SLOVENIA

Where the Alps meet the sea and the underground holds unbelievable wonders...

 

Slovenia is a boutique little country that lies in the heart of Europe and measures a little over 20,000 km2. It holds a wealth of cultural creativity, has an exceptional number of top athletes and is home to sincere, hard-working and hospitable people.

 

Great outdoors & welcoming smiles all year round

Slovenia has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes. The majority of people live in towns and cities, but a significant number live in the countryside. The capital, Ljubljana, is bursting with activity through the whole year and is one of the most popular capitals in Europe.

 

In the countryside, the traditional care for the outlook of houses, farms and fields makes a visit an unique experience. If you love nature, you will be delighted by the vast selection of trekking options, bicycle routes and mountain trails. Somewhat challenging, but highly rewarding are the treks along one of the protected trails in the high mountains, where you can enjoy views of the Alpine peaks.

 

On a warm summer day you can cool off in one of many mountain lakes with crystal clear water or visit one of the beaches of a short, but picturesque coastline. In winter, Slovenia becomes a dream destination for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, skating and other outdoor sports.

 

TOP 10 LOCATIONS TO VISIT IN SLOVENIA

  1. BLED & BOHINJ: two of the most famous lakes in the world. An island with a small church, the castle up on a cliff, majestic mountains as a backdrop... A visit is a magical experience.
  2. LJUBLJANA: its Old Town and riverside cafés, small squares and a wealth of architectural history make an unforgettable visit. Plan at least 3 nights to experience it in full.
  3. POSTOJNA CAVE: the No. 1 attraction of Slovenia. This Karst cave is one of the biggest in the world, boasts a unique fauna and has quite a history. And a train!
  4. PIRAN: small coastal town with a very Venetian feel, tiny streets and great seaside restaurants.
  5. SOČA VALLEY: called »The Emerald River«, the crystal clear waters with canyons and pearl-white riverbanks will simply delight you.
  6. LIPICA: a visit of the founding place for the breeding of Lipizzaner horses and seeing the wonderful animals up close is an unforgettable experience. See the show as well.
  7. POHORJE & MARIBOR: with skiing in winter, trekking and horseback riding in the summer, Pohorje is quickly becoming a preferred destination of sport lovers.
  8. OTOČEC: spend a night in a Gothic castle, today a luxury hotel on a small river island.
  9. PORTOROŽ: »The Cannes of Slovenia«, this beach town has several high-end hotels, soothing sea air and great nightlife.
  10. KRANJSKA GORA: surrounded by mountains, small lakes and a river, this small village is the winter sport capital of Slovenia.

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

WHEN TO TRAVEL

Spring (March-May) and summer (June-August) are the most popular seasons as the weather is warm (average 26-30°C), while lakes Bled, Bohinj and the northern part of Adriatic sea warm up to 25°C. Autumn (September-November) tends to be slightly rainier, nature dons majestic brown colours and the time for picking grapes starts. Winter (December-February) is perfect for visitors coming to experience the snow wonderland of Pohorje and Kranjska Gora.

 

CURRENCY

As a member of EU and European Monetary Union, the official currency of Slovenia is Euro.

 

COSTS

Although difficult to generalise, the prices in the capital, compared to smaller towns and the countryside, can be almost double. Still, the majority of prices are comparable to the rest of Europe. Coffee, beer and restaurant meals, however, can be up to a third cheaper than in neighbouring Italy or Austria (even less expensive outside Ljubljana). Croatia can be more expensive for many things, while Hungary is generally cheaper.

 

TAX REFUNDS

Visitors from non-EU states can claim limited tax refunds on goods that will be taken out of EU within 90 days, not including tobacco and spirits. For more information contact Global Refund/Global Blue (Ljubljana, Goriška ulica 17, +386 1 513 22 60).

 

TIPPING

While not traditional, 10% for good services is highly appreciated.

 

ELECTRICITY

Mains electricity in Slovenia is a 230 Volts 50 Hz system. Slovenia uses the Europlug (CEE 7/16). This is the plug used in most other European countries.

 

VISAS

Should you require a visa to enter Slovenia, you can obtain one from the Slovenian embassy or consular office in your country. If there is no Slovenian consular office in your country, you can apply to the consular representatives of any Member State of the Schengen Zone. For a full list of the countries that need a visa, visit www.mzz.gov.si.

 

RELIGION

Slovenia is traditionally Roman Catholic with a small percent of Protestants in the eastern part of Slovenia. The religion, as part of Slovenian tradition and culture, is best manifested through the extensive presence of churches in cities, towns and small villages.

DESTINATIONS

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If you were only allowed to visit one region of Slovenia, there is no doubt that Gorenjska would be a good choice. Magnificent views of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj,...

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Dominated by Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana (dubbed »The most beautiful city in the world« by locals and visitors alike)...

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Yellow is the colour of the sun that strokes the picturesque towns on the Adriatic coast. Its rays paint the beauty of the Karst region planted with olive groves and vineyards, with peach orchards and cherry trees.

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Vineyards and little hilltop churches, castles and monasteries, broad forests and groves of birch trees give the extensive region of south-east Slovenia a particular charm.

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From Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city, and green Pohorje, unique among Slovenia's mountain regions, to winegrowing areas and thermal spas: the Podravska region has something for everyone.

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The dreamy countryside along the Mura River in eastern Slovenia is a land of wide fields and rounded hills, storks and wind rattles, floating mills, healing waters and energy points, picturesque winegrowing hills, original traditions and dialects, and most of all, a land of hospitable people,...