Top events in Slovenia

February
01

A three-day festival of poetry.

February
14

The streets of Ljubljana come to life with this colourful carnival, which is always held on the Saturday before Shrove Tuesday. With participants...

March
12

Showcase of contemporary music.

Slovenia capital Ljubljana
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Slovenia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

20,273 sq km (7,827 sq miles).

Population

2 million (2013).

Population density

98.3 per sq km.

Capital

Ljubljana.

Government

Republic since 1991. Declared independence from now defunct state of Yugoslavia in 1991.

Head of state

President Borut Pahor since 2012.

Head of government

Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek since 2013.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

Green, clean and keen to please, Slovenia might lack the pulling power of its heavyweight neighbours, but this charming country is rich in rewards for travellers willing to take a punt.

Sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, this diminutive nation occupies a picturesque pocket of Europe, which is characterised by verdant valleys, glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains.

Slovenia has been greatly influenced by the countries surrounding it; the baroque architecture, ancient castles and sophisticated cuisine are evocative of western neighbours, while the quaint rural villages, Slavic language and low prices have a decidedly eastern flavour.

But, ultimately, Slovenia has its own identity. The first of the former Yugoslavian states to join the EU, the country is a progressive, forward-thinking nation and its people are easygoing and welcoming to outsiders.

Most travellers begin their Slovenian adventure in the capital, Ljubljana, a charming university city whose resident academics give the place a youthful vibe. Carved in two by the Ljubljana River, the city is peppered with cafés, independent shops and a gamut of excellent restaurants. It has a laidback vibe and a calm ambiance, unlike most capitals on the continent.

But it’s when you step outside the capital that Slovenia showcases her true charms; the beautiful Adriatic coastal towns; the rolling vineyards of Jeruzalem-Ormož; the picture-perfect lake Bled; the caves of Postojna and Škocjan; and the black ski runs of Kranjska Gora.

Slovenia is a particularly attractive proposition to outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, who can try anything from cycling, hiking and paragliding to white-water rafting, caving and mountaineering. Less adventurous visitors occupy themselves basking on beaches, people-watching in cafés and quaffing some of the country’s excellent wines.

However you spend your time in Slovenia, you‘ll probably leave wondering why more people haven’t cottoned on to her many charms. But, ultimately, her quiet beauty and understated elegance make Slovenia all the more appealing.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 19 December 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There is a low threat from terrorism. 

Around 100,000 British nationals visit Slovenia every year. Most visits are trouble free.

All foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the police within 3 days of arrival or risk paying a fine.

To drive on Slovenian motorways, you must buy and display a ‘vignette’. Vehicles must be fitted with winter equipment from 15 November to 15 March.

Seek advice on weather and safety conditions before travelling into the mountains. Off-piste skiing is highly dangerous due to the risk of avalanches.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

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