During the summer months it often feels like there are more tourists in Slovenia than Slovenes, which might not actually be that far from the truth, as it’s estimated that some one million of the country’s two million inhabitants will spend at least one night on the Croatian coast, while in 2015 there were over ten million overnight stays in Slovenia for the first time ever.
Official tourism statistics aside, Slovenia is an increasingly popular European destination, especially during the summer months, and it’s not difficult to see why. With so many things to see and do crammed into only 20,273 square kilometres of territory (a bit less than the country of Wales or the US state of New Jersey), it’s the perfect place to head for those interested in beaches and mountains, waterfalls and caves, craft beer and castles, festivals and golf, and much more!
For the 2016 edition of our Best of Summer in Slovenia survey, we’ve re-imagined the categories to reflect the wide range of diverse attractions that the country has to offer, and as usual we left the voting up to our readers, who even had the option of writing in their own choices if they were unhappy with the shortlists that were painstakingly arrived at by our crack editorial team. The full results can be found on our blog, while the top finishers from each category are listed below. Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to all the winners!
BEST SUMMER ATTRACTION: 1. Soča Valley, 2. Lake Bled, 3. Triglav National Park
BEST SUMMER FESTIVAL: 1. Grossmann, 2. Metal Days, 3. Lent
BEST SLOVENIAN SOUVENIR: 1. Piran Salt, 2. Idrija Lace, 3. Rogaška Crystal
BEST CASTLE: 1. Ptuj, 2. Predjama, 2. Velenje
BEST GOLF COURSE: 1. Moravske Toplice, 2. Bled, 3. Arboretum, 3. Ptuj
BEST WATERFALL: 1. Savica, 1. Kozjak, 3. Rinka
BEST CRAFT BEER: 1. Bevog, 2. Laško Special, 2. Reservoir Dogs
BEST SUMMER BEVERAGE: 1. Laško Zlatorog, 2. Radenska, 3. Fructal Juice
BEST SUMMER DAY TRIP TOUR: 1. Bled & Bohinj Lakes, 2. Julian Alps, 3. Lake Bled & Bled Castle
BEST PLACE TO SWIM: 1. Velenje Beach, 2. Nadiža River, 3. Lake Bohinj