Slovenia: Europe’s Undiscovered Gem
Want picture-perfect Europe, continental wines and affordable skiing away from the tourist hoards? Then travel to Slovenia—Europe’s undiscovered gem. Visit the Triglav National Park—the national park lies in Slovenia’s far western corner, a few miles south of Austria and east of Italy. Triglav offers 25 miles of sparsely populated cross-country ski trails, and is one of Europe’s hottest cross-country ski venues. The development in the country’s only national park is strictly regulated, and while there are hotels in larger Kranjska Gora, accommodation is often provided in the tiny villages and farms dotted throughout.
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- Population: 1,992,690
- Capital City: Ljubljana
- Climate: Mediterranean climate on the coast, continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east
- Time Zone: GMT +1 hour
- Language: Slovenian
- Country Code: 386
- Location: South Central Europe, Julian Alps between Austria and Croatia
Imagine a country with the Alpine landscapes of Switzerland, the mountaintop castles of France and Germany, an excellent foodie culture…and all with about half the tourists (and a fraction of the price) of Western Europe, even in so-called high season. Slovenia isn’t a place you hear about often. It’s one of those well-kept secrets—beloved by those who know it, but hidden away from the tourist masses. Even if you visit in high tourist season—July and August—the crowds are manageable. You can have whole castles, pretty hiking trails, and breathtaking gorges almost entirely to yourself. And with the dollar strong against the euro now this southern European nation of two million people is even better value.
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