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, among which the most popular are Lake Bled, Bohinj Lake and Lake Cerknica. We are very proud of our coastal cities,
which show the amazing power of sea, which has shaped them in its own way. For the evening walks we recommend a trip from Fiesa to Piran. 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. Each of the gastronomic regions of areas are known for karst phenomena and the wind burja have their own methods for drying meat products in a natural manner. Here, in the place where the tradition of salting and drying meat has lasted for centuries, you must taste the Karst prosciutto, pancetta, and the Karst zašinek (diced shoulder of pork).
The Idrija žlikrofi are a dish made of pasta dough with a potato filling and a distinctive shape. You may enjoy them as a starter, a side dish, or a main dish. The dish carries the Traditional Specialty Guaranteed label, so it can only be served to you by certified experts of this Slovenian delicacy. 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. And if you visit Bled lake, you can't go home without trying Kremšnita – cream cake.
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. For an authentic experience, join a pilgrimage to the Mary Help of Christians Church in Brezje, ring the bell of wishes on Bled Island, and try the pear brandy from the Pleterje Monastery.
The architectural landscape of Slovenia
Did you know that Ljubljana Nebotičnik was the tallest building in Central Europe in 1933? That and much more you can see in the capital city of Slovenia. You can also admire there the work of Jože Plečnik, who designed the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vienna, who later moved to Ljubljana. With his masterpieces he changed Ljubljana into a modern capital city with urban planning and architectural projects. You can admire his famous work, such as National University Library, Žale Cementery, Ljubljana marketplace. We also reccommend you to visit work of Maks Fabiani - Prešeren Square, which is dedicated to the greatest Slovenia poet (France Prešeren). To find more about architectural history, you should also visit the museum of architecture, urban planning, industrial and graphic design houses over 100,000 different items, called Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).
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