Slovenia

Slovenia is an incredibly beautiful country with deep traditions. While you won't be able to find Barry's Bootcamp or a raw, vegan, gluten-free restaurant, the spectacular countryside and seaside offer many healthy travel options. 

My husband grew up in Slovenia and his whole family lives there so we have done quite a bit of traveling across the region. The recommendations below will be in:

  • Ljubljana (capital)
  • Bled (beautiful mountain town, once described to me by an Italian man as Europe's best kept secret)
  • Piran and Portorož - Slovenia's seaside on the coast of the Adratic Sea
  • Lendava Gorice - the magnificent vineyards of north eastern Slovenia

Physical Activity

  • Climb Triglav - a right of passage for many Slovenes is the climbing of Triglav a 2864m (9,396 ft) beauty of a mountain located in the Julian Alps. (this is still on my 'to do' list as our scheduled trip was canceled).
  • Ski - there are 29 ski resorts in Slovenia. My husband says that Mariborsko Pohorje and Kranjska Gora are the best.
  • Hike Bohinj. There are stunning hikes to be done around Lake Bohinj.
  • Paddleboard on Lake Bled. Rent a paddleboard and paddle out to the church on the island.
  • Yoga isn't widely available throughout Slovenia, but there are a couple of standouts:  Yoga Bled offers Yoga in the beautiful mountain town in Bled and Ajna Studio offers Ashtanga classes in the capital Ljubljana.
  • Run through the magical streets of Ljubljana or through the countryside is a great way to stay active on vacation. 
 Running through the vineyards of Lendava Gorice

Running through the vineyards of Lendava Gorice

 Hiking in Bohinj

Hiking in Bohinj

 Paddleboarding in Lake Bled 

Paddleboarding in Lake Bled 

 

Relaxation

There are Terme spas peppered throughout the country (mostly located within hotels), these Termes feature cold and warm pools, saunas and sometimes natural springs with mikroorganizms.

 Mikroorganizm pool at  Terme Lendava

Mikroorganizm pool at Terme Lendava

If you make it to the beautiful seaside towns of Portorož and Piran make sure to take a dip in the salty, warm, calm, amazing Adriatric Sea.

Random: I also received the best (and most inexpensive) Thai massage, ever at Park Hotel Bled.

 

Cuisine

The cuisine in Slovenia can shift pretty drastically from region to region. In the mountains, the food is meat and carb heavy and on the seaside you'll find more fish and oils. Much of the country is farmland, so most everything you'll eat is farm-to-table in the truest sense of the word. Here are a few (ovo)-vegetarian options for when you're traveling through Slovenia.

  • Eggs I have eaten some of the best eggs I've ever eaten at a mountain restaurant outside of Ljubljana. I didn't ask, but presumably they came directly from the surrounding farmland and were as farm fresh as they come.
  • Kasha or Buckwheat is a commonly used grain in Slovenian cuisine. Here is a yum-looking traditional recipe for kasha and mushrooms.
  • Pumpkin seed oil makes a salad of simple lettuce taste spectacular. It's hard to find and pricy in the States, so enjoy while you're there.
  • Prekmurska Gibanica [recipe] you'll find this tasty (and not too sweet) dessert in the Prekmurska region near the Hungarian border. Ingredients include apple, poppy seeds, raisins and cottage cheese.
  • Mushroom soup or Gobova Juha [recipe].
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Beyond all of these great things to do and eat, my time spent in Slovenia has always been restful, convivial, and social (which is no doubt good for your health, too!)