Regions

Diversity to discover

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, being the only country that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. Slovenia has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes.
Dividing Slovenia into indentifiable regions, you can find out more about individual locations.

First you have the Gorenjska region, which lies in the north-western part of Slovenia. There you can enjoy views of wonderful Lake Bled in the resort town of Bled and unspoilt Alpine Lake Bohinj; the peaks of the Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps ;a wide range of outdoor activities in the resort town of Kranjska Gora; and strolls through the beautifully preserved centres of old towns such as Kranj and Škofja Loka. As well in Gorenjska region, at the heart of the Triglav National Park, lies Slovenia's highest mountain Triglav.

The wonders of the next region, Goriška region include the beautiful Alpine peaks and valleys of the Triglav National Park, the enchanting wine winegrowing areas of Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley, and the hills around Cerkno and Idrija. One of the most distinctive and recognisable sights of the region is the emerald river Soča. The Posočje Region (Soča Valley), which unveils breathtaking natural wonders at every step of the way, also stores shocking memories of the most atrocious battles of World War I.

Yellow is the colour of the sun that strokes the picturesque Mediterranean towns on the Adriatic coast. Its rays are infatuated with the beauty of the Karst region planted with olive groves and vineyards, with peach orchards and cherry trees. Every kilometer of the Slovene coast is a new surprise. Here is a natural reserve with a rich fund of marl and sandstone and the unique, eighty-meter Strunjan cliff, the highest flysch wall on the Adriatic coast. Here are the Sečovlje saltworks, first mentioned in the 13th century. As well there are the towns of Piran, Izola, and Koper which draw visitors with their medieval cores, while Portorož offers numerous modern hotels with congress halls, a fully equipped marina, a sport airport, thermal baths, a casino, and a varied offer of summer cultural, entertainment, and sport events.

Behind the Slovene coast is the Karst region. In the cellars of the stone houses excellent wines are poured and sold, and in the attics excellent pršut is cured in the bora wind. This gourmets’ paradise is also a heaven for lovers of the beauties of the karst underworld. The Škocjan Caves, which are on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites, boast the 1400-meter long and 150-meter deep underground canyon of the Reka River.
The Notranjska-Karst region hides all the beauties that lie below the surface and are even more astonishing than those that you can admire above ground. Practically every square kilometre conceals one of several thousand karst caves. Not far from Postojna, the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region, Postojna Cave has been attracting visitors into its subterranean passages with their breathtaking rock formations for over a hundred years. The cave is home to the only cave-dwelling vertebrate in Europe, a pale-skinned amphibian popularly known as the 'human fish'.

The wider region, the Podravska region, around the river Drava contains many attractive tourist destinations offering natural and cultural sights of interest and a wide range of recreational and sports activities and gastronomic pleasures. From Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city, Ptuj, Slovenia's oldest town, and green Pohorje, unique among Slovenia's mountain regions, to winegrowing areas and thermal spas.

Koroška is considered the cradle of Sloveneness. Following the plebiscite of 1920, the greater part of Koroška (or Carinthia) became Austrian, with the result that the Slovenian Koroška region now consists of three valleys – the Meža, Drava and Mislinja valleys – and three mountain ranges – Pohorje, Karavanke and the Savinja Alps.

From one of the most beautiful alpine valleys (Logarska dolina as an example of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Europe) past the medieval castle inspirations of the Celje Counts to mysterious Kozjansko, the Savinjska region offers secret corners of unspoiled nature, thermal and climatic health resorts, towns and cities with interesting pasts and lively presents, hospitable farms and places with sporting challenges.

And as the last region, Pomurska is the dreamy countryside along the Mura River in eastern Slovenia. It is a land of wide fields and rounded hills, storks and wind-rattles, floating mills, healing waters (thermal health resorts) and energy points, picturesque winegrowing hills, original traditions and dialects, and most of all, a land of hospitable people, who live in Slovenia’s largest agricultural region.