The up-and-coming adventure capital of Europe, Slovenia has a bounty of outdoor activities and a green ethos that makes this country worthy of some serious exploration.
1. You’ll find Europe’s most stunning caves
There are more than 10,000 caves in Slovenia. The best known, Postojna, runs for around 20 kilometres and World Heritage-listed Krizna Jama Cave has a reputation as one of Europe’s underground natural wonders.
2. Wine is a daily part of life
Slovenians love to grow their grapes and drink a drop. In fact, there’s a vineyard for every 70 people throughout the country.
3. There’s a whole ljub of love to discover
The capital, Ljubljana, translates to The Loved One and was awarded Europe’s Greenest Capital in 2016. We love that!
4. Strolling along Slovenia’s riviera is heaven
Slovenia may only have 46 kilometres of coastline but it’s heaven. Think Italian Riviera, with cappuccinos, yachts and gelato making a picture-perfect scene.
5. There’s a bear in there
Slovenia’s brown bear population has been important for reintroduction of numbers for the whole of Europe. In fact, nearly 60 per cent of Slovenia is forested, making it the ideal habitat to protect the bear population. Two facts in one. Bam!
6. Slovenia has all kinds of terrain to explore
In the north-westerly region of Slovenia you can see parts of the Alps in Triglav National Park.
7. More on wine
The world’s oldest vine, at 400 years old, is in Maribor. Pre-aged wine. Nice.
8. Slovenians are born adventurers
The first married couple to summit Mt Everest were from Slovenia.
9. Did we mention you can ski too?
The world’s largest ski jump is here and been the site of 60 world record jumps.
10. Oh, and it’s one of the most sustainable countries in the world!
In 2017, Slovenia achieved an incredible 96 out of 100 detailed sustainability indicators covering environment and climate, culture and authenticity, nature and biodiversity. It’s a leading nation that knows how to walk the talk of being green.
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