Ever fancied a trip to Slovenia?

Its a great choice and a fantastic destination for a variety of reasons.

First off its stunning landscapes are a sight to behold, from the picturesque Lake Bled with its island church to the Julian Alps, the natural beauty is off the charts as the 3rd most forested country in Europe. And if you're into outdoor activities, Slovenia's got you covered with hiking, skiing and even cave exploration in places like Postojna Cave.

But it's not just about the scenery – Slovenian cities like Ljubljana are charming and full of character. The capital is cosy, with a lively atmosphere, beautiful architecture and a relaxed vibe. And don't forget the delicious food and wine – Slovenian cuisine is a wonderful mix of influences.

So, if you're up for a blend of nature, culture, and culinary delights, Slovenia is a must-visit.

 Lake Bled Slovenia

So when is the best time to visit?

Lets first look at its climate

Whats the climate like in Slovenia

Slovenia has a continental climate and in general it has four distinct seasons with hot summers and cold winters.

During summer (June to August), temperatures can range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), making it a great time for outdoor activities though be aware it can get a bit crowded in summer.

In Autumn (September to November) the temperatures get a bit cooler, ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). It's a lovely time to explore Slovenia as the landscapes transform with all the stunning colours of autumn.

In Winter (December to February) the weather becomes a lot colder, with temperatures ranging from -2 to 7 degrees Celsius (28 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit). If you love winter sports then this is the perfect time to hit the slopes in the Alpine regions.

In Spring (March to May) the weather starts to gradually warm up, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 18 degrees Celsius (41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit) a perfect time to go hiking and walk in the beautiful landscapes.

In terms of rainfall, Slovenia gets the most during the autumn months with the coastal areas wetter than inland. So, if you prefer drier weather, you might want to plan your visit during the summer or spring months.

Remember that these are general trends and regional variations exist

Lets now look in detail at the seasons in Slovenia 

Peak Season in Slovenia - June to August

The peak season is during the summer months, from June to August when the weather is at its best – so think warm days and lovely, pleasant evenings with fairy tale landscapes and lovely charming towns.

There’s a buzz of activity in the peak season, especially around the popular spots like Lake Bled and Ljubljana. The vibe is fantastic, with lots of outdoor events, festivals and sunbathers, the perfect time to explore the stunning Alpine scenery, eat local food and take in all the rich cultural experiences Slovenia has to offer. 

Things to do in Slovenia’s peak season

  • Take a lovely walk around the stunning Lake Bled, visit Bled Castle for its panoramic views and don't miss the iconic island with the Church of the Assumption.
  • Hike or bike through the stunning landscapes of Triglav National Park. The Julian Alps are breathtaking and the park is a haven for nature lovers.
  • Spend time in Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. Explore the Old Town, take a stroll along the Ljubljanica River and climb up to Ljubljana Castle for a lovely view.
  • Delve into the underground wonders of Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its massive chambers and impressive stalactites.
  • Enjoy the coastal beauty of Piran and wander through its narrow streets, try the fresh seafood and relax by the Adriatic Sea.
  • Visit the stunning Vintgar Gorge near Bled and walk along the wooden paths and bridges that crisscross the Radovna River, surrounded by lovely greenery.
  • Try traditional Slovenian dishes like potica (nut roll), štruklji (rolled dumplings), and idrijski žlikrofi (dumplings from Idrija) at local restaurants.
  • If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junky, you can have a go at activities like paragliding in Bovec, rafting on the Soča River, or exploring the treetop adventure parks.
  • Discover Slovenian wines by visiting the wine regions such as Brda or the Vipava Valley.

Piran Slovenia

Low season in Slovenia – November to March

The low season in Slovenia falls between November and March and it is when the weather starts to get cooler with occasional rain or snow, especially in the higher areas. The low season is not as crowded as the peak season so it’s a much quieter time to visit and some attractions might have reduced hours or even be closed, so it's good to check ahead. On the bright side though, if you prefer a more laid-back experience and don't mind wrapping up a bit, the low season has a lovely charm with picturesque winter scenes and the chance to explore Slovenia without the hustle and bustle.

Things to do in Slovenia during the low season

  • Explore Ljubljana the capital city, without the hustle and bustle. Wander around the old town, visit Ljubljana Castle and go for a walk along the Ljubljanica River.
  • Experience the peaceful beauty of Lake Bled without the summer crowds. Take a leisurely walk around the lake, visit Bled Castle, and maybe even row a pletna boat to Bled Island.
  • Visit Triglav National Park and take in the breathtaking landscapes of Triglav National Park. Hike the trails, discover waterfalls like Savica, and absorb the loveliness of nature.
  • Head to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle and explore the underground wonders of the cave and the fascinating history of the castle built into a cliff.
  • Try the local wines in the Vipava Valley.
  • Relax in thermal spas and warm up during the colder months in Slovenia's thermal spas like Terme Čatež and Terme Olimia.
  • During the low season you can get involved in lots of winter sports in Kranjska Gora.
  • Sample traditional Slovenian dishes like potica, a delicious pastry, or hearty stews to warm up on cooler days.


Shoulder Season in Slovenia – April to early June, September to October

The shoulder season is usually around spring and autumn or more  specifically April to early June and September to October when the weather is generally pleasant – not too hot, not too chilly.

Spring is a fantastic time for nature lovers and those who love some peace. Autumn has a different charm as the leaves transforms into a stunning array of autumn colours. The weather is a comfortable temperature during spring and autumn, making it a good time to go exploring without having to deal with the summer crowds. You may also catch some local festivals and events happening during these months.

Slovenia's shoulder seasons are a sweet spot between the peak tourist rush but still having the lovely weather and scenery.

Things to do during the shoulder season in Slovenia

  • Take a leisurely walk around the capital, Ljubljana, visit its Castle, explore the Old Town and cross the iconic Triple Bridge.
  • Experience the beauty of Lake Bled by taking a traditional Pletna boat to there. You can explore Bled Castle and enjoy the stunning views and during the shoulder season the lake is more peaceful than during the peak season.
  • The shoulder season is a great time to go hiking in Triglav National Park and to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Julian Alps by hiking to spots like Lake Bohinj or the Triglav Seven Lakes Valley.
  • Explore the mysterious Škocjan Caves with its underground wonders, including the massive cave chambers and stunning cave formations.
  • Head to the wine region of Brda and try some wine tasting.
  • Visit the coastal town of Piran and wander through the narrow streets, enjoy seafood at local restaurants, and take in the views from Piran's historic walls. The shoulder season will be more relaxing without the summer crowds.
  • Explore the Postojna Cave and the nearby Predjama Castle. The underground wonders of Postojna Cave are a unique experience, and the nearby castle built into a cave entrance adds a touch of medieval magic to your visit.

Remember to check the specific dates of the shoulder season for the year you plan to visit, as it can vary. Enjoy your Slovenian adventure!

Ljubljana capital of Slovenia

How many days do i need to visit Slovenia?

The ideal time to spend in Slovenia will very much depend on your interests and the places you want to explore, however a week will probably be a good starting point to cover some of the main attractions. A week will allow you to spend time in the capital, Ljubljana, explore the Lake Bled and head into the Triglav National Park. If you love nature or enjoy being active in the outdoors then extending your stay to 10 days or more will give you more time to immerse yourself in the beauty of Slovenia.

When should i go to Lake Bled?

Lake Bled, nestled in the picturesque Julian Alps of Slovenia, is a wonderful place to visit throughout the year and the best time to go will depend on your preferences and the kind of experience you're seeking.

  • Spring (April to June) is a great time to go for nature lovers with flowers and lovely weather and the iconic island in the middle of the lake looks especially lovely during these months..
  • Summer (July to August) is a good time to go if you don’t mind hotter weather as you can go swimming and sunbathing by the lake. If you're a fan of warm weather and lively atmospheres, summer is ideal. Bear in mind that this is the peak tourist season, so the area might be busier.
  • Autumn (September to October) brings a different charm to Lake Bled as the leaves turn golden, creating a stunning backdrop. The temperatures are pleasant so you can still enjoy outdoor activities. It's a much quieter period, so you can have a much more peaceful experience.
  • Winter (November to March) is a great time to visit for a magical, snow-covered experience. The surrounding Alps are covered with snow and the lake freezes so you can get involved in skiing or snowshoeing in the nearby areas.

Is Slovenia expensive to visit?

Slovenia is generally considered to be more affordable compared to some other Western European countries. While prices can vary depending on the specific location and the season you travel, you'll find that accommodation, food, and activities are usually reasonably priced. Ljubljana, the capital, has a mix of budget and mid-range options for travellers and it's always a good idea to plan according to your budget and what you want to do, but overall, Slovenia has a lot to offer without breaking the bank.


A trip to Slovenia is an experience filled with stunning landscapes, rich cultural experiences and a lovely atmosphere. The country's diverse attractions, from the stunning Lake Bled to the historical streets of Ljubljana, make it a perfect destination and the variety of seasons in Slovenia make for unique experiences throughout the year.

So, whether you're drawn to the snow-covered mountains in winter or the vibrant festivals of summer, Slovenia promises an unforgettable adventure for every traveller.