A place where you’re free to go your own way
Whether you’re chasing cultural highs or pursuing nature’s pleasures, treading lightly or veering off the beaten path, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Sure, it may not be easy to find Slovenia on a map, but you’ll have a hard time finding a place so small offering so much. Everywhere and any time you go you’ll always run into something that reflects your unique taste and view of the world. The only question that remains is: what’s going to be your way of feeling Slovenia?
Slovenia is arguably the aesthetic jewel in the European crown, undeniably gorgeous with a vast array of landscapes ready to make your jaw hit the ground. Slovenia boasts with a lot of forest and lakes. For lovers of a colder environment, Slovenia has many hills and mountains. To combine love of mountains, animals and culinary, you must visit Velika planina, where you can enjoy both, winter and summer activities. Capital city of Slovenia is Ljubljana, which received award called “Zelena prestolnica”
in 2016 for achieving high environmental standards. We expect the green Ljubljana becoming even greener, with no noise and no emissions. We can achieve that with the latest technology for driving, using Avant2GO electric cars.
Land of healthy resort treatment
Slovenia is welcoming medical tourists from all over the world and doing the best it can to make it a superior destination, so that the medical traveler benefits through the whole process. The natural health resorts in Slovenia are known to be one of the top ten in the world. Traditional treatments along with modern methods are ideal for those medical travelers who seek not only to under go surgery but to experience a peaceful recovery and relaxation treatment. Slovenian natural spas offer everything a client need for a relaxing vacation and a successful recovery.
Slovenia has 14 natural spas in four diverse regions, and over 600-year-old tradition refined with a modern offer of 87 natural thermal spring. The temperature of the thermal water at the surface ranges from 24 to 73 degrees Celsius. We have over 47.000 m2 of indoor and outdoor water areas. You can choose just the rightSlovenian health resort for you according to the region or according to what your body needs, what your inner self wishes, and what kind of a getaway you and your family expect. Terme Dobrna
is a place with the oldest Slovenian health resort linked to the center with a mighty chestnut alley, while pleasant walking, cycling and educational forest trails link it to the energy park, green nature and attractions in the surroundings. In Dobrna, you can choose from detox programmes, and other medically justified wellness programmes including massages, clinical aromatherapies and various rituals. Experience marble baths into which thermal water flows directly from the spring meaning it has more oxygen.
Tempting traditional delicacies
Aesthetic local attractions in every region and in every town of Slovenia that are all worth visiting. Make sure that you also explore the possibilities of experiencing special Slovenian adventures and experience unique gastronomy. The tastes of Slovenia are the tastes of local nature: vegetables from typical gardens, grains from local fields, wild food from green nature, fruit from the orchards and forests of one of the most wooded countries in Europe, traditionally prepared meat dishes and dairy goods from pastures, and honey produced by the world-renowned Slovenian honeybees.
The area at the foot of the Alps is known as the place of origin of the Carniolan sausage, which has a protected geographic indication. It is produced following a very specific procedure that has been faithfully used in accordance with the recipe from 1896.
A dish spread throughout the whole Slovenia, which you can eat in every part of Slovenia is potica.
Two types of dough and four different fillings divided into eight layers, and two kinds of icing – this is how rich is the Prekmurje gibanica.
Fascinating cultural tradition
The identity of the Slovenian nation is inseparably connected with its culture and theSlovenian language. Would you like to understand Slovenians and their identity? Explore in detail the possibilities offered by 100 festivals, over 50 museums and galleries, and about 30 institutions focusing on music and theatre.
You can enjoy the work of some of the most important creators and performers in the world if you visit arts festivals in Slovenia. Do you have an adventurous spirit? Go on a treasure hunt, and see a 30,000-year-old needle, a 5200-year old wooden wheel with a wooden axis, and venerable golden patches that are more than 3000 year sold. If you are not interested in ancient history, take a ride through space at the unique Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies.
You will always hit it off with Slovenians if you are a festival lover. Each year cities and towns all over the country host unique international festival. Whether you like theater, folklore, art or eclectic mix, you can always find something to suit your taste. One of the most recognisable Slovenian Carnival characters and Kurents, which you can encounter in Ptuj. According to folklore, Kurents chase away winter and bring sprint by making noise and jumping. If you would like to meet a Kurent up close, visit a traditional Kurentovanje celebration. You can also visit Cerknica to experience their parade, which is known for massive Carnival masks, such as the Dragon, Liza the Witch, Ursula the Witch, Jezerko the Lake Man and Butalci.
Slovenia is rich in castles, manors, fortresses, and fortification systems. These were built in various periods during the medieval, renaissance, and baroque eras, and the first traces of their construction date all the way back to antiquity. Time got the better of many of them, but dozens now perform interesting functions. There are almost no villages or hills in Slovenia without a church, and the country is also full of convents, monasteries, and roadside shrines.
The architectural landscape of Slovenia
Slovenia is rich in castles, manors, and fortresses. Time has passed since medieval era and somewhere just the ruins have remained.
One of the most impressive castles in Slovenia is the Old Castle of Celje located on triadic hill, southwest of Celje city.
In Slovenia there is almost no village or hill that does not have a church or at least a chapel. In the middle of the Prekmurje plains, you can find the Church of the Ascension of our Lord. It may seem to you like you have seen a lighthouse that has something to do with the Pannonian Sea that was here millions of years ago. The church is a masterpiece of our most known architect, Jože Plečnik, who in 1924 began building this unique church with a dominant cylinder-shaped bell tower. You absolutely must climb up the tower and see the flat landscape from above and also the inside of the church will impress you with its wooden ceiling.
We recommend you also to visit the Pleterje Charterhouse where still Carthusian monks live. If you are a woman, you will never be allowed to enter; nonetheless, a walk around the walls of this charterhouse that was founded in 1403 is a special experience. You can take a look at the interior of the Gothic church, and if you are lucky, you will be able to hear monks singing Gregorian chants in Latin.
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