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Slovenia - Country Profile

Summary

Slovenia is a small compact nation with a surpising amount to see in such a small space. Emerald alpine meadows, quite lanes and picture book villages are reminicent of an unspoilt Austria. Towards the west are the Julian Alps, soaring peaks and wild valleys.

The short stretch of coastline has picturesque Venetian ports, while the capital of Ljubljana is small and compact. The interior has many karst caves - two of these are open to the public and both are worth a visit.

Slovenia also is beginning to get a reputation for extreme sports - in the dramatic Soca valley, paragliding and white water rafting are the main attractions.

Highlights

Weather and times to visit

The ski season runs from December to March, while the Vrsic pass can remain closed until May. Lake Bled freezes over during the winter. April is wet but cheaper and the forests are at their best. May and June are warmer and the busiest season is July and August. September is cooler and good for walking, while October is damper.

The coastline has a milder, mediterranean climate.

Language

Slovene is the official language but English, Italian and German are widely spoken.

Currency and money matters

Slovenia uses the Euro. ATMs are found everywhere. Prices are similar to Italy but better value.

Business Hours

Banks are open 8.30 to 4.30 with a break for lunch. Most shops are open by 8 but close Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday.

Visas

Not generally required - Slovenia has joined the Schengen area so there are no border controls with Italy, Austria or Hungary.

General Campsite Conditions

Slovenian campsites have a friendly, personal feel. They aren't over equipped and the basics are good and well maintained.