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Exploring and capturing the beautiful nature of Slovenia

When most people think of visiting Europe, some countries immediately jump to mind. The charming historic cities of places like France, Spain, and Italy are ever-green. The breathtaking natural landmarks of Germany or Scandinavia also draw in many visitors. Still, there is a tiny European country that’s often overlooked, even though it has so much to offer. Slovenia should definitely be on more people’s shortlist. Slovenia has everything from mountains to charming coastal towns and medieval cities. The central-European nation has a lot to offer!

Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers would particularly enjoy Slovenia. The country is often categorized into five natural regions. These are often defined by the surrounding territory. The alpine and sub-alpine regions are deeply tied to Europe’s most prominent mountain range system. Still, the country is also known for its sub-Mediterranean areas. Extensive forests and woodlands characterize its continental regions. Because of its unique location, Slovenia is very diverse. Despite its small size, it is home to a diverse range of natural environments.

Such a kaleidoscopic range of territorial quirks is an ideal habitat for many animals. The stunning beech forests in the heart of Slovenia are home to a wide variety of mammals. Some of them are lynxes, boars, dormice (a local culinary delicacy), and hares. The alpine areas are home to the Ibex and the Chamois. These impressive wild goats thrive at high altitudes and are incredible climbers. Slovenia also has a wide variety of birds, many of which have also moved deep into urban and suburban areas.

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Lake Bled in Slovenia

Any traveler seeking to experience such beauty can visit the Triglav National Park. This is the most prominent protected natural reserve in the country. From the icy peaks of the alps (including the park’s namesake, Mt. Triglav) down to the lush valleys and sprawling forests, the park is the place to be. It feels like a perfect representation of Slovenian nature in a nutshell. Among the many notable destinations in the country, the Logar Valley is particularly outstanding. It is a great example of a pristine Alpine glacier in Europe. Every corner looks like a postcard, and there is something special about this valley, where unspoiled mountain landscapes interlace with local tradition and folklore.

The Logar valley offers a very mercurial landscape: from lush, green valleys to snowy peaks and mesmerizing waterfalls, it’s a one-of-a-kind place. The valley is also home to the famous Rinka Waterfall, which happens to be the most visited waterfall in Slovenia. While many other waterfalls in Slovenia are mostly explored by committed hikers, the Rinka waterfall is more accessible. It’s conveniently located in an area accessible by car, so even people who aren’t hikers or trekkers can easily check it out and enjoy the sight - and what a sight! This protected natural heritage feature is quickly becoming a symbol of the fast-growing tourism economy in Slovenia.

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Beautiful Mountain Range in Slovenia

Mount Grintovec is another fascinating Slovenian destination in the northern region of the country. Second only to Mount Triglav, the country’s highest peak, this mountaodies the archetype of a central European Alpine setting. Hikers and neophyte climbers love to visit Mount Grintovec for its relative approachability (it’s not a very challenging climb) and the amazing payback it offers in terms of scenery!

The Soča river, also known as “The Emerald Beauty,” is one of the most distinctive rivers in the world due to its mesmerizing color. The area isn’t only popular due to the beautiful waters: it’s an amazing outlet for outdoor adventures, as well as some amazing hiking in the footsteps of historic WWI trails!

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