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Escape To… Ljubljana, Slovenia

In search of a European holiday with open-air farmers markets, accommodating locals, and regional wine?

And without the maddening summer crowds?

Then Ljubljana – Slovenia’s quaint and intimate capital – just might provide an ideal mid-summer escape. This mountain oasis is where culture meets nature.

What we love about Ljubljana is that there are no specific sights to track down. Sure it has orange-roofed castles, Baroque churches, and charming canals. These and many of the town’s assets seem naturally woven into the fabric of this town, making any visit hassle and map-free.

The city is steeped in mythological history. It’s said that Jason and the Argonauts made their way through Ljubljana, where he slayed a dragon, who stood in his way and his golden fleece. To this day, the dragon is revered by the locals, emblazoned on  the city flag and the ubiquitous Union beer label.

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Any visit to Ljubljana must include a trip to Lake Bled – arguably the highlight of Slovenia. Just 40 km outside the capital, the lake – surrounded by dense green forest -boasts breathtaking aqua blue-green waters. Sunbathers from the Balkans and beyond swim in the lake’s crisp, clear, and clean waters. With such incredible scenery, the lake is reminiscent of Eden, especially given a majestic island church that juts out.

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Getting there: daily flights to Ljubljana (LJU) available from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Istanbul, and more European cities.

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PHOTO CREDITS

Lead-In Image Courtesy of Scott Wong/Shutterstock.com

Dragon Bridge Image Courtesy of  Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock.com

Lake Bled Image Courtesy of Sam Whiskey/NewsWhistle