Best time to visit Slovenia
Snowy winters and warm summers encourage year-round fun from mountains to coast.
The best time to visit Slovenia is different for everyone. The alpine northwest sees abundant snow from December to March, while warm, dry conditions from May to September are ideal for climbing, hiking, cycling and adventure sports. Snowmelt makes white water rafting a great option by late May. The Adriatic coast and its inland Primorska region have very warm summers, autumn colour and pleasantly cool winters. The remainder of the country sees hot, dry summers and bitter winters. Many attractions – including Ljubljana – are enjoyable year-round.
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Simon Clifford, from our adventure holiday specialist Exodus, explains what summer offers as the best time to visit Slovenia: “Between June and September you’ll see everyone out and about – walking, biking or taking to the water. Slovenia is one of the world’s most densely forested nations, and this time of year is at its greenest. Also, lakes like Bled and Bohinj have warmed up nicely and are perfect for swimming.”
Maria Vrgoc, from our family activity holiday specialists Green World Holidays, says Ljubljana is brilliant for kids in the summer: “During summer Ljubljana has its arts and culture festival programme running, so this means there are street performers, live music, the cinema under the stars at the castle and an amazing world food market on Fridays.”
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Festivals & events
The Cow’s Ball
This quirky festival on the third Sunday of September marks a winter return of cattle to the alpine Bohinj valley from their summer pastures. The cows are decorated with wreaths then, accompanied by herders, cheese makers and milkmaids, paraded around Lake Bohinj. Stands sell rural souvenirs and cheesy delights, and you can also have a go at folk dancing, log sawing, horseshoe casting and sling shooting.
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