Slovenia is one of the smallest and also one of the youngest European countries. It entered the European Union in May 2004 and was the first among the ten new member states, who joined the Union in 2004, to introduce the Euro as the official currency, in January 2007.
Slovenia is situated on the crossroads of four European landscape units - the Alps, the Pannonian Plain, the Dinaric Mountains and the Mediterranean. The country’s unforgettable and unique features are created through the intertwinement of these landscapes.
The ancient cities of Koper, Izola and Piran stretch along the Slovene coastline. The healing quality of sea water, favourable climate and salt had an important impact on their development. The Sečovlje salt pans, protected as a landscape park, are used to harvest salt in a traditional way even today.
Slovenes have always been a mountaingoing nation. The conditions for climbing here are favourable, with three mountain chains stretching across Slovenia: the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke mountain range. As the country’s highest peak, Triglav has a special meaning for Slovenes; its silhouette is even presented in the national emblem.
Para-gliders and balloonists are inviting you to look at Slovenia from the air. Popular take-off places are the marshes at Ljubljansko barje, Ptujsko Polje, and hills around the country. A steep and variegated relief, together with an abundance of precipitation, was the foundation for numerous ski slopes such as the Kanin high-mountain and the low hills of Maribor Pohorje, where the best female Alpine skiers in the world compete for the Golden Fox Cup. The best male Alpine skiers, on the other hand, compete for the Vitranc Cup in Kranjska Gora. Not far from this resort lies the cradle of ski flights - Planica.
Due to its short distances, which can be covered by bicycle, Slovenia is very suitable for cycling. Mountain bikers are rewarded with incredible views and the bikers that stick to the roads have a number of possibilities for cycling to choose from in the surroundings of health resorts and settlements.
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