Reasons why Slovenia should be on your list of places to visit
Since the 1990s, Slovenia has become a must-visit destination for those looking for an affordable and picturesque holiday. Between abundant nature, a rich heritage and an incredible gastronomy, you will have the best time ever in Slovenia.
With abundant nature, Slovenia is renowned for having some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes. With numerous mountains, caves, valleys and waterfalls, you will find it ideal to reconnect with mother earth. In fact, you should know that Slovenia has thousands of caves, but only 22 are open to the public. Among them is Postojna Cave, the most famous of all, which receives more than 600,000 visitors a year. There, you can discover the karst formation and the olm, or proteus, an aquatic salamander that lives in the caves. This really is a must-see, and you shouldn't miss it.
Half of the country being forests, Slovenia is the perfect place to hike and recharge your batteries in nature. In fact, the oldest forest in the country is the Rajhenavski Forest. More than 500 years old, it is the most visited forest in the country, and you can book a tour with one of the many local travel agencies to enjoy all the greenery in Slovenia.
Ancient history and legacy
Slovenia's modern history is intertwined with the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, but the country has an even older history. Over centuries, it has been at the crossroads of many empires and cultures. It was part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary and even the Republic of Venice, which means that every part of the country has a strong past and legacy.
Indeed, both Predjama Castle and Ljubljana Castle show the different influences that shaped Slovenia. Ljubljana Castle itself is a mixture of several architectural styles since the building was built during the 11th and 12th centuries, and then renovated in the 15th century. And the building evolved over the centuries, so when you visit it, you will have the chance to discover how different eras and different people have influenced its modern appearance.
An underrated gastronomy
Despite some delicious dishes, Slovenian cuisine is little known, and we believe quite underrated. You will probably just get the chance to try it when you visit the country, but you will see how tasty it is. Special dishes include "kranjska klobasa", a traditional sausage which is very popular, and "bogra", a meat stew supposedly invented by Hungarian shepherds when under Hungarian rule, and we swear it is quite mouth-watering.
Besides traditional dishes, Slovenia is home to another amazing product - its wine. Produced in the second largest city, Maribor, wine has been a staple of the region since the Illyrian and Celtic tribes between the 5th and 4th centuries BC. So if you want to experience Slovenian culture to the fullest, take a day to visit some of the best wineries and taste some delicious wine.