Bled listed among the world’s most unforgettable destinations, and Ljubljana among the top sustainable destinations
Travel guide Lonely Planet has released the second edition of its Ultimate Travel List, and has included Bled in its top ten destinations offering unique, compelling experiences.
The Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) is proud that Lake Bled is considered the most photogenic on the planet.
The prestigious and influential travel guide ranked Bled sixth on its list of the ten most unforgettable destinations. According to the STB, Bled is described as a destination of great natural beauty, featuring a unique island with a church. “We’ve all got a list of places that we want to see for ourselves: places friends have enthused about, places we’ve read about, dreamed about. This is our list,” wrote the travel guide on its website, adding that on this occasion particular emphasis has been put on the destinations’ sustainability policies.
Lonely Planet was particularly enthusiastic about the picturesque Lake Bled and the island with the church, which it says is incredibly photogenic.
The top ten also features the lost city of Petra in Jordan, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Yellowstone National Park in the USA, the Iguazú Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina, the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Salar de Uyuni salt lake in Bolivia, and Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit.
Sixth time for Ljubljana among the world’s top sustainable destinations
Ljubljana has made a list of world’s top sustainable destinations for the sixth time. It is the only city in the world to have made the list six times.
Ljubljana first made the Global Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in 2014 and has retained its place on the list this year, making it the most decorated city of all for sustainable tourism achievements.
This year the international jury were particularly impressed by the Online Culture project, which was created during lockdown as part of the Visit Ljubljana portal.
While people were locked down at home, Ljubljana Tourism spent the time curating and updating the online cultural content being produced by numerous cultural institutions in the city (virtual exhibitions, films, online concerts, online theatre, etc.). The reaction to the project was so warm and positive that since the end of lockdown it has been expanded into the CoronaCulture virtual exhibition, which shows how the city remained culturally vibrant during the lockdown.
This year’s list features destinations in 36 countries, including, alongside Ljubljana, Bled, Brda, the Soča Valley, Kočevsko, Logarska Dolina (Solčavsko), Miren (Kras), Podčetrtek and Rogaška Slatina.