Slovenia feels EXPO: welcome to the Pomurje region

Published: 14.7.2015

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Slovenia feels EXPO: welcome to the Pomurje region

The Pomurje region, situated in the north-eastern part of Slovenia, will be featured at Expo 2015 in the first half of August. Relax in the healing thermal and mineral springs of Pomurje, which spring deep underground, cycle along the Mura River, discover the ancient woodland and enjoy the delicacies of Pomurje farms.

Slovenia feels EXPO: welcome to the Pomurje region

The Pomurje region, situated in the north-eastern part of Slovenia, will be featured at Expo 2015 in the first half of August. In Pomurje, time passes slowly among the vast fields of Pannonian plains. This is the land of storks and mills on tranquil rivers. Relax in the healing thermal and mineral springs which spring deep underground, cycle along the Mura River, discover the ancient woodland and enjoy the delicacies of Pomurje farms.

Feel the green, healthy and active Slovenia. Nature and the people invite you to Slovenia, the only country in the world to include in its name that most beautiful of emotions – love. You can also feel it at EXPO Milano 2015. Discover a piece of diversity that life between the Alps and the Mediterranean has to offer in the Slovenian Pavilion and attend numerous events.

The pace of life in Pomurje is slower. Relax as you admire the vast fields, among which winds the long Mura River, and the hills overgrown with vines will remind you that you are in the land of supreme wines. The region’s greatest asset are certainly thermal springs which gush special black geothermal water and supply it to natural health resorts. This thermal water is unique to Europe and the world. The “black gold” is famous for its exceptional healing properties. Experience it in Terme 3000 in Moravske Toplice. The greatest particularity of Terme Lendava is the unique paraffin thermal and mineral water, which is the basis for balneotherapy, while Terme Banovci welcome you to the first European naturalist camp. For many years, mineral water has been a trademark of Terme Radenci. Mineral water from Radenci used to be the official mineral water of the court in Vienna and is one of the richest mineral waters in Europe according to the content of CO2. Legends say that diligent dwarfs help the water on its way from the underground, and the health resort is also known as a bioclimatic spa since it has more than 250 sunny days per year.

Pomurje has long tradition of rafting. Over 40 mills used to operate on the Mura River. The most known and still functioning is the Babič Mill on the Mura River in Veržej. A new floating mill was constructed on the bank of the Island of Love in Ižakovci and only its mill wheel remains in the river. It is open for public, and the best homemade bread can be made from the flour it mills. The surroundings are distinguished by picturesque hills overgrown with vines. Many tourists also visit the Goričko Landscape Park, which is a melting pot of cultures from neighbouring Croatia and Hungary. People and nature have been coexisting here in harmony for centuries. The locals like to say that time stopped in front of the Goričko slopes.

Pomurje also attracts many cyclists. Ride along the embankment of the Mura River and discover the Mura woods, the remains of the ancient woodland, which provide lush shelter from the sun and a network of hiking and cycling trails. Along the way situated on electric poles you can see large nests of white storks which found their home in this part of the country. They fly to warmer places in winter, but they always return home to the same nest. Stop at local tourist farms. You will be served homemade dödöli, bograč and unique Prekmurje gibanica, this is a special dessert which Slovenians consider a national culinary speciality. It is protected with the European mark of Traditional Speciality Guaranteed, and is made of dough and six different fillings (poppy seed, cottage cheese, walnut, apple, cream and butter). Enjoy your food!

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