7 things you didn’t know about Slovenia
Slovenia isn’t on everybody’s list of places to visit but it should be. I have just returned from a family vacation there and was astounded by the pure beauty of the place, the high mountain peaks capped with snow the never ending forest stretching the length of the country the crystal clear rivers and the green blue lakes create fantastic vistas. Check out these interesting facts about this great destination.
- Mount Triglav is the highest mountain in the Julian Alps. At 2,864 meters this mountain is accessible to novice and intermediate climbers in winter with permanent life lines in more difficult areas to hook onto. During the winter months climbing mount Triglav is reserved for more expert climbers.
- Slovenia has 65% forest cover stretching from one end of the country to the other. This is the third highest cover in Europe only slightly behind Sweden and Finland. The lowlands are populated with willow, alder, ash and oak. On the foothills up to 1,500 meters Beech is the most common three accounting for the majority of the forest in Slovenia. Spruce and Larch also grow in this mid range. Higher still grow the Dwarf Pine. There are also extensive Scots pine and Austrian pine forests in the Karst region.
- Slovenia has wild bears roaming the forests. It has a population of around 1000 bears and numbers are steadily growing as they are a protected species. They weigh 100 -150 Kilos and although they are omnivores 85% of their diet is plant and they rarely hunt. Its sense of smell and hearing are excellent but its eyesight is relatively poor.
- There are 321 lakes in Slovenia. Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are the largest Glacial lakes in the country. Lake Cernica is the largest lake and the wild lake is the deepest at 160m. All are beautiful but the clear water of Bohinj and Bled make them the most appealing.
- Mount Triglav appears on the national flag and is the Slovenian national symbol. The three peaks appear everywhere as a logo. The former Slovene president Milan Kucan proclaimed that it is a duty of every Slovene to climb Triglav at least once in their lifetime.
- White river rafting along the Soca valley is up there with the best in Europe and became the first area in Slovenia to be awarded the European destination of excellence by the European commission.
- The renowned tourist guide, Lonely Planet, has placed Ljubljana as the second most worthy of visiting destination in Europe, “Best in Europe 2014″ in its US online edition of ten European destinations to visit this year. Ljubljana city centre is like a fairy tale city with it’s old town dominated by an ancient castle and beautiful green areas throughout.
Extreme Ireland don’t do it all in as part of our Slovenia adventure tour but you do get to take in the beautiful scenery, summit mount Triglav, Kayak around lake Bohinj and explore the fantastical Lubliana!!