Discover Slovenia

Getting to know Slovenia

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Some basic information about Slovenia

Beautiful Slovenia is surrounded by Alps, Mediterranean sea, Pannonian plains and mysterious Karst. In the heart of Europe, you can discover this picturesque country of just two million people. There are countless reasons why you should visit Slovenia, but let us give you just a few:

Sun is shining…
approximately 2.000 hours per year! Which sets Slovenia between the sunniest countries of Europe. Whether you go swimming, climbing the mountains or just sightseeing, you’ll be sunbathing at the same time. How great that sounds?

Become one with nature
Because of many woods and forests, which are covering more than half of the country, and also emerald green lakes and rivers, Slovenia is known as green country. Besides that, you can find numerous preserved and protected plant – and animal species. Your eyes will literally rest on these stunning sceneries.
Enjoy nature in a campsite by the lake, riding a bike through a vineyard or, if you’re an adventurous one, visit one of many adrenaline parks in the nature.

Best things come in small packages
As you probably know, you can drive through this small country in just a few hours. If you walk through the mountains, you can pass Slovenia in just 15 days! Even though the country is really small, there is something for everyone. It boasts unbelievably beautiful and mysterious places, as well as breathtaking landscapes that will make you fall in love with Slovenia.

Get lost in the underground of caves
In Slovenia, there are around 10.000 caves. So, people here are practically living in a pretty unstable ground. If you’re not charmed by amazing and horrifying caves, there’s more to see: a castle in a cave! Predjama Castle is smack in the middle of a 400-foot cliff and it’s been chilly’ there for 700 years.

People: friendly hedonists and wine lovers
Every tourist guide would say that Slovenian people are warm, nice and friendly. But they are actually much more.
In company with typical Slovenian you’ll never be hungry, whether you go to the countryside or experience city life. We recommend you to eat at one of many tourist farms and try famous wine sorts of Slovenia. For experiencing real urban rhythm and more exotic food and drinks, you should visit Ljubljana, the capital with a variety of interesting people, places and events.

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Tourism

Slovenia has it all. If you are looking for mountains, meadows, lakes, caves, and the sea in the same country, you’re at the right place. It attracts tourists with a wide variety of landscapes: Alpine in the northwest, Mediterranean in the southwest, Pannonian in the northeast, and Dinaric in the southeast. Each offers its own natural, geographic, architectural, and cultural features.

An incredible mixture of climates brings warm Mediterranean breezes up to the foothills of the Alps, where it can snow even in summer. And with more than half of its total surface covered in forest, Slovenia really is one of the greenest countries in the world.

Because of its natural beauties, Slovenia is first and foremost an outdoor destination. Local people favour active holidays. Most popular are skiing, walking and hiking in the mountains, and increasingly, cycling. Fast rivers like the Soča are just made to be rafted and there are many chances to try out different activities like horseback riding, ballooning, caving and canyoning. If you prefer just to relax, you can always decamp to the coast and sunbathe on the Adriatic.

Besides natural attractions, this country offers plenty of cultural and historical heritage also. Truly old items are preserved primarily in museums, but archaeological finds can also be seen in their natural setting. Slovenia’s natural diversity further emphasises the attraction of important buildings. Slovenian castles are amazing, and the many rural hilltop churches are charming. Cultural-historical monuments and architectural masterpieces can be found in most Slovenian towns.

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Beauty, health and welness

In Slovenia you will definitely relax your body, mind and soul. Harmony of beauty, wellness and health treatments are found in many of beauty services, health resorts,
medical clinics, wellness and thermal spas.

Whether you would like to refresh your body with cosmetic treatment and body/face massage, or you would just like to relax in all kinds of baths and saunas,
you can have it all.

Most known in Slovenia are the natural spas with thermal water; they are one of the top ten in the world. Traditional treatments along with modern methods are ideal
for the true experience of recovery and relaxation treatment. Slovenian natural spas offer everything clients need for a relaxing vacation with reasonable price.

Slovenian Natural Spas are among the best:
–    14 natural spas in four diverse regions;
–    An over 600 year-old tradition, refined with a modern offer of 87 natural thermal springs;
–    The temperature of the thermal water at the surface ranges from 24 to 73 degrees Celsius;
–    Two world famous thermal healing drinking waters: Radenska and Donat Mg;
–    Over 47,000 m2 of indoor and outdoor thermal water areas.

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Food and drinks

In Slovenia you will be delighted with unforgettable flavours that are the product of the traditional cuisine. It’s a mixture of the influences of the Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean world, which is why you can find a variety of different specialities here.

The world famous dishes are also protected with the designation of origin. The most famous are prekmurska gibanica (Prekmurje layered pastry), kranjska medica (Carniolan honey liquor), potica and kranjska klobasa (Carniolan sausage).

As you enjoy Slovenian food and wine, the circumstances that resulted in the Slovenian proverb that love comes through the stomach will become clear. The delights of Slovenian cooking, hidden in old recipes, are now available at almost every turn. Food with tradition can be seen in family inns, special events called osmice and rural experiences.

Faithful companion of good Slovenian food are the excellent Slovenian wines. In Slovenia over 1300 winegrowers bottle wine, and they produce around 60,000 litres of vintage wine every year.

The coast, Karst and Goriška brda are the home of the Teran (Terrano), a dark red ruby wine from the Refošk grapes. In Slovene Istra the wine Refošk (Refosco) is made of the same grapes. In Primorska region you will find also other delicious wines, such as Rumeni Muškat, Malvazija and Rebula.

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Sport and leisure

Skiing, cycling or climbing? You can practice all outdoor activities in Slovenia.

Eventhough, Slovene national sport is skiing. The skiing tradition in Slovenia is a long one and some Slovenian skiers became legends. As Slovenes are very sporty types, skiing is not the only popular sport. Many Slovenes are very keen on mountain hiking and climbing.

There is a great variety of mountaineering options – from hiking on hills of medium altitude to technically and physically demanding mountain climbing. Actually, you become a true Slovene if you have climbed Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mount Triglav (2,864 meters).

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Culture

Slovenians are very succesful in many modern art forms, architecture, painting, writing and music. They are also a great cookers and wine-makers, since they have natural resources to produce home-grown food and wine.

Typical Slovene is outgoing person with good taste for music. In Ljubljana, you can find mainstream clubs, alternative scenes and also jazz and classic music. In general, cultural events are unbelievably well attended – various festivals enthuse visitors who come from near and far.

Slovenians love to read and are proud of their tradition, especially France Prešeren, a poet who became the pride of Slovenian poetry and author of Slovenia’s national Anthem, Zdravljica. The anthem appeals for the coexistence of nations and is a zdravljica, or toast, to all people of good heart.

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Travel and transportations

Since it’s easiest to use your own transport, many tourists travel around Slovenia by car. Driving in Slovenia is simple, the roads are good and clearly signposted. Nevertheless, you can help to protect the environment and rely on public transport, which is also a good choice. You can adjust the speed of your travel by road, rail, air or sea according to your preferences.

Buses are available in all Slovenian cities, the majority of towns and also rural areas. If you want to relax, observe the unspoiled nature and have plenty of time, you should travel by train. It’s one of the most comfortable and reasonable ways to travel around the country.

Travelling by plane is a good choice also, since Slovenia has good air connections with many European cities. The most known airport is called Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, from where you can catch daily flights to cities all over Europe. If you prefer travelling by sea, there are cruises of Slovenia’s coastal waters available in the summer.

Slovenia is ideal for biking, too; roads and trails are literally made for biking. Every biker can find its own route that suits. In the summer you can see typical picture of Slovenian families with children and recreational bikers, who seek out quiet country roads with little traffic. If you are an experienced one, you can enjoy some of the most spectacular routes on mountain passes.

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Congress tourism, business and Finance

Slovenia is the ideal destination for conference activities for many reasons. It is easily accessible from all parts of Europe and offers an excellent range of conference facilities. Most known are Cankarjev dom, Hotel Lev, Hotel Slon and Brdo in Ljubljana, and also Bled Congress Centre and Grand Hotel Bernardin in Portorož.

Country’s great advantage it has over other is the favourable price-quality ratio of conference services. The professional approach of conference facility operators, fusion cuisine and comfortable accommodation are among the most important elements of MICE tourism in Slovenia.

Slovenia is the right choice for one-day or longer congresses, conferences, seminars, all other business and also social meetings.

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