Full Camping Experience in Slovenia
7-day itinerary in Slovenia (authentic experience)
Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is located in southern part of Central Europe. The country is located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 square kilometres (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.06 million. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana, located right in the centre of the country, next to the only Slovenian international airport – Ljubljana airport (positioned 20km north from the city centre).
Slovenia is very well known of its extraordinary wine, exceptional cuisine and hospitable yet helpful and friendly people on every step of the way, big majority of them speaking fluently English. Even though Slovenia is classed as one of the smallest European countries, it offers such a variety of landscapes, sceneries, climates and cultures. From the busy yet cultural capital with rich history to the laid back rural areas, offering breath-taking views of still undiscovered nature and hidden gems.
- Day 1-2
The route below is described, if heading to Slovenia by crossing Italian border with a motorhome.
What to see / explore on the Slovenian coastline:
- Koper - the largest town, centre and the main port of the coastline
- Izola – the little fisherman town
- Portoroz – Slovenian Monte Carlo
- Piran – the historical and picturesque old town built in Istrian style
- Hidden gems:
- Beautiful blue lagoon called “Mesecev Zaliv” in the village called Stunjan
- Korte – “beautiful village featuring traditional architecture” positioned higher up above the coastline offering splendid views of the Adriatic Sea, salt-pans and olive tree plantation. It features an amazing fish restaurant with a big wine cellar called “Hisa Torkla”
- Salt-pans – “Secoveljske Soline” located in Seca, Portoroz, where you can experience a luxury spa named “Lepa Vida” and discover the Landscape Park
- Campside “Adria” (Ankaran – the town close to Koper)
- Campside “Lucija” (Portoroz)
- Campsite “Fiesa” (Piran)
Recommended restaurants (this is the list of my favourites; however, I am pretty sure you cannot get a bad meal anywhere you go. All the food is freshly prepared, using local ingredients):
- Hisa Torkla – fine dining experience (Korte)
- Villa Andor – fish restaurant; Mediterranean cuisine (Ankaran)
- Sidro – fish restaurant; Mediterranean cuisine – well known for local truffles and orange wine (Izola)
- Stara Oljka (Old Olive Tree) – local cuisine (Portoroz)
- Rizi Bizi - Fine Dining Experience (Portoroz)
- COB - Cooking Outside of Box (Portoroz)
- Pizza 33 – best Pizzeria on the coastline (Koper)
- Day 3-4
Visiting the beautiful hillside above Adriatic coastline called “Goriska Brda” (Goriska Hill Side) positioned right next to Italian border and the town called Goricia, well known as one of the best wine regions in Slovenia with breath-taking views of miles and miles of vineyards, especially famous for its orange wine (definitely worth a try). The area is easy accessible also with a motorhome and have parking facilities, so you can stop and explore those wonderful views and visit some of the local wine producers, where you can also purchase a few bottles.
Recommended wine producers:
Majority of the wine producers are family run businesses, with decades of experiences passed to them by the previous generations. Hospitable vineyard owners will proudly prepare a full tasting experience, including different sorts of wine accomplished by variety of canapés, freshly home baked bread along with local meat and cheese board. At the end of the wine tasting you will also be able to purchase a few bottles of your favourite wine (without the VAT).
- “Vina Simcic” – Simcic Wine
- “Vina Movia” – Movia Wine
On the way to Goriska Brda from Slovenian coastline, I shall also recommend visiting the little historic town called Stanjel, where you can taste the authentic Kras Prosciutto (air-dried cured ham) and enjoy the views of the remarkably beautiful Ferrari Garden.
From your enjoyable time in Kras and Goriska Brda we advise to continue your way to Bovec - small town in Slovenian Alps apparently featuring the most beautiful river in Europe “Soca” and breath-taking views of the mountains (1h drive north from Goriska Brda).
- Campsite “Liza”
- Campsite "Saksida Estate"
Sovdat – local cuisine (Bovec) famous for their apple “strudel” and goulash with polenta
Activities to be taken:
Kayaking / Water Rafting / Zip-Line / Hiking (Recommended agency: Soca Rafting)
- Day 5-6
From the beautiful Soca Valley and the town of Bovec continue your way to the world most famous lake called Lake Bled featuring the natural island with a glorious catholic church named St. Mary (1,5h drive from Bovec).
The area is very touristy, so you have a variety of accommodations and campsites to choose from. Here are some of the best:
- “Camping Bled”
- Bled – The Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
“Vila Presern” – do not miss the opportunity to taste the delicious Bled cream cake – vanilla cream slice
From the picturesque lake Bled, continue your way south to the beautiful Ljubljana – Slovenian capital (also pronounced as European Green Capital in 2016). The old city centre is full of amazing restaurants with mouth-watering cuisines from around Slovenia, bars with live music and endless number of coffee shops.
Ljubljana Resort - Hotel and Camping ***
- Strelec Restaurant – located on the hillside in Ljubljana Castle with beautiful views of the whole city including Julian Alps on a sunny day (reachable with a cable car from the city centre – near the market)
- Soba 102 – “Room 102” – fine dining
- Valvasor – fine dining
- Cubo - fine dining
- Atelje - fine dining
- Gostilna Sestica – local cuisine
- Café Romeo – sweet shop
- Pizzeria Parma – 1st Pizzeria in the whole Ex-Yugoslavia
- “Neboticnik” – Skyscraper (trendy bar with a wonderful city view, ideal for a coffee and homemade cake or one of their exceptional cocktails
- Day 7
Continuing your way south from Ljubljana towards the Italian border and the airport, do not forget to stop at Postojna Cave (classed as the most diverse Cave system on the world), where you can take a tour with a mini train and explore the magical underground world. Meanwhile, watch out for the baby dragons (30mins drive from Ljubljana).