A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SLOVENIA
Mountains and the sea on one side, rolling hills and flatlands on the other. Two contrasts of one country, Slovenia squeezed in between the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and Pannonia plain. Covering 20273 km2, Slovenia is the 38th country in Europe by size, with a little over 2 million people.
More than half of Slovenia is covered by forests. The most wooded areas are Pokljuka and Kočevski gozd. There are also approximately 540 hectares of virgin forests in Slovenia. Yes! A real virgin forest, which has remained untouched till the present day.
Slovenia has a wide net of rivers as well. Some of them can offer a great variety of sports enjoyment, but you can just simply sit down on the river bank and listen to how it flows.
Partly as a joke, partly as a fact: what is not a town, a field or a forest in Slovenia, is a hill or a mountain. You can have a short walk up or a many-hour feat onto one of the summits in the Alps, which are over 2500 meters high.
Slovenia has numerous beautiful places and interesting sights that are worth visiting. Let’s start at the Slovenian coast. Although it is only 43 kilometres long, it offers numerous beautiful spots from the old town centre of Izola or Piran to natural reserves. Farther on into the inland lie Istra and the Karst.
Slovenian Istra is interlaced with vineyards and olive-trees grows where friendly locals have their tourist farms, where they will serve you with delicious local specialities.
The Karst Plateau is the part which is exposed to strong winds of bora and lit up with the sun. It is known for bora-dried meat products and teran – strong red wine produced from the grapes of the vine of refosco, growing on typically red soil, terra rossa, of the Karst.
Alpine valleys surrounded by grey two-thousand-meter-high summits and wonderful alpine lakes conjure up the beautiful Gorenjska region, home of the autochthonous sort of Slovenian bee. The Gorenjska region offers countless possibilities for spending leisure time in any season, from just a walk onto the nearest hill or a day spent in one of the old town centres.
The emerald river, queen of water sports, the river Soča and its valley. The valley offers experience and adventures throughout the year, therefore you can never be bored. The valley which has suffered a lot throughout the history but nevertheless remains modest and full of people who welcome you open-handed.
The Ljubljana basin, with Ljubljana in the middle of it, is surrounded by hills and mountains. Jože Plečnik, one of the greatest European architects of his time, left a strong mark on Ljubljana’s architecture. Ljubljana’s wonderful city centre invites you to have a closer look. It is also an ideal starting point for short trips around Slovenia since it lies almost in the middle of the country. It is only a leap away from numerous popular points of interest in the vicinity of Ljubljana.
Slovenian capital of car industry, caravaning and traditional sour-taste wine Cviček is the Dolenjska region. The rolling hills of Dolenjska are cut by the meandering and slow river Krka.
Bordering Croatia is the Bela Krajina region. The region of people who live in close connection with the river Kolpa, which is also the border between Slovenia and Croatia. Due to its rich nature, 46% of the region of Bela Krajina is in the protected area Natura 2000.
The Štajerska region is the region where New Year is celebrated already on the 11th of November, when St. Martin’s day is celebrated. It is the largest Slovenian wine-producing region known for mainly white sorts. The slow river Drava, which has been connecting and providing people throughout centuries, flows through the valley of Drava and connects the region of Štajerska with the region of Koroška.
In between the mountains and the Austrian border, there lies the Koroška region. According to the legend, its famous hero Kralj Matjaž (Matthias Corvinus) still sleeps somewhere under the mountain of Peca. A trip idea? To find and awaken Matthias Corvinus.
The flattest region of Slovenia. In the north-east part there lie Prekmurje on the left bank and Prlekija on the right bank of the slow and easy river Mura. Simple hospitality which will make you feel at home is the virtue of the local inhabitants in the region. They will gladly tell you where to get original and delicious pumpkin-seed oil, dark and thick.