Slovenia is ideal for winter sports and skiing, in summer and in spring it is ideal for hiking and holidays on the Slovenian coast. In its green mountains and forests you will find shelter from the heat here. In Slovenia there are all 4 seasons. The mountainous part is dominated by the harsh alpine climate. The coast has Mediterranean features. The northwestern lowland has a continental climate. The average temperature in June is above 20 ° C, while in January it is around 0 ° C. This is the first country in the world for its biodiversity. The surface of Slovenia is 0.004% of the Earth’s surface. 1% of all living things, or 24,000 animal species, live here. The largest brown bear population in Europe lives in Slovenia. It currently numbers from 500 to 700 individuals. Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe. Forests cover 60% of its territory. This area is always increasing as 1 200 000 new trees are planted each year.
The most performed musical composition comes from Slovenia. It’s called the entertaining “Ensemble of the Avsenik Brothers”. They have sold over 31 million LPs. The highest cliff on the Adriatic is in Slovenia. It rises 50 meters above the sea. It can be seen from the Strunjan peninsula.
Slovenia is located in the middle part of Europe. It borders the Alps and the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain with a karst part. It has about 2 million inhabitants who are autochthonous Slovenes with an Italian and Hungarian minority living there. Although it is only a few kilometers offshore, Slovenia offers superior service and countless opportunities for all generations. This country has over 7,000 kilometers of hiking trails and over 165 hiking homes and shelters.
Piran Castle is a picturesque Mediterranean town. Here you can tour the coastal streets, visit the aquarium (opened in 1964), the Submarine Museum or the Aviation Museum. You can climb the walls of the old town and enjoy the view of the whole of Piran. Or relax in the summer on the city beach. If you continue the easy walk from Piran to Portorož. Along the main promenade there are a number of hotels, bars, shops and cafes. Portorož is a city known for its casinos, nearby salt lounge and wellness centers. At the salt factory you can learn all about salt – the most important ingredient of all dishes.
The Skocjan Cave in Slovenia is one of the largest underground canyons in the world. Since 1911, this attraction has caused admiration and delight. The noisy “Reka” plunges into the pits with a slight smoke created by the evaporation of a large amount of water. You are 137 meters awaybelow ground at 12 ° C amongst stalactites and stalagmites and subterranean bats. Škocjan Caves have been protected by UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1986. The tour of the cave lasts about one and a half hours, accompanied by a professional guide.
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You can visit the cave all year round. You can also visit other famous caves in this part of the world: Postojna, Hell, Black, Bloška, Županova, the cave in front of Predjama City.
The largest cave of Slovenian karst is 20 kilometers long Postojna. In 1872, a subway was built to give visitors a superb experience. The temperature is between 8 and 10 ° C. 10 kilometers away from this cave is Predjama City on 123 meters high rock. The city was ruled by the infamous, insolent and headstrong Erazmo Predjama. 15th century tournaments have been held in his honor.
Racial white horses are a breed of Lipizzaners. They were named after the town of Lipica (small linden tree). The breeding of these excellent horses began in 1580 when the Habsburg Archduke Karel purchased the property of the Bishop of Trieste, Italia. Crossing the indigenous breed with the Spanish, Naples and Arabian horses created the Lipicaner. This breed of horse was bred for the needs of the court, the army and the Spanish Riding School. The foal is of a dark color that lightens up with age and the horse becomes almost white in color.
The Logar Valley in Slovenia is called the “Sun Valley”. It is surrounded by 2000 meters high mountain peaks that hide pastures and beautiful vistas. The source of the Savinja River and the Rinka Waterfall are the biggest attractions of the valley. Since 1987, the Sun Valley has become a Nature Park.
216 km² is covered by vineyards in Slovenia. Oov is one of the richest countries in Europe by water. Rivers and streams are 27,000 kilometers long. Slovenia is rich in thermal springs and groundwater.
Slovenia has the highest number of church buildings per capita in Europe. It has over 3000 chapels, churches and other sacral buildings. In the Soca Valley, some scenes from the film Chronicles of Narnia were filmed.
Olimje is the most beautiful European village. There is a castle from the 11th century, a former shrine of the Assumption of Mary, which was converted by Paulines into a monastery in the 17th century. Next to the castle is a baroque church and a monastery known for its pharmacy tradition. After Paris and Dubrovnik, the third oldest pharmacy in Europe is located here. There are preserved Lerchinger’s murals from 1780 with scenes from Scripture. A botanical garden6 full of medicinal herbs surrounds the castle. Today’s inhabitants of the “Franciscans” are engaged in the production of creams, oils, teas, tinctures and other medicinal preparations.
Near the castle is Syncerus – a small chocolate factory that dates from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century when Alfonso Videtic (a local confectioner) began making chocolate pralines.
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