If Little Red Riding Hood appears before my eyes I shall not be surprised. The magical country of Slovenia is filled with lush forests, crystal clear lakes, jagged mountain peaks and the friendliest people in the land.
Best of all, this quaint flower box laden land is not a once upon a time fairy tale.
Hugged by Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary, the small countryside is dotted with medieval castles, sweeping valleys and vineyards.
Why would you want to travel to postcard perfect Slovenia?
One of the most recognizable scenes of Slovenia. A tiny island topped with 'a made for postcards' church. Grooms have been carrying brides up the 99 steps prior to wedding ceremonies for good luck for many decades.
Colorful beehives dot the Slovenian landscape. In the 19th century Slovenian farmers developed ‘frontboards’ (called panjske koncnice) for their bee hives. The colors and murals were designed to assist bees in finding their way home.
Unique to Slovenia, toplars (double sided hay racks) are often used to store farming equipment. Primarily seen in the northwest corner of Slovenia, the single rack design dries hay.
Slovenes are some of the friendliest people we have met in our years of traveling. We asked a local the reason for the national good mood -- we got a smiling answer complete with a puzzled look, “Why wouldn’t we be?”
The beautiful jagged peaks of the Julian Alps and country’s highest peak Mount Triglav look as though a stunning backdrop has been placed for your viewing pleasure.
Quaint Inns and Hotels
Have I mentioned how clean Slovenia is? Charming, cute and laden with blooming flower boxes, you can expect character filled clean accommodations throughout the country.
This beautiful city holds the title of European Green Capital 2016. The official city symbol of the dragon can be found proudly standing on guard almost everywhere in this charming and safe urban setting.
Explore the depths of what scientific circles boast as one of the most treasured cave systems on earth and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Can you say clean?
Spotless. As if the entire country has been tidied and vacuumed daily. Perhaps magic fairies are picking up litter. Slovenes are fiercely proud of their pristine country.
With more than 40 distinct regional cuisines there is no lack of variety on the Slovenian culinary scene. A mixture of central European influences, particularly Austrian and Hungarian, the Mediterranean and Balkan make for delicious dining throughout the land. Be sure to try the Cremeschnitte cream slices of Bled.
As the only country in Europe that boasts the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst, the Slovenian landscape brings a new look around each corner. Rivers, lakes, gorges, meadows and mountains great those exploring the countryside.
One of the only countries on the planet where forests are increasing in size, Slovenia ensures over one million trees are planted each year. As Europe’s third most forested country, 60% of the country is covered in forest.
Wine lovers will delight in over 216 square kilometers of vineyards. Still producing enough grapes for 25 liters of wine per year, the oldest vine in the world has stood in Maribor, Slovenia’s second-largest city, for the past 400 years.
With festivals such as the Cabbage Festival and Bean Day, accordion competitions for all ages echo through the valleys of Slovenia. The most common musical instrument of Slovenia, history tells of the accordion driving out folk instruments such as flutes and pan pipes. Accordion buskers are frequently spotted in Ljubljana.
With less than 0.004% of the earth’s surface, more than 24,000 animal species can be found in Slovenia. Sustaining biodiversity is a national priority and over one third of the country’s land is protected.
Traveling through Slovenia is much like walking into a fairy tale. Clean, quiet, safe and if you watch closely Rapunzel may throw her hair out of a castle window.