Natural Beauty of Slovenia
Natural Beauty of Slovenia Reviews
Must and should see when visiting Slovenia Nov 27, 2010
Slovenia (not Slovakia - mind you) is small country that lies in central Europe on (as we say) the sunny side of the Alps. It's surrounded by four countries: Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia.
Slovenia is situated in Central Europe touching the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean . The Alps—including the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke chain, as well as the Pohorje massif—dominate Northern Slovenia along its long border with Austria. Slovenia's Adriatic coastline stretches approximately 47 km (29 mi) from Italy to Croatia. It has a long and rich history but it's still the natural beauty that makes this little country special.
So what to see when you come to Slovenia?
I would recommend visit to Triglav national park. The Triglav National Park (TNP) is the only Slovenian national park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). Triglav (»three-headed«) owes its name to its characteristic shape as seen from the south-east side or to the highest Slavic deity who was supposed to have its throne on the top of the mountain. The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag.
The Triglav National Park prides itself on pure waters, deep-cut gorges, remains of virgin forests, richness of biodiversity, and an eldorado of mountain flowers including a number of endemic plants.Typical park animals are the chamois, ibex, red deer, brown bear, lynx, eagle, numerous bird and reptile species, and the endemic Marble trout.
If you like hiking and have appropriate shoes and other stuff you need when hiking you must visit The Valley of Triglav Lakes. Triglav Lakes Valley (Slovene: Dolina Triglavskih jezer) is a rocky hanging valley in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, below the sheer sides of mountains Tičarica and Zelnarica to the southwest of Triglav. The valley is also called the Seven Lakes Valley (Slovene: Dolina sedmerih jezer), although there are ten and not seven lakes in the valley.
Adrenaline lovers mustn't miss canyoning, rafting or canyon swimming in our most beautiful turquoise river Soča.
For more touristy type there is always famous Lake Bled with it's castle overlooking the peaceful lake and only island Slovenia has :). And while on Bled don't forget to eat a local sweet that Bled is famous for - it's called kremšnita.
After you eat your kremšnita and get some energy flowing you should go and check out The Vintgar Gorge.This ravine is in the immediate vicinity of Gorje approximately 4 km north-west of Bled. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The path leads you over bridges and Šumer’s galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 16 m high Šum waterfall.
The channels of the Tolminka and Zadlaščica: If any one place can truly sum up the magnificence of nature, it is this pearl. The Devil's bridge stretches across the gorge, and beneath it is a warm water spring – an occurence quite unusual for the Julian Alps. Near the spring is Dante's cave (formerly known as Zadlaška jama), named after the famous Italian poet Dante Aligheri who is said to have found his inspiration for the Divine Comedy here.
The second lake worth your time is definitely lake Bohinj. While there you can go see Savica waterfall.
Slovenia has a lot of caves due to a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves, between Ljubljana and the Mediterranean. Best known is definitely Postojna cave (Postojnska jama). The Postojna Cave is a 20-km long karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers. The most interesting passages were in 1818 discovered by Luka Čeč and no later than a year after the cave was already set up as a show cave. Part of the visit to the cave is done on the train and part of it on foot.
If you are already in Postojna make sure to visit Castle Predjama (Predjamski grad) - I promise you won't be sorry.
Second best known are caves of Škocjan (Škocjanske jame). The Škocjan Caves remain the only monument in Slovenia and the Classical Karst region on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites.
If you decide to go and cool down in the sea or just take a walk by the sea be sure to go and check out Sečovlje salt pen (Sečoveljske soline). With a huge assortment of animal and plant life, the Sečovlje saltpants are considered one of the most important natural heritage areas in Slovenia.
I hope I helped somebody decide to come and see all this for himself.
P.S. Photos published are not mine. I will upload my own as soon as I find them. Just wanted you to see what I'm talking about. :D
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