Slovenia

  • Slovenia Ilirska Bistrica - Old town of Ilirska Bistrica

  • Slovenia Ilirska Bistrica - Prem Castle

  • Slovenia Ilirska Bistrica - Susec Fountain

  • Slovenia Lubjana and surroundings - Day 1_Welcome to Slovenia and Ilirska Bistrica workshop

    In the afternoon after our arrival to Slovenia, our first stop is in Ilirska Bistrica. We will be welcomed by senior citizens from CLC. In the Restaurant Erna they will show show us how to make 'njoki' a traditional Slovenian food that originates from the inner part of the small country. They are similar to soft dough dumplings and usually eaten instead of pasta. We will eat our dinner at the same restaurant. The overnight stay will be in pension next to Ilirska Bistrica.
  • Slovenia Lubjana and surroundings - Day 2_Ilirska Bistrica–Predjama–Ljubljana–Ilirska Bistrica

    After breakfast, we will leave our hotel and get to know Ilirska Bistrica then drive to an idyllic village of Predjama where you will be amazed by the fairy tale medieval Predjama castle with dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. We will hear the story about the legend of Erasmus – the Slovenian Robin Hood. We’ll eat lunch and leave Slovenian karst then head for the Capital -Ljubljana where we will meet our local guide. The old town sits alongside the Ljubljanica River under an impressive Castle. We will visit the Castle with the funicular, climb the tower with the beautiful panoramic view and the virtual museum. We will descend the hill on foot and head to the old city center. Dinner, drive to Ilirska Bistrica to the same accommodation as previous day and overnight.
  • Slovenia Lubjana and surroundings - Day 3_Ilirska Bistrica and Piran

    After Breakfast, we will leave the hotel and drive to the Slovenian coast to visit one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean. Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm and you will feel as if you have stepped right into a picture of a postcard. You will be charmed by the narrow streets within the old town walls. In the main square, you will be greeted by a statue of the most famous man in Piran, the well-known Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist who was born in a house just steps from the square. Free time for lunch. We’ll finish our short visit to Slovenia and return to Italy. End of the program.
With only 2 million people in more than 20 thousand square kilometers Slovenia is one of the smaller states of the European Union. However, because of its geographical location there are many benefits for the economy and also for tourism. 58% of the country is covered with forests, which ranks into the European top. Its small size is not reflected in all areas. In Slovenia there exist over 30 speaking dialects. You can admire its diversity in all areas on all levels of customs, the food, the oral tradition in the arts. Thus, in the northeastern part you can admire Kurenti in spring, and on southwestern part Škoromati. Both have the same role of banishing the winter in order to celebrate the spring again. In the winter we can admire the longest ski jumps in the world in Planica, only two hours drive away, and in the summer we can watch sunsets in the Adriatic Sea in Piran. Despite of Slovenia’s small size, it has a number of parks, of national and regional importance. Regional parks such as Škocjan Caves Regional Park, Notranjski regional park, represent a large potential for development of social and tourism throughout the year. These are all real hidden gems in a land on the sunny side of the Alps as we like to call Slovenia. Because tourism has been recently focused too much only to the main axis of Piran-Postojna cave-Ljubljana-Bled, the goal of tourist workers is to widen this axis and involve less developed areas with its rich cultural, natural and historical heritage which they deserve. This can be achieved by linking the existing mechanisms as well as by investing in the construction of new mechanisms, such as Eurosen.

Clusters of Local Cultures

Ilirska Bistrica
The varied cultural landscape and the architectural and settlement heritage have created the distinctive landscape.

Itineraries

Lubjana and surroundings
“Njoki” and the Cave caste:slovenian stories and legends