Travel Guide to Slovenia
Places to visit in Slovenia
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and has its own page - Ljubljana
The Julian Alps - lie on the border between Italy and Slovenia; there are more than 14 peaks above 2000m with the highest being Triglav at 2,864m. The Triglav National Park covers most of the mountainous area.
Kranjska Gora - is a ski resort in the Julian alps close to the borders with Austria and Italy. It is well regarded as a ski resort and hosts ski races within the World Cup Alpine skiing series. In the summer the town is popular with mountaineers and hikers.
Lake Bled - is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps, it is a popular destination for tourists and can get busy in summer. There is a small island in the lake with a very photogenic church on it; the Church of the Assumption. Both can be visited via gondola or rowing boat.
Škocjan Caves Regional Park - a large cave system with an underground canyon in it, listed as a World Heritage Site it is being developed for tourists but is still open to visitors, (see photo below).
Skojan Caves Lake Bled Slovenia
Postojna Cave - one of the most popular sites to visit in Slovenia. A small train takes tourist up to 5.3km into the cave, it's not far from Skocjan Caves.
Koper - is Slovenia's largest port and also a pleasant small town with a population of around 23,000. The old part of the town dates back of medieval times and there are some notable buildings. The Cathedral of the Assumption is a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and has an impressive Tower next to it. The Praetorian Palace is a Venetian Gothic building dating from the 15th century. But the town doesn't have and beaches - head down the coast for these.
Ptuj - (not a spelling mistake) in the east is the oldest town in Slovenia that can trace its history back to Roman times when both Vespasian and Trajan stayed in the local garrison. Many of the town's buildings date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. There is a 12th century castle on the hill overlooking the town and an 18th century town hall.
Predjama Castle*photo - is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south western Slovenia. A truly remarkable location and its meant to be haunted!
Piran - is a small seaside resort on the Adriatic coast, it has the classic red tile roofs of towns along this coast. The town square is a real classic and well worth a photo or two! The Church of St George is located on a hill overlooking the town and there is a Franciscan Monastery in the same area. There are good beaches nearby. Other coastal resorts nearby are Izola and Portoroz which both have sandy beaches.
Food and Drink
Zlikrofi - pasta parcels filled with bacon, cheese and chives.
Bujta Repa - pork hot pot with picked turnips.
Prekmurska Gibanika - a layer cake with poppy seeds, apples, walnuts and ricotta filling.
Istrian Stew - the main ingredients are beans, sauerkraut, potatoes, bacon, spare ribs, all seasoned with garlic.
Slivovitz - is brandy made from Damson plums. Similar drinks can be found throughout the region , they are often known as Rakia; the home made brew can be 50-60% - take care!
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