Capital: Ljubljana ♦ Population: 2.1 million ♦ Currency: Euro (€) ♦ Language: Slovenian. Italian and Hungarian are also widely spoken.
A country that is frequently forgotten about, Slovenia has plenty going for it. In recent years, tourists have started tapping into Slovenia’s beauty and I suspect that tourism there is only going to increase – as the secret that is Slovenia is no longer kept under wraps. It’s comparatively cheap and the scenery is stunning – what more does one need?
Ljubljana: baroque meets modern day architecture in this charming capital city. Take the time to appreciate it in one of the many riverside cafes.
Bled: glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town itself is dominated by a cliff-side medieval castle.
Piran: coastal city; quaint and chilled.
Istria: wine, cycling and caves… wonderfully unique.
Did you know?
- 1 in 20 people keep bees. That makes for almost 100,000 bee keepers in Slovenia.
- Bees aren’t the only things that are popular; so too are wineries. There is approximately 1 winery or vineyard for every 75 people.
- The people of Slovenia have been described as ‘quietly conservative, deeply self-confident, remarkable, broad-minded, especially tolerant and very hospitable’.
- Over 500 brown bears roam the Slovenian forests.
- It may be a small country but it doesn’t compromise on diversity – especially for adventure lovers. Hiking, rafting, caving and cycling are all activities found in abundance.
- Prepare yourself for a meaty diet. There is lots of pork, veal, beef and cured meats in the typical Slovenian diet.
- The bus network is extensive. Trains are increasing but are still relatively slow.