The story of the karst stone with a soft heart

Published: 21.2.2011

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The story of the karst stone with a soft heart

Over 8,000 karst caves are located underneath the surface of Slovenia. This is the home of the supreme Teran wine and the renowned Lipizzaner horses. Enjoy 2 tourist packages in locations around Lipica and Pliskovica, and area where you will find no shortage of cultural inspiration.

The story of the karst stone with a soft heart

Over 8,000 karst caves are located underneath the surface of Slovenia. Only a stone with a soft heart could allow the waters to create from soluble limestone this fantastical underworld of unusual shapes. This is the magic of nature. With each and every season a different world awaits you at the same place. The home of the Green Karst is the Notranjska region, while the original Karst in the south-western Slovenia gave its name to all karst phenomena across the world. This is the home of the supreme Teran wine and the renowned Lipizzaner horses. Enjoy two tourist packages in locations around Lipica and Pliskovica, and area where you will find no shortage of cultural inspiration.

Package 1: Lipica – in the embrace of nature and white horses

Admire world-famous Lipizzaner, one of the noblest breeds of horse which are born black and grow up white. Did you know that this famous European stud farm has been breeding these celebrated horses since the 16th century?

Accommodation:

* Hotel Maestoso 3*

Price:

* EUR 132 per person

The price includes:

* 3 nights in a double room

* Generous self-service breakfast

* 3-course dinner with waiter service

* ABC school of golf

* 30-minute carriage ride

* Guided tour of the stud farm

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

Validity:

The offer is subject to prior reservation and valid until the end of September for individual guests. The number of packages is limited. Discounts cannot be added together or combined with other special offers.

More information: info@lipica.org, +386 (0)5 739 1580, www.lipica.org

Package 2: Karst cultural ring

Though dry and rocky, the rich karst landscape has always excited a range of artists. Follow the rhymes of the poet Srečko Kosovel, venture into the fantasy world of the writer Branka Jurca and admire the graphics of painter Lojze Spacal, the world-class architecture of Maks Fabiani and the expressionist paintings of Tone Kralj. Find your own inspiration!

Accommodation:

* Hostel Pliskovica

Price:

* EUR 55 per person for 3 days

* EUR 102 per person for 5 days

* The price includes:

* Accommodation

* Breakfast

* Unlimited Internet access

* Snack to take away

* Bicycle storage

* Guided tour of the Slamčeva Farmhouse and Pepa’s Karst Garden, the Kosovel Homestead, Štanjel Castle and the Museum of Slovenian Film Actors and the permanent exhibition devoted to the actress, Ita Rina

* Tasting and visit to the Tabor Military Museum in Lokev (included in the 5-day package)

The price does not include:

* Hiring the services of a bicycle guide

* Booking a tennis court

* Tourist tax

* Bicycle rental

* Single room

* Additional tours and tasting events

More information: info@hostelkras.com , +385 (0)5 764 02 50, www.visitkras.info

The Karst region lies in south-western Slovenia, but karst phenomena can be found across almost half of Slovenian territory. Over time waters carved large underground caves and created a fantastical world of unusual shapes. Visit and admire its beauty in Postojna Cave, the most visited karst cave in Europe, where you can see proteus. You can continue your exploration in the Unesco heritage site, Škocjan Caves.

Two uniquely Slovenian specialities – Karst prosciutto ham and Teran wine – are a delightful culinary combination on any Karst menu. They taste best when enjoyed in the company of good friends or at the Teran and Prosciutto Festival in Dutovlje. If you get caught in the karst Bora, a gusting, cold and yet mostly dry wind, warm up with a shot of Brkini plum brandy or karst gin.

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