Slovenia

Country Facts

Slovenia is often called 'Europe in Miniature', 'The Sunny Side of the Alps', 'The Green Piece of Europe' and, though they may sound like tourist-brochure blurbs, they're all true. From beaches, snow-capped mountains, hills awash in grapevines and wide plains blanketed in sunflowers, to Gothic churches, baroque palaces, historic castles and art nouveau civic buildings, Slovenia offers more diversity than countries many times its size. Among Slovenia's greatest assets, though, are the Slovenes themselves - welcoming, generous, multilingual, and broad-minded.

  • Capital: Ljubljana
  • Official Languages: Slovene
  • Government: Parliamentary Republic
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: +1 GMT. (4 ½ hours behind India) Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Slovenia, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; so +2 GMT.
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00386

When To Go

Best time to visit: Slovenia has a very diverse climate. There are four main regions The Alpine region with 2500 mm of precipitation, more than half as snow. The central part enjoys average temperatures around 18-20°C. The coastal part of Slovenia has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot and dry summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine and some rain. The eastern part of Slovenia has a moderate continental climate with average annual temperature around 23°C and hardly any rain. Average temperatures in July are above 21 °C and in January 0 °C.

What To Do

Slovenia's national cuisine shows an Austro-German influence with sauerkraut, grilled sausage and apple strudel often appearing on menus. The best-known Slovene foods are:


What to eat and drink
  • The breads: Made for special occasions, which appear in the form of braided loaves or wreathes
  • Struklji: A side-dish made of 'stretched' or yeast dough, which is rolled out thinly, spread with a variety of meat, vegetable or sweet fillings, then made into a roll, which is wrapped in cloth and cooked
  • Potica: A dessert prepared with a wide variety of fillings
  • Seafood: Is a specialty in Primorska region
  • Goulash: Is popular in the Hungarian influenced eastern Prekmurje region
  • National drinks
  • White wines: The southwest, eastern and northeastern parts of Slovenia are known for their outstanding white wines like Laski, Renski Rizling and many others
  • The southeast is the homeland of the light, russet-colored cvicek wine
  • The Adriatic Coast and the Karst region have mainly red dry Teran wine
  • Slovenian beer is excellent. The most popular brewers are Union in Ljubljana and Lasko
Shopping

Ljubljana's antique flea market unleashes its collectibles on the world every Sunday until 1pm.
Rogaska crystal is amongst the few brands for which Slovenia is internationally known.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Attractions

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