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Slovenia

As the "Green Jewel of Europe", the young Slovenian Republic has come a long way since the break-up of the Yugoslav puzzle in 1991. Slovenia has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and of the euro zone since 2007. Slovenia also presided over the EU in the first half of 2008. Despite this attraction to the West - Slovenians often speak English, German and Italian - the country cultivates a certain pride in its Slavic origins and traditions, and sometimes even a nostalgia for its communist past. In addition to exploring an exciting history and culture, Slovenia's tourist guide offers readers trails to navigate in the heart of this little-known little country, nestled between high snow-covered peaks, Mediterranean beaches and dense Eastern European forests. We will discover the hectic and enchanting capital Ljubljana before going canoeing on the glacial lake of Bled or sinking into the galleries of the Postojna cave, the largest in Europe. The Adriatic coast will remind you of Venice, while to the northeast stretch the gentle slopes of the Pohorje, perfect for strolling. As they approach the Croatian border, the forested areas gain ground, home to bears, wolves and deer. A mosaic destination, Slovenia collects the cultural influences of its neighbours while maintaining its own identity and warmth without being expansive. It is as diverse as its geography, offering the traveller beautiful experiences in a splendid and preserved natural setting, including the benefits of its thermal waters. Dobrodošli v Sloveniji!

What to see, what to do Slovenia?

When to go Slovenia ?

When to go to Slovenia? In general, we can say that it is a destination for everyone all year round. The thermal baths, which is why the country is known in part, are open all year round and there will always be one in the region where you are located. The snow-covered mountains will be particularly welcoming in winter (from November to the end of March) but also interesting in summer because many activities are possible. The green valleys will be more suitable for walks in spring, when nature wakes up, or for its autumn colours. There is no particular season for the cities, which are quite lively, especially if you are there for cultural events. However, May is perhaps the best time to go to Slovenia: there are many things to do because you can ski in the mountains in the morning and swim in the Adriatic Sea in the afternoon while taking a lunch break at the famous Lipica Stud Farm. When to leave Slovenia, you may ask? Vineyards, caves, karst, forests, torrents, waterfalls, architectural heritage, crystal clear waters, adventures, gastronomy... there is something for everyone at any time, and this is undoubtedly the particularity of the country.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, entry and travel restrictions may apply Slovenia. Remember to visit the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you leave for the latest information
Practical information for travel Slovenia

Slovenia is a country on a human scale: it is quite possible to visit its most famous sites during a one-week stay. Nevertheless, the ideal would be to devote two whole weeks to this destination in order to be able to explore it in depth. You will be immersed in its nuances and the plurality of influences emanating from its different historical regions. Our classic holiday ideas do not pretend to be perfect itineraries, but rather a collection of suggestions based on our own travel impressions. The same applies to our theme trips. As small as it may be, this country is full of a variety of exceptional landscapes and points of interest. Active, urban, thermal, wine-growing routes: you'll be spoilt for choice! Whatever the season you choose to discover Slovenia, you will be seduced by it in all circumstances!

How to go Slovenia

How to go alone

Average price of a flight from France: between 230 and 500 € in summer and between 180 and 400 € in low season. Note that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book (same for accommodation). Low cost airlines are not to be overlooked: you can travel to Slovenia from Beauvais to Venice - for a price of up to €50 per person per round trip - and then reach Slovenia by bus

How to go on a tour

The territory being so different from one corner of the country to another, the possible activities are very numerous, which can motivate a thematic trip: winter sports, thermalism, gastronomy, national parks, culture, etc. There are very competent travel agencies specialising in organising trips to Slovenia and this part of Europe. The tours on offer can range from a long weekend to two full weeks. It's up to you!

How to get around

In Slovenia, the road infrastructure is very well developed and the national bus network is well oiled. You can go to any part of the country by bus, even if it is sometimes slow, because there are many stops. However, the vehicles are recent and comfortable. The other option is the car: yours, if you decide to travel to Slovenia by your own means, or a rental vehicle, at an honest price. In Ljubljana, you can walk, take a bus or a taxi

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Discover Slovenia

Exploring Slovenia means becoming aware that nature sometimes does things well. It means discovering an incredible biodiversity, a sometimes capricious but unpredictable climate, a diverse geography between mountains, coastline, forests, not forgetting the famous Karst. It is also about getting to know a complex history made up of contradictory influences that led to the recent full independence of a people already thousands of years old. It is a better understanding of the political and economic issues at stake for a young nation seeking to make its voice heard on the European stage. Slovenia's identity is both fragile and solidly anchored, marked by a centuries-old language, typical landscapes and tenacious craft traditions that delight visitors: Idrija lace, Piran salt, Karst ham, quality wine-growing, colourful carnivals..

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Vue générale depuis la jetée. Stéphan SZEREMETA
Vue panoramique de Celje. RS.photography - Shutterstock.com
Fresque murale dans un souterrain de la ville. Stéphan SZEREMETA
Sculpture moderne. Tom Pepeira - Iconotec

The 12 keywords Slovenia

1. #Apiculture

Due to its high density of conifers and deciduous trees, Slovenia is a small paradise for bees, especially Carniola bees. Beekeeping is part of the country's tradition, so leaders have successfully campaigned for the establishment of a World Bee Day under the aegis of the United Nations.

2. #Dialects

From one end of Slovenia to the other, there are more than fifty dialects that are still spoken! The most amazing thing is that Slovenes have a hard time understanding each other from one region to another when they use them... Thus, there are derivatives of Serbo-Croatian in the south, Friulian and Italian in the west, German in the north and Hungarian in the east.

3. #Forest

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Who said that in Europe there are no more large tracts of forest? About 60% of Slovenia's territory is covered by forests. Some even, in the Pohorje Mountains, are primary or virgin forests, i.e. man has never intervened. Surprisingly, 25% of Slovenes are said to own a forest.

4. #Klopotec

Wooden rattles that serve as windmills, their role is to scare birds away from the vineyards. According to the local legend, they would soften the grapes. They are found all over the country. Installed in the summer, they are dismantled after the harvest period at the time of Saint-Martin on November 11.

5. #Kozolec

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The Slovenian farmer is an exceptional builder and architect. Indeed, the kozolec are unique hay dryers in the world. You will frequently see these wooden constructions formed by a vertical panel with a small roof over horizontally arranged crossbeams. They are classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

6. #Mountain

Slovenia is a very rugged country. Situated on the borders of the Alps and the Balkans, it is a culturally mountainous land that brings together three main massifs, all located in the northern half of the country: the Julian Alps with the famous Mount Triglav, the Karavanke and the Kamnik Alps. A white enchantment embellished with lakes and waterfalls.

7. #Bears

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Their Promised Land! There are more than 700 of them on the territory, where they pose far fewer problems than in France, due to the importance of the forest massif which allows a more serene cohabitation. Measures have also been taken to prevent risks to the herds. This is the one found in our Pyrenean massif.

8. #Outdoor

The geography of the country presents itself as an exceptional playground for all outdoor sports enthusiasts. You can ski in the Julian Alps in the morning and windsurf on the Adriatic Sea in the afternoon. From mountain biking to rafting, hiking and paragliding, Slovenia is full of exceptional places.

9. #Potica

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This is a walnut roll cake that is usually served as a dessert but also fills the day's nibbles. More often in the spotlight at local festivals than in restaurants, it is imperative to taste this "national monument". Of course, you will find the best potica in the tourist farms.

10. #Skiing

Certainly the country's national sport, with all its variations such as ski jumping. Planica's ski jumps are among the high points of this discipline and are a true national pride. The slopes of Kranjska Gora and Maribor Pohorje are among the best in the Old Continent and attract great competitions.

11. #Bezeg

Elderflower and its fruits are present everywhere in Slovenia, they are used to flavour drinks or desserts in all restaurants and bars. During the summer months, Slovenians go on walks in search of elderflowers to collect the flowers and turn them into homemade syrup that quenches their thirst all year round.

12. #Zelena

Slovenia has chosen to promote a green economy(zelena). This ecological bias is based on tourism which has innovative labels, on a precursory management of waste sorting taught to children from elementary school and on an institutional support to sustainable alternatives in order to get out of the pitfall of the all-car

You are from here, if...

Your heart is more turned towards Western Europe than towards the Balkans, but you keep a rather positive memory of the Yugoslavian adventure.

Your attachment to nature and its preservation is essential to you and you are an ecologist without really knowing it.

You have already participated in one of the emblematic carnivals of the country.

You are multilingual and have a high level of fluency in English and German.

You want to shine in society with your new car.

You are an aficionado of sports in all its forms: hiking, paddle, winter sports, extreme sports, etc.

You can sit on the terrace in all weathers thanks to the essential help of blankets and outdoor heaters.

You give a major place to your family in which you often take refuge at the end of the week.

Your preferredmeans of transportation for short distances is the bicycle.

You know how to sort waste perfectly.

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