Celebrate affections of the heart in the heart of Europe this Valentine’s Day. Slovenia gears up for a romantic celebration of Valentine’s Day, welcoming traveling lovebirds to experience its landscapes, cities and traditions.
Not sure where to start? Here are four reasons to set your sights on Slovenia this romantic season:
Starting Feb. 8, the city’s renowned LUV Fest in Ljubljana celebrates love in all its forms, from romance; to friendship; to shared passions for the arts, nature or culinary delights. This festival runs until March 12 and features art installations, photo spots, creative workshops to make souvenirs, concerts, exhibitions and more.
Slovenia is home to several town centers rich with love and history. Historical towns waiting to be explored include Ptuj, Idrija, Piran, Skofja Loka, Kamnik, Celje and Metlika. For instance, in Metlika, you’ll find museums, galleries, a pilgrimage complex flanked by three Gothic churches and a town square. Up in Kamnik, you can take in this medieval city through castles and a monastery, while Idrija, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features one of the oldest preserved mine entrances in Europe, a 16th-century castle and more. Wherever you go, expect cozy cafés and cobbled streets.
Many Slovenian spas and wellness centers offer pampering experiences tailored specifically for couples. Popular retreats include Terme Ptuj; Terme Olimia; Terme Dolenjske Toplice; Terme 3000, Moravske Toplice; and Talason Strunjan, Terme Krka. At any of these sanctuaries, couples can enjoy rejuvenating treatments.
Enjoy an original and romantic dining experience in both Slovenia’s most-popular and lesser-known destinations. Unique food and beverage experiences include taking a vintage van to discover Istrian olive trees in Koper; embarking on a beer and culinary journey with Kamnik brewers; going on a boat ride to a sustainable fish farm in Seča with the best sea bass, dining 160 meters below ground in Velenje; and visiting some of the country’s renowned winemakers to taste premium wines, olive oils, honey and fruit in Brda.
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Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
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