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  • Video: Kurentovanje, one of Europe’s strangest festivals

    Video: Kurentovanje, one of Europe’s strangest festivals

    March 6th, 2018Colt St. George
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    Every February in Slovenia, the historic town of Ptuj hosts one of Europe’s strangest festivals: Kurentovanje. The tradition is centered on the kurent, an early Slavic god of hedonism dating back thousands of years, who comes to scare away winter and usher in spring. Masked, clad in sheepskins and brandishing a massive club, a single kurent strikes a rather intimidating figure.... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    December 12th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Central and Eastern Europe are among the culturally diverse parts of the world, preserving a plethora of deep-rooted traditions. What’s more, large tracts of the area remain off the mass-tourism radar, ensuring that there is still a great deal to explore. The following ten suggestions will ensure you get the best out of this huge, compelling... Read more »

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  • 10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    November 28th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    If you can look past the plummeting temperatures and long dark nights, winter is a hugely rewarding season in which to visit Central and Eastern Europe. Frozen rivers, frosty branches and (if you’re lucky) cobalt skies are only part of the story. City life is at its most vivacious at this time of year, spa tourism... Read more »

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  • Bee tourism in Slovenia: the travel trend with plenty of buzz

    Bee tourism in Slovenia: the travel trend with plenty of buzz

    October 7th, 2015Lucy McGuire
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    You’ve probably never heard of apitourism, or even considered “bee tourism” to be a thing. But it is, and it’s a travel trend swarming all over Slovenia. While bee populations in countries such as the US are dwindling at an alarming rate, Slovenia is the only EU member state to have officially protected its prized... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    July 2nd, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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  • Inside Europe’s most expansive cave system

    Inside Europe’s most expansive cave system

    June 22nd, 2015Norm Longley
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    Of Slovenia’s many show caves, none has quite the pulling power of Postojna, located in the heart of the country’s beguiling Karst region. And, at more than 20km long, it is Europe’s most expansive cave system. Writing about Postojna in the seventeenth century, the great Slovene polymath Janez Vajkard Valvasor remarked: “in some places you... Read more »

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  • The best hostels in Europe

    The best hostels in Europe

    March 4th, 2015Site Editor
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    Taken from the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, here’s our pick of the best hostels in Europe. Europe presents an irresistible challenge to the budget traveller. From London’s Royal Parks and Amsterdam’s canals to İstanbul’s Grand Bazaar and the Berlin Wall, just getting tangled up in its sights is a huge draw –... Read more »

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  • Four Seasons in Slovenia

    Four Seasons in Slovenia

    November 26th, 2014Eleanor Aldridge
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    Sandwiched between Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, Slovenia might be small but it’s a surprisingly diverse country. Venture just an hour or so from the compact capital, Ljubljana, and you’ll find nearly 50 kilometres of sunny Adriatic coastline, tranquil wine regions and the stunning Lake Bled, backed by the soaring Julian Alps. Travel a little further and you’ll hit the dramatic Logarska Dolina,... Read more »

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  • Thrill-seeking in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

    Thrill-seeking in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

    November 16th, 2014Helen Abramson
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    It might not be at the top of the list for great skiing destinations, but perhaps it should be. Tiny Slovenia has a surprising amount to offer in the way of winter sports, from cross-country runs to great skiing resorts – all within easy reach of the capital. Rough Guides editor Helen Abramson, a seasoned... Read more »

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  • Seeing orange: autumn in Slovenia

    Seeing orange: autumn in Slovenia

    November 11th, 2014Eleanor Aldridge
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    In the final part of our four seasons in Slovenia series, we meet the orange winemakers of the Goriška region, and discover why autumn is one of the best times to visit the country. Eleanor Aldridge went to find out more. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the far west of Slovenia. The leaves of... Read more »

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  • The best of the world’s smallest countries

    The best of the world’s smallest countries

    October 29th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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  • Exploring Slovenia’s diverse coastline

    Exploring Slovenia’s diverse coastline

    September 18th, 2014Tim Chester
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    The third part in our Slovenia In Four Seasons feature sees Senior Web Editor Tim Chester explore the country in August. Check out our trips from the winter and the spring too. Think of the northern Adriatic and you’d be forgiven for thinking of Italy – of Venice, Rimini, and Trieste – or Croatia, whose... Read more »

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