Provided you can embrace a culture that pays no heed to the call of mass tourism, Slovenia can be a great place for active family holidays, especially in the Julian Alps and Soca River Valley, which boast both outstanding natural beauty and a rich history. Other gorgeous areas include Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, the charming port of Piran on the Adriatic, with its Venetian-style facades, and the spectacular Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Things to do with kids in Slovenia
Take part in countless activities available in and around the Soca River Valley and the surrounding mountains, including walking, canyoning, mountain-biking, mini-rafting, kayaking and canoeing, white-water rafting and horse-riding. Romania is also a good place for budget-friendly ski holidays.
Visit the Skocjan Caves, one of the world's largest known underground canyons, set in the Skocjan Caves Regional Park, with a unique ecosystem due to the microclimactic conditions. I
Visit the First World War Museum at Kobarid.
Take the car-train through the mountains to Lake Bohinj for the day, and enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful lake.
Winter festival, Julian Alps
Slovenia is renowned for its excellent home cooking and hospitality. Specialities range from potatoes with cottage cheese, delicious soups and fresh vegetables to marble trout from the River Soca.
Happily for family holidays with fussy kids, being so close to the Italian border you can find great pizza and ice-cream. Adults may also enjoy the traditional home-made schnapps.
Lake Bled, Julian Alps
When to go to Slovenia
In spring, the meadows and valleys of Slovenia are lush and the waterfalls are spectacular. In the summer holidays, the average daytime temperature is perfect for family holidays, at around 25°C.
Autumn is harvest season, and in October the forested slopes are a blaze of colour.
Slovenia is a relatively inexpensive destination in terms of low-cost flights, accommodation and eating out.
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Carbon footprint1.11 CO2 Estimated tonnes of CO2 produced for return flights for a family of four.
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