Last updated: 24 December 2017
Almost half of Slovenia, a small country in Central Europe is forested. Great for skiing or hiking, the Julian Alps tower over tranquil farmlands and vineyards in the valleys below. The turquoise waters of the Soca River, running through the mountains, owe their unusual color to the limestone deposits that float in it.

Forest fringed Lake Bled in the foothills of the mountain, is picture postcard pretty. Overlooked by snow capped mountains and an imposing castle, visitors float on charming wooden boats amongst the swans; destination the island in the centre of the lake to hike or visit the church that stands on it.


A Roman castle is perched on a hill overlooking the capital, Ljubljana, which straddles a river where inviting cafes and markets lend the town a year round holiday feel.  On the Adriatic coast Venetian houses flank Slovenia’s twenty-nine kilometres of shoreline.

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