Jul 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Discover a Well-Kept Secret

Ever heard of Slovenia?  Scott Spencer in Travel & Leisure calls it a “land of castles, medieval villages, and an idealistic love of the arts that can only be kept secret for so long.”  It was recently highlighted in The Week (p. 29 Vol 12. No. 576). It caught my eye as my daughter and I are continually on the lookout for our next adventure abroad. Rick Steves (my travel hero ), notes that Croatia and Slovenia are presently emerging as Europe’s hottest new senior travel destinations.

Kensington Tours will take you to Slovenia in style and is an award winning tour operator offering guided tours throughout the world. Hiking tours are also quite popular and Best Slovakia Tours might also fulfill your interests.

This official guide notes that Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. It has an exceptional number of top athletes, and a wealth of cultural creativity.

Some basic information will help put your mind at ease in case you would like to know more about the country before booking your trip. You will find lots for seniors to see and do, and in addition you will find out where to go for the best sightseeing, food and lodging.

Formerly a part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia has an abbreviated Adriatic coastline, offers seniors Alpine mountains and awesome wind raked valleys. Being a coastal Alpine country, Slovenia is unique in its diversity: mountains, sea, karst, lowland are sitting closely together.

Slovenia has been dubbed a lot of things since independence in 1991 – ‘Europe in Miniature’, ‘The Sunny Side of the Alps’, ‘The Green Piece of Europe’ – and, though they may sound like tourist-brochure blurbs, they’re all true. From beaches, snow-capped mountains, hills awash in grapevines and wide plains blanketed in sunflowers, to Gothic churches, baroque palaces, historic castles and art nouveau civic buildings, Slovenia offers more diversity than countries many times its size.

Its incredible mixture of climates brings warm Mediterranean breezes up to the foothills of the Alps, where it can even snow in summer. With more than half of its total area covered in forest, Slovenia truly is one of the greenest countries in the world.

So where is Slovenia and what type of activities can we expect to find that will be of interest to seniors? It’s all here with Lonely Planet. HubPages, which is new to me, has some useful information for seniors including another map and a listing of worthy places to visit.  The country is bordered by Austria, Italy, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic sea.

Slovenia has both natural beauty and historical sights. The main attractions include Triglav National Park, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj; Karst and Postojna with huge caves.

Ljubjljana…Seniors, Say That Three Times In a Row

Ljubjljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a beautiful small city situated on the river Ljubljanica that flows between the city centre and the castle hill above. Its river banks are filled with great restaurants, and chic bars popular with visitors and locals alike.

The town boasts the most relaxing atmosphere of all European capitals and offers endless cultural events and excellent quality of life. It is a city of culture, home to many theatres, museums and galleries and it also boasts one of the oldest philharmonic academy in the world. More cultural events take place here: top quality musical, theater and fine arts performers as well as alternative and avant-garde performers. Don’t miss the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art.

Ljubljana is a relatively small place, so soon you may feel like taking a day tripOther major cities well worth a visit include Bled, Maribor and Novo mesto. Want a little more history, climate, culture and terrain specifics? Wikitravel will fill in all those blanks and more.

So when is the best season to visit Slovenia? Any season is the right season to visit Slovenia and Ljubljana. This green part of Europe is indeed a special place – a place for seniors to spoil themselves. From its beaches on the Adriatic to the jagged peaks of the Julian Alps, you can see it all with your Slovenia rail pass.

I’ll leave you with a couple of neat YouTube videos on Slovenia or 24 more here.  Take your pick. Sounds like Slovenia is a neat place to put on my own bucket list.  Do check out Slovenia. jeb

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