Destination Laško – The Confluence of Good is this year’s winner of the Slovenian selection of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). After the Soča Valley, Solčavsko Region, Kolpa River and the town of Idrija, Slovenia has gained the fifth European Destination of Excellence. The official award ceremony of the European Destination of Excellence title at state level will be held on 5 June 2013. At the European level, the destination will first be presented in Brussels in autumn, where it will be awarded the title by the European Commission.
Slovenia, the fourth smallest member of the European Union in terms of area, boasts an extraordinary diversity of landscapes in a relatively small territory.
Easy access to this diversity is a particular advantage: it is possible to start the day in the mountains, with their sports and recreation centres, continue it on a farm in a green mountain pasture or valley, or perhaps on the Adriatic coast, and before it gets to evening allow yourself to be pampered at a top-flight thermal spa centre offering a sophisticated range of health and wellness services.
You can taste Slovenia in 24 distinct gastronomic regions and 14 wine districts. Relaxation, entertainment and culture are provided by internationally famous festivals and other events – 365 days a year. Slovenia is an attractive blend of urban sophistication and rustic warmth in a green environment of incredible diversity.
GASTRONOMIC SPECIALITIES OF SLOVENIA - A sumptuous celebration of good food and wine
Slovenia is an extraordinary geographical crossroads: it has the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. It has extensive forests and thousands of hill vineyards. It has rivers and lakes with indigenous animal species. As well as this natural diversity, it is a European cultural crossroads where the Slavonic, Germanic, Romance and Finno-Ugric worlds all meet.
Special natural characteristics and historical contact with other nations can also be tasted in its cuisine. Slovenia has created its own culinary specialities by preserving its own cuisine and giving a distinctly Slovenian twist to much that it has imported from elsewhere.