Best time to visit Slovenia

temperature & rainfall

The best time to visit Slovenia is different for everyone. The alpine northwest sees abundant snow Dec-March, while warm, dry conditions May-Sep are ideal for climbing, hiking, cycling and adventure sports. Snow melt makes white water rafting a great option by late May. The Adriatic coast and its inland Primorska region have very warm summers, autumn colour and pleasantly cool winters. The remainder of the country sees hot, dry summers and bitter winters. Many attractions – including Ljubljana – are enjoyable year-round.

When not to visit Slovenia

What to avoid, & when

  • If you want to avoid crowds and higher prices, bypass Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj in July and August. Lake Bled can also be crowded any weekend between May and September.
  • November can be foggy and damp, without snowy pleasures to enliven the gloom.
  • In high summer, hordes of vacationing Italians push up prices and stress levels in the Primorska region – from the Soca Valley down to the Mediterranean coast. The region is also prone to a wind known as the burja that can whip through any time of the year.

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Simon Clifford, from our supplier Exodus, explains what summer offers as the best time to visit Slovenia: “Between June and September you’ll see everyone out and about – walking, biking or taking to the water. Slovenia is one of the world’s most densely forested nations, and this time of year is at its greenest. Also, lakes like Bled and Bohinj have warmed up nicely and are perfect for swimming.”

Rebecca Scrase, from our supplier Imaginative Adventures, enjoys the beginning and end of the summer season: “May/June and September are great for hiking, enjoying the mountains and making the most of the Mediterranean coast. To catch spring flowers, when the alpine meadows transform, go in April.”

Festivals & events

Our cultural pick from the Slovenia calendar

Did you know about...?

… the Cow’s Ball
This quirky festival on the third Sunday of September marks a winter return of cattle to the alpine Bohinj valley from their summer pastures. The cows are decorated with wreaths then, accompanied by herders, cheese makers and milkmaids, paraded around Lake Bohinj. Stands sell rural souvenirs and cheesy delights, and you can also have a go at folk dancing, log sawing, horseshoe casting and sling shooting.
Photo credits: [Temperature chart: Tom Mrazek] [Festivals & events: Delaina Haslam]
Written by Norman Miller
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