Things to do in Ljubljana
Kranjska Gora ski resort: Tame the powder
Skiing is highly popular in Slovenia with the season running from November to May. A country of varied small resorts, there is a diverse terrain suitable for beginners and seasoned skiers alike. One of the country’s best-equipped resorts, Kranjska Gora (tel: +386 4580 9440; www.kranjska-gora.si/en), features everything from nursery slopes to white-knuckle black runs, and it’s just an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. For ski jumping head to Planica.
Lace making classes: Reap what you sew
The Idrija Lace Gallery (tel: +386 1425 0051; www.idrija-lace.com) gives traditional bobbin lace-making demonstrations, as well as selling unique handmade products. Making its way into Slovenia during the 16th century, lace making became extremely popular for well-heeled Europeans hankering after ornate gloves, handcrafted curtains or delightful dining place mats.
Mountain biking: Head to the hills on two wheels
Mountain biking in Slovenia has really gone up the gears in recent years. The Julian Alps are great for tackling trails, as are the serious downhill rides and longer rolling tracks at Logarska Dolina. Rogla’s purpose built bike park will suit any and all abilities. Get in touch with Slotrips (www.slovenia-trips.com) for wheels and thrills.
Scale the Julian Alps
Serious climbers should seek out Slovenia’s towering peaks. The likes of Triglav (2,864m/ 9,396ft) in the Julian Alps will tempt altitude junkies, while the gentler hills are prime spots for amateurs. A guide is recommended for both.
3glav Adventures (tel: +386 4168 3184; 3glav.com) in Bled, easily accessible from Ljubljana, are the go-to guys for trekking, hiking and mountaineering.
Traditional Slovenian printing: Try your hand
Conceived as a living history museum, TipoRenesansa Studio (tel: +386 1320 0889; www.tiporenesansa.si) features a reconstruction of a 50-year old printing house that specialises in relief printing. The rare technique uses type-pieces made from lead and wood, and visitors can watch demonstrations, print their own work or buy souvenirs.