Harmony between humans and bees

Bees play an important role in nature, and for the survival of humankind too. In Slovenia, people are very aware of their incredible mission, so bee-keeping has strong roots in Slovenian tradition.

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Blooming meadows and forests are home to the Carniolan honeybee, an indigenous Slovenian sub-species of bees. It is known for its characteristics, such as docility, diligence, humility, and a great sense of orientation.

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These characteristics are also seen in the people who take care of the bees and live with them. Throughout history, Slovenians have spread their extensive knowledge of the life and work of these hard-working insects around the world. Today, you can learn about the Slovenian bee-keeping tradition and the applications of bee products in very exciting ways. Slovenia breathes with bees, so it is no wonder that this was the birthplace of the idea of World Bee Day.

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Why is 20 May World Bee Day?

The initiative to declare World Bee Day came from Slovenia, and the date that was selected was the birthday of the great bee expert from the 18th century, Anton Janša. Janša was the first bee-keeping teacher in the court of the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa. By introducing bee-keeping methods that were successfully used by Carniolan bee-keepers, he caused a real revolution in bee-keeping of the time. Among other things, he introduced honey flow, re-defined the role of drones, and wrote all of his findings in two books, which are still a useful manual for many bee-keepers.

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Green and bee-friendly Slovenia

Beekeeping is deeply rooted in the Slovenian consciousness. Slovenia is one of the leading EU countries in terms of the number of beekeepers per capita, and the Carniolan honeybee, a native bee species in Slovenia, is one of the most widespread honeybees in the world. The well-preserved natural environment offers good conditions for beekeeping. Learn about our green story through an interactive video and discover why Slovenia is a paradise for beekeeping and bees.

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Experience beekeeping stories in a modern way

In recent years, beekeeping in Slovenia has again been gaining momentum thanks to the interesting experiences through which one can gain insight into the lives of bees and learn about the beneficial effects of their products.

Slovenia – the land of beekeeping

The rich beekeeping tradition is the basis for many beekeeping experiences in Slovenia. Beekeeping is embedded in Slovenian cuisine, pampering centres and folk art. The green, pristine natural environment is an excellent habitat for the native Carniolan honeybee, which produces the protected Slovenian honey.

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Slovenia – the land of beekeeping

Slovenia – the land of beekeeping

The rich beekeeping tradition is the basis for many beekeeping experiences in Slovenia. Beekeeping is embedded in Slovenian cuisine, pampering centres and folk art. The green, pristine natural environment is an excellent habitat for the native Carniolan honeybee, which produces the protected Slovenian honey.

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with honey and feel its revitalising energy

Satisfy your sweet tooth with honey and feel its revitalising energy

In the past, people already knew about such sweetness and the positive effects that honey and bee products have on one’s well-being. Find out where you can taste honey in Slovenian traditional and modern cuisine and how bee products can be an elixir of health, vitality, and energy. Enjoy the flavours of honey with a protected geographical indication.

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Visit bees for wellbeing

Visit bees for wellbeing

Bee-keeping has a rich tradition in Slovenia. If bee products once had an important place in cuisine and candle making, they are nowadays also used for body pampering treatments and maintaining health: from honey massages to inhaling beneficial aerosol in apiaries. Find honey treatments in spas and health resorts.

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Experiences inspired by bees and honey

Experiences inspired by bees and honey

Immerse yourself in the beekeeping tradition. Visit beekeepers and taste original bee products. Learn about the typical beehive architecture and travel through history at beekeeping museums. Create dishes or souvenirs from bee products. The soothing energy of beehives can be your path to relaxation and well-being.

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Did you know…

Bees are faithful life companions and should be respected and protected. Our existence depends on them. Do you know why? See the facts below.

Bees pollinate more than 170 species of plants. 

Every third spoonful of food in the world depends on pollination.

Bees are also excellent biological indicators of how clean the environment is.

For a kilogram of honey, a bee must visit 4 million flowers and fly a distance equal to four times around the world.

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Follow the bees

Follow the bees

Get to know the land of bees, beekeepers and honey love. Certified beekeeping providers, tourist farms, places of original ethnological heritage and green nature await you in Slovenia. Draw your own Slovenian beekeeping trail!



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