Slovenia's capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals
. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city's heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river, lending the feel of a perpetual street party. Slovenia's master of early-modern, minimalist design, Jože Plecnik, graced Ljubljana with beautiful alabaster bridges and baubles, pylons and pyramids
that are both elegant and playful. Attractive cities are often described as 'jewel boxes', but here the name really fits. The city's 64,000 students support an active clubbing and cultural scene, and the museums, hotels and restaurants are among the best in the country.
Ljubljana and Central Slovenia, with their wealth of cultural and historical sites, scenic countryside and stunning nature spots, offer an opportunity to enjoy an active holiday along with good food and a variety of vibrant events.
: On Fridays from mid-March to October, the Ljubljana Central Market hosts a street food market that you simply should not miss. At the market, called Open Kitchen, you can experience the delights of freshly cooked food prepared by different Slovenian chefs right there in front of you
, on the market stalls.
Ljubljana, a romantic city
: Being a truly romantic city full of beautiful views and inspiring stories, Ljubljana is a perfect place for a romantic getaway.
: Get to know some of Ljubljana's traditional dishes that are still being prepared today, mostly using modern cooking methods. Check out the list of restaurants where you can treat yourself to a typical Ljubljana lunch.
Art Nouveau Ljubljana
: At the turn of the 20th century, a new artistic style referred to by several different names including Art Nouveau contributed significantly to the appearance of a number of European cities. In Ljubljana, it developed under the influence of the Viennese Secession (hence the local name "secesija") and found expression mainly in architecture.
Golfing in Central Slovenia
: Central Slovenia has several well maintained golf courses set in beautiful natural surroundings.
Outdoor fairs: A visit to the old city centre of Ljubljana on a sunny day offers you a perfect opportunity to do some shopping at the Central Market or an outdoor fair.