Slovenia has always been one of the most sustainable countries. If you’re drawn to crystal clear waters, emerald fields, snowy mountain peaks, and local delicacies, you really shouldn’t miss Slovenia. In 2016, the country became the world’s first “Green destination” with an impressive 96 out of 100 sustainability indicators.
Did you know that almost 60% of the country is covered in forests and 32% of the country is covered by agricultural land? No surprise that eco-friendly accommodations (especially tourist farms) are so successful.
They are also one of the top countries in the world for the number of tractors per capita, with one tractor per 16 inhabitants. Quite fun, right?
In this article, we collected the best opportunities in Slovenia for an eco-friendly holiday. Check out our recommendations and start planning your next adventure in this beautiful country.
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Tourist farms are increasingly popular in Slovenia, mostly among families. The kids love having animals around and they also have a huge place to play. The quality of the services and accommodation is indicated by apples. 🍎
Just imagine having your breakfast from fresh and homemade ingredients surrounded by beautiful green fields – mornings here don’t sound bad at all! Make sure you try homemade cheeses, jams, honey, and sausages.
Some farm stays offer hands-on activities as well, like picking fruits, working on vineyards, or even helping milking cows and feeding livestock. This is probably the best way to experience the local lifestyle and to take a break from everyday life.
Camping in Slovenia
If you would like to feel more at one with nature, there are a ton of options for camping and glamping in Slovenia. Wild camping is officially prohibited, so make sure to find camping to avoid a fine. If you are traveling with a motorhome, you can choose from more than 160 camper stops all around Slovenia.
It’s a cheap and safe option, in some of the places you can even fill up your water tank or connect to electricity. Since they are just camper stops, they don’t offer additional amenities (e.g. shower, reception…).
In case you’re traveling without a motorhome, you can still choose from many official campgrounds. They are usually located outside of the cities, in beautiful green surroundings.
If you can’t bring any tent with you, you can stay in chalets, tree houses or even glamping tents. You will have all the luxuries you need for your trip, like a shower, toilets, kitchen, and wifi. Some camps even offer sports facilities, pools, jacuzzis, organized activities, and other cool extras.
Bee tourism 🐝
Apitourism or bee tourism is a huge buzz in Slovenia. Beekeeping is one of the country’s oldest traditions and the green-minded country does everything to protect the native honeybee species, the Carniolan bee.
There are around 10 000 beekeepers in Slovenia and on average they produce 2 000 tonnes of honey every year. They offer wide varieties of honey, like chestnut, fir, acacia, floral, and forest honey.
On May 20, Slovenia is also celebrating World Bee Day with different bee-related activities, like tasting trails and events.
A unique feature of Slovenia’s beekeeping is the colorful panels of the beehives. They are usually decorated with paintings of natural sights, flowers, animals, and characters from folk tales. Other than looking cool, this also helps the bees to find their way into the hives.
Slovenia has three wine regions with 14 wine-producing districts and 52 grapevine varieties. Whether you prefer white or red, sweet or dry, full-bodied or light, you’ll find your new favorite wine in Slovenia.
The Primorska wine region is the most developed one with an annual output of over 25 million liters. Since it’s so close to the Italian border, you can definitely feel a strong Italian influence in this area in viticulture, architecture, and food as well. So much so, that Goriška Brda is called the Slovenian Tuscany.
Podravska Wine Region is bordering Croatia and Hungary and it’s the largest wine region of the three, with 9 650 ha. It’s famous for its sparkling wines and world-class dessert wines and most of the wines produced here are white wine.
Posavje Wine Region is the smallest of the wine-producing regions in Slovenia. The most famous wine produced here is Cviček. This is a slightly sour red wine with low alcohol content and it’s great for your health.
Hiking in Slovenia
Slovenia is a hiking paradise, where more than 10.000 kilometers of marked hiking trails are waiting for you - most of them in the Triglav National Park. There are great options for beginners and advanced hikers as well. It doesn’t really matter where you decide to stay, there will be plenty of hiking options near your accommodation.
If you’re staying in Alpine Slovenia, don’t miss the park for beautiful gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and extremely picturesque trails. If you’re looking for more challenges, you can try rock climbing, or Via Ferrata in Triglav as well.
Biking in Slovenia
The landscape is very diverse and charming, Slovenia is the perfect place for a biking holiday. You can bring your own bicycle or rent standard or electronic bikes in most accommodations and also in the cities.
You won’t regret exploring Slovenia on two wheels. You can cycle by the sea, between the lovely Istrian and Karst villages or the vineyards of Brda and Vipava Valley.
Choose the Drava biking tour near Ptuj and Maribor, follow the emerald river on the Soca trail, explore the green beauty of Bela Krajina, or bike along Parenzana, a biking trail that runs on the Slovenian coast.