Slovenia tourism can offer you a remarkable contrasts experience: swimming in the Adriatic, skiing in the Alps, an adventurous discovery of Karst and Caves subterranean phenomena, a refreshing bath in a thermal springs, visits of medieval cities or winegrowing hills. Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, shows its Baroque and Art Nouveau influence, and the work of native born architect Jože Plečnik. Other attractions include the Julian Alps with the picturesque Lake Bled in Bled and Soča Valley, as well as the nation’s highest peak, Mount Triglav. Perhaps even more famous is Slovenia’s karst named after the Karst plateau in southwestern Slovenia. More than 28 million visitors have visited Postojna Cave, while a 15-minute ride from it are Škocjan caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tourism Slovenia: coast and mountains
Further in the same direction is the coast of the Adriatic Sea, with a jewel of Venetian Gothic, Piran. The hills around the nation’s second-largest city, Maribor, are renowned for their wine-making. Even though Slovenes tend to consume most of the wine they produce, some brands like Lutomer have made their appearance abroad. Geology has made the northeastern part of the country rich with spas, with Rogaška Slatina being perhaps its most prominent site.
A traditionally hospitable and very accessible country, Slovenia offers active, relaxing and healthy holidays:
* Coast and Karst
* Mountains and Lakes
* Health Spas and Wellness
* Castles and Churches
* Sport and Recreation
The Adriatic is a great place for swimming and windsurfing and there are also three marinas on the coast. Divers can make for the sea and the lakes, and the Soča, Krka and Kolpa rivers attract many canoeists and rafters. There are several equestrian clubs around Slovenia.
There are approximately 300 castles and manor houses in Slovenia, many containing museums and galleries. Particularly picturesque are Otočec Castle in the middle of the Krka river and Mokrice Castle.
Slovenia has 12 casinos, which makes Slovenia one of the most gaming attractive in Europe. As well as traditional European gaming, they also offer American-style gaming combined with high quality hotel, shopping, recreation and entertainment services.
Slovenia’s health spas have a tradition stretching back centuries. Fifteen very different health spas offering curative, preventive and holiday programmes provide different ways of enjoying an active holiday, including recreation and sport. The spas include:
- Zdravilišce Rogaška Slatina, being over 400 years old and boasting the mineral water Donat Mg which, due to its magnesium content and bacterial purity, is unique in Europe; and Terme Olimia, with its beautiful pool complex.
- The rich tradition of the thermal baths at Terme Dobrna and Zdravilišče Laško;
Zdravilišče Radenci, whose range of health services is complemented by Radenska’s world-famous “Three Hearts” mineral water;
- Terme Ptuj, Terme Lendava, Terme 3000 Moravske Toplice, Terme Topolšica and Terme Zreče;
- Terme Catež, offering a wide range of services and the largest year-round thermal river in this part of Europe;
- Dolenjske Toplice and Šmarješke Toplice, near the primal forest of Kočevski Rog,
Zdravilišče Strunjan on the Slovenian Littoral and
- Terme Palace in Portorož, which use salt water, mud and thermo-mineral water.