Slovenia: Tourist/Information Guide

Lake Bled in Winterthumb lake bohinj sloveniaSlovenia MapLake BohinjLjubljanaPiranVintgar Gorg

Slovenia is a country which is stable and welcoming. It’s charming and comfortable to travel with its cities  that are cultured and its variety of arhitecture. The green country side is perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter. After the disintegraion of the Yugoslav Republic, the country left outside of the chaos and managed to integrate with Western Europe quickly and joined the eurozone. Despite its small size, this eastern Alpine country controls some of Europe’s major transit routes. It has a climate of Mediterrenean on the coast and  a continental climate with mild to hot summers, and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east.

The main areas that attracts tourists are the lively capital Ljubljana, the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park, the Alpine lakes of Bled and Bohinj, the Coastal towns, especially Piran. The region to the east, centering on Maribor, Ptuj and the Haloze Hills. 

Regions of Slovenia

Coast and Karst

IzolaPiranIzolaPiranPiran in SunsetPostojna Cave

Lies along the Adriatic coast and extends inland to the cave-dotted karst territory. The Italian influence is visible in the coastal towns of this picturesque area and Italin is an official language in many coastal towns. The coastal towns such as Piran, Izola are the main areas that attracts tourists. It is also worth to spend a day in the Adventure park Postojna  which is possible to swing bridges, ladders, climbing nets, ropes and zip wires. Right next to the park, there’s Postojna cave with it’s mysterious existence.

 

Julian Alps

Bled CastleJulian AlpsLake Bled from the MountainRadovljica

They are part of The Alps and extend over the border into north-eastern Italy. They were named after Julius Caesar. The Alps offers an alpine flair. The main tourist attractions are Bled which is the mountain lake completed with castle, island an town; Bovec, Cerkno and Radovljica. 

 

Central Slovenia

KamnikKranjKamnikLjubljanaRiver of Ljubljana

It encompasses the Ljubljana valley with Sava river and the surrounding hills. The northern parts are considered as Gorenjska and the southern tip is considered as a part of Dolenjska. Because of Ljubljana which is the political and economical center of the state; and Kranj, the region is economically wealthy. Ljubljana is also one of the most main tourists attractions in Slovenia. Moreover, there are medieval towns to see such as Kamnik, Skofja Loka and Kranj. 

 

Southeastern Slovenia

MetlikaNovo MestoSkocjan CaveRinza River

The region consists of three sub-regions which are Dolenjska, Bela krajina and Kocevsko. The Dolenjska is covered with hills and it is known for its vineyards and vineyard cottages where one of the most special wine is made which is Cvicek. 

 

Pohorje-Savinska

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The region includes the Pohorje mountain range, Zasavje hills and the Savinja river valley. The famous cities are Velenje, Celhe and Crna na Koroskem. Velenje is popular because of Pippi Family Festival and mining tradition and Celje because it’s one of Slovenia’s oldest cities. 

 

Eastern Slovenia

Goricko Nature Park Island of LoveLake BukovnikMariborMaribor

The main cities that attract tourists are Maribor because it is the second largest city in Slovenia and Ptuj  becuase it’s one of Slovenia’s oldest cities. This area is famous for the Bukovnik Lake which is a reservoir that lies south of the village Bukovnica in the southeast Goricko. The other popular sights are Castle Beltinci, Rotunda, Plecnik’s Church, Island of Love and many more. 

 

Getting Around

For free travel, hitchhiking may be the best option to move around and it is generally safe. Maps can be bought at gas stations about 10 euros. By using highways, getting around by car is also a easy way. Bus schedules in particular have been slashed so it is better to plan ahead. The services are sparse and limited on Saturdays and Sundays. On the other hand, the train network will get travellers to most destinations in the country. Also, the trains are usually cheaper than buses. Therefore, the trains might be a cheaper and better solution for getting around.