Slovenia

Slovenia is a small country at the crossroads of the Balkans and Central Europe, with the Alps to the north and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It bordered by Austria to the north, Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, and Croatia to the southeast.

Slovenia has a population of a little over 2 million. Its capital city since Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, is Ljubljana, which is also its largest city.

Slovenia is multicultural, with significant Italian and Hungarian speaking areas, although the majority of the people are Slovene and that is the official language throughout the country. Slovenia is a largely secularized country, but its culture and identity have been significantly influenced by Catholicism as well as Lutheranism.

For a small country, Slovenia’s landscape is remarkably diverse. It has a small Adriatic coastline, stretching about 29 mi (47 km) from Italy to Croatia. Inland from there is the Kras Plateau, a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves. The Alps, including several subchains, dominate the northern areas along its long border with Austria.

Over half of the territory is covered by forest, the highest proportion in Europe outside of Scandinavia. In addition, the majority of Slovenian terrain is hilly or mountainous, and human settlement is dispersed and uneven. For those who want untrammeled wilderness, Slovenia is an excellent choice.

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Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
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Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Bled

A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Ljubljana

 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Skocjan Caves

 
 
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