For first-time visitors, Slovenia looks as if it has more in common with its Alpine neighbours of Austria and Italy, than those of former Yugoslavia. Forested mountains are interspersed with glacial lakes and chalet-style houses look out onto lush farmlands. The scenery of Slovenia is fresh and natural, while its people are equally genuine and accommodating.
The capital, Ljubljana, is a prosperous and pretty city with a large student population, which gives it a youthful vibe among well-preserved historic buildings. The Ljubljana River flows through the city, its banks lined with promenades, cafés and small shops.
Scenic, clean and safe, Slovenia is an ideal destination for families and couples, especially those who enjoy outdoor activities. Cycling, hiking, paragliding, white-water rafting, caving and mountaineering are all excellent pursuits the country can truly boast about.