The Republic of Slovenia is in Central Europe bordering both the Alps and the Mediterranean. Surrounded by Croatia to south and east, Hungary to the north east, Italy to the west and Austria to the north, it’s easy to see why Slovenia through it’s history has been a ‘border area. There are four main cultural groups here from Slavic, Germanic, Romance and Uralic backgrounds. The large majority of the people here recognise themselves as Slovenes but there is also a major group of immigrants from the former Yugoslavia countries.
The capital is Ljublijana, a pretty place to spend a few days on a city break and has a major airport with connections all over Europe. Tourism is developing all the time in Slovenia and there are a wide range of landscapes from mountains to the sea and a host of sports and activities to enjoy here including horse riding, cycling, kayaking, hiking and winter sports. The Julian Alps and pretty Lake Bled are found in the north west. Soca River is a great place for adventure activities. Mount Triglav is the highest peak and sits in the Triglav National Park. There are fascinating geological sites including the rocks of the Karst Plateau and many caves. The most well known are the Postojna Caves and the Skocjan Caves.
The region of Slovenian Istria meets the Adriatic Sea near Croatia and the historical and pretty Mediterranean towns of Piran and Portoroz get very busy in the summer months. There are plenty of costume and folklore festivals and processions in Slovenia. There are several interesting and picturesque castles here and if you enjoy wine, head to the hills around Maribor for some wine tasting!
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