Once part of former Yugoslavia, Slovenia's popularity as a holiday destination has been growing steadily since its independence in 1991. This is thanks to its beautiful landscapes, Habsburg and Venetian-flavoured towns and cities, and the spectacular Julian Alps – it is no wonder that is has been dubbed ‘Europe in miniature’. Not only that, it is known as one of the greenest countries in Europe.
With more diversity than countries many times its size, you can be hiking in the mountains in the morning, exploring the charming baroque palaces at lunchtime and relaxing on the beach by the afternoon.
Slovenia Essential Information:
Major cities: Maribor and Kranj
Places of interest: Dovje-Mojstrana and Mt Triglav
Time Zone: GMT +1
International dialling code: +386
Language: Slovene. To learn the basics visit www.bbc.co.uk/languages
Slovenia currency: Slovenia uses the Euro. For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc