Slovenia: Green with Extraordinary Stocks of Natural Water
To a majority of Slovenia’s visitors the options for outdoor activity represent a genuine discovery in the most diverse, but always unmistakeably green, landscapes. Slovenia has the Julian Alps with their ski slopes and other winter recreation areas, the sea with good wind for sailing amongst other sports, the Pannonian basin and picturesque valleys for cyclists and underground Karst wonders and original limestone gorges for the more daring sportsperson in search of new experiences.
The regional variety, the outstanding forest coverage, the plethora of water sources and the contrast of four seasons have always inspired Slovenians to achieve great things. Victories and records in diverse sporting disciplines have always been connected to our respect for nature. Slovenia is a green country. With forest expanses, the luxury of pure waters, the preservation of extraordinary biotic diversity and the commitment to sustainable tourism, it is destined to remain the green gem of Europe. Offering wonderful possibilities for sports and recreation, it has been a desirable destination for hikers, cyclists and lovers of various water sports for decades. Golf courses invite you to explore the country in all its regional and cultural diversity. In winter, ski slopes provide the canvas for a range of exciting leisure pursuits.
Inspiration can be found anywhere: in views from your window, the local food on your plate and exceptional wine in your glass, in every breath among forests, in the drop of water on your skin, in the breeze that blows in your direction, in the darkness of the mysterious Karst cave, in the edge of the city touching the forests and in the sun lurking behind Alpine peaks. This is a country for curious and demanding people who want to experience a place with their entire being.
Slovenia is green luxury: it has the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian basin and the mysterious Karst. In the northwest, the Alps shine with their geologically young peaks and verdant valleys between them; in the northeast, the Pohorje mountains stand with ancient dome-like hills. The forests, which slowly give way to snow-covered peaks above Bled, reflect beautifully in the water of the lake - often considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
In terms of the quantity of river water per capita, Slovenia is among the richest European countries. Picturesque mountain streams, intermittent natural sources and mighty waterfalls are to found throughout the land. Many of these sources are easily accessible via marked paths; the emerald Soča and beautiful Savinja present particular highlights.
Active in Slovenia. Where?
Everything is easily accessible from the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana. It is only 50 kilometres away from the splendours of the Karst with its luxurious underground caves and the very special traditions of the Lipica stud farm. In another direction, it is only two hours drive to the natural and ethnographic peculiarities of the Pannonia basin and vineyard hills in the country’s east. On your way there, spend some time in Ptuj, the country’s most historic city, or in Maribor, it’s second largest which is a European Capital of Culture in 2012. The rapidly changing terrain offers many recreational options. Arguably the Karst only appears in all its true glory when observed from the back of a horse, Maribor when seen from a river raft, and Ptuj from the picturesque golf courses.
The successes of Slovenian athletes reflect the nature of Slovenia in a particular way. The first medals won by independent Slovenia were in rowing - athletes who began their sporting careers outdoors on our lakes. Bled Lake hosted the World Rowing Championships in the summer of 2011.
Slovenia is the land of tourism dedicated to preserving natural beauty. A large part of Slovenia is designated as protected. Fantastic experiences are possible even on the edges of Triglav National Park, one of the oldest such parks in Europe, or on the edge of Solčavsko with the Logarska dolina Landscape Park. Both regions have been awarded European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) status. The Soča Valley offers exhilaration on the water, in narrow ravines and in the skies above - along with exceptional opportunities for historical exploration on the routes between World War I memorials. Logarska dolina is one of the most recognizable natural gems of Slovenia, while the panoramic route that leads to Solčavsko just above it guarantees an experience to remember. Around here mountain farms preserve their traditions and home-made specialties. Even before independence in 1991, the reputation of Slovenia had been established by Alpine skiers, who brought medals from winter Olympic Games and skiing world cups. Accolades were also garnered from the Vitranc cup in Kranjska Gora, a popular Slovenian sports and recreational venue for many years, and from the Golden Fox Trophy on Mariborsko Pohorje – the pretty ski slopes in the near vicinity of Maribor. Winter winners also include our ski jumpers who have developed their world-class skills for decades in Planica, while Slovenian female cross-country skiers may be found training at the modern stadium in Rogla, and biathletes at home in the Pokljuka.
Slovenia is the Land of Health.
Along the coast, relax and regain your strength thanks to the Mediterranean climate and the riches of the Adriatic Sea or, alternatively, revive your spirit in one of the many spa and wellness centres throughout the country. The basis for our spas, which offer medical prevention, remedial and numerous attractive alternative programmes for the preservation of wellbeing, is the abundance of natural thermal springs.
Relaxation feels best after exploration of natural and cultural splendours, which are close by every Slovenian spa. The pleasure is further intensified by Slovenian cuisine and wines. They help us restore our strength for new challenges and activities that every day brings in Slovenia.
Natural spas in a special Mediterranean climate can be discovered on the Adriatic shore, throughout vine-covered hills in the east or south of Slovenia, in the Pannonian basin, in the shelter of the Pohorje or near the old cities. Each and every one of them will surprise you with something. Find one for yourself: www.slovenia-terme.si.
In addition to splendid accommodation options with custom-prepared meals, these selected centres throughout Slovenia offer high-standard sports facilities and organized sport grounds for various disciplines. They are the right choice for high-altitude training, offer natural environments for core training and easily fulfil a variety of professional needs at different times of the performance cycle. Athletes will find the perfect surroundings for successful preparation - special purpose centres include:
- Olympic Sports Centre Planica – simulation of altitude conditions in several rooms, gym, fitness area, outdoor fields and various nearby surfaces, massage and testing areas // www.osc-planica.si
- Pokljuka Sports Centre – new external surfaces for biathlon, cross-country skiing and other sports, and indoor fitness facilities // www.center-pokljuka.si
- Pohorje–Maribor – football camp Arena and Bolfenk and other sports and accompanying facilities // www.pohorje.org
- Rogla Olmypic Centre – noted climate spa with Top Sport choices for athletes, with altitude rooms and various sports surfaces for year-round and winter preparations // www.rogla.eu
- Kranjska Gora – winter and year-round sports surfaces, new sports hall Vitranc and hotel selection for specific needs // www.kranjska-gora.si //
Nataša Slak Valek, PhD
Global Public Relations
SPIRIT Slovenia; Slovenian Tourist Board
Phone:00386 1 5898 550
Fax: 00386 1 5898 560