Why you should travel to Slovenia this year

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Hidden gems for the visitor

You might not know much about Slovenia, but trust us, it’s a European gem that you should get out and discover. Home of the Julian Alps, picturesque Lake Bohinj and some incredible underground caves, Slovenia’s got it going on, whether you’re looking for an adventurous break or a family getaway.

A place for the great outdoors

Slovenia is an incredible place to visit if you’re a fan of the great outdoors, with an a penchant for the extreme – there are numerous areas to visit during the ski season for skiing or snowboarding, such as Kranjska Gora, second largest city Maribor or Rogla, with incredible views to provide a backdrop you’ll never forget. Triglav National Park is another must see, home to the country’s highest mountain and lakes, canyons and incredible views, where you can try your hand at rafting, climbing or hiking. The call of the wild has obviously had an influence on the country’s inhabitants, with Slovenian Olympic athletes bringing home medals in canoeing and sailing amongst other sports at the 2016 Olympic Games, and cyclist Jure Robič winning the gruelling non-stop Race Across America on a road bike on no less than five separate occasions.

Proximity to other countries

Slovenia’s central position makes it an ideal hub to go on and explore Austria, Italy, Hungary or Croatia, and the country’s diminutive size means you won’t waste time on the road, as you can drive across the country in just two hours. Jože Pučnik airport is conveniently located and provides regular flights to Europe and beyond. Make Slovenia part of your Central European adventure!

Ljubljana: A small capital with a warm heart

Slovenian capital Ljubljana hosts a population of just 280,000 residents, but is as charming as any European city, with vibrant restaurant and cafe culture. The Metelkova building, formerly an army barracks, developed from a squat into an artistic and cultural centre over time and is home to unique art galleries and music venues with a bohemian twist. The Slovenian capital is not short on landmarks, with Ljubljana Castle just a short walk out of the city centre being well worth a visit, and plenty to keep you occupied in the centre itself such as the famous Dragon Bridge overlooking the Ljubljanica river which and the beautiful Prešeren Square marking a great place to start a walking tour from.

Country of multilingualism

Going abroad can be daunting due to cultural and linguistic differences – nothing can be worse than not knowing the local language, but Slovenes are some of the most multilingual residents of Europe, with English widely spoken alongside German and Italian. And even if you do need a helping hand with the language, Slovenian translation services are available. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and answer the call of the wild!


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