Monday, November 14, 2022


Slovenia Flag

Why visit Slovenia?
Ideal for repeat European travelers seeking off-the-beaten-track destination to experience adventure sports, architecture, beaches, casino gambling, castles, caves, culture, cycling, farmhouses, fishing, folk arts, gastronomy, health spas, highlands, hiking, horseback riding, lakes, mountains, paragliding, river rafting, skiing, valleys, and vineyards.

Triglav National Park, Slovenia. Photo Credit: kvetlotosa/Pixabay 

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Art, ceramics, crystal, lace, embroidery, handmade carpets, honey, jewelry, leather boxes, tapestries, wine carafes, wines, wood carvings, and woolens.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Bograč (stew). Kraški Pršut (dried meat dish).
    Kremna Rezina (cream cake). Kranjska Klobasa (sausage). Močnik (porridge). Potica (dessert). Prekmurska Gibanic (cake). Prežganka (soup). Štefani Pečenka (meatloaf). Žganci (polenta dish).
  • Local Drink to Try: Brinjevec (beer). Cviček (wine). Metliška Crnina (wine). Pelinkovac (liquor). Pinela (wine). Refošk (wine). Schnapps (liquor). Žametovka (wine). Zelèn (wine). Železna (mineral spring). 

Bled Castle, Bled, Slovenia. Photo Credit: nocloset/Pixabay 

Fun Facts
  • Was declared (2016) the world's 1st green country by the Netherlands, Green Destinations.
  • National Geographic Traveller's Magazine declared (2017) the country with the world's most sustainable tourism.
  • Awarded the European Region of Gastronomy (2021).
  • Triglav National Park (northwest) is their only national park.
  • Third most forested European country.
  • Most picturesque church, Church of Mary the Queen (aka:  Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary or Our Lady of the Lake) is on Bled Island. 
  • Predjama Castle (Predjama) is partially hidden in a cave.

Škofja Loka, Slovenia. Photo Credit: MW/Pixabay 

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Zlata Lisica, (February) Prešeren Fair, Ptuj Carnival, (March) Planica Ski Jumping, Pokal Vitranc Cup, (April) Radovljica Chocolate Festival, Salt Pans Festival, (May) Druga Godba, International Wildflower Festival, Three Hearts Marathon, Vinska Vigred, Walk Along the Wire, (June) Bled eConference, Cherry Festival, Franja Marathon, Indrija Lace Festival, Lent International Summer Festival, Jurjevanje, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Night at the Lake Festival, Novi Rock Festival, Slovenska Popevka Festival, (July) Beer & Flower Festival, Grintovec Mountain Race, Ljubljana Summer Festival, Punch Festival, (September) Bohinj Annual Hiking Festival, Cow’s Ball, Kravji Bal, Maribor Festival, Pippi Longstocking Festival, Vilenica International Literary Festival, (October) International Festival of Computer Arts, Ljubljana Marathon, (November) Frankfurt After the Frankfurt, Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), Martinovanje, Slovene Book Fair, and (December) World Cup Biathlon.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Prešeren Day, Easter SundayEaster Monday, Day of Uprising Against Occupation, May Day, Whit Sunday, Statehood Day, Assumption Day, Reformation Day, Day of the Dead, Christmas Day, and Independence & Unity Day.

Maribor, Slovenia. Photo Credit: Jarko/Pixabay 

Good to Know
  • Required to carry your passport with you at all times.
  • Ljubljana or Maribor Tourist Cards offer attractions, shopping, and transportation discounts.
  • Year round evenings tend to require a light sweater.
  • Compared to Western Europe, it is not a very windy country.
  • Vodno mesto Atlantis (Ljubljana) is a large waterpark offering something at any age.
  • Requires third-party liability insurance for car rentals.
  • Highway use requires a windshield sticker, vignettes on all rental vehicles.
  • Banks do not accept paper checks or travelers checks.
  • Maximum legal blood-alcohol limit is .05% and .00% for drivers with less than two years’ experience.
  • Headlights, helmets, and seat belts are mandatory.
  • All vehicles must have: blank European Accident Form, First-Aid Kit, Reflective Vest/Jacket, Spare Headlight Bulbs, and Warning Triangle.
  • Turning right on red stop light is illegal.
  • Possession or use of illegal drugs is subject to severe punishment.
  • Drivers must yield to bicycles.
  • International Driving Permit (IDP) required.
  • Between November 15 - March 15 vehicles must have all-season tires.
  • Majority of tourists are from Austria, Benelux, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo Credit: ivabalk/Pixabay 

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: 10,000EUR.

Predjama Castle, Predjama, Slovenia. Photo Credit: ivabalk/Pixabay 

  • Best Time to Visit: May - October
  • Coldest Months: December - March 
  • Hottest Months: June - September
  • Peak Season: June - August

Piran, Slovenia. Photo Credit: Zsolt Hollósi/Pixabay 

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Heritage of Mercury Almadén & IdrijaPrehistoric Pile Dwellings around the AlpsPrimeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians & Other Regions of EuropeŠkocjan Caves, and The Works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design.

Slovenia. Photo Credit: Pierre Prégardien/Pixabay 

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