Sandwiched between Italy and Croatia, Slovenia is often overlooked, but this hidden gem of a country has many wonderful charms up its sleeve. Grand old cities with stunning architecture, pine-covered countryside, the soaring Julian Alps, the lovely Adriatic coastline, glacial rivers and emerald lakes. Slovenia is blessed with glorious natural landscapes, and the outdoor playground lends itself well to many active pursuits like skiing, hiking, and biking.
From serene Lake Bled to Venetian architecture along the harbour towns and the lively, art nouveau capital of Ljubljana, Slovenia promises an idyllic European holiday without the crowds. Most recently, the country has been named the European Region of Gastronomy for 2021. Emphasis here falls firmly on ecological farming and sustainability – the capital Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities on earth – with locally sourced ingredients harvested from Adriatic salt pans, grown in gardens, and foraged from meadows. One of the most sustainable countries in the world welcomes visitors to experience all its little-known secrets.