An earthly paradise of snow-capped peaks and turquoise-green rivers, Slovenia enriches its natural treasures with harmonious architecture, charming rustic culture and sophisticated cuisine.
Slovenia is first and foremost an outdoor destination, for an active holiday. The list of activities on offer is endless, with the most popular pursuits skiing, walking and hiking in the mountains, and increasingly, cycling, horseback riding, caving, and canoeing. Fast rivers like the Soča cry out to be rafted. If all this sounds a bit much, you can always decamp to the coast and sunbathe on the Adriatic.
Slovenia captivates the eye, fascinates with its pure beauty. The bucolic valley Logarska Dolina in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps is paradise on earth, and the Vršič Pass will make you feel on top of the world. The architecture is wonderfully varied, wines and traditional dishes are excellent, and the culture vibrant. But the greatest quality of this country is its people: quietly conservative, deeply optimistic, extremely tolerant and very hospital.
Slovenian cooking borrows a little something from each of its neighbours – Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans – synthesising and reinventing home cooking dishes. Slovenians have an obsession for using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The result is a terrific foodie destination, where you’ll sample dishes in unusual combinations featuring items like scrumptious pasta dumplings of potato, chives and bacon, salads drizzled with nutty pumpkinseed oil, and gibanica (a cheese puff pastry). Slovenian wine is an unheralded strength, and regional whites and reds pair well with local specialties.
From the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps and the subterranean magic of Postojna and Škocjan Caves, to sparkling emerald-green lakes and rivers and the short but sweet Adriatic coast, Slovenia has it all. An incredible mixture of climates brings warm Mediterranean breezes up to the foothills of the Alps, where it can snow even in summer. And with more than half of its total surface covered in forest, Slovenia really is one of greenest countries in the world.