Europe’s secret that’s getting out. Slovenia is becoming recognised as an influential player on the world’s sustainable tourism stage.

 

As a result, it has been named the world’s first ‘Green Destination’ by the Netherlands based NGO, Green Destinations. Slovenia is helped by its improving infrastructure, the breathtaking national park, a world class mountain range, astonishing karst cave systems and the competitive price tag.

But don’t just believe the hype. Here are some reasons you should take the plunge and discover Slovenia for yourself.

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1. Ljubljana

This city is an adventure capital for visitors and tourists alike. This beautifully quaint city is characterised by the architecture of Jože Plečnik, who is responsible for the landmark ‘Triple Bridge’ and the ‘Dragon Bridge.’ These works of art hang over the deep-blue, uncontaminated Ljubljanica River, which is open for canoeing and stand-up paddle-boarding. In the centre of this green city, you’ll find the Preseren square, which hosts year-round concerts, festivals, theatre shows, fairs and exhibitions.

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River-Ljubljanica-Slovenia

2. Triglav National Park

The Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia. It is home to the Julian Alps, of which Mt Triglav is the highest. Hiking Mt Triglav is a challenge, but with its striking and diverse scenery, it is more than worthwhile. Both major rivers, the Soca and the Sava, cut through the park and provide ample opportunity for white-water rafting. The fast flowing melt-water is far from warm, but provides an exhilarating ride.

The park’s canyons, Grmecica or Jereka, are two natural playgrounds in the park’s heart. The downhill tracks found in the ski-town of Kranjska Gora has earnt the Julian Alps a position of respect amongst mountain bikers.

 

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Jereka-canyon-Slovenia

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The karst cave systems under Slovenia are particularly impressive. The Krizna cave, Slovenia’s only naturally preserved karst cave, has a total of 22 lakes inside. These caves are separated by slowly growing, fragile sinter barriers. These barriers are extremely fragile and as a result, the number of visitors is restricted each day. Despite the lack of nutrients, this cave system has ranked 4th in the world for biodiversity.

In this cave system, you’ll also find remains of the mysterious and now extinct Cave Bear. New archaeological artefacts are also to be found, suggesting that our ancient ancestors used the caves as a hiding place. This curious, underground world has a rich history that shouldn’t be missed.

 

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Krizna-cave-Slovenia
Krizna-cave-Slovenia

 

4. Bled

Situated on the Southern foot of the Karawanks mountain range, Bled draws visitors worldwide, and for good reason. Lake Bled itself is a huge attraction, and has a picturesque church sitting on island in its’ centre. Before the church on the island in the middle of Lake Bled, an ancient temple devoted to Ziva, the Slavic goddess of fertility, stood there. A local Bled tradition is for a husband to carry his wife up the steps on the day of their wedding. The town has an authentic, slavic charm and provides a gateway to the adventure hotspot of the Julian Alps.