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Slovenia – a land of both lowlands and mountains – is located in the southern part of Europe, near the Balkan Peninsula. Its small coastline area (47 km in total) is washed over by the Adriatic Sea. The country borders Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, and is home to the Alps, and a large number of breathtakingly beautiful valleys, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. This small republic is the most forested state in the Balkans. For this reason, it’s excellent for hikers and enthusiasts of active recreation. Slovenia is also known for its many karst region stalagmite-stalactite caves.

Food

Horseflesh is one of the main sources of meat in Slovenia’s traditional cuisine, and foal stake is especially popular. It’s nearly impossible to imagine the nation's cuisine without buckwheat kasha, which is often served in restaurants as the main side dish. The meat-and-cheese-filled layered pastry börek is also widespread. Slovenia’s cuisine was influenced by the culinary traditions of Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, which is the reason why it has olive groves, vineyards, olive oil, and wine that resembles its neighbours’. From the Germans, the Slovenians learned to serve sausages with sauerkraut, and make schnitzels and apple pies; from the Austrians – omelettes, cakes and apple strudels; from the Hungarians – spicy soups and goulash; from the neighbouring Slavic nations – mushroom dishes and soups, buckwheat kasha, bread and dumplings; and from the Mediterranean cuisine – seafood and herbs. The Italian cuisine is popular in the coastal cities. Classic Italian dishes are combined with local ones, e.g. you may be served spaghetti or lasagne with local seafood.

Culture

Alovenia is sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic Sea., and its many castles, bridges, squares, waterfalls, mountains and picturesque panoramas attract crowds of tourists. The country’s capital Ljubljana has so many attractions that the more curious of visitors will need more than three days just to see the buildings of the Old Town. The resort town Bled, located near the Triglav National Park, is home to some of the world’s most beautiful churches, and warm streams heat its glacial lake to 24°C. You can take a boat to an island with a little church, located at its very middle.

Lazy Recreation

The country offers lots of SPA centres. So if you’re after quiet recreation, you will always have the option of lazily sipping from a cup of herbal tea or glass of local wine on one of the beautiful terraces in a cosy hotel or a mountain resort. Art lovers will find much to do in Slovenia’s capital – it’s chock full of art galleries and museums.

Active Recreation

The country has around 8,000 caves, one of which – the Škocjan Cave – is protected by UNESCO. During winter, Slovenia becomes swarmed with skiing enthusiasts.  The Vintagr Gorge – one of the country’s most fascinating natural wonders – is also worthy of your attention. The gorge, which stretches for about 3.5 km in the Slovenian Alps, is home to the Radovna River. Here you can see hanging cliffs, bridges, waterfalls, cascades and the roaring streams of the river. This is why rafting is so popular here. The length of the gorge – 1.6 km – is quite impressive. The distance can be covered on foot. Visitors are encouraged to follow wooden paths made specially for them. The Vintagr Gorge ends with the highest waterfall in Slovenia – the Šum Waterfall – whose water travels 16 m top to bottom.

The Art of Living

Slovenia is one of the world’s safest countries. Policemen are friendly, and the locals – hospitable. Local tour guides and travel websites claim that the only group of people to look out for are other visitors. The Slovenians also love nature and active recreation in their beautiful outdoors.

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