Visiting one of the greenest destinations in the world is a great responsibility
Slovenia is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world. According to the Good Country Index, Slovenia ranks fourth among 154 countries in terms of its positive contribution to the planet and the climate. It boasts vast forests, rich biodiversity, numerous protected areas and parks, exceptional water wealth and high-quality drinking water. Slovenians pride themselves on their rich cultural heritage, which they actively preserve. In order to prevent the negative effects of visitors on the natural environment and local communities, tourism is developed in a sustainable way. But we also need your help. Follow the instructions below for a green and responsible visit to Slovenia.
Welcome to green and safe Slovenia!
Slovenia has implemented strict hygiene requirements and health protection recommendations, so it is to no surprise that we are one of the first countries in the world to have obtained the Safe Travels label of the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC). All recommendations to prevent infections are carefully carried out so that you will feel safe at every step. In this way, we protect our visitors, employees, and the local community. Now is the time for a safe holiday in green Slovenia
Feel the green before coming to Slovenia
When planning your holiday in Slovenia, choose environmentally friendly modes of transport, travel and accommodation.
Travel to Slovenia by train or bus or choose an airline that is engaged in a programme to reduce its carbon footprint.
Book holiday accommodation that has a Slovenia Green certificate. Certified providers treat waste water, waste and energy responsibly and are closely involved in the local community.
The greenest experiences in Slovenia are organised by certified tourist agencies. If you wish to travel in a particularly sustainable way, tourist agencies with the Slovenia Green certificate will be glad to help.
Choose a green way of travelling around Slovenia
Discover the beauties of Slovenia with a great deal of responsibility and respect towards its natural and cultural heritage. Only together will we be able to preserve this green country for future generations.
Natural environment and landscape
In Slovenia you will be surrounded by greenery at every step. We are particularly attentive to our natural environment due to its rich flora and fauna. This is also the reason why as much as 13% of Slovenia’s territory is protected. Respect nature and its bounty.
Help preserve the delicate balance in natural areas by sticking to existing paths. Cycling or walking outside of trodden paths can cause biotic imbalance.
Respect wild animals. When you enter their home, be careful to maintain an appropriate distance. Do not feed animals in their natural habitat. Be equally respectful towards domestic animals.
Show your loved ones that you can be romantic without trampling on grass or picking flowers. Blossoming meadows provide pastures for native Slovenian bees, our queens of pollination.
The environment and climate
Be it in the city or in the countryside, the connection between Slovenians and their natural environment can be felt every step of the way. Town centres are within a stone's throw of the natural surroundings. Let’s strive for a zero-waste society and keep our environment clean, healthy and safe.
Use public transport for travelling and explore new places on foot or by bike.
The water in Slovenia is clean and drinkable everywhere you go. We recommend bringing a reusable bottle to avoid buying plastic ones.
Help us preserve the abundance of our water resources by taking a quick shower instead of a bath and by closing the tap while brushing your teeth.
Separate your waste and dispose of it in designated places. When exploring natural areas, bring your waste, including cigarette butts, to the nearest town.
Try to reduce the amount of waste you produce, particularly single-use plastic. Use cloth bags, reuse your water bottle and order your drink without a straw.
Contribute to conserving energy when renting accommodation by declining a change of towels and room cleaning. Turn off the lights and air conditioning when you don’t need them.
Choose environmentally friendly soaps and cosmetics that aren’t harmful to fragile ecosystems.
Culture and tradition
Every place has its own traditions and cultural treasures that we carefully protect. Some of these treasures are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Friendly and hospitable locals add to the charm. Be respectful and kind to them in return.
Respect the locals and their culture. Don’t invade their personal space or take pictures of them without permission.Respect the dress code and religious traditions.
Learn a few basic Slovenian phrases and bring a smile to your hosts’ faces. Hello = dober dan, thank you = hvala, How are you = kako ste, this is very good – to je zelo dobro.
Taste the rich Slovenian cuisine and support local farmers by selecting traditional Slovenian dishes made from local seasonal ingredients.
Buy local. Support local artisans and artists by complimenting their work or buying their products. Choose handmade souvenirs instead of mass-produced ones.
Visit traditional events to discover Slovenian habits, customs and traditions.
Avoid overcrowded tourist sights. Explore hidden corners of less visited destinations instead and enjoy truly authentic experiences.
Hold green Slovenia dear to your heart
So, are you excited about Slovenia yet? Spread the word! Share your experiences, discoveries and impressions with others and pass on the green mentality that will accompany you throughout your visit to Slovenia.
Encourage other travellers to act responsibly. If you notice that someone is unintentionally harming the environment or local community, please kindly point it out to them.
Help us improve our tourism offer by informing us of any potential shortcomings you experience during your green visit to Slovenia. We will be happy to lend an ear.
Open your heart to green habits and also incorporate them into your routine back home. Share your positive experiences with friends and help us spread a green mentality.
What will your green path be?
The choice is vast. To make it easier, here are some stories about green Slovenia to inspire your green holiday.
A green story of Slovenia
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Bike Slovenia Green – a bike tour connecting green destinations
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The best water experiences at green destinations
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Unwind in green thermal spas
Many Slovenian spas strive to operate in a manner that is as sustainable and green as possible, with a responsible approach to the environment in which the spa is located. Some thermal spas are proud holders of the Slovenia Green Accommodation label. Visit them to indulge in an eco-friendly thermal experience.More
Feel the touch of green Slovenia
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