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Slovenia is small green country which lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. It has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes. 


A very good example is the country’s athletes, particularly those involved in extreme sports, from mountaineering and extreme skiing to ultramarathon biking and swimming exploits

As we mentioned before, Slovenia is also called green country and the reason for that name is that approximately 60% of Slovenia is covered by forests and you can find great natural riches in this small piece of Europe and granted Slovenia extraordinary variety and diversity that is still well preserved today. The most mountainous region is the north, where the Alps begin. The Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps have many stunning sharp peaks. The peaks of the Karavanke, the mountains bordering Austria, are more gentle. 
Julijske Alpe

There are gentler hills in the south-east and east, where the vine flourishes, while plains and basins populate the areas between the hills. The Ljubljana region lies in the largest basin. 
Slovenia also has a large plains area, as the east of the country is part of the Pannonian Plain.  In areas where there are no forests there is other natural vegetation such as thickets and meadows. Particularly in mountain areas, there are many endangered and protected species of flowers. The sunny sides of many hills in the south and west of Slovenia offer good conditions for vines.


What you must see in Slovenia?

To help you decide which part of the country to visit, and to let you know what to see and what to do there, we have divided Slovenian landscapes into four groups: the Alpine world, the north-eastern uplands and lowlands, the Karst and the coast. 

  • The Alpine world

The Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps are some of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia. Visitors love Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, and Blejski Vintgar, a gorge formed by the River Radovna.


The Julian Alps are also home to the Soča Valley, another such destination is Solčavsko in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Other favourite tourist destinations in this area include Kranjska Gora and Bovec, which offer numerous outdoor pursuits.

Kranjska gora

  • The Coast

Slovenia’s coastline is short, but has a number of attractions. Next to Strunjan Cliff, the highest flysch wall on the Adriatic, lie the Sečovlje Salt Pans, a regional park and a bird sanctuary.


Several towns on the coast are worth a visit. In addition to Piran and Portorož, Koper and Izola are also attractive destinations. The coast is ideal for water sports, while the hills of the hinterland could have been designed for biking. There are also natural health resorts in Strunjan and Portorož. 

  • The Karst

The world of the Karst encompasses most of the southern part of Slovenia. Not only is the land surface very invigorating, there are also wonders underground: some of the country’s 9,000 karstic caves are among the most beautiful in the world, including Postojna Cave and Škocjan Caves, which are well worth seeing. Another amazing attraction is Predjama Castle, built into a cliff concealing an intricate cave system. 

Postojenska jama

The little town of Lipica is where breeding of the famous Lipizzaner horses began more than 400 years ago. The Lipica Stud Farm is a welcoming recreational centre and a riding school. 


  • Cities

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s picturesque capital city, is sure to enthuse you with its relaxed yet lively atmosphere. In the very heart of the country, it is an ideal base for getting to know the immediate surroundings, and also the other parts of Slovenia. 


MariborSlovenia’s second city surraunded by the green slopes of the Pohorje and also to three natural health resorts: Zreče, Dobrna and Topolšica. Eastern Slovenia has other natural health resorts that have grown up around thermal springs. Healing mineral waters are a feature of Radenci and Rogaška Slatina. 

CeljeThe major attraction of Slovenia’s third city, Celje, is its Old Castle, once home to the sole Slovenian noble family, the Counts of Celje.


Škofja Loka is considered the most beautifully preserved medieval city in Slovenia. It was the center of the Loka dominion owned for 830 years by the Bishops of Freising, who placed an indelible stamp on the city and it's also known by the Loka Castle, built before 1202.

Kranj is a picturesque town situated on a rocky prominence between two alpine rivers - Sava and Kokra. The old town centre is rich with cultural-historical sights. Therefore, it has been protected as a cultural monument since 1983. Important Slovenians contributed to the development of Kranj with their lives and achievements, one of them being the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren. 






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