Slovenia is a small country, bordering several others, including both Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, and Austria to the north, with Croatia and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. With so many surrounding Castle Bledcountries, Slovenia is richly multi-cultural, and full of various historical points of interest for any traveler. Throughout the years, Slovenia has had many names, and been part of many empires, including both the Roman, and Holy Roman Empires. Slovenia gained it’s freedom and independence from the SFR of Yugoslavia in 1991, during the fall of communism in Eastern and Central Europe. With so many different points in history where there have existed battles for freedom, and struggles from other rulers, Slovenia holds monuments of various cultures, and people.

Slovenia offers to tourists and vacationers a haven for those traveling to the country for sports; with clear, clean snowy hillside, snowboarders, and skiers can revel in taking part in winter fun with many like-minded others. For other people who prefer aquatic outdoor activities, there is also white water rafting and kayaking, or canoeing. Near the coast of the Adriatic sea are plenty of different choices for divers, surfers, and those who love to sail. Gold in Slovenia has becoming more and more popular, amongst Slovenians and foreign visitors ever since it was first introduced in 1938. Also available, besides winter clubs, are horseback riding and tours, available in warmer months, for short to lengthy periods of time. There are dozens of museums, dedicated both to art and history, native to the Slovenian culture, as well as caves, and ancient cathedrals, located in antiquated cities, still thriving after hundreds of years. The possibilities for activities are endless, and there truly is something for everyone.

Well known for their many varieties of wine, both light, and rich in flavor, Slovenia has over a dozen famous vineyards, and the country itself is fiercely proud of their selection of delicious wines. Culinarily speaking, pastries and baked breads are very popular traditional foods in Slovenia, along with their native cheeses, and honey. In the countryside of Slovenia, visitors can find what are called “tourist farms,” which are sometimes vineyards, as well, but not always. It’s usually a private home, that opens itself to visitors, owned by a family, who then serve the visitors a traditional dinner, with three courses of wine; one for the first two courses, a main course wine, usually full bodied, and strong, then a light, sweet wine with dessert.

In Slovenia, the most popular forms of accommodation are bed & breakfast type environments, where the families will open their homes to travelers, and serve either dinner and breakfast, or just breakfast the next morning. Guest houses, huts, and privately owned are also very popular, and are a big help to families who might otherwise, without tourists, have lower incomes. Hostels, and hotels are located within the towns, for those who will be staying within the cities in Slovenia for the most part of their trip, and there are also luxury hotels as well, scattered throughout larger cities.