Can you say you know exactly where it is? Would you find it on a map? In Europe? Somewhere near Austria? Yes, indeed. This small, yet cosmopolitan country is surrounded by much more internationally well-known countries: Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia and is one of the countries with direct access to the Adriatic Sea, although with a mere 46 km of coastline. Often referred to as Europe in a nutshell, Slovenia has everything you need for a perfect break – in all seasons.
Although only half the size of Switzerland, Slovenia boasts beautiful and diverse nature, comprising all the major regions found in Europe – thus it is often referred to as Europe in a nutshell. Short distances between diverse landscapes make you feel everything is within your grasp. This means that you can go skiing in the morning and sail the Adriatic in the afternoon. Pretty cool, don’t you think?
Slovenia boasts numerous must-see places, like the charming pocket-sized capital of Ljubljana with its dazzling? hilltop castle; the coastal town of Piran perched on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea; the biggest European cave, Postojna Cave, which never fails to work its magic; Bled with a picture-postcard lake with an island in the centre and a medieval castle rising overhead, and the emerald green Soča River, one of the most thrilling places for white-water rafting in Europe.
Slovenia is one of the richest countries in Europe in terms of water. Either insearch of an unforgettable rafting experience on the foamy emerald waters of the Soča River, an exciting sailing adventure on the Mediterranean or a perfect spa retreat in one of the spas with natural thermal water springs, Slovenia has it all. Also, tap water is drinkable in Slovenia.
The Karst is the common name for all the amazing picturesque shapes created by water in the fusibleporous? stone found in almost half of Slovenia. More than 10,000 registered Karst caves, potholes, springs and disappearing lakes make the area between the Bay of Trieste and the Vipava Valley a must-see destination, with the top attraction being Postojna Cave. The picturesque Lipica Stud Farm is located nearby, which is where the original Lipizzaner horses are bred – yes, we know, you probably thought they come from Austria…?
Ljubljana, the pocket-sized capital of Slovenia, boasts a dazzling hilltop castle and the green Ljubljanica River. Concealing a number of great museums and galleries, atmospheric bars, varied nightlife, numerous concerts and cultural events, trendy shops, top quality restaurants and elegant hotels, it turns its size into its main asset: where else in the world could you find everything within such easy reach? In spring and summer, when café tables spill into the narrow streets of the Old Town and street musicians and actors entertain passers-by, you will want to stay in this lively city forever.
In the foothills of the Julian Alps lies Bled, a fairy-tale place with a cobalt-blue lake boasting an enchanting island and Bled Castle dominating the north shore from the top of a sheer cliff face. This magical mountain setting has access to a range of outdoor activities, which give it all the appeal of a short break in Switzerland. Discover this beautiful alpine resort and take a stroll beside grand villas which dot the rest of the shoreline.
Slovenia’s coastline is short, yet diverse. It contains several small towns like Piran, which is perched on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea. Rich in history, it feels more like an Italian coastal town and for good reason: from the late 13th century to the end of the 18th century, it was part of the Venetian empire. Today, it boasts exquisite piazzas, churches and labyrinthine streets, which offer a perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Another coastal town is Portorož, dazzling with sandy beaches and numerous waterfront restaurants, bars and cafés creating a lively atmosphere.
A short drive from Ljubljana, the mysterious Postojna Cave with over 20 km of underground tunnels and chambers awaits you. An underground train will take you on a journey past breathtaking cave formations unlike anything you have ever seen. The Cave is also home to the endangered Proteus anguinus, a blind salamander known as 'the human fish'. Nearby, lies the majestic medieval fortress of Predjama Castle, which has stood on this site since the early 13th century. Carved into a high cliff, it boasts a number of medieval castle characteristics, such as a drawbridge, 'murder holes’ and a very dank dungeon.
Soča Valley is a region of outstanding natural beauties boasting the emerald-green Soča River, whose foaming river rapids make it a must-visit destination for all adrenaline junkies. It offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, canyoning, caving, riding and paragliding. Explore the beauties of this breathtaking area, which was also one of the filming locations for Disney’s latest epic set?? of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
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