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  • Predjama Castle, Slovenia

    Predjama Castle, Slovenia

  • View from Ljubljana castle over looking the city below

    View from Ljubljana castle over looking the city below


Destinations » Slovenia Holidays

Fairytale castles, stunning countryside, quaint medieval towns and picturesque beaches...Slovenia lends itself as the perfect holiday destination. Since becoming independent it has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination

Due to its small size, Slovenia is easily explorable. Any visit to the country should start with a Ljubljana city break. This beautiful city is the medieval capital and the Old Town provides the greatest attraction for tourists.

Situated on the Adriatic, Slovenia boasts sandy beaches which are ideal for lazing on during the hot and sticky summers. The Slovenian people are well known for their hospitality so visitors can expect a walm welcome wherever they go.

Culture

The Slovenian people are mainly of Slavic descent, and the predominant religion is Roman Catholicism, which is still widely practised by a large portion of the population.

Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and because of this it has always retained close cultural ties to Western Europe, at least in terms of social attitude.

Food and Drink

Slovenian restaurants are usually always packed at meal times. Ljubljana's old town has the highest concentration of excellent restaurants in the country, and almost every restaurant, however upmarket, will welcome you with true Slovenian hospitality and quality service. Portions are always large, in the tradition of Eastern Europe. A meal will usually consist of a thick soup (usually meaty) with main courses of roast meat or other and a selection of warm vegetables depending on season. Paprika is used widely as a flavour enhancer as are garlic and salt. Cold meats, bread, cheese and sausage are often served buffet style.

Dishes such as chicken fillets with a pistachio nut crust and roast foal are distinctively Slovenian in character and are served pretty much anywhere. The more adventurous might want to try some of Slovenia's hearty staples such as zelodec sausage with potatoes, juha soups (with beef, noodles or chunky vegetables) and Hungarian inspired goulash laced with paprika.

History

The area that is modern day Slovenia became part of the Roman Empire in the 1st century AD and was known as Pannonia and Noricum. Slovenia became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes with the downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which became known as Yugoslavia after 1929. During World War Two, the country was annexed by Germany, Italy and Hungary, but became a republic of the re-established Communist Yugoslavia in 1945 under the rule of Tito.

Did you know?

Capital Ljubljana
Official language Slovene
Currency Euro
Time zone Central European Time
Population 2 million

Cigarette smoking, while not quite as heavy as in Slovenia's neighbouring countries, can get oppressive at times. Some restaurants, but by no means all, have installed non-smoking areas. In late spring to early autumn most Slovenes tend to eat and drink outside so wafts of smoke are not a problem.

You're likely to be as overwhelmed by the friendliness of the Slovenes as you are by the beauty of the country. Learning a few simple Slovene words will win you even more smiles. Try out dober dan (good day), prosim (please) and hvala lepa (thank you very much).