In the middle of nature, with locals, enjoying local food
Far from crowds and fast-paced everyday life. In greenery and peace. In intimate connection with nature and people, their culture, life wisdom, customs, and cuisine. Only healthy and fresh produce is used to prepare the delights of traditional Slovenian cuisine. Head to the countryside. Lasting impressions await you.
The countryside in numbers
there are 850 tourist farms
37% of Slovenia’s area lies within the protected NATURA 2000 area
2,104 farms are involved with organic farming
there are 140,000 bee families
80–90 million litres of wine are produced
there are 8,936 hectares of orchards
there are 400 tonnes of olive oil produced on 1,600 hectares of oil groves
there are 170 distinctive and characteristic dishes
more than 7,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails.
In the countryside, you will be welcomed by friendly hosts, who live in nature and work with nature. The comfortable rooms that they offer are usually furnished with everything that a modern person needs. Certain tourist farms are specialised. There is something for children and families, for bikers and hikers, or you can opt for wine-growing farms or farms devoted to organic food production.
Farms serve food that is mostly produced on the farm itself: fresh seasonal vegetables, meat from the barn, drinks from the vineyard or orchard, and excellent stews and soups. The food is of high quality and the dishes available depend on the season. You can enter the barn with your hosts, learn about the work in the vineyard, in the meadow, or in the cellar.
Different regions have their own distinctive dishes. In the Karst Region, you will be served pršut, a special variety of European prosciuttos. The most widely known dessert in Slovenia is Potica, which can have different fillings, and excellent pogača breads are available in the north-eastern part of Slovenia. World-class wines from three wine-growing areas complement the abundance of flavours.
Various activities are available when you spend your holiday in the countryside. Here, you can go horseback riding, head off on a biking trip along forest trails, or take a walk across green hillsides. As the dawn breaks, try mowing the lawn, milking cows, or tackling other useful chores in the barn or in the field. You can also indulge in the festivities taking place in the countryside on special occasions.
Spend your holiday with your children differently – in an authentic environment with excellent healthy food. Domestic animals are commonplace in the countryside and children can learn where milk comes from, what garden vegetables taste like, how cheese is made or how bread is baked.
Under a thatched roof
You will be amazed at the various types of traditional Slovenian houses built according to custom and taking into account the local environment. The typical stone yards can be found in the Karst Region, wooden huts for dairy production can be found in the Gorenjska Region and zidanica houses in the Dolenjska Region. Perhaps you would like to stay in a house with earthen plaster and a thatched roof. Such houses can be found in the Prekmurje and Štajerska Regions.
Even more options for active and healthy holidays
You can supplement your holiday in the countryside with a trip up the nearby hills, or enjoy a bike ride. As you wander around, you can check out the natural and cultural features.
To the highest peaks
The path to the mountains always rewards you with incredible views of Alpine peaks. Head to the highest mountain of Slovenia, Mt. Triglav, located in the middle of the Julian Alps, or to the popular peaks in the Karavanke Alps and the Kamnik and Savinja Alps.
Numerous trails in forests and amidst mountain peaks are suitable for beginners and world-class cyclists. Simply visit one of the many marked biking trails, and adrenaline junkies can also visit multiple locations for downhill rides on mountain bikes.
Take your children to a world that they have never seen before. You can bike on forest trails or on special biking trails. To spend an active and healthy holiday, choose between a mountainous or coastal environment, Pannonian plains or rolling hills.
The capital Ljubljana is a charming European city in the midst of unspoilt nature; with colourful history, culture, excellent food and a diverse and vibrant events calendar it makes for a perfect base for a visit to central Slovenia.