If you had to describe Slovenia with just one word, that word would be "green". Slovenia take conservation of their forests and wildlife very seriously and as a result to this day forests still cover more than half of the country. These forests are inhabited by a variety of plant and animal species that live undisturbed by humans. Additionally, the coarse coast, mighty mountains and wide valleys full of rows of grape vines will enchant with thier beauty. If you want to enjoy a special wellness experience in an exceptional ambience, with countless healing springs, then pack your bags and take off to Slovenia.
Facts & Figures
Official name: Republika Slovenija (Republic of Slovenia) Location: Shift from central to south-eastern Europe, located at the Mediterranean sea between Italy and Croatia Area: 20.273 km² Capital city: Ljubljana Population: 2 million Religious and ethnic groups: 57% Catholics, 3% Muslims, 2% Orthodox / 83% Slovenes, 2% Serbs, 2% Croats, 1% Bosnians Language: Slovenian (official language), Italian (regional official language), Hungarian (regional official language) Geography: Narrow coastal strip, mountains in the border region to Italy and Austria, east mountainous and crossed by river valleys. Highest point: Triglav (2864m) Time zone: Central European Time (UTC + 01:00) Political and economic: Parliamentary democracy, GDP: 38.543 billion (2015). Currency: Euro (since 2007)
Arrival and departure
Slovenia can be reached by various modes of transportation such as by train, plane, car, bus and at times even with a ship from Venice. However, the easiest way is via a flight; most visitors use the airport of Ljubljana.
Visa: Vaccinations: On site: The bus and train network in the country is considered good and the roads are usually well developed.
Climate and best time to travel
The climate in Slovenia is divided into three zones: cold in the mountains, a continental climate in the north and east and Mediterranean in the south and southwest. Winter average temperature: -1°C (average minimum temperatures around -5°C in January) Summer average temperature: 19°C (maximum temperatures of 27°C in July) Water temperature: 25°C in August
Between December and April is the best time for skiing and other winter sports, while bathing holidays between June and September are usually the best. City tours are also suitable for the transition seasons.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Adriatic Sea - Tranquil coastal town and countless caves Slovenian Styria/East - Wine region, thermal baths and the oldest city in the country
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Culture Day (February 8), Easter Monday (March / April), Resistance Day (April 27), Labour Day (May / June), Pentecost (June 5 / May 20), Day of the State (June 25), Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15), Day of the Slovenian Association with the Motherland (August 17), Restoration Day (September 15), Reformation Day (October 31), All Saints Day (November 1), Rudolf Maister Day (November 23), Christmas (December 25), Independence Day (December 26) Please note that the Day of Freedom, the Day of the Restoration and Rudolf Maister Day are usually still working days.
DOs and DON'Ts
• Experience tradition. Slovenia has a lot of customs, events and culinary delights that are deeply rooted in history. Be open minded and get to know them.
• Don't isregard traffic regulations. In Slovenia, it is obligatory to drive with headlights on at all times.
• Don't call it Eastern Europe. Do not refer to Slovenia as part of the east; the Slovenes feel more connected to the western culture because of their location and history.
Can you drink the tap water? The Slovenian tap water is generally safe to drink. Do I need an adaptor? Slovenia uses the European sockets; an adapter is therefore not needed. What about medical care? Medical care is considered satisfactory in most cases. However, since this may be different in the more rural areas, a travel health insurance with medical evacuation transport is advised.
Top tips and discoveries
Lake Bled Intense blue, in front of a magnificent mountain panorama with a small islet and a graceful church tower in its centre – Lake Bled looks like a fairy tale. The peculiarity of the place has always been the setting for myths and legends. The island was also a destination of pilgrimage as well. However, not only those looking for a spiritual cleanse will find what they are looking for, but the physical landscape of the spa town of Bled on the shores of the lake is truly splendid.
Piran Piran masters the perfect mix between a dreamy coastal town with Venetian-like charm and a medieval town with its own city wall. Overlooking the city is a parish church where you can gaze upon the city below and discover many small individualities and details that make Piran lovable. Strolling through the narrow streets in the warm lamplit night lets you absorb the vibrant life of the city and makes it an unforgettable highlight of any trip.
Ljubljana Due to its proximity to Vienna, Ljubljana is much like an Austrian city. Yet, during the summertime the city begins to show its Mediterranean side. This is when the old town, with its small cafes and riverbanks with three overcrowded bridges, take on a life of their own. This sensation will leave everyone impressed by the magic of Ljubljana. Of course, the city is well worth a visit all year round. The markets host a brilliant display of colourful and boisterous events while a distinctive alternative scene attracts many artists and young people.
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