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Slovenia in National Geographic and Lonely Planet

One of the most influential global media giants, National Geographic, published a list on its website of the top six new cycling and hiking trails that they recommend for 2020.

Ljubljana in December

Ljubljana in December | Author Adrijan Pregelj, STO

The epic trails, which they say are “a byword for adventure”, include the Juliana Trail, Slovenia’s long-distance hiking trail circumnavigating the Julian Alps.

Helen Warwick, the author of the article, placed the Juliana Trail at the top of the list of the top six trails: “The new 186-mile Juliana Trail loops around the lesser-explored, mountainous north west of the country, bringing off-the-tourist-path spots to the fore.”

One of the most renowned travel guides, Lonely Planet, recently published two articles about Slovenia. The first lists six destinations or reasons to visit Slovenia, a “jewel in the heart of Europe”, and the second is a two-day itinerary for Ljubljana.

“In an area less than a tenth the size of the United Kingdom you can find towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes, vast caves, elegant cities and fast-running rivers,” is Lonely Planet’s brief description of breathtaking Slovenia.

The second article is titled “A perfect weekend in Ljubljana”, in which the author writes: “The leafy city is a pleasure to explore, with most of its key sights clustered in a compact pedestrianised centre,” and mentions some of the main attractions, such as Ljubljana Castle, Plečnik’s Central Market, Prešeren Square and the Triple Bridge, Metelkova and various Ljubljana restaurants.

She also notes that “it’s even possible to see the main sights in a single day, so you'll still have time to also make an excursion to one of Slovenia’s nearby gems, such as Lake Bled or Postojna Cave”.