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The Definitive Guide to Traveling to Slovenia in Summer 2020

The Definitive Guide to Traveling to Slovenia in Summer 2020

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Traveling in 2020 is not for the fainthearted and especially challenging for those with limited vacation time. Every day seems to bring something new and a change in policies. The point in creating this guide was to share the latest information all in one place so that you can make an informed decision about whether you will travel to Slovenia in 2020.

Please note, that I am not an official source but I do my best to stay up to date with the latest changes – check the following sites before you book, and before you depart. They are updated regularly and are available in English.

Slovenian National Institute for Public Health  (The list of countries for crossing the national borders without restrictions)

Republic of Slovenia Offical Website (Current COVID-19 numbers in Slovenia)

Slovenian Police Department (Border crossing procedures and information)

A special email has been set up with the Slovenian police specifically for addressing concerns about traveling to Slovenia. You can email info.koronavirus [at] policija.si which is checked every day.

Traveling to Slovenia During COVID-19

Slovenia was the first European Union country to declare the end of COVID-19. At the time writing this, there have been 1581 cases and 111 dead. Daily cases have mostly decreased to less than ten per day but do note that there has been a slight uptick in the past week.

If you have citizenship or residency in the 24 countries (listed below) you will be allowed to enter Slovenia without a 14-day quarantine. These countries were decided based on having a similar epidemiological status for COVID-19.

Please check your local policies and the most up to date for Slovenia. Countries that were previously on the list, have been taken off with little notice. You do not want to get caught quarantined for 14 days during your vacation.

If you are a Slovenian citizen or you hold temporary or permanent residency, then you may enter Slovenia without restrictions.

Approved Countries

Croatia
Austria
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Montenegro
Norway
Slovakia
Spain
Switzerland

*Last updated June 29th, 2020

Protecting yourself and others while traveling

If you do choose to travel during this time then do be mindful that you will be interacting with the local population and to be respectful of the guidelines. Keep 1.5 meters distance between people, and wear a mask while inside any public transport, when you enter restaurants, and other inside spaces.

The mask policy has been changing week by week. Exercise caution and always have a mask ready as it is common practice to mandatory to wear them inside stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Disinfectant is at every single door before you enter a restaurant, store, hotel, etc, and also found in many bathrooms. Don’t be shy, use it.

Some locations may be more strict than others, but it is good practice to follow the guidelines always so that you do not forget.

The National Institute of Public Health is advising that when at pools, beaches, lakes, or other bodies of water to keep 1.5 meters of distance onshore and 2 meters in water. They also ask that only members of the same household can sunbathe or swim in groups.

On Fridays in Ljubljana, there have been protests which can draw crowds in the thousands. They move around the center typically from Prešeren Square to Trg Republika in front of the Parliament.

Summer in Slovenia

Below I will be adding interesting events or opportunities for tourists throughout the summer. Using Ljubljana tourism events page is a great way to see what events are taking place including temporary exhibitions at museums.

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 JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER

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ALL SUMMER

Open Kitchen (Odprta Kuhna)
Ljubljana | Every Thursday and Friday

Every Thursday and Friday throughout the summer in the beautiful Pogačarjev Square you will find rows of stands each one with delicious offerings. You can explore Slovenian cuisine, Turkish, Iranian, Chinese, vegetarian, and more at this highly popular event.

Check the official Site for updated times and vendors.

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Open Kitchen market in Ljubljana

Ljubljana in the summer

JULY

Ljubljana Festival
Ljubljana | July 2nd – August 30th

A large cultural festival that takes place across the city every summer. Events include music, opera, classical, ballet, musicals, theater, visual arts, and more.

Check the Facebook event page for event times *do note that some events have been canceled and others may have restrictions on attendance.

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Gin and Brin Festival
Dutovlje | July 3rd-5th

A summer festival dedicated to gin! Try local producers’ products, see presentations, and eat traditional Slovene dishes made street food style.

Facebook event page.

Caravan of Local Craft Breweries
Kranj | July 11th

Check the official event page.

Film Under the Stars (Film pod zvezdami)
Ljubljana | July 16th to August 8th every day at 21:30

A 24-day event takes place at the Ljubljana Castle. Watch movies under the stars with Ljubljana beneath you. Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. English spoken films will have Slovenian subtitles.

Check Facebook event page for the schedule.

Street Food Market Maribor
Maribor | July 27th – 29th

A festival of food trucks and food stands in the center of Maribor.

Check their Facebook event page for more info.

Floating Castle
Snežnik Castle (Stari trg pri Ložu) | July 31st – August 2nd

A several day event that centers around Snežnik Castle with music performances, visual art installations, food and drink stalls, seminars, workshops, puppet shows, and much more. The festival proclaims it is an ethno/folk/fusion experience in nature.

Check the official site for updated information.

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idrija zlikrofi

AUGUST

Idrija Žlikrofi Festival (Praznik idrijskih žlikrofov)
Idrija | August 22nd

Žlikrofi originates in Idrija and Idrija žlikrof was the first Slovenian dish to be awarded protected geographical status in 2010. Every year the town of Idrija has a festival to celebrate their beloved dish.

Check the official site for the latest information.

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Hotiza Fishing Days
Hotiza | August 22nd

Life along the Mura River means fish is a pretty important staple in your diet. Here you can have fish prepared in the traditional way done in the village of Hotiza for more than a century.

Check the official event page for more information.

Bogračfest
Lendava | August 29th

Bograč is a type of goulash from the Prekmurje region. It is prepared with three types of meat in equal parts of onion among other ingredients. Each year in Lendava they have a cooking competition lining the street with large cauldrons slowly preparing this delicious treat.

Check the official event page for more information.

vineyard in Brda

SEPTEMBER

Lendava Grape Harvest
Lendava | September 5th

Check the official event page for more information.

The Old Vine Festival
Maribor | Sept 17th – 20th

A wine festival to kick off the wine season in Slovenia. Explore and taste various Styrian and Slovenian winemakers’ products at this multi-day festival in the place where the oldest grapevine in the world still lives today.

Check the Facebook event page or official site for the latest information.

Summer in Slovenia Recommendations

Here are trips around Slovenia that I think are worth doing during the summer months.

view of piran slovenia

Seaside and Swimming Experiences

There are no shortages of water in Slovenia with over 300 lakes, more than 50 rivers, a coastline to the Adriatic Sea, and mineral waters with healing properties throughout the country. Here are some of my personal suggestions:

Trip to Koper and Piran 

Piran is my favorite seaside town in Slovenia with the colorful Tartini Square, breathtaking views, and fresh seafood this Venetian influenced town gives you a taste of the Adriatic. Koper is often overlooked next to Piran, but I adore the Medieval center and Tito Square. It is also a great place to get some fried calamari from the market! Both are relatively small places and can be visited in one day.

Visit the Velenje Castle and Beach

Velenje is underappreciated by tourists but known and enjoyed by locals. The Velenje Castle is a treat for castle lovers and history buffs with incredible collections you will not see anywhere else. Saying beach is misleading, but this is what it is called in Slovene. Velenje Lake offers swimming, food stands, diving board, restroom facilities, and more for a fresh swimming adventure.

Take a Dip in Lake Bled

Sure Lake Bled is famous for its Lake, Bled Island, Bled Castle, and especially kremšnita but did you know that you can swim in the lake? There is a designated area called Grajsko kopališče (Castle Bathing Area).

Cool off in Alpine Lakes

Head up into the Alps to visit Lake Bohinj, Lake Jasna, or Zelenci Nature Reserve for crystal clear waters and dramatic backdrops.

Adventure Sports at Soča River

One of the crowned jewels of Slovenia is the Soča River. With striking blue-green color and 138 kilometers long, the Soča River is a must-see. For the active and adventurous you can go rafting, kayaking, SUP, fishing, canyoning, and more.

Triglav National Park

Hiking and Nature Experiences

Visit Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is the only national park of Slovenia and without a doubt worth a visit. Here you will find hiking trails and water sports during the summer. Some highlights are Kranjska Gora, Bohinj, and the Triglav Lakes.

Idrija potica

Food and Wine Experiences

Slovenia was announced as the European Region of Gastronomy for 2021 and 6 restaurants were just awarded Michelin stars, including 2 to famed Hiša Franko.

Cuisine and wine shift colors, taste, and smell as you travel throughout the country. Neighboring countries, climate, and most certainly the landscape have influenced Slovenian dishes immensely.

Brezica Castle in Dolenjska

City Breaks and Castles

If city breaks are more your style and you fill your days with wandering streets, window shopping, stopping in cafes, browsing museums, and more then these itineraries are for you.

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