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Slovenia is a small, young (independent only since 1991!) country centrally located within Europe. People often describe it as ‘Europe in Miniature’ since it combines all four main areas: the Mediterranean, the Alps, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. Besides all the special natural sites, it contains of a wealth of architecture and urban designs as well. These include for instance many interesting museums and galleries, beautiful castles, impressive monuments and historical archaeological sites. The climate in Slovenia is just like its landscape – very diverse. It differs from warm Mediterranean winds to snow at the top of the Alps, all at the same time. In addition to its fantastic cultural and natural heritage, Slovenia is also known for its excellent (but lesser-known) wines, cuisine and golf courses. Also, among its greatest assets can the Slovenes themselves be included with their generous, broad-minded, welcoming and multilingual characters. All in all, it can be said that Slovenia includes something for everybody!

A must visit when in Slovenia is of course the country’s capital: Ljubljana with its 280,000 inhabitants. The city features all aspects of a modern city while maintaining the cosy atmosphere of a small one. It is a perfect destination for a relaxed and at same time active holiday due to its geographical surroundings. Just like the country in general, Ljubljana is surprising characteristics. The Three Bridges Area, the Ljubljana Cathedral, the Plečnik open market among many other natural and cultural particularities can be considered as the main sightseeing stops during a visit in this wonderful city.
Another area which is worth a visit is the Lake Bled area. Surrounded by the most exquisite natural environs, is Bled known for its thermal lake, alpine resorts and healing climate. This area is enjoyable to visit throughout the year for everybody. It offers plenty of different facilities and activities to meet all sorts of needs and desires.
A small town in Slovenia in the Alpine area along the Italian border which makes for easy day trips to nearby Italian cities.

The town also can boast the highest number of excellent restaurants in one single place. Even for the fussiest lovers of good food and excellent wine, a visit to Kobarid will be a great experience.

Chef Ana Roš of the Hiša Franko restaurant in the western town of Kobarid has put Slovenian cuisine on the map by becoming the World’s Best Female Chef.Chef Ana Roš of the Hiša Franko restaurant in the western town of Kobarid has put Slovenian cuisine on the map by becoming the World’s Best Female Chef. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants culinary portal picked her for the prestigious title due to her precision, affection to details and her imagination.

Like the other places along the Soča Valley, this too boasts an exceptional natural heritage and a broad range of possibilities for enjoying an active holiday. Rafting, kayaking, hydrospeed, mountain biking, paragliding, hiking and hill walking, fishing.

Key sights of the area – Kozjak Waterfall, Soča Gorge, remains of the World War I, archaeological site Tonocov grad, the Kobarid Museum and the Dairy Museum – are interconnected by the Kobarid Historical Trail.

Slovenia’s “Tuscany”, has the highest yield per hectare of medals and awards of all Slovenian wine growing areas. Bordering Italy, “brda” simply means hills; which, prone to erosion means that most vineyards are terraced. Although not in direct contact with the coast the climate is Mediterranean, with higher rainfall and moderately hot summers.

Wines Produced
Briski Tokaj, Malvazija, Beli Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon, Cabernet Frank, Zlata Rebula, Merlot, Chardonnay, Modri Pinot, Sivi Pinot, Shiraz

Blended Wines
Brisko Vino (Rubela, Tokaj)

Notable Vineyards
Bjana, Blažič, Constantini, Carga, Dolfo, Erzetic, Robert Erzetic, KZ Goriska Brda, Kabaj, Kren, Druzina Markovic, Kristancic, Movia, Nando, Persolja, Edvin Simčič, Ščurek, Sturnsce.

July is the hottest month in Ljubljana with an average temperature of 20°C (67°F) and the coldest is January at -2°C (29°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in July. The wettest month is October with an average of 70mm of rain.

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