Slovenia is a land of many surprises and Bela Krajina is one of them. Located in the southeastern extreme of the country, this area is scattered with natural marvels of varied kind. From a tourist’s gaze, Bela Krajina Slovenia falls short of the organized tourism of the Julian Alps or Soča Valley; this region is much less frequented and far more tranquil, which adds to its rustic charm.
It is interesting that the name Bela Krajina tells you so much about the region. Literally translated, Bela Krajina means “White March”. The term “march” refers to its status as a border territory organized for military defense. It is “white” on account of the abundance of deciduous birch trees over the 600-sq-km region.
If you’re headed to Bela Krajina Slovenia, you should know that it is separated from Dolenjska by the majestic Gorjanci Mountains. It also bordered by the The Kočevski Rog and Kolpa River. Therefore, this serene haven of natural wonders could be a great base location from which you can explore other Slovenian sights. In fact you will get all those reasons to put Slovenia on your bucketlist if you start from Bela Krajina itself.
We got to experience the virgin beauty of Bela Krajina with Big Berry Glamping retreat (which you must checkout for a wonderful stay in Slovenia) and here’s a list of unique experiences Bela Krajina has to offer:
Hiking down the dense woods to the source of the Krupa River was my personal favorite. Aside from the stunning river views of sparkling emerald, the beautifully angled limestone cliffs above were a surreal sight. With dragonflies flying about and birds chirping intermittently, you feel like you’re encapsulated in the lap of nature here, which is an extraordinary feeling. Make sure you pack for Slovenia trip properly and carry some nice, flowy dresses to take extraordinary pictures by the Krupa River.
The pebble beach near Domacija Kuzma is an exciting place to be. It is home to an family-run mill that has been running for over a century now! Glad we did ! The excitement began when Urska Kuzma, our friendly host, had us taste the famous home-made rakia drink, which is known to have great healing properties. We also learnt about the history of the mill and saw some mill stones being sharpened. Fascinating!
Wine tasting is a popular activity in localized areas of Bela krajina Slovenia. We found ourselves rushing to Berryshka where home-made liqueurs, chocolates and wine sell like hotcakes. We tasted many in-house specialties and returned with a large stock of lavender chocolates and liqueur.
One of the best memories from Slovenia is canoeing on the Kolpa River. We set out on a warm, sunny morning and canoed to the opposite bank which touches Croatian territory. Laughter, wine, and a few snacks, surrounded by gently lapping water – super romantic indeed!
As adults, we sometimes forget to partake in the simple pleasures of life. But Bela Krajina’s virgin natural beauty calls out to you. Forget your inhibitions; dance in the rain, play with the sunflowers, stop to admire the countryside as and when you like.
Bela Krajina Slovenia
Stop by at random spots and enjoy the stunning views
One of the unexpected gems of Bela Krajina is a military plane that stands in the middle of some fields somewhere. We were so surprised to chance upon this DC-3 plane. A picture with it is a must!
If you are sporty and adventures, or simply nostalgic of childhood pleasures, hike or bike along the river valley Krka. You’re ensconced by the sights and sounds of forestry and framing all around – not something you get to experience everyday!
Would you believe that there’s a place in this world that has a wine tourist road? Well, say hello to Bela Krajina Slovenia! It has a road that combines three wine producing sub-districts, lined with wine shops, wineries, farms, and so on. Be sure to taste local specialties such as Belokranjec and Metliška Črnina. You can also try the famous Slovenian flat cake here.
One local item that really caught my fancy was Pogacha; the traditional Slovenian bread. It is readily available at stories and bakeries here. I recommend sampling a freshly baked batch, and also learning the recipe if possible!
The Tik Tak Café is a major attraction of Bela Krajina and since it offers more than 50 flavours of homemade ice creams, you can imagine why. We experimented with a lot of peculiar flavours and what fun it was!
So, I’ve already written in depth about our stay at the amazing Big Berry Retreat during our maiden visit to Slovenia. If you want to experience local Slovenian culture in its purest form, book yourself at Big Berry in Bela Krajina, Slovenia. It’ll be a unique staycation that you’ll remember most fondly!
You can read about our stay and why it needs to be on your list of places to visit in Slovenia
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things to do in Bela Krajina Slovenia,
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Spectacular! Slovenia has always been on my travel list. Now even more so! Your photos are so beautiful – I love the sunflower one 🙂 I am going to save this post for later when I make travel plans.
Thanks Alexandra. I’m sure you’ll love this offbeat Slovenian region. 🙂
Love the street art! Such a cool post!
This place has so much beauty to offer. I would love to try the chocolate testing part of the trip. What a wonderful place to explore.
oh wow I never knew Slovenia is so beautiful, but after watching your pictures I would love to visit someday!
This looks like such an amazing place to visit, I’ve actually never heard of it before. Great pic with the sunflowers! They are my favorite flower and I look for them any time I am traveling!
Slovenia another place added to our bucket list. I heard alot about this place. We love the way you written the blog and shared your experience with us. If I had all the money in the world I would have never come back home and would be traveling the whole world.
I love your first dress. WHere did you get?
What a gorgeous place to visit. I’ve never been in this area but would absolutely love to see it. Those sunflowers in your first photo are stunning.
Slovenia is so beautiful! I didn’t know it would be this gorgeous. I need to plan traveling there in a few years!
Slovenia looks like an awesome place! I wish I can go there in the future.