Activities, sports and leisure Slovenia
Le ski (THE national sport!), Ski jumping, basketball, volleyball and handball are very popular sports and are regularly broadcast on prime time television or on Sunday mornings.
The national team of ski jumping is of a good standard. Slovenia also has several jumpers considered among the best technically (Planica…) and where several World Cup events are held.
Le Beach football holds a special place in the country, since the selection of the national team for Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup. Despite these relative successes, but unexpected for a country of this size, there is still no large modern football stadium in Slovenia and the debate on the need for a new stadium regularly makes the headlines!
En Athletics, the Slovenes have a few athletes of international level (such as Brigita Bukovec, silver medalist at the Atlanta Olympic Games in the 100m hurdles). One of the latest notable recruits is legendary Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey. Not selected in the team of her island, she obtained Slovenian nationality (that of her trainer) and at more than 40 years old, she still wears the colors of her adopted country.
Slovenia is also at a very good level in rowing (bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics and gold at the Sydney Olympics) and in canoe Kayak (silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics).
Visit of Ljubljana
It is very pleasant to stroll through the streets of Ljubljana, whose typical Central European architecture makes it a little prague, or go up to the castle to admire the 360 ° panorama. But you can also visit one of the many museums (national gallery and museum, natural history or modern art museum) or private galleries.
Thermal baths and spas
In central and eastern Slovenia, there are sources thermales whose temperatures vary between 27 and 73 °, and whose benefits can be appreciated by drinking their waters (Radenska and Rogaska are the best known) or by bathing in the day or weekly cure centers.
Lakes and mountains, rivers
The Alps cover a large part of northern Slovenia, while in the south, the first reliefs of the Balkans appear. In these often protected areas (eg Triglav National Park), the numerous hiking trails and well signposted climbing routes lead you into the heart of the mountains, over ridges or into the hollow of green valleys. You can also admire the lakes of Bled and Bohinj, ski in winter, try your hand at ski jumping, or enjoy the torrents of pure water, an incredible color for rafting, canyoning, canoeing or hiking. kayak, or simply swim in it!
The Karst plateau is crossed, in its limestone heart, underground rivers and caves. The most visited are Postojna caves (very touristy, with a small train for visitors) and that of Škocjan (more spectacular and classified as World Heritage by Unesco).
A favorite: the predjama castle ("In front of the cave"), built by a local lord, who escaped his enemies thanks to the network of underground rivers located behind his castle!
You can take riding lessons in Lipica, the city of origin of the famous white Lippizaners horses, or trek between olive and mandarin trees, at the foot of the fortified villages of this region with an already Mediterranean climate. A little taste of Italy!
On the Adriatic coast, the hills and high cliffs suddenly give way to bays, lagoons and salt flats where the water temperature in summer can exceed 25 ° C. All water activities are possible: swimming, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, jet skis ... You can also visit one of the towns bordering the coast (Piran, Koper or Izola) or enjoy the benefits of thalassotherapy.
- tourist farms welcome you in the middle of the vineyards, at the foot of the Alps, on the banks of a river, in the Pannonian plain in the northeast of the country, or on the Mediterranean coast. Many activities are available for adults and children: hiking or cycling, tennis, horse riding, golf, fishing, water sports.
Once a year, for 8 days, farmers are allowed to sell their products (homemade cured ham, cold meats and wine) directly to consumers, without paying taxes. This tradition dates back more than 2 centuries.
In turn, each farm opens its doors (often until the end of the night). All generations gather around large tables to taste smoked ham, olives or simple dishes prepared by the owner's wife, all washed down with a local wine that flows freely, to the sound of a small orchestra invited to the evening.
So if you see an “Osmica” sign, give it a try!