Slovenia

Slovenia enjoys an excellent geographical location. It’s an alpine country in Central Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, so it offers the best of both worlds: summer fun at the seaside and exciting winters in the mountains. Slovenia is also attractive for a number of beautiful national parks, caves and lakes, as well as historical sights. Among all the newly accepted EU member states, Slovenia has the quickest developing, flourishing economy.

The most fascinating thing about the country is its nature. The country is comprised of four macro-regions: the Mediterranean, the Pannonian, the Alpine and the Dinaric. Slovenia is unique because all these major European geographic regions meet on its territory, interwoven with one another to a great extent. The highest peak in the country is Triglav, towering over the Julian Alps, which has an elevation of 2,864 m. Half of the territory of Slovenia is covered by woodland. Primeval forests can still be found in Slovenia, with the largest one located in the Kocevje area. Additionally, the country features extensive vineyards (216 square kilometres in total). These natural habitats of extraordinarily beautiful landscape are home to an incredible variety of wildlife.

Skiing is extremely popular in Slovenia, and it has even gained the informal status of a national sport. There are several well-developed ski resorts, such as Krvavec, Bovec, Maribor, Rogla or Vogel. The country also hosts international championships in ski jumping, such as the Ski Jumping Grand Prix organised in Planica where the largest European ski jumping hill, Letalnica, is located, along with the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Kranjska Gora.

People travelling to Slovenia should undoubtedly visit the Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a system of beautiful underground corridors and halls sculpted in limestone by Karst processes. Other popular and attractive destinations include Lake Cerknicka, Lake Bohinj and especially attractive Lake Bled, with its small island where a church stands. Triglav National Park, surrounding the highest peak of Slovenia, is also not to be missed.

Apart from the exceptionally beautiful landscapes, there are historical and cultural sights of special importance. Visitors to Slovenia should see Predjama Castle near the town of Postojna, scenically filling a natural cave in rock, Kamnik, a small and charming Medieval town in the suburbs of Ljubljana and Piran, with a pretty Old Town, nicely located on the cape surrounded by the Adriatic Sea.

Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, is surprisingly small for a European capital and its Old Town is most worthy of attention, with a pretty town hall, several historical churches, and a number of cafés and shops. Several bridges over the Ljubljanica River make for picturesque views; the Triple Bridge and Dragon Bridge are especially interesting. Another place not to miss, Ljubljana Castle, is perched on a steep hill overlooking the Old Town. The capital of Slovenia also boasts monuments from Ancient times, with the ruins of Roman walls found within a short walking distance from the centre. A wide range of galleries and museums, plus a really nice Zoo provides visitors with an abundance of attractions.

Charming landscapes and plenty of attractions, such as sport, culture and nightlife, contribute to Slovenia’s reputation as a good destination for both winter and summer holidays. Bordering with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, it has convenient transport connections to other European cities. The interesting cultural heritage of Slovenia, shaped by the influences of several neighbouring countries, including Austria, Italy, Hungary and the Balkan states, make Slovenia truly unique. Visit it to get a deeper insight into this very special country.