From the Tatra Mountains to the mighty Danube River, Slovakia is a country with abundant natural attractions sitting pretty alongside manmade wonders like Bojnice Castle, and charming cities like Bratislava and Košice. It’s a beautiful place - start planning your Slovakia travel adventure now to find out for yourself.
Slovakia's varied palette of attractions means there's something here to please all comers. Read on for our top 5 pick.
Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.
Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!See all trips that visit Seville
Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.See all trips that visit Madrid
Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.
Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.See all trips that visit Ibiza
Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.
Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.See all trips that visit Gibraltar
1. Pohoda, Trenčín – Held at Trenčín airport, Pohoda features a cutting edge lineup of jazz, electronica and big name contemporary acts. Its main thoroughfares are on concrete so you even if it rains you can avoid those Glastonbury-style mud baths!
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2. Bratislava Jazz Days – BJD is held annually in October, featuring a heavy lineup of internationally renowned jazz performers.
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3. International Film Festival Bratislava – Known as IFF Bratislava, this annual festival is held each November, and features all the latest hot-tips from the world of international and independent film.
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4. Grape Festival – This open-air festival is held at Piešťany Airport each August. It features a wide-ranging lineup of rock, pop, electronica, world music and more. Röyksopp, Interpol and José González are past performers.
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5. Bratislava Music Festival – Slovakia's leading festival of classical music is held annually in November and December, featuring performances from leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists from around the world.
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1. Bratislava City Museum – Bratislava City Museum is spread over 8 sites around the city. Highlights include the Museum of Clocks and the biggest of the bunch, the fascinating Museum of the City History.
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2. Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava – The Slovak National Gallery is home to the country's best collection of modern and classic art. It occupies two sites in Bratislava: the Water Barracks and the magnificent Esterházy Palace.
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3. Slovak Technical Museum, Košice – The Slovak Technical Museum has branches across the country, although our highlights would be Košice's excellent Museum of Aviation and the Museum of Transport in Bratislava.
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4. Slovak National Museum, BratislavaThe Slovak National Museum is another institution with branches across the country, and if you’re in Bratislava you can tick a few off at once. Start with the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Jewish Culture and the Museum of History, located in the magnificent Bratislava Castle.
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5. East Slovak Gallery, Košice – Another museum located in the cultural hotspot of Košice in the east of the country, the East Slovak Gallery is home to some 6,400 works of classical and contemporary Slovakian art.
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Traditional Slovak grub is hearty, with dumplings, delicious cheeses, pork, potatoes and cabbage making up the country's culinary backbone. Modern-day Slovakia food is a different story, with international and contemporary influences giving rise to a buzzing and diverse gastronomic scene.
Bryndzové halušky – Slovakia's national dish consists of boiled potato dumplings similar to gnocchi, cooked with bryndza sheep's cheese and deliciously smoky chunks of bacon. Trying this is one of the most essential things to do in Slovakia!
Best eaten at – Slovak Pub, Obchodna 62, Bratislava 811 02
Kapustnica – This delicious and filling soup is made from sauerkraut, fresh cabbage, pork, dried mushrooms and tomatoes, along with a particular blend of seasonings.
Best eaten at –Divny Janko, Jozefska 2, Bratislava
Pečený Pstruh – This dish of baked trout is very popular in Slovakia. Simple and delicious, it's usually served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables on the side.
Best eaten at –Riverbank Restaurant, Dvořákovo nábrežie 7528/6, Bratislava
Plnena Kapusta – Also known as Holubky, this mouthwatering dish of cooked, stuffed cabbage leaves is Slovakia's answer to the spring roll.
Best eaten at – Zelený Rodrigéz, Zámocká 7013/36, Bratislava
Bryndzové pirohy – These small, ravioli-like dumplings are a Slovakia travel 2016 essential. Pirohy come with various fillings, but bryndza sheep's cheese is the clear favourite.
Best eaten at – 12 apoštolov, Kováčska 281/51, Košice
Hiking boots - For those treks in the High Tatras
A waterproof jacket - It can rain at any time of year in Slovakia, so it's worth being prepared for a shower or two.
A camera and extra SD cards - Slovakia is a beautiful country so get ready to get snap-happy.
An adapter plug and transformer - Power is 230V in Slovakia, so you'll need a step-down transformer to use appliances that run on 110V.
Alka seltzer - Bratislava nightlife involves much consumption of borovička, Slovakia's national spirit. You've been warned!