Left to Right: Vršič, Planina pod Golico, Vogel, Vintgar, Dusk view at the chalet, Bohinj, Bled

 

 

 

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Slovenia (Slovenija) has been called the most beautiful place on earth!  More than half the country is forest and the alpine region is dotted with lakes and towering limestone peaks.   In such a small country, the variety is astounding: snow-capped mountains, open plains, vast caves, beautiful coastline, historic castles, spa resorts, old towns and an interesting capital city.  The perfect place for a holiday!

 

Slovenia is a small country nestled in a corner between Austria and Italy, with Croatia and Hungary to the South and East.  It was once part of Yugoslavia but broke away relatively peacefully before the Balkans war started in 1991.  It was the wealthiest of the ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 and the first to be allowed to adopt the Euro in 2007.  The country is very modern and forward thinking, with excellent transport networks and friendly people.

 

Slovenia enjoys the sunny side of the Alps, which means swimming is possible in the lakes right up to the end of August.  The temperature range is generally from mid-twenties in the summer (but often up to 30°C), to below freezing in winter.  

These links provide more detail, history and facts:
Lonely Planet History Summary (and more)

BBC Country Profile: Slovenia

Easy to read Slovenia Info

 

Tourist information:

Slovenian Tourist Board  (excellent web site!)

Julian Alps Tourist Page

Bled Tourist Board

Bohinj Tourist Office

Kranjska Gora Tourist Office

Jesenice Tourist Office

National Tourist Association

 

Other sites:

SummitPost page for Golica

'Spot Slovenia' Site

Promotional presentation by the Slovenian government

Article about Soča Valley in the Times

 

There are also some more links on the activities page