Integral approach to sustainable development

As early as 2016, the Green Destinations international organisation declared Slovenia the first green country in the world. We are aware that sustainable development represents the only way to preserve the beauty of our planet for future generations. Sustainable approach is our priority in different development fields, from energy, transport and waste to water resource management, biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Tourism is also developed in way that is friendly to the environment, local communities and visitors. We participate in a number of projects that realise our green vision and set an example to other destinations.

The prestigious global travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller named Slovenia one of the top 10 sustainable destinations to visit in 2021. More

Increasingly committed to sustainability

The Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism, the internationally recognised and multi-awarded tool for sustainable tourism development in Slovenia, has reached a new milestone. As many as 118 members have successfully joined the Slovenia Green family. The former include sustainability-oriented destinations, accommodation providers, natural parks, tourist agencies and attractions.

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What is the key evidence to prove that Slovenia is on the green path?

See some of the projects and concrete steps Slovenia has made towards sustainable growth, all undertaken with a great sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Soft tourism in Slovenian mountain villages

The international network of Mountaineering Villages combines places in the Alps that develop tourism on the basis of their mountaineering tradition, without a major tourist infrastructure and by using a sustainable approach. The network currently consists of almost 30 villages in Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia. These villages boasts tranquil mountain environments, compactness, a living mountaineering culture and an abundance of opportunities for environmentally friendly outdoor activities. Mountains and mountaineering have an exceptional value in these regions in terms of cultural identity.

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Towards a world producing less waste

The generation of large quantities of waste poses a great challenge for popular tourist destinations. Nine Slovenian municipalities joined the Zero Waste Initiative to address the problems they have with large quantities of waste. With systematic work, the municipalities prevented the generation of about 15,000 tonnes of mixed municipal waste and thus saved more than EUR 3 million. Waste is also being minimised at a number of popular local events. Near Bled, you can visit the first Zero Waste Hotel in the middle of pristine nature.

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Mobile and green

Slovenia strives to minimise its carbon footprint. We wish to offer our citizens and visitors more high-quality alternatives to using passenger vehicles. So, when discovering natural and cultural attractions in the Julian Alps and elsewhere, the use of public transport is promoted.

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Exploring landscapes in the most environmentally friendly and self-propelled way

There are many maintained hiking and cycling trails in Slovenia where visitors can explore the world around them more interactively. Check out some of the long-distance hiking and cycling trails that are particularly worth experiencing.

Across hills and valleys with an e-bike

The Slovenian landscape is extremely diverse. Here, you can find high craggy mountains as well as broad fields and plains, mysterious underground caves and hills overgrown with vineyards. Even the most uneven terrain in Slovenia is accessible to all cycling enthusiasts thanks to the e-bikes which can be hired at many destinations. Find the most magnificent views in an environmentally friendly way.

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Flavours of sustainable development

Slovenia is the proud holder of the title of the European Region of Gastronomy 2021. Among its other qualities, it convinced the expert panel with its short supply chains, high quality of locally produced food and wine and a comprehensive organic approach. As many as six Slovenian culinary providers were awarded the new Michelin sustainability award, and many providers received the Green Key eco-label. If you are interested in the secret of Slovenia’s sustainability journey in the field of gastronomy, check out some of the facts that support this.

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We take care of our bees

Slovenia has a rich beekeeping tradition that is firmly anchored in the public consciousness. According to the number of beekeepers per capita, we are at the very top in the European Union, and the indigenous Slovenian bee, the Carniolan honey bee, is considered to be one of the most widely spread honey bees in the world. It’s thus not surprising that 20 May was declared by the United Nations World Bee Day at Slovenia’s initiative. But bees aren’t only found in the countryside, they are also present in the urban environment, even on the roof of one of the Ljubljana hotels. Following a Dutch example, a new project involving the greening of bus stop roofs where indigenous honey plants are cultivated, has come to fruition in the capital recently. 

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Green stories all around

Slovenia boasts green stories that can be found in the countryside and towns. See how each one of us can contribute to sustainable development and the preservation of these green stories.

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.

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Unwind in green thermal spas

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.

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Farm stays with a green story

Farm stays with a green story

Visiting a farm can be a pleasant experience for the whole family. Children will enjoy befriending the animals and running around, and you can enjoy genuine and tasty homemade food, relax your thoughts and get to know the farm work or simply appreciate the view of its green surroundings.  If you have a green mindset you will definitely choose a farm that bears the label of Slovenia Green.   

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Exceptional stories from Slovenian forests

Exceptional stories from Slovenian forests

Slovenia has a green heart. Forests cover three-fifths of its surface area and almost every Slovenian city is only a stone's throw away from the woods. Learn where you can find stories about Slovenian forests and enjoy some of the most interesting forest experiences.  

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Green mobility in natural parks

Green mobility in natural parks

Did you know that natural parks and protected areas represent as much as 13 per cent of Slovenia’s territory? Natural and cultural attractions in natural parks which successfully obtained the prestigious Slovenia Green Park label due to their sustainable management can be discovered in an active and green way – on foot, by bike or public transport.

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How to visit Slovenia in a green way

How to visit Slovenia in a green way

We pride ourselves on our unspoilt nature and rich cultural heritage, which we actively protect for the generations to come. We encourage you to help us in achieving this. Follow the green guidelines for ensuring sustainable behaviour before, during, and after your visit to Slovenia, so as to have a positive impact on the natural environment and local communities.

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Slovenia – the land of incredible stories

With its diversity, Slovenia is special in itself. Extra charm is also added by its abundant natural and cultural heritage, exclusive experiences and superb gastronomy.

Follow the Michelin Stars in Slovenia

Meet Slovenia's gastronomic stars that are now shining on the Michelin sky.

Follow the Michelin Stars in Slovenia

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Top 10 sights

Must-see attractions in green Slovenia!

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Top experiences in Slovenia

Experience innovative Slovenia.

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Parks

Discover a wealth of various plant and tree species.

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Green wilderness experiences in Slovenia

Slovenia's unspoilt corners of nature are hiding the country's exceptional biodiversity.

Green wilderness experiences in Slovenia

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UNESCO World Heritage

Slovenian treasure troves of world heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

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Discover locations for relaxing getaways in the great outdoors

Choose your very own oasis of peace and relaxation.

Discover locations for relaxing getaways in the great outdoors

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Unique stories of glamping in Slovenia

Slovenia is a destination for top glamping experiences!

Unique stories of glamping in Slovenia

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