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Affordable European Destinations: Romance on a Budget in Slovenia

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You want to plan a trip to Europe, but your budget is tight. All European destinations seem to be so expensive! You want to get away with your loved one but can’t seem to find anything affordable – trust us, we’ve been there too. We searched the world for the most romantic budget-friendly European destinations, and we realized that Slovenia is simply perfect. With stunning nature, ancient cities, gorgeous coasts, and locally produced fine wines, Slovenia is the answer for anyone looking for a romantic getaway without breaking the bank.

Aerial view of old town Piran

Popular itinerary in Slovenia:


Hike up to Ljubljana Castle’s for incredible views of the capital below, stroll the historic streets of Slovenia’s capital, and take a romantic boat ride along the River Ljubljanica. Ljubljana is a recipe for romance! Walk along the banks of the river, taking in the gorgeous architecture. Make sure to stop at Butchers Bridge, nicknamed the “Bridge of Love,”  where you can seal your love with a padlock and throw the key into the river below.

For a truly unique experience, you can even have a romantic dinner in a cable car overlooking the Slovenian Alps! In the evening, Jezeršek Catering uses the cable car’s gondolas as private dining capsules. Diners enjoy a three-course meal as they ride up and down the mountain, surrounded by the beautiful mountains.

View of Ljubljana’s castle at sunset


When you hear “Bled,” romance should be the first thing that comes to mind. The picture-perfect lake is surrounded by the mountains of the Julian Alps and has Slovenia’s only island in its center, adorned with a romantic little church. Take a boat-ride out to the island, which you can explore by foot. Make a wish and ring the 16th Century “Wishing Bell” above the Baroque church.

Pay a visit to the gorgeous Bled Castle, explore its museum, and even stay for dinner, overlooking the lake. While you’re there, make sure to try a Bled cream cake. Bled is definitely one of the most romantic, low cost, European destinations!

Top view on Island with Catholic Church in Bled, Bled Lake

Kranjska Gora

You want a ski trip experience, but you find every ski chalet is terribly expensive. Kranjska Gora is the answer! Hit the slopes, cuddle by the fire wrapped in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate, enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains . This really is a perfect way to spend your romantic trip.

Are you planning to go during warmer months? Kranjska Gora is situated near Triglav National Park, and offers endless outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and mountain climbing.

Summer panorama of the Bohinj Lake, Triglav National Park


Known as the most beautiful town on the Slovenian coast, this picturesque  Mediterranean town oozes charm and history, with gorgeous sea views and remnants of medieval walls. Take romantic strolls along the shore and through the winding alleys of the Old Town, and enjoy delicious fresh seafood in charming restaurants overlooking the Adriatic.


Affordable European destinations come true!

Europe isn’t too expensive after all! Which other affordable European destinations have you visited? Let us know in the comments! We’d also love to hear your thoughts on Slovenia if you do manage to get there!

Ljubljana river a summer day, Ljubljana
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