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Slovenia Gay Travel

Sophisticated cities, lush wine country and the soaring alps await gay travellers in Slovenia.

Part of former Yugoslavia, Slovenia was once a socialist country that never fell entirely behind the Iron Curtain. Today it’s an emerging destination known for its capital of Ljubljana, karstic rock formations, sensual lakes and waterways, and some impressive wine country. The nation offers remarkable biodiversity, with over 400 furry bears living in the wild (versus in plaid vests).



Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Ljubljana
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Languages: Slovene
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: June - September

LGBTQ+ Rights in Slovenia

Gay Slovenia Travel

Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

More Info

Slovenia legalized homosexuality in 1977. While the LGBT community cannot marry, as of February 2017, marriage rights have been fully extended to same-sex common-law couples, except for adoption and artificial insemination, where complications still exist legally. There’s also a small but growing gay scene in Ljubljana – the nation’s capital – and they even host a ‘Pink Week’ every May.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Other Type of Partnership
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but Requires Surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Step-Child Adoption Only
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

There’s a small but growing gay scene in Ljubljana – the nation’s capital – and they even host a ‘Pink Week’ every May. You won’t have any trouble sharing a Double Room with your partner.

Gay Villages in Slovenia

Ljubljana: While not a gay village, hip Metelkova City is the gayest neighbourhood in all of Slovenia.

Pride Festivals/Events in Slovenia

Ljubljana Pride: Annual

Best Gay Bars in Slovenia

Ljubljana: Klub Tiffany (Mixed male-female crowd)

Best Lesbian Bars in Slovenia

There are no Lesbian-specific bars in Slovenia. Most women patron Klub Tiffany, the only LGBT bar in the country.

5. Julian Alps

This incredible stretch of the Alps is perfect year-round: exceptional hiking and mountain biking in the summer and fantastic skiing in the winter.

4. Goriška Brda

Goriška Brda is Slovenia’s premiere wine region. Oenophiles have been quietly praising the region’s superb vintages for decades, and only now are casual enthusiasts catching on.

3. Predjama

Let your imagination soar while touring the world’s largest cave castle. The medieval structure is torn from a Tolkien novel and will fit nicely on your Instagram.

2. Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of Earth’s true romantic destinations. Visitors often paddle across the turquoise lake in a traditional pletna boat and explore the tiny island church. Adventure seekers hike the surrounding Julian Alps.

1. Ljubljana

The tongue-twister capital of Slovenia is a rising destination among the travel cognoscenti and one of the most livable cities in the world. The city oozes charm, and has an underappreciated dining scene and a surprisingly lively nightlife despite its very small population. A rolling hill topped with beautiful Ljubljana Castle is at the centre of town. Meanwhile, the shimmering Ljubljanica River snakes right through the pedestrian-only city centre and is lined with quaint cafes and boutique shops.

Best Time to Visit: Slovenia’s incredibly short coast (only 47km/29 mi) serves up a quintessential Mediterranean climate: hot and dry from June through September, with temperatures soaring to 35C/95F at the peak of summer (Jul/Aug). Up in the Julian Alps, you can expect the weather to be more bearable, as temperatures drop by about 10C/20F.

Electricity: F-type sockets.

Time Zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Slovenia, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Slovenia is part of the Schengen area, and a visa is not required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to the country for fewer than 90 days.

Last updated on Sept 24, 2021. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
LGBT Rights in Slovenia

Slovenia legalized homosexuality in 1977. While the LGBT community cannot marry, as of February 2017, marriage rights have been fully extended to same-sex common-law couples, except for adoption and artificial insemination, where complications still exist legally. There’s also a small but growing gay scene in Ljubljana – the nation’s capital – and they even host a ‘Pink Week’ every May.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Other Type of Partnership
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but Requires Surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Step-Child Adoption Only
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Gay Slovenia Travel

There’s a small but growing gay scene in Ljubljana – the nation’s capital – and they even host a ‘Pink Week’ every May. You won’t have any trouble sharing a Double Room with your partner.

Gay Villages in Slovenia

Ljubljana: While not a gay village, hip Metelkova City is the gayest neighbourhood in all of Slovenia.

Pride Festivals/Events in Slovenia

Ljubljana Pride: Annual

Best Gay Bars in Slovenia

Ljubljana: Klub Tiffany (Mixed male-female crowd)

Best Lesbian Bars in Slovenia

There are no Lesbian-specific bars in Slovenia. Most women patron Klub Tiffany, the only LGBT bar in the country.

Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

5. Julian Alps

This incredible stretch of the Alps is perfect year-round: exceptional hiking and mountain biking in the summer and fantastic skiing in the winter.

4. Goriška Brda

Goriška Brda is Slovenia’s premiere wine region. Oenophiles have been quietly praising the region’s superb vintages for decades, and only now are casual enthusiasts catching on.

3. Predjama

Let your imagination soar while touring the world’s largest cave castle. The medieval structure is torn from a Tolkien novel and will fit nicely on your Instagram.

2. Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of Earth’s true romantic destinations. Visitors often paddle across the turquoise lake in a traditional pletna boat and explore the tiny island church. Adventure seekers hike the surrounding Julian Alps.

1. Ljubljana

The tongue-twister capital of Slovenia is a rising destination among the travel cognoscenti and one of the most livable cities in the world. The city oozes charm, and has an underappreciated dining scene and a surprisingly lively nightlife despite its very small population. A rolling hill topped with beautiful Ljubljana Castle is at the centre of town. Meanwhile, the shimmering Ljubljanica River snakes right through the pedestrian-only city centre and is lined with quaint cafes and boutique shops.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: Slovenia’s incredibly short coast (only 47km/29 mi) serves up a quintessential Mediterranean climate: hot and dry from June through September, with temperatures soaring to 35C/95F at the peak of summer (Jul/Aug). Up in the Julian Alps, you can expect the weather to be more bearable, as temperatures drop by about 10C/20F.

Electricity: F-type sockets.

Time Zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Slovenia, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Slovenia is part of the Schengen area, and a visa is not required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to the country for fewer than 90 days.

Last updated on Sept 24, 2021. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
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