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 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% 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?
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Tourist farms are increasingly popular in Slovenia, principally among families. The kids love having animals around and have a tremendous place to play. Apples indicate the quality of the services and accommodation. ?
Just imagine having your breakfast from fresh and homemade ingredients surrounded by beautiful green fields – mornings here don’t sound bad! Make sure you try homemade cheeses, jams, honey, and sausages.
Some farm stays offer hands-on activities like picking fruits, working in vineyards, or even helping milk the cows and feed 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 many options for camping and glamping in Slovenia. Wild camping is officially prohibited, so make sure to find camping to avoid a fine. If you travel with a motorhome, you can choose from more than 160 camper stops around Slovenia.
It’s a cheap and safe option; in some of 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…).
Travelling 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 a 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, organised 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 yearly. They offer wide honey varieties, like chestnut, fir, acacia, floral, and forest honey.
On May 20, Slovenia is celebrating World Bee Day with different bee-related activities, like tasting trails and events.
A unique feature of Slovenia’s beekeeping is the colourful 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 favourite wine in Slovenia.
The Primorska wine region is the most developed one, with an annual output of over 25 million litres. Since it’s so close to the Italian border, you can 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 borders Croatia and Hungary, 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 wines.
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 excellent for your health.
Hiking in Slovenia
Slovenia is a hiking paradise, where more than 10.000 kilometres 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 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 highly picturesque trails. If you’re looking for more challenges, you can try rock climbing or Via Ferrata in Triglav.
Biking in Slovenia
The landscape is very diverse and charming; Slovenia is the perfect place for a biking holiday. You can bring your bicycle or rent standard or electronic bikes in most accommodations and 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.
For a longer biking experience, try Alpe Adria, the trail that connects Italy, Austria, and Slovenia.
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