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Where to eat

Budget: Just next door to the Planincek Café in Bled, Pekarna Planika does fresh pastries and bureks (layered savoury pie), which you can eat in the cafe, or take away for your lakeside picnic. While you’re at it, stock up on the famous kremšnita cream cakes at the Hotel Park. (Triglavska cesta 43, Bled; pekarna-planika.si)

Midrange: Perched up the hillside, away from Lake Bled, Pizzeria Rustika is a solid bet for a decent pizza and bottle of local beer. It’s close to most of the hostels and the terrace is a busy hangout in summertime. Downstairs is cosy and rustic in the winter. (pizzeria-rustika.com)

Luxury:
Wine is a big deal in Slovenia, and Hiša Franko, near historic Kobarid, has a seriously impressive cellar, as well as mind-blowing food. Run by husband-and-wife team Ana (chef) and Valter (sommelier), it’s guaranteed to be a life-changing culinary experience. (hisafranko.com)

Where to drink

Budget: Irish Pub is a popular haunt for backpackers, and a fun place to hang out and meet fellow travellers. It does a good Guinness on tap and can get rowdy at the weekends – especially on the terrace. Just the thing for end-of-canyoning-day celebrations. (Cesta Svobode 8a Pristava, Bled)

Midrange:
Cafe by day, wine bar by night, Dvorni in Ljubljna is the best place to try some of Slovenia’s finest vintages, which rival anything made in its neighbouring countries. It’s a shame they keep most of the plonk to themselves, but then again, that’s another good reason to visit. They do good tapas too. (dvornibar.net)

Luxury:
Probably the classiest lakeside spot to drink in Bled, Vila Prešeren (pictured above) is a contemporary lounge bar with a chilled outdoor deck facing the water and comfy sofas on which to chillax. Grab a cocktail, a glass of Slovenian wine, an ice-cream or all three and watch the boats go by. (Vila Prešeren, Veslaška promenada 14; villa-preseren.com)

Where to sleep


Budget: No stay would be complete without a night in Hostel Celica – a former prison in the hip Metelkova area of Ljubljana, known for its squat parties and live music. A group of 80 artists transformed the 20 cells into modern comfy bedrooms and dorms, and there are live music nights and group meals. From €19 (£15) per night. (hostelcelica.com)

Midrange:
Family-run and close to Lake Bohinj, Penzion Gasperin (pictured above) is an Alpine-style guesthouse. It’s an affordable place to recoup after your trek in the mountains. From €52 (£43) per night. (bohinj.si)

Luxury:
Nebesa‘s four contemporary wooden cabins are just the ticket to play out all your Heidi fantasies. Glass walls and terraces maximise mountain views and a wellness centre sorts out post-hike fatigue. From €220 (about £180) a day for a whole house near Lobarid. (thinkslovenia.com)

GETTING THERE: Fly direct from London Stansted to Ljubljana from £87 return with Ryanair. (ryanair.com)


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