below zero.
Bordering Northern Italy as it does, as well as sharing the Julian Alps, the weather and climate of Slovenia and Italy is incredibly similar. This means warm and breezy spring and autumn months as well, with all the crisp green grass and changing orange leaves that come with these seasons.
In short, there are plenty of reasons to be visiting Slovenia in every one of the four seasons; it all depends on what you’re after with regards to the average temperature of your travel, what colours you want to see, and what activities you want to get up to.
Here are some more details on when to visit Slovenia and what it’s like in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
When to visit Slovenia
Slovenia in Spring
When we think of the spring season, the first thing that springs to mind is usually flowers in bloom. Spring means colour bursting here, there, and everywhere. And so, if you’re visiting Slovenia in spring, you’ll want to make the most of exactly that! This means visiting the Volcji Potok Arboretum is imperative. This botanical park is an area of cultural heritage in Slovenia and is officially part of the University of Ljubljana.
Across eighty-five hectares you’ll find 3,500 plants from across the entire globe. They have been curated into blooming and blossoming gardens that you can stroll across on a blue-sky spring day at your own leisure. Volcji Potok Arboretum is peak Slovenia in spring, when all of these plants and flowers are either in bloom or at least surrounded by the most crisp, fresh, green grass and bathing under a clear blue sky.
Slovenia in Summer
Since Slovenia in summer never gets unbearably hot or humid, and the climate is always ideal for exploring the wide open terrains of the country, Slovenia travel is perhaps best done in summer. Summer is when the whole country opens up to you completely, and nothing is off-limits. While you can hike the mountains in winter (and there’s definitely merit to choosing winter!) it is more difficult than during summer. Slovenia in summer is a countrywide open for you to explore.
One of the best things to do in Slovenia during the summer months is to visit Lake Bled. When the skies are blue, this huge lake reflects the endless blue spectacularly, and you can enjoy a hike up the surrounding hills to get a staggering view of the lake and its central island. You can also explore the lake by renting canoes and kayaks, or even just go for a swim! And the very best thing to do is go glamping!
Glamping at Lake Bled is a massive and popular thing to do – and for good reason. Glamping on Lake Bled means enjoying a few days and nights in a village network of treehouses in the nearby woodlands if you want to feel like Tarzan. Or, alternatively, camping at the very edge of the lake and emerging every morning for a sunrise swim.
In the summer months, Triglav National Park is also at its most explorable. While it’s open and worth hiking year-round, depending on your favourite season, summertime means the longest days with the most daylight. It also means warm weather for hiking in your shorts and t-shirt.
Slovenia in Autumn
While nothing specifically unique happens during autumn in Slovenia, such as festivals or activities, Slovenia is still, without a single doubt, one of the most beautiful countries on Earth during the autumn months.
Slovenia in autumn means a country that’s mostly epic and endless natural landscapes of rolling hills, dense forests, rivers, and lakes all transforming into sweeping vistas of oranges, reds, and yellows. The green landscape of Slovenia during the autumn is set on fire as the rich foliage slowly changes colour and becomes the fairy tale autumn of your dreams! And the best thing to do in Slovenia in Autumn to take a road trip!
Since the autumn foliage spreads across the entire country, the only way to really take it all in is with an epic road trip across an epic country. Driving out from Ljubljana to Lake Bled or Triglav National Park and exploring the countryside at your leisure is the best thing to do during the autumn months.
Slovenia in Winter
As I’ve mentioned, Slovenia is so often coating in endless sheets of white snow in the winter, but it never becomes unbearably cold. This means that spending Christmas in Slovenia is a very smart move! Especially since skiing in Slovenia is so popular.
You can ski in the national parks, and the most popular ski resort in Slovenia is Kranjska Gora. If skiing isn’t your thing, however, you can still happily hike and explore the snow-capped mountains of the Julian Alps in Triglav National Park.
Triglav is open in winter and, in fact, you can even hike Mount Triglav during the snowy months for a very unique climbing experience and a once-in-a-lifetime kind of view from the summit (just bear in mind that hiking in the winter is tougher and a bit more dangerous – but still a popular activity!).
If you’d rather not, spending your winter days wrapped up warm in a cabin as the snow falls outside, well, there’s nothing better.
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