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Located on the south-east slope of the Alps, between Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, Slovenia is a country with diverse landscapes. In a short time, you spend snow-covered summits of the Julian Alps on the Adriatic coast with Venetian accents. You will make long stops on the softer and greener reliefs of Pohorje or on the karst plateaux with Mediterranean tints. Often nicknamed "Europe's green jewel", Slovenia's territory is marked by its large forest areas, where there are wolves and bears, deer and large grouse. Welcoming and warm without being expansive, the Slovene is in the image of his land. Proud of its Slavic origins, it will give you pleasure to discover the traditions of its region. In order to discover the many facets of this country that are still in tourism, it is particularly recommended to contact a local travel agency. It will be able to organize live with you the ideal tailor-made stay to discover Slovenia in all its authenticity.
In general, it can be said that Slovenia is a destination for all throughout the year. The thermal baths, which is why the country is partly known, are open all year round and there will always be one in the region where you will find yourself. Snow-capped mountains will be particularly welcome in winter (from November to late March) but also interesting in summer because many activities are possible. Valleys will be more suitable for walks in the spring when nature wakes up or for its autumn colours. No special season for the cities that are quite animated especially if you are there at the time of the events. However, the month of May is ideal for this small country where there is a multitude of things to do, as you can ski in the morning and bathe on the coast in the afternoon while taking a lunch break at the Stud stud farm. Vineyards, caves, forests, torrents, culture, adventures, gastronomy... there are all tastes for every taste, and this is probably the country's particularity.
A privileged environment on a small territoryBarely greater than Brittany, Slovenia is a small country. Yet this small territory is full of contrasts. It is often presented as an Alpine country. By organizing your trip to Slovenia with a local agency, you are sure to discover a summary of the most beautiful Slovenian landscapes in a tailor-made circuit and with an experienced guide.Cities with human sizeCities are the image of the country, small but diverse. Slovenia has only one'large'agglomeration: Ljubljana. The capital, one of the smallest in Europe, has only 280 000 inhabitants. Its city centre is not very extensive, so it feels like it has always been known. Maribor, the country's second city, has a very provincial face. Each corner of the street, the vineyards or the massif of Pohorje are set. The medieval towns of Ptuj and kofja Loka are the most beautiful in Slovenia.A mixture of traditions and modernityCompared to its Slavic sisters, Slovenia has always been oriented towards the West and its modernity. Yet it has preserved its traditions. More importantly, the Slovenes are still very proud to perpetuate and transmit them. To better understand this, you only need to stay in a tourist farm. The kitchen is based on farm products: milk, cheeses, honey, meats, bread... Everything is home, although often the operation is small. Yet even in the remotest corners, the farms are connected to high-speed Internet.Do not expect to discover a country in Europe ' ? on the road to development'on the pretext that it was part of the Eastern bloc. Slovenia is certainly that of the countries of the bloc to have suffered the least from the Communist regime and, in any case, to have the best and fastest secured transition to the capitalist model. Today, it is a prosperous country where the cost of living is substantially the same as in France. This is not a destination where you will save ?!FormalitésThe national identity card or passport is sufficient, irrespective of the length of stay for European Union and Swiss nationals. Beyond 3 months, a simple registration at the registry office is required, it must be carried out in town halls. Attention, driving licence and family booklet are not enough.For dogs and cats, the certificate of vaccination against rabies will be required if the animal is more than 4 months old. Vaccination must be carried out no later than 14 days before entry into Slovenian territory. A health check, issued by the veterinarian under 10 days, must appear on your companion's notebook.For more information, please consult the site (in English): www.iatatravelcentre.com
In addition to Slovene, young people speak English and race. Owning this language is equivalent to a passport. Slovene is a minority language. So we need to know one or more foreign languages. Serbian and Croatian are understood almost everywhere, but less and less by young people.German is used in Gorenjska as well as in Tajerska and Prekmurje (first foreign language among young people). In addition to German, understood almost everywhere, Italian is used on the coast and near the Italian border. The Slovenian region is generally very multilingual.Learning language: there are different ways to learn a few basics of language and the offer in self-learning can be done on different media: CD, workbook or even directly on the Internet. To get to the Slovenian language alone without charge, here is a useful blog: http://apprendre-le-slovene-gratuit.blogspot.com/
There is no concern at this level since Slovenia has been part of the euro area since 1 January 2007. Slovenian euros are, moreover, the only ones presenting different parts. Since the number of coins in circulation is proportional to the number of inhabitants, Slovenian euros are few and therefore very much sought by collectors. The country is seeing a large number of foreigners, which contributes even more to the spread across Europe of Slovenian coins, hence a relative scarcity.
There are three different types of climates in Slovenia: mountainous or alpine to the north, more continental to the east of the country and Mediterranean to the south-west and to the south. As a result, temperatures are variable during the year according to locations. In the capital in the centre of the country, it can do up to -15 ° C in winter and 35 ° C in summer (this is where the differences are the most important). The snow usually arrives from November and falls until March on the majority of the country. Rains are more frequent in October, unlike March and April. June and September remain the most pleasant months.
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