Known as ‘Europe in Miniature’, tiny Slovenia has a huge heart and a wealth of diversity. The soaring Julian Alps capture a touch of Switzerland, the radiating coastline oozes Mediterranean charm and Bled’s sweet island church appears to have come straight out of a fairytale. There is plenty of action for adrenaline junkies, from cycling, hiking and skiing, to canyoning, caving and boating. For those who prefer a slower pace, just sit back and take in the postcard-perfect views.
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At a glance
|Capital city:||Ljubljana (population 280,000)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Slovenia
Slovenia is a beautiful destination no matter what time of the year it is, and every season has its attractions. While the coast heats up over summer, the Julian Alps continue to experience more moderate temperatures. In winter, snow falls over the mountains and can get very cold, but the lowlands and coastal areas of the south enjoy much milder weather. Spring sees bursts of wildflowers through the alpine meadows and autumn brings gorgeous reds and oranges.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Active Adventures in Slovenia
Get the legs pumping with a ride around Lake Bled, past 19th-century villas, grand hotels and the cliff-clinging castle. For some more two-wheeled adventures, head out to Vintgar Gorge.
The Julian Alps beckon to be explored. Hike one of the numerous trails, or take a cable car to Mt Vogel for a bird’s-eye view of the lake below.
Slovenia is filled with underground and ‘between’ ground canyoning opportunities. So if you don’t mind small spaces, discover some of Slovenia’s most secret places on a canyoning adventure.
4. River Rafting
Try out some of Europe’s best white-water rafting. But be prepared to get wet.
Hire a traditional pletna and enjoy a boat ride across Lake Bled to its fairytale church. Ring the bell to have your wish granted.
FAQs on Slovenia
Can of soft drink = 2 Euro
Beer = 2.40 Euro
Short taxi ride = 2 Euro
Three-course meal = 15 Euro
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Feb 8 Preseren Day (Culture Day)
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 27 Resistance Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 19 Pentecost
Jun 25 Statehood Day
Aug 15 Assumption
Aug 17 Slovenians Incorporated into the Mother Nation
Sep 15 Restoration day
Oct 31 Reformation Day
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 23 Rudolf Maister Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Independence Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Slovenia/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
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Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Slovenia Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Slovenia
1. Be considerate of Slovenia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally-made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
8. Please refrain from drinking alcohol in public or on trains.
|The Golden Bird: Folk Tales from Slovenia||Vladimir Kavcic|
|A Farewell to Arms||Ernest Hemingway|
|Forbidden Bread||Erica Johnson Debeljak|