Slovenia. A small country with a big heart in the heart of Europe. Independent since 1991, after the so-called 10-day war, it split from Yugoslavia, part of which was from the Second World War, or since the First World War, when the kingdom of Yugoslavia was founded after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Since Slovenia has been independent, it has been transformed from the formerly most advanced Yugoslav Republic to a modern and developed Central European country, became a member of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other major international organizations.
Since 2004, Slovenia has been a member of the European Union, and later joined the European Monetary Union and the Schengen area. In Slovenia, the political system of parliamentary democracy was introduced along with its independence.
Slovenia and nearby countries
At that time, it transformed itself from a rather unknown tourist country into a very desirable and increasingly recognizable tourist destination, especially focusing on modernization and increase of holiday facilities, as well as the recognition of the country itself. In spite of its small size, Slovenia is a very diverse country, so that in the short amount of time, you can experience the beauty of various landscapes that adorn this beautiful country - from the Pannonian region, through central Slovenia to the Alpine and further to the Mediterranean world. And if you make a little effort, in just one day, you can eat a breakfast with a view of the sea, a lunch in the beautiful Alpine world, and dinner in a pleasant homestead in the embrace of hills covered with vines. And no matter what part of Slovenia you are in, the landscape is truly wonderful.
Slovenia has three climates. The temperate continental climate is typical for most of the country (rather hot summers and cold winters), a moderate Mediterranean climate for the coastal zone to the high karst plateaus (the country's smallest and warmest climate), and the mountain climate for alpine valleys and higher alpine plateaus (lower annual temperatures from the continental climate).
Slovenia is certainly a land of natural beauties, known primarily for its beautiful rivers, lakes, waterfalls and karst caves - some natural beauties are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The total length of all rivers and creeks is 26,600 km, while the total number of karst caves is 12,589, which is a staggering amount of 20,273 km2 of the total area of this small country's territory. In addition, forests cover over half of the territory of Slovenia, so Slovenia is a truly green country. It is no surprise that it was declared the first green destination in the world in 2016 - the assessment was made by Greeen Destinations (GD), a non-profit organization of experts and destination ambassadors working in 80 countries.
In addition to the stunning natural beauty you will also enjoy very good food and drinks, as Slovenia is famous for its excellent gourmet destinations. And if the saying »love goes through the stomach« is true, then there is a lot of love here. Delicious foods from mostly locally produced foods, premium wines, excellent beers from local micro breweries will not leave you indifferent. Even ordinary water is one of the best in the world - by the way, tap water is drinkable almost everywhere.
But the diversity of this beautiful country is not only in its landscapes. The effects of the different cultures of the neighboring countries with which Slovenia has been closely connected through history are reflected in a wide variety of catering offerings, as well as architectural styles of historical objects or cultural sites, and, last but not least, to people who know the influence of such a central Europe, as well as the Mediterranean.
Thus, Slovenians are hardworking and honest in one way, and on the other they are very sociable and enjoy good food and drink. There are usually no problems when it comes to communicating with them, because in addition to openness, they are also very educated - the average Slovene speaks at least one foreign language well- mostly English.
Slovenia is therefore an excellent tourist destination where you can spend your vacation by the sea, in the mountains, by lakes or rivers, in spas, among vineyards, on karst regions, in underground caves, nature parks, or simply walking in picturesque places.
There are many options, and every destination is s stone's throw away, so you can experience the diversity of this tourist pearl within a short period of time.
You can visit Slovenia at any time, and it is suitable for adrenaline addicts, serious and moderate athletes, mountaineers, hikers, nature lovers, gourmands, or purely ordinary tourists ... and of course for romantics, romantic corners are everywhere. After all, Slovenia is the only country in the world that has love in its name...
You do not have to worry about security because Slovenia has been one of the safest countries in the world for years now - according to the International SOS survey, it is ranked among the 7 most secure countries in the world. The greatest danger is on the road, because Slovenians are not exactly disciplined and tolerant drivers.