Home to about two million people, Slovenia is big in stature despite its smaller size.
Forests cover more than 60% of this Central European destination. And below the surface, more than 13,000 caves can be found.
About 200 of these caves are open for visitors to explore, including Postojna Cave, the second largest cave in the country. While at Postojna Cave Park, you can take a walk through the 800-year-old Predjama Castle, home to knights during medieval times.
Slovenia also boasts some of the world’s best wines with 28,000 wineries throughout three wine-growing regions. Each features unique varieties thanks to variations in soil, climate and cellaring methods. Wine making began in Slovenia before Roman rule when Celtic and Illyrian tribes planted vines there. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Slovenia boasts the oldest vine in the world still producing fruit.
After a day of sightseeing and wine-tasting, travellers can recharge with some taste-tempting food with cultural influences from its neighbours Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Over the years, Slovenia has become a melting pot of delicacies, from Austrian wiener schnitzel and Italian pasta to Hungarian goulash.
Slovenia received its first Michelin star in 2020 and the latest edition of the guide features 58 Slovenian restaurants.
The Otoe Castle Hotel, one of Slovenia’s accommodations, is located on a small island in the middle of the Krka River, and offers a mix of the past with luxurious modern amenities. The castle dates to 1252 and has undergone architectural changes in that time including the creation of a winery in one of the castle towers.
For visitors wanting to get close to nature, the Herbal Glamping Resort in Ljubno features herbal massages, homegrown produce and a natural swimming pool for guests. Luxury is what the Kempinski Palace Portorož Istria in Portorož is all about. Situated on the Adriatic Sea, it has its own private beach as well as standard guest rooms featuring private balconies, several dining options, and both indoor and outdoor pools.
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