Monday, 16 January 2017

A bus adventure to Slovenia for only 19 EUR

Winter wonderlands are expected to look the same, no matter where in the world they are located. Upon visiting them you probably always imagine lots of snow, some castles and of course magical creatures. All this may sound more like a description of some northern country's features, but it may come as a surprise, that there is also one quite smaller, but incredibly charming country possessing the winter wonderland attributes.

@Author -  Franci Ferjan;
Slovenia. The only country with love in its name is destined to charm each and every visitor into simply falling in love with her. And this little snow princess is in winter time inviting you to all kinds of snow involving sports and activities, and also ordinary travel adventures. There are a lot of options how to get to this little Alpe Adria royalty, and one of them may be just what you  are looking for. 

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
The Hellö bus will take you from Vienna to Maribor for only 19 Euros. Simply magical! Maribor is a perfect starting point for every winter sports enthusiast who visits Slovenia. With Pohorje, a low mountain range in Slovenia, Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort is just a place to be in winter time. 

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
Even better news is that Slovenia offers many more ski resorts, all over the country. You can combine your travel discoveries with your passion for sport and visit Slovenian ski slopes or just travel around this beautiful country, following your new year's resolution to visit Slovenia in 2017. You will be surprised just how beautiful of a winter wonderland this country is and how many castles and magical creatures you can encounter while discovering it. 

Welcome to the winter wonderland of love!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Visit Slovenia in 2017

Did you already make a bucket list for 2017? Which places you want to visit, which cultures you want to meet… We’re here to make some suggestions for you. Slovenia is an amazing country and it would be a pity if you wouldn’t take the time to explore it.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
A road trip around Slovenia is always a good idea. You get to feel the culture, the nature, the culinary treats and so much more. Let’s start with Ajdovščina, which lies in Vipava valley. Maybe now it’s not the time for cycling, but hiking is “in” every time of the year. Do you know what’s also popular every time of the year? Wine. And Vipava hills have a lot of sunny days, which grow fantastic wine. Maybe you should try it in one of the wine cellars. And after you tire from hiking and drinking delicious wine, stay in The Youth Centre and Hostel Ajdovščina, which is located just a short walk outside the city centre. Hostel Ajdovščina is also environmentally friendly and has fifty beds, so if you want to come in a group, don’t be shy!

Next on the list to visit is our beautiful capital city, Ljubljana. Our volunteer Nastja wandered around Ljubljana recently and wrote an amazing article about our beautiful city, so check it out. And if you want to hear it from a foreigner that you should visit it, we also have a proof. After so much reading, I’m sure our travelogue writers convinced you to visit it. A great place for an accommodation is Hostel Tresor, which is really something special. It was once a bank vault and it was turned into a hostel, but kept some history. Definitely interesting. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Bohinj is a perfect place to visit in the winter time. If you like to ski, there are many ski slopes to choose from and soon, you’ll be swooshing down the hill. Near hostel Koča Suha is the ski resort Vogel. What is more, the hostel even offers free ski shuttle to the ski centre. Great choice for those who want to spend less and do more. If you’re not convinced yet, read this article and welcome to Bohinj.

One of the charming towns in Slovenia is Idrija, the oldest Slovenian mining town, which is also on Unesco’s world heritage list. Here you also need to try local specialty idrijski žlikrofi, which is a dish from heaven. For a budget stay, choose hostel Idrija, 5 minutes from the city centre, which is a really cheap accommodation, you can get a room from 11 euros per person. Staff is super helpful and will happily suggest some activities for you. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Kamnik is another charming city in the middle of mountains and hills. It is located by rivers Kamniška Bistrica and Nevljica and Kamnik-Savinja Alps, which offer great views every time you visit Kamnik. I’d strongly suggest you take a visit to Velika planina, which is just magical and will nourish your soul. Read more about adventures in Kamnik here. Don’t know where to stay? Hostel Pod skalo is a great choice. It is small and charming and in the building next to it, there’s a bar, which is never a bad thing. The hostel offers free wi-fi, a lounge and even transfers to the airport and other tourist destinations in Kamnik. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Last but not least suggestion is Velenje. Velenje has grown on coal mining. Here you have an opportunity to check out Slovenian mining museum or the three city lakes. In the winter, you can even go ice skating in the park. Nearby, there’s also a ski resort for skiing enthusiasts or Topolšica spa for those, who like to be warm and relaxed. The choice is yours. If you’d like to stay in Velenje for a couple of days, there’s a new hostel in Velenje, which will warmly welcome you and offer you a lot for your money. Hostel Velenje provides seminar rooms for up to 100 people, new technical equipment, a common kitchen and many daily activities

Visit our beautiful Slovenia!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Visit Slovenian ski slopes!

It is getting cold in Slovenia and the ski slopes are full of keen skiers and boarders. Are you tempted? I’m sure you are. Slovenia is a beautiful country and if you’re coming from a warmer country, you’ll be impressed by Slovenian winter wonderland. If you keep reading, you’ll even find out how you can get here from Malta for around 50 Euros.

@Author - Aleš Fevžer;
Yes, you read correctly, you can fly from Malta to Venice and back for around 50 Euros in February and visit the ski slopes, go hiking in snow or just enjoy the winter weather. You can get this amazing offer at Ryanair, fly to Venice Treviso and then, maybe hire a GoOpti or rent a car and see how it’s like driving on the other side of the road (carefully, of course).

Since I was talking so much about skiing, let me introduce you the ski slopes and of course, the amazing hostels where you can stay. First is Hostel Bovec with Kanin Ski Resort. Here you can ski 2000 metres above the sea level, which makes it the highest Slovenian ski resort. If you want to read more about winter time in Bovec, read this article and find out more about attractions in Bovec.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
Skiing in Kranjska Gora is a must in Slovenia. You can choose among 18 ski slopes of different technical difficulty. Ski lifts and ski runs are stretching all the way from Kranjska Gora to Planica (where the famous ski jumping tournament takes place). If you’re not a great skier yet, you can even go to a ski schools or hire a ski instructor. Amazing, isn’t it? And if you want to afford a little more with less money, stay at Youth Hostel Barovc, which will entertain you on a bad weather day or when you just want to rest and relax.

@Author - Matej Vranič;
If you’re not really up for big ski resorts, try ski resort Golte and stay in Ljubno ob Savinji. The ski resort has 12 kilometres of ski slopes with a unique terrain and even a private bunny slope for children. Visitors can even try cross-country and backcountry skiing. Hostel Ljubno ob Savinji is perfect for your accommodation, as it has rooms with private bathroom, dormitory rooms and there’s an inn nearby with local Slovenian cuisine. For some other activities, read an article about Ljubno ob Savinji and find out more about it.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
Now that you know all about skiing opportunities in Slovenia, make sure to book a ticket, book a hostel and you’re all set for a great winter holiday. Slovenians are waiting and will make sure you’ll have time of your life