Top reasons to visit Slovenia in 2024

Fill your year with unparalleled adventures in Slovenia and check out the reasons why your next great story might just be waiting in Slovenia. 

For each month of 2024, we are unveiling exciting stories waiting to be discovered and written about. Take a journey through these exciting ideas, pitch your own story and consider it an open invitation to explore the enchanting landscapes and experiences that Slovenia has to offer.

January

In Slovenia, the first month of 2024 brings a winter wonderland filled with exciting adventures. We're diving into the exhilarating world of skiing, including the 60th edition of the Golden Fox, exploring the architectural legacy of Jože Plečnik, and experiencing the warmth of Slovenian hospitality at the "I feel Slovenia Night" in Dallas.

Join us on a journey through these diverse and captivating topics, discovering the unique charm that Slovenia has to offer in the heart of winter.

Skiing and outdoor activities

Prepare for an unparalleled ski season in Slovenia! Ski resorts, such as Krvavec, Vogel, Golte, Rogla, Kope, Mariborsko Pohorje and many others, are awaiting you with a series of thrilling upgrades.

The mountains are calling, and a winter adventure like never before awaits you in the Slovenian Alps.

11 new ski lifts for the 2023/2024 season

More than 10 large ski centres and more than 30 smaller ski resorts

15 active ski schools with professional instructors

6 venues for major international winter sports competitions

The single SKI PASS SLOVENIA connects several Slovenian ski resorts

Architectural visionary

Jože Plečnik, a visionary architect, left an indelible mark on the urban landscape of Vienna, Prague, and his most cherished canvas, Ljubljana

Plečnik's daring architectural and urban planning endeavours turned Ljubljana into a masterpiece, a cityscape woven with his artistic vision. Many of his masterpieces have found their place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

In January, we pay homage to Jože Plečnik, commemorating both his birth on January 23, 1872, and his legacy, as he departed on January 7, 1957. Discover the compelling story of this visionary architect.

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I Feel Slovenia Night in Dallas

On Monday, January 22 2024, Slovenia will be celebrated at the home match of Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics at the third “I Feel Slovenia” Night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The basketball game will feature the NBA team of the amazing Slovenian player, Luka Dončić.

I feel Slovenia Night is part of a partnership agreement with the Dallas Mavericks. A set of unique events to promote business, sports, science and tourism opportunities for the American market in Slovenia will also take place in Dallas, Texas.

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February

Culture and Historical Cities are one of the four leading tourist products, which form a crucial component of the Slovenian Tourism Strategy 2022-2028. In 2024 and 2025, art and culture will be the main communication theme.

The Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) will employ a captivating array of communication channels and tools to unveil Slovenia as a modern, creative and irresistible cultural tourism destination. Get ready for a fusion of Slovenian art and culture and embark on a cultural journey that will leave you spellbound and yearning for more.

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It's a date. With culture.

Step into a whirlwind of vibrant cultural happenings in 2024! Dive into a myriad of festival celebrations, delight in world-class performances on Slovenian stages, and explore the contemporary creative essence showcased in highlighted exhibitions and biennales.

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GO! 2025 Nova Gorica — Gorizia

Nova Gorica, a city born anew in the aftermath of World War II, when the delineation of the border between Italy and Slovenia took shape, and Gorizia, a hub of culture, administration, and economy, steeped in ancient history, will join forces in the GO! Borderless project and become the European Capital of Borderless Culture.

The vision is clear: to harmonize the rich heritage of a modernist city and a millennia-old city, crafting a story that transcends their historical divides through a journey of reconciliation.

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March

In Slovenia, March emerges as a bridge between the frosty winter and the blossoming spring. At the heart of this transition stands a unique celebration known as Gregorjevo (St. Gregory's Day), a Slovenian counterpart to St. Valentine's Day, observed on 12 March. Legend has it that on this special day, the birds take flight into the skies to embark on their enchanting courtship rituals

Thus, March in Slovenia emerges not merely as a transition between seasons, but as a month where nature's wonders seamlessly intertwine with cultural celebrations, creating a harmonious symphony of romance, love and the anticipation of new beginnings.

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Love is in the air

Slovenia invites couples to discover its beauty through enchanting destinations, delectable cuisine and indulgent spa experiences. Wellness resorts entice with irresistible pampering packages, while charming towns unveil romantic spots for leisurely strolls.

Elevate your dining experience with original locations in unconventional places, as they say, the way to the heart is through the stomach. Captivated by Slovenia's beauty, you might even choose it as the perfect backdrop to say your "I do".

LUV 

The LUV festival celebrates the true essence of love. Discover an array of exciting events and experiences taking place in Ljubljana from February 8 to March 12.

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ITB Berlin 2024

The world’s leading travel trade show will once again take place LIVE at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 5 to 7 March 2024. Slovenian destinations and providers will represent themselves at the Slovenian stand in Hub 27.

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April

April marks a special month dedicated to celebrating the essence of Slovenia's green story—a story woven with conservation, tradition, and a commitment to a sustainable future.

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It's time for green

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Celebrating a Century of Conservation

In 2024, Triglav National Park, the jewel nestled within the Julian Alps and a cornerstone of Slovenian nature conservation, marks a significant milestone — its 100th anniversary. The celebration is rooted in the signing of the lease agreement in 1924, establishing the Alpine Conservation Park as a response to mounting threats from increased human influence during the industrial revolution.

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Forest coverage
almost 60%
Watercourses
more than 27,000 km
Protected areas
more than 1/3 of Slovenian territory
Biodiversity
more than 22,000 animal and plant species
Karst caves
more than 13,000

Slovenia's nature parks

Slovenia is home to over 22,000 species of animals and plants, making it one of the most biodiverse countries globally. With more than a third of its land under protection in the Natura 2000 network, Slovenia is committed to preserving its rich natural ecosystems and rare species.

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May

On May 1, 2004, Slovenia marked a historic milestone as it officially became a full member of the European Union, standing among ten countries from Central and Eastern Europe.

Marking the central event of 20 years of Slovenia in the EU, a national celebration is scheduled for May 9, 2024, in Nova Gorica.

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Slovenia's Culinary Triumph

In the recent years, Slovenia has risen in popularity among gourmands and foodies, also thanks to the prestigious Michelin Guide, which has solidified Slovenia's global culinary presence. With an impressive number of 9 Michelin-starred restaurants, including one with three stars and another with two, along with seven one-star restaurants, Slovenia stands among the 146 countries with three-star recognition. Remarkably, only 8 of these restaurants are led by female chefs and Ana Roš from Hiša Franko is among them. What will 2024 bring? 

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Celebrate World Bee Day in your own way.

Following a Slovenian initiative, 20 May is now celebrated as World Bee Day. Slovenia’s beekeeping traditions have deep roots. Slovenian beekeepers have shared their wealth of knowledge of beekeeping all over the world, and today we are creating unique experiences with innovative approaches. Join us in the celebration of World Bee Day, learn about the beekeeping tradition and enjoy various experiences related to bees and honey.

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June

Slovenia, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasts a passionate community of hikers, cyclists, and runners, reflecting the country's commitment to healthy living and a sporting spirit.

With a growing number of enthusiasts each year, Slovenia's emphasis on an active lifestyle resonates in every aspect of its culture. The nation's abundance of top athletes, achieving remarkable success on the global stage, positions Slovenia as a sporting phenomenon.

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Tour of Slovenia

In 2024, the Tour of Slovenia marks its 31st anniversary, with this year's race being the 30th edition, as it was canceled once due to the epidemic.

Cyclists will once again hit the Slovenian roads from June 12 to 16 for this prestigious event.

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Slovenian Thermal Spas

Slovenia, a land of healthy water, boasts thermal and mineral springs that serve as fountains of health and well-being.

Whether you seek the tranquil ambiance of the Pannonian Plain, the unique allure of the Karst Region, the majestic beauty of the Alps, or the coastal charm of the Mediterranean, our thermal spas offer diverse experiences.

From healing treatments to preventive care, wellness to selfness – your ideal Slovenian health resort awaits, tailored to your desired region, bodily requirements, innermost desires, and family expectations.

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Pampering and treatment

Be pampered in the wellness centres of Slovenian spas, where you can relax and rejuvenate.

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Health

Restore your health with high-quality health resort treatment programmes and medical wellness in Slovenia.

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Water experiences in spas – Aquafun

Thermal water parks = fun. Experience it in spas.

Water experiences in spas – Aquafun

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July

Traditionally in July, we unveil a roundup of newly opened accommodations and exciting renovations (from July 2023 onwards). Whether you're drawn to the vibrant energy of a bustling city or the serene charm of a secluded paradise, these additions to Slovenia's hospitality scene cater to every traveler's desires, offering a diverse range of options.

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August

In Slovenia, August unfolds with a diverse array of engaging topics: from lively summer festivals, rejuvenating wellness retreats, serene lakeside or seaside escapes or exciting outdoor adventures.

Additionally, the sporting spirit takes centre stage as Slovenia cheers for its athletes participating in the Summer Olympics in Paris, providing an excellent opportunity to delve into the country's passionate sports culture.

Ready to shine: Slovenian athletes in Paris 2024

Excitement builds as we look forward to the Slovenian athletes shining in Paris 2024. Fueled by their impressive track record and recent accomplishments, we're filled with optimism as the Olympic stage unfolds from July 26 to August 11. With the world's athletes coming together, our Slovenian sports stars are ready to showcase their skills, confidently aiming for exceptional achievements that will undoubtedly fill our nation with pride.

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The Idrija Žlikrofi Festival

The Idrija Žlikrofi Festival is a first-class culinary experience, which reinvents the traditional Idrija dish with a modern touch. Celebrated annually on the penultimate Saturday in August, the festival showcases certified producers of Idrija žlikrofi, offers tastings of innovative sauces by local chefs, hosts a competition among hunting families in the preparation of venison bákalca and provides a delightful setting for a casual gathering with top winemakersmicrobrewers, and žlikrofi enthusiasts. This year, the festival will take place on 24 August.

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Savouring Slovenian Tradition

Explore the tourism destinations through local cuisine and traditional dishes. Keep an eye out for the dishes with a protected designation of origin or traditional specialty guaranteed labels.

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Savouring Slovenian Tradition

Savouring Slovenian Tradition

Explore the tourism destinations through local cuisine and traditional dishes. Keep an eye out for the dishes with a protected designation of origin or traditional specialty guaranteed labels.

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Potica, a traditional dessert

Potica, a traditional dessert

During holidays, Slovenia is especially fragrant with the tempting aroma of potica, the most typical Slovenian dessert. However, this dessert appears in many different forms. It gets its flavour from about 80 different fillings. The most common potica is the walnut potica.

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Honey for sweet moments and well-being

Honey for sweet moments and well-being

In Slovenian cuisine, you will find honey around every corner. In the past it was mainly used as a sweetener, but nowadays it is found in a wide variety of dishes. Honey gives dishes a special taste and has positive effects on our well-being. Treat yourself to a spoonful of it.

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Seasoned with love

Seasoned with love

The taste of dishes typical for Slovenia and for particular gastronomic regions is enhanced by fresh and local herbs and spices. Slovenian salt, produced in the northernmost traditional salt pans still operating in the Mediterranean, holds a special place among them.

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When you visit Slovenia, you get potatoes!

When you visit Slovenia, you get potatoes!

That Slovenians love potatoes is evident from the fields where local varieties are grown, as well as from restaurant menus where potato dishes are the most common side dish.

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September

September in Slovenia promises a diverse range of exciting travel experiences. It invites you to embark on hikes through picturesque wine regions and attend vibrant harvest festivals. It encourages leisurely strolls through historical towns, exploration of caves or relaxation at renowned thermal spas. Additionally, it encourages enthusiasts to celebrate sports, as the Day of Slovenian Sport is observed every 23 September.

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Hints for the best autumn experience in Slovenia

Spend autumn in Slovenia your way!

Hints for the best autumn experience in Slovenia

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Hiking trails with stunning views of autumn landscapes

Hiking trails where you can admire the most beautiful colour shades of autumn.

Hiking trails with stunning views of autumn landscapes

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Best autumn family holidays at spa resorts

Top reasons why spas are a great choice for families in autumn.

Best autumn family holidays at spa resorts

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Rambling through the colourful setting of autumn

Spend an active autumn in hiking boots.

Rambling through the colourful setting of autumn

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An active autumn in Slovenia

Top ideas on how to stay active in Slovenia in the autumn.

An active autumn in Slovenia

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Autumn gastronomic events in Slovenia

Taste Slovenian gastronomy at autumn festivals and culinary events.

Autumn gastronomic events in Slovenia

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Top reasons for an autumn visit to wine-producing Slovenia

Experience the magic of autumn in the wine-producing regions of Slovenia.

Top reasons for an autumn visit to wine-producing Slovenia

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October

As the pace of life slows down in autumn, seize the perfect opportunity to indulge in spa pampering and embark on a rejuvenating journey for both your body and mind. In your quest to elevate well-being and extend vitality, spas become a sanctuary where wellness practices, therapeutic treatments, and serene surroundings converge, fostering a balanced and enduring approach to life.

The holistic nature of spa experiences extends beyond mere relaxation, playing a pivotal role in nurturing a sustainable foundation for long-term health and longevity

 

Take care of your body with detox programmes

Every day we are exposed to the adverse effects of the environment, resulting in various toxins entering our bodies. At a certain point, it is time to say 'enough' and get rid of these harmful substances. To this end, you can try the full-body detoxification programmes available at some Slovenian spas.

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Take care of your body with detox programmes

Take care of your body with detox programmes

Every day we are exposed to the adverse effects of the environment, resulting in various toxins entering our bodies. At a certain point, it is time to say 'enough' and get rid of these harmful substances. To this end, you can try the full-body detoxification programmes available at some Slovenian spas.

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Weight loss and body toning in Slovenia

Weight loss and body toning in Slovenia

The key to achieving long-lasting weight loss and body toning is to tackle this process thoughtfully. For this reason, Slovenian spas employ professionals who will help you reach your desired weight in a healthy way through a customised individual approach.

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Beautiful and healthy at Slovenian spas

Beautiful and healthy at Slovenian spas

It is said that beauty comes from within. Having a clean and neat appearance, however, also strengthens our self-confidence and makes us feel better. Beauty centres at Slovenian spas have different ways of helping you fall in love with your appearance and making you shine.

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Boost your immune system

Boost your immune system

At a time when we are surrounded by several health problems, it is especially important to keep one’s immune system strong. At Slovenian natural health resorts, a comprehensive approach is used to boost the immune system involving a proper diet plan, detoxification and resistance-boosting programmes, exercise in the fresh air, and a positive attitude towards life.

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Feel the power of healing waters

Feel the power of healing waters

Slovenia is a land of healthy waters. Unique thermal and mineral waters have been proven to have positive effects on health and well-being. They aid recovery from various injuries and illnesses. They are also used to great effect in some wellness programmes. It is therefore definitely worth experiencing their natural healing properties.

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November

November is dedicated to wine, as St. Martin's Day, celebrated on November 11, holds special significance in Slovenia. Known as "Martinovanje," this festive occasion is deeply rooted in Slovenian traditions and customs.

Also, did you know that Maribor is home to the oldest vine in the world. At more than 450 years, it is the only plant boasting its own museum – the Old Vine House. Maribor hosts a number of events celebrating the Old Vine, such as the Pruning of the Old Vine, St. Martin’s Day, and the Old Vine Festival. Believe it or not, the Old Vine even has its own anthem, and the locals are only too keen to let you hear it.

 

 

November is also the month when Slovenia proudly presents itself at the world's largest travel trade market, WTM London. Connect with our co-exhibitors at WTM, learn about Slovenia’s tourism products and discover new and unique business opportunities.

December

December in Slovenia is a magical time marked by festive traditions and charming Christmas markets. Towns come alive with twinkling lights, while locals and visitors enjoy the delights served at Christmas markets. 

In Postojna Cave, the spotlight in December is on the live nativity scene, which transforms the cave into the grandest Christmas and New Year spectacle in Slovenia.

 

Sustainable Advent in Slovenia

Seven things to do that promote a sustainable festive spirit in Slovenia.

Sustainable Advent in Slovenia

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Advent in Slovenian towns of culture

Discover the charm of Advent in historical towns.

Advent in Slovenian towns of culture

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Holiday decorations and Slovenian customs during Advent

Learn about the tradition of Christmas decorations and creating a holiday spirit in Slovenia.

Holiday decorations and Slovenian customs during Advent

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Winter activities to spice up the holidays

Treat yourself to unforgettable holidays with winter experiences in Slovenia!

Winter activities to spice up the holidays

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Typical Slovenian Dishes Found on Holiday Tables

Enjoy the Slovenian holiday culinary delights!

Typical Slovenian Dishes Found on Holiday Tables

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The Christmas Fairytale

Experience the magic of Christmas holidays in Postojna Cave with live nativity.

The Christmas Fairytale

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