The summer has begun, and while travel restrictions and fear of quarantine will mean fewer foreign tourists this year, there’s still plenty for locals and visitors to enjoy in the days and weeks ahead. Two events of note are the Ljubljana Festival and Ana Desetnica.
The 68th Ljubljana Festival starts Monday 29 June and runs until 3 September, with the usual outstanding programme of classical music, opera, ballet, musicals, pop, theatrical performances, art events and more going on in the capital. While the home of the Festival is Plečnik’s wonderful Križanke open-air theatre, you’ll also find shows in Congress Square, Cankarjev dom and SNG Opera & Ballet, with the packed schedule and details on tickets to found here.
Some of the evenings on offer at the Ljubljana Festival
Ana Desetnica, the international festival of street theatre, has an even fuller (albeit shorter) schedule of theatre, music, comedy, circus-style acts and so on – all free to view – and takes place in various towns and cities across the country, with the programme split into two halves.
Part one sees the fun come to Kamnik (27 & 28 June), Ljubljana (1-4 July), Nova Gorica (30 June - 4 July), Sežana (3 July), Ilirska Bistrica (4 July), Gornja Radgona (3 & 4 July), Celje (4 July), and Krško (4 July). Part two comes in September, and we’ll remind you then.
In Ljubljana, much of the action takes place on Slovenska cesta. Photo: Fickr - Luka Dakskobler
The festival was split in two because of the uncertainty raised by Covid-19. As such the first section will feature Slovenian artists and artists living in Slovenia, while those from abroad are expected to appear in the second half, planned between 17 and 20 September with performances in Ljubljana, Novo Mesto, Šoštanj and Nova Gorica. Moreover, artists associated with Ana Desetnica will also be bringing joy to the streets and squares of Maribor, Ankaran and Vrhnika, with all performances will be free of charge. You can see the full schedule – divided by town or city – here.
Earlier his year we had an interview with Matej Godec, of FLYFISHINGODEC, a boutique tourist agency specialized in organizing fishing and other excursions around Slovenia. Today he tells of a recent fishing trip to a favourite spot in the country.
The Unica River, managed by the Fisheries Institute of Slovenia, is considered one of the most beautiful fly fishing areas in Slovenia, and a visit is always something special. The gorgeous scenery and landscape of Planinsko polje, the beautiful sunny weather and the green hue of the river, which is dominated by brown trout and grayling, ensure that you’ll spend a wonderful day fly fishing.
Unica, aka the Slovenian sinking river, is formed by the confluence of the rivers Pivka and Raka in Planinska jama. Their merger represents the largest confluence of underground rivers in Europe. The overhead stream of the Unica is about 10 km long. It flows from south to north along Planinsko polje.
I decided to start mine from the large parking lot at Hasberg Castle. You can’t miss the well-trodden paths by the river, as the river attracts anglers from all over Slovenia and world. The water level on the day of my visit was ideal - 32 cm / 4.59 cm3 (you can check it now here) - and the swarming of insects in the air let me know that I’d be fishing with a tied dry fly and my box of heavy nymphs would stay in the bag. And it really was that way. The mowed fields do not pose a problem for the anglers with longer throws, so it’s also possible to approach the secret fish on the other side of the river, hidden under trees and bushes.
Not Matej in the video, but the same place
Grayling, 15-20 cm in size, played in the spring sun and picked up my dry fly as if for a bet. For a start, I used a dry fly, a classic, Fratnik's FFly in natural colour tied on a hook size 16. The turning point came when I replaced the Fratnik’s FFly hook size #16 in a natural shade tied to hook #14. The fly on hook #14 made my fishing even more interesting that day, as among the many hatches of small grayling there was also a larger grayling that did not belong to the 50+ club, but is still an enviable size between 40-45 cm. I did not have any brown trout during all the catches that morning, but that soon changed.
Not Matej in the video, but the same place
After lunch, which I had in the middle of a Planinsko polje, I went to Malenščica. This is the right tributary of the Unica River, and is a smaller and narrower river, overgrown with bushes and greenery, and like Unica it offers shelter to graylings and brown trout. I continued fly fishing with a tied dry fly on hook #14. Hidden behind the bushes and with shorter throws, I tricked a few more beautiful grayling, who were just competing to see who would be first at my fly. When I saw a one picking up, at first look and estimation I thought he could get close to the 50+ club, I was surprised by a 40+ brown trout from the stream, which bit into a dry fly as if it hadn’t eaten for three days. The fight with the hungry brown trout lasted a full 10 minutes. Finally I managed to get it safely to a shore and catch it in the net. All the caught fish, some after being photographed, I returned safely and unharmed to their realm of the depths.
I ended the day with a visit to Hasberg Castle, which in its time on the banks of the Unica River inspired and reigned over the area with its beautiful gardens, staircases and courtyard. It was a wonderful day, not only for the fishing, but for the peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings, and I will definitely be back at Unica soon.
If you’d like to book a fishing course, day school or trip with Matej, throughout the year and at many places in Slovenia, then check out his site (in English) FLYFISHINGODEC.
Slovenia is as captivating below as it is above. Attesting to this fact is the world-famous Postojna Cave. Its incredible underground formations and the indigenous creature called “the human fish” have been attracting tourists for 200 years. A less known but equally impressive system of caves are the nearby Škocjan Caves, listed among UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
However, Slovenia’s unique karst topography has blessed its lands with numerous other caves, which are gaining in popularity with the recreational pastime called caving.
Local and foreign tourists join expert speleologists in exploring the underground world in different locations around the country. Guided caving tours of non-commercial caves are a perfect way of exploring this fascinating subterranean realm, observing the surprising diversity of cave wildlife and learning a great deal about these mysterious geological phenomena.
Unbeknownst to many, a pair of interlinked small caves, Mala and Velika Pasica, are hiding in not so plain sight just outside the capital city of Ljubljana. Used as shelters and storage units during WWII, these caves present visitors with lovely dripstones and bizarre sculptures, especially appealing to young adventurers. If you happen to be in the area, these underground gems make a superb day-trip.
You’re probably familiar with Lake Bled, the celebrated stunner among glacial Alpine lakes. But did you know there’s a spectacular cave located just a stone’s throw away? On the edge of the gorgeous Jelovica Plateau stands a giant hill called Babji Zob (Hag’s Tooth), and below this peculiar rocky giant lies one of the oldest caves in Slovenia and the largest stalactite cave in the Julian Alps.
The Babji Zob Cave was discovered around 1600 and presents visitors with wonderful stalactites, crystals and fossils that make up its passages and tunnels. The cave's main attraction is the Hall of Images, with its large, colourful formations and pillars. For the more adventurous caving enthusiasts, more ‘extreme’ expeditions are organized, which involve abseiling into the deeper parts of the cave and present a truly authentic caving experience. Perhaps not the best idea for the centrophobic or those suffering with vertigo, yet a super safe and exciting experience indeed.
From Bled to Predjama, home of the largest cave castle in the world. This medieval marvel is built over the second longest Slovenian show cave. An impressive 14 kilometres of tunnels have been discovered and archaeological remains dating back to the Stone Age have been found. Besides regular cave tours, deeper sections of the cave in the company of professional explorers, who take visitors through challenging passages and slippery water barriers. Whichever caving experience you opt for, be sure to check out the exceptionally well-preserved Predjama Castle as well. It takes cave-dwelling to a completely different level.
Another highly recommended underground adventure is cave kayaking. Strictly speaking, this activity doesn’t fall under the caving category, as it involves paddling in a flooded mine under a mountain in the picturesque region of Carinthia. That said, it does take place 700 metres under the Earth’s surface where visitors explore a labyrinth of submerged tunnels, excavation sites and incredible underground lakes. Navigating the mysterious narrow passages might not be ideal for claustrophobics, but it’s very safe and just as exciting as it sounds.
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STA, 22 June 2020 - Foreign Minister Anže Logar and his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg told the press after they met in Ljubljana on Monday that they would do everything in their power so that the shared border was not closed again due to Covid-19. The countries have boosted information exchange and coordination in this field, they added.
Logar stressed that Slovenia, which had its borders opened to a majority of the Western Balkan countries until recently, was keeping close tabs on the development of the pandemic in the countries and taking quick measures if the epidemiological situation worsened.
Schallenberg said regarding Slovenia's decision to remove a majority of the Western Balkan countries from the so-called green list that "one needs to be aware that if one Schengen area country opens its borders, it assumes the responsibility of all others".
He explained that Austria decided which country was safe not only based on an increase in the number of infected persons, but also on a set of other criteria, including to which countries have opened up to these countries.
Ministra @AnzeLog in Schallenberg sta poudarila odlične odnose med državama, izpostavila Leto sosedskega dialoga in zadovoljstvo z dobrim gospodarskim sodelovanjem. Minister Logar je izpostavil tudi pričakovanja slovenske narodne skupnosti v ??➡️https://t.co/MkS2cGhSGz pic.twitter.com/sPphivf2RX— SLOVENIAN MFA (@MZZRS) June 22, 2020
Logar and Schallenberg agreed they will keep each other informed about future measures and coordinate the country's actions, if necessary. The latter said he could not promise that movement across the shared border would not be restricted again.
The countries are doing everything they can to prevent this, because they do not only share the border, as many citizens and families in both countries are closely connected to the border area, the Austrian minister added.
Logar also said that he had agreed with Schallenberg that reviving the trade flow, including by keeping borders open, and kick-starting the economy and life in general was very important for recovery after the pandemic.
Austria in particular is important for economic cooperation as it is at the top in terms of foreign investments, volume of trade and arrivals of tourists, he added.
Remaining an open issue is control on the Austrian side of the border aimed at stemming illegal migration, which Schallenberg said had been extended until November, as a new increase was expected given the situation on the Turkish-Greek border.
The Austrian minister said that the control was help of sorts for Slovenia, as everybody who crosses illegally into Slovenia knew it would be hard to enter Austria. "This is not a sign of distrust in Slovenia, but a clear signal to smugglers."
Logar said that while Slovenia did not oppose temporary controls on internal EU borders if these were warranted, there should be very transparent and realistic reasons for such measures.
They also discussed cooperation on the EU's multi-year financial framework and the recovery package. "Slovenia and Austria are perhaps sometimes on opposite banks here, which is normal when one is a net contributor and the other is a net recipient," Logar said.
Nevertheless, he is convinced that agreements should be reached as soon as possible, even before the summer holidays. "Sometimes you need to take a step back so that we together can take two steps forward," Logar added.
Schallenberg shared the view that an agreement at the EU level needed to be reached as soon as possible.
The ministers touched on the Slovenian minority in Austria, labelling the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Carinthian plebiscite as an important bilateral event. Logar said it was a historic opportunity to make a step forward in this field.
Schallenberg said he was optimistic about the possibility to develop a "positive story, which will be oriented towards the future while not forgetting about the past" as part of the anniversary.
The Austrian minister also reiterated the wish that the German-speaking community in Slovenia be recognised as a minority.
Later in the day, Schallenberg met representatives of the community, who informed him that certain progress had been made in the dialogue with the previous Slovenian government.
The community thus expects from the current government to continue the dialogue and adopt measures which would ensure long-term protection of the community's work, the community's union of cultural association said in a press release.
The anniversary of the Carinthian plebiscite was meanwhile the main topic as Schallenberg was received by President Borut Pahor, who noted that he and his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen had agreed to mark it together
Preparations are under way and they pursue the goal that ceremonies are held with dignity and in a European spirit. The presidents will speak about this at a meeting on 7 July in Vienna, the president's office said.
It added that Pahor was happy with the intention of the new Austrian government to improve the situation of the Slovenian minority, and that the anniversary could be a major milestone in the advancement of bilateral relations.
Why are people getting “free money” to go on vacation?
Slovenia is attempting to restart its tourism industry by spending up to €345 million on tourist vouchers (turistični boni) for all permanent residents, with people being encouraged to have a domestic vocation and do their patriotic duty by then going out and enjoying meals, activities and so on to make up for the expected loss in foreign visitors.
How much will I get?
All permanent residents of Slovenia aged 18 and over in 2020, including foreigners with that status as of 13 March 2020 and those whose 18th birthdays are later this year, will a get €200 tourist voucher. Those under 18 will get €50.
When can I use the money?
The vouchers can be used from today, 19 June, until the end of the year. If you haven’t used the money by 31 December, then you’ll lose it, with the government expecting around €100 million will remain unclaimed.
How can I get my voucher?
The vouchers are not actual pieces of paper, but will be paid to the place you book accommodation based on your tax number and identification details (perhaps only the latter, but we recommend having your tax number with you, if an adult, to avoid disappointent), which you’ll need to show, along with completing a form, at the reception desk. But note that providers do not have to accept the vouchers – so check before making a booking.
Do I need to spend all €200 at once?
No, you can use the money in installments, and you can check your balance online - find out how here.
Where can I spend the money
In short, any registered tourist facility that offers accommodation, with or without breakfast, such as hotels, self-catering units, lodges, tourism farms, private homes (aka Airbnb), mountain huts, camps and other facilities.
What if I don’t want to travel?
Then you can transfer the money to a relative within the immediate family, with siblings and cousins excluded, with more details here. Note that the entire amount must be transferred at one time.
I run an accomodation provider – when will I get paid?
FURS – the tax office – should pay you within 30 days of the guest checking in and using a voucher.
What about fraud?
If you violate the rules on transferring your voucher to another person then there are fines from €200 to €600. If a tourist provider commits fraud, the fines are from €3000 to 40,000 – see here.
Anything else I should know?
Yes, the provider will need internet access to validate your voucher at the reception desk. While this shouldn’t be a problem with most places, mountain huts may have unreliable connections. In which case the guest will need to pay, get a receipt, and then apply fro a refund from FURS within three days of checking out. The refund should then be delivered within 30 days.
Can I bring a guest?
Yes, but the person with the voucher will need to be traveling with the guest and stay overnight at the same place.
A wedding is a joyous, special occasion, marking a very important milestone in a person’s life, and getting married at a beautiful location makes the ceremony even more memorable, and Lake Bled will certainly achieves that.
Couples from all over the country, and the world, have been getting hitched at this Alpine gem for centuries. While the famous glacial lake with its fantastic mountainous backdrop is certainly breath-taking, the magical appeal of Lake Bled also lies in its remarkably unique wedding venues.
1,000 years of perfectly preserved tradition
Guarding Bled from above is the oldest castle in Slovenia. Perched atop a 130-metre cliff overlooking the lake, this millennia-old venue doesn’t only offer spectacular views, it boasts an exceptionally preserved medieval interior. Civil ceremonies take place in the Knight’s Hall while the stunning gothic is where church weddings are held, like they were hundreds of years ago. Couples can even get their marriage certificates printed at the castle’s ancient printing works and sip on high-end wine from the renowned wine cellar. Weddings at Bled Castle are truly fit for royalty.
Presidential elegance on the shores of Lake Bled
Today, Vila Bled is a gorgeous hotel, but it used to serve as a favoured summer residence of Yugoslavia’s President Tito. This luxurious mansion hosted famous dignitaries like Nikita Khrushchev, King Hussein, and Indira Gandhi, along with celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Wondering around Vila Bled, one can feel the historical importance of the place resonate in the marvellous marble designs of its grand interior, furnished with elegant mid-century furniture. Newly-weds can stroll around the Vila’s giant private garden with a clear view of the Bled Island.
The enchanting wedding venue in the middle of a lake
Bled Island is the only island in Slovenia. Steeped in legend, this wonderful islet holds many secrets, including the very origins of Lake Bled. Its spiritual significance dates back to pagan times when a temple to the goddess fertility was built on the same spot where the old church stands today. Traditionally, the wedding couple arrives on the island by pletna, the old ‘alpine gondola’ boat. The groom then carries the bride up the 99 steps up to the church where a very special bell has to be rung three times for wishes to come true. Besides the island’s powerful spirit of positivity, the view of its picturesque surroundings makes wedding photos beautiful beyond compare.
A prestigious hotel with an idyllic location
Grand Hotel Toplice is among Slovenia’s most romantic wedding venues. It was built on top of a thermal spring with medicinal properties a hundred years ago. Every aspect of this stunning place says exclusiveness. Couples choose this venue for its supremely luxurious ambience that comes with the hotel’s chic interior, amazing culinary delights prepared by top chefs, high-class service, and above all the magnificent views of Lake Bled, its castle, island and tranquil splendour of their natural settings.
STA, 18 June 2020 - Slovenia will impose stricter rules on its border with Croatia starting on Friday to prevent the import of new coronavirus cases, after the bulk of a surprise surge in new cases in recent days was found to have originated abroad.
Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia have thus been put on a black list of countries from where arrivals are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine regardless of residence status in Slovenia or nationality.
Additionally, the number of exemptions for these countries has been narrowed so as to minimise travel, in particular of migrant workers, government officials said Thursday.
The decision comes after half of the 26 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the past two weeks were found to have been imported, mostly from Bosnia and Serbia. Most other new cases are contacts of these imported cases.
Health Minister Tomaž Gantar said it was premature to talk about a second wave of the epidemic, but he stressed that Slovenia was making the move out of an abundance of caution to make sure the number of new infections does not increase to the point where there are too many infections and their contacts to trace.
Gantar also noted that Slovenians had started becoming "too relaxed, as if we have forgotten that it took huge efforts to defeat the epidemic" and indicated that some restrictions, for example on the size of crowds in public, may be tightened if needed. Currently gatherings of up to 500 people are allowed.
At the same time, the government is making preparations for the event that the number of infections increases substantially, in particular in care homes and in healthcare. The government is also working on solutions that would allow the economy to function normally in the event of a second wave, he said.
STA, 18 June 2020 - Ljubljana is to get a regular passenger boat line on the Ljubljanica river before the end of this year, a city official has announced according to a Delo report on Thursday.
Initially operating in test mode, the 101 river line will have six stops, the planned starting or final stops being the Grain Bridge (Žitni Most) on the edges of the city centre and Livada, south of the city centre, the newspaper report says.
The approximate end points of the route, market in red
According to the head of municipal department for economic activities and transport David Polutnik, who announced the test line during question and answers time in town hall, the line will be subject to exactly the same regime as the city's bus network, meaning it will be possible to pay with the Urbana bus card at 1.30 euros a ride.
The boat will be available once per hour on the hour between 7am and 6pm during weekdays and between 9am and 8pm during the weekend.
The project has been planned for some time and was originally meant to be launched on 1 May, but has been delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The line will be operated by the city's public transport company LPP, which will use a boat that has already been running a commercial line on the river. Other boat owners have already expressed interest as well.
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British expats Will and Saira Aspinall moved to Slovenia in 2018 to renovate their 400-year-old farmhouse into a small, family-friendly hotel. While the renovation continues, they have broadened their tourism business to include a vintage caravan mobile bar, and now a boutique hotel room with a twist.
Contained neatly in a 1979 Adria caravan, the 'hotel room' was completely refurbished and redesigned by Will and Saira during the lockdown period in Slovenia, and it is now located at ECO River Camp in Radovljica. Named Number 26, the caravan is available to book this summer for stays of two-nights or more.
Complete with a sun terrace overlooking the River Sava, Number 26 aims to offer campers a taste of luxury in the middle of nature. It is equipped with solar power, a full-size double bed, wooden shutters and an interior design scheme inspired by the old-world glamour of the Orient Express.
As Will Aspinall says “I love the way Number 26 embodies the history of tourism of Slovenia. Adria caravans are a piece of Slovenian history – they were first manufactured in the former Yugoslavia and the company has been inspiring adventures for over 50 years. Now we have updated this 1979 model to accommodate the modern vision of tourism in Slovenia: green, five-star travel. I love the retro design and the rich history of these vehicles; the previous owners shed a tear when they sold it to us, as they had enjoyed so many wonderful holidays in the van. Now we hope a new generation of travellers will enjoy it too!”
ECO River Camp is a small, self-sufficient camping site that operates completely off-grid, using water collection principles and solar power. The campsite is run by local couple, Anja Adamlje and Anže Bertoncelj, who are committed to eco-tourism and preserving the natural surroundings of the camp. Close to Lake Bled, the campsite offers easy access to all the most popular spots in Gorenjska but in a calm environment, with plenty of personal space for everyone.
The camp provides all necessary amenities and offers an open-air kitchen and dining space, though most guests enjoy breakfast, dinner and drinks from the onsite caravan bar, also renovated and run by Will and Saira!
Everyone over 18 (including those currently 17 who’ll be 18 later this year) with permanent residency in Slovenia will soon be able to claim their €200 tourist voucher (turistični boni), while minors will get €50. These can be used to pay for accommodation, and will be claimed by giving your Slovenian tax number to the provider (at least for the adults – it’s unclear, as yet, how the children will get theirs).
The money can be used any time until the end of the year and at any businesses registered under the following categories:
- 55.100 - Hotels and other similar accommodation
- 55.201 - Holiday homes and resorts
- 55.202 - Tourist farms with rooms
- 55.203 - Renting private rooms to guests
- 55.204 - Mountain lodges and youth hostels
- 55.209 - Other short-term accommodation
- 55.300 - Camping activities
I’m going to the coast, to rent a small apartment with a balcony and short walk to the water, where I intend to do nothing, but what follows are five rental properties from Think Slovenia further inland to consider. Note that there are multiweek discounts on most properties, and corona-friendly booking conditions on most, too (15% payable to book, 85% 1 week before arrival). Take a look at the pictures below, click through if interested, or explore all the properties for rent and sale at Think Slovenia.
Welcome to Villa Del Mare, a high quality modern semi-detached villa in the charming, peaceful, hilltop Mediterranean village of Hrvatini. Offering three bedrooms, three bathrooms, pool, garden and spectacular coastal views located just 4km to the attractive seaside towns of Ankaran (Slovenia) or Muggia (Italy) and with the attractions of the Gulf of Trieste, the Slovenian Adriatic & Croatian Istria all in very easy day trip reach. Well-equipped and extremely spacious, Villa Del Mare is an excellent villa for a family seaside holiday.
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Cherry Orchard is an immaculately renovated, spacious, comfortable three-bedroom house with garden and wonderful views over vineyards, orchards and rolling hills, topped with charming old stone villages. The house is located in the heart of Slovenia's Tuscany - the stunning Goriska Brda wine region, a little known gem between Nova Gorica and the Soča Valley on the border with the Italian Friuli region. The house is in walking distance to Smartno (St Martin) one of the region's most appealing historic small towns. The area is a treasure trove for culinary and wine enthusiasts, as well as offering wonderful walking, beautiful nature and a huge range of daytrips within easy reach.
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Villa Belica is a 3-bedroom Bohinj chalet sleeping up to 6 people just a few minutes’ drive from Lake Bohinj one of Slovenia's most stunning natural treasures and in close proximity to quality skiing at Vogel and a huge range of river, lake & mountain activities in summer. Located on the edge of a quiet village of weekend chalets, on one side of the chalet is a beautiful secluded garden enclosed by forest, on the other side a panoramic view of the Julian Alps. The Villa has three bedrooms (one twin, two doubles - one with ensuite, one with balcony), large living / dining room leading out to the terrace, fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms and additional WC, plus second living room / games room in the basement. Very nicely fitted and equipped to the highest standards throughout including a lovely garden with lounge seating, outside dining and barbecue area. A fantastic base from which to explore Slovenia’s enchanting Lakes Region. The villa is in same village as the lovely Chalet Savica, Chalet Planina & Villa Frida giving an excellent option for groups of up to 28 when rented together.
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Villa Planina offers spacious self-catering accommodation for groups of 2-20 in four apartments in an alpine chalet with wonderful uninterrupted views of the Julian Alps. Villa Planina is located in a quiet spot on the edge of the charming authentic alpine village of Ratece just a few kilometres out of Slovenia’s most famous mountain resort - Kranjska Gora and within walking distance of several excellent local restaurants and amenities with fantastic walking and mountain biking right from the doorstep of the villa and a wide range of winter sports in very easy reach, including skiing at Kranjska Gora Ski Resort (5 minutes’ drive) and Tarvisio Monte Lussari (15 minutes’ drive). The four apartments each offer extremely spacious, comfortable and well equipped accommodation, each with large balcony with fantastic views and a communal games room and kid's soft play room in the basement.
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Villa Recica is a spacious, contemporary house, with stunning high specification interior design, in a beautiful position just a few hundred metres from the shoreline of world famous Lake Bled. The house is in a tranquil setting with a wonderful view over Lake Bled with the rugged Karavanke Mountains in the background, with a fantastic lakeside beach area 20 mins walk away.
The North house at Villa Recica sleeps nine people, offering three double bedrooms, two with their own balcony (one overlooking Lake Bled) and a mezzanine 4th bedroom / study and a sofabed in the living room. It is luxuriously fitted out with designer furnishings and high quality fixtures, with two bathrooms (one en suite), a relaxing sauna, an open plan modern kitchen / dining / living room, covered parking for two cars and magnificent private lake view terrace.
The South house at Villa Recica sleeps 10 people, offering three double bedrooms two with their own balcony (one overlooking Lake Bled), a mezzanine 4th bedroom / study and sofa-bed in the living room. It is beautifully fitted out with designer furnishings and high quality fixtures, with 2 bathrooms (one en suite), a relaxing sauna, an open plan modern kitchen / dining room / living room, covered parking for two cars and magnificent private lake view terrace.
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Elipa house is a lovingly renovated and comfortable two-bedroom cottage with great facilities, plenty of space and fabulous 180 degree views from the 3 sided deck. Located in a fantastic secluded position surrounded by unspoilt nature on the edge of a charming authentic alpine village with an abundance of beautiful walking and biking trails locally, 10 mins drive to Krvavec mountain & ski resort, 15 minutes to Ljubljana airport and the beautiful medieval town of Kamnik and just half an hour to Ljubljana and Lake Bled, A fantastic place to relax and recharge your batteries in nature or to explore the Bled, Ljubljana & Krvavec areas from one convenient base.
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With coronavirus restrictions being lifted at an uneven rate across Europe, international travel can be confusing and intimidating. Can you cross the border for any reason? Is quarantine needed? What papers, if any, do you need? And can you go to a bar?
Luckily the EU has put together Re-open Europe, a clear, regularly updated site (and app) that gives the facts for all 27 Member States. In addition to basic travel information, there are also details on services like hotels, restaurants, museums, stores and so on, along with details of any health and safety measures to observe, such as wearing masks, physical distancing and large gatherings. So if you're planning on crossing the border, check out the site and avoid any unpleasant surprises.