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Brezice

Brezice is a town in the south-eastern part of Slovenia. As a tourist attraction The Lower Sava Valley attracts many tourists every year because of the rich historical and cultural heritage.
The symbol of the city is a tower built in the early 20th century. Previously used as a source of water for the inhabitants of town, today there is a place for pub.
The real glory of this place is the historical and ethnographic Lower Sava Valley Museum which is contained in the Brezice castle. It houses many archaeological relics of the past from this region. The castle is also the site of many cultural events and meetings. One of them is the annual music festival taking place in late May and early June. This is one of the most important music festivals in Europe, full of historically-inspired performances. It is a real delight for music lovers.

Kostanjevica na Krki

At the foot of the Gorjanci Hills lays the most unique place in Slovenia. The city, called the Venice of Lower Carniola is the only place in this country completely surrounded by water. The island located in the bend of the river Krki forms one of the oldest cities in Slovenia.
There are two lanes, connecting the island to the mainland. Full of historic buildings, they also lead to the most historical sites of Kostanjevica na Krki. One of them is the former Romanesque parish church of St. James, which was built before the year 1220, as a part of the defense system of the island. Today, due to the rebuilding of the church, in the 17th century we can find there some elements of Baroque style.
Another tourist destination is the late Gothic church of Saint Nicholas with frescoes made by Gorjup Joze. It is located in the southern part of the island.
Kostanjevica na Krki was announced as a cultural monument of the highest category in order to preserve the historical and natural values of Slovenia. Another advantage of the island is its location. Many additional attractions are outside the island, such as the mysterious cave Kostanjevica or Kostanjevica monastery founded by father of Kostanjevica na Krki Bernard von Spanheim.

Secovlje Salina Nature Park

The Secovlje Salina is considered as one of the most important parts of natural and cultural heritage in Slovenia. It plays an important role in Slovenian tourism as one of the best attractions on the Slovenian coast.
It is a landscape park covering the Secovlje Saltworks where salt is stll produced in traditional way, a wetland and a breeding place of many bird species. Due to the presence of numerous birds, the Goverment proclaimed the area of Secovlje Salina a nature park and the Museum of Salt-making a cultural monument of national importance.

Saltmaking is deeply consolidated with the Adriatic Sea’s history and constitutes one of the oldest economic activities. The saltworks have been active here since the 13th century. The way of sourcing the salt is highly unique in the Mediterranean as one of the rare economic activities with a minor impact on the natural environment, with favourable influence on the conservation of the biodiversity and lanscape. It relies on manual collecting of salt produced from the marine saturated
brine with the help of the solar energy. The salt is placed in pans with the bottom covered the biosediment which prevents sea mud from merging with salt.
The Museum of Salt-making offers a trail about 2,5 km long which allows the visitors to the learn salt-making procedure. There is also a viewpoint platform from where you can admire the wide area of the salinas. One of the most popular attractions in the area is also the open-air Forma Viva stone sculptures exhibition.
Since The Salina Nature Park keeps the status of a health resort, most of the hostels offer mud therapy, which becomes more and more popular among visitors.

Idrija

It is internationally famous thanks to its mercury mine. The town has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2012 together with its Spanish equivalent in Almaden. Both mines have created a kind of „mercury culture” which influences economic, cultural or urban life. One of the most impressive industrial buildings is the Anthony’s shaft which stands as an underground museum. The proud of Idrija is also the Gewerkenegg castle- a residence of the best European museum of industrial and technical heritage. There are also many other places connected with mining, like Fransisca’s shaft with mining equipment,mine’s warehouse or Idrija’s miner house. The town was also honoured as the Alpine Town of the Year in 2011.
Without doubts, the history of Idrija has been shaped by its location in a basin between hills, where the subalpine and karst lands meet. What is interesting, Idrija is known as the European centre of folk art, particulary thanks to bobbin lace.
Idrija, small like most of the Slovenians towns, warmly welcomes visitors with the spirit of the Middle Ages.

Koper

The town’s image and name were changed throughout history. The history of Koper is one of the longest and the most complicated ones of all Slovenian coastal towns. The most significant changes took place during the Venetian rule. Economics and cultural influences can still be felt. The 20th century made Koper an economic centre of the region and an important place on the European map as far as events hosting and seaside tourism are concerned.
Thanks to its medieval atmosphere, Koper is known as one of the most stunning parts of the Istrian Penisula. You can feel the history in the air. Numerous squares, remnants of the ancient city wall, narrow streets, tiny houses built in cascade, the largest cathedral in Slovenia- all of them take you on a journey through time, from the Middle Ages through the Gothic and the Renaissance up to now.
Cultural life in Koper is rich not only thanks to the beauty of architecture, but also because of various cultural events. All year round, the cultural programme is full, mainly thanks to creative students.
Every year in the Bay of Koper regatta takes place. Koper is also known of the Yellow night- the large, long lasting fireworks.

Izola

The name of this coastal town originates from the Italian word „Isola” which means island. Indeed, Izola used to be an island. Currently, this old Mediterranen town lying on the south-west shore of the Gulf of Trieste combines a rich fishing tradition and an abundant cultural heritage. Izola is also famous is also for its tradition of winemaking.
Thanks to eventful history, the town abounds in numerous monuments and interesting places. One of the most famous is the former city hall representing the Baroque style. Izola proudly hosts one of the most well-preserved late Baroque monuments in the country- Besenghi degli Ughi Palace. It was constructed by one of the most important architects of XVII. Nowadays interiors of the Palace function as the Izola music school. The next stop in Izola should be the Manzioli square which contains Manzioli and Lovisato Palaces. These examples of Roman style form the heart of cultural life in Izola. Numerous exhibitions are being held right here.
Nobody has doubts that there is a romantic and warm-spirited atmosphere. Enjoy the fairytale scenery while passing thourgh the narrow streets and watching the wiew of the boats in the harbour. Surroundings of Izola draw attention thanks to picturesque valleys and long hills which may be discovered on foot or by bike.
After exploring the beauty of nature, the gastronomic area offers excellent food and traditional local wine. Because of numerous events held in Izola there is no way to be bored in the town.
You may choose between many galleries, artists’ studios or lovely boat trips on the waves of the Adriatic.

Piran

There’s no one who has been to Slovenia and has not heard about Piran. This old town, which used to belong to the Venetian empire, is one of the most beautiful costal towns. Its beauty owes an ideal location as it seems to incroach into the sea. This small piece of land can offer a rich cultural heritage as well as beauty of nature. A proud of the town should be the tittle of being one of the most preserved cultural and historical monuments in Slovenia. You can easily feel the medieval spirit walking through narrow streets and passing by numerous townhouses rising in cascades. There are also many fabulous churches, especially The Church of St. George, rising above the town. No one should miss admiring the view form the belltower.
One of the most famous buildings in the town is the Venetian House raised by a Venetian merchant for his mistress. Mix of expressive red and bright beige and elaborate gothic elements draws everybody’s eye and make the building same as a typical one in Venezia. The main square, Tartini, is located in the heart of Piran, where the main point is a statue of beloved by Slovenians violinist Giuseppe Tartini. At the end of penisula lies the old seaport. Nowadays, this area has been converted into the seaside tourist resort with numerous hotels, restaurants, galleries and museums.
The town is also packed with many cuty restaurants or traditional taverns where delicious local food is served. Choosing a table outdoor is a good way to enjoy the harbour views and the spirit of Venecia closed in one lovely town- Piran.

Olimje monastery

Olimje monastery, also known as Olimje Castle,  has stood in the valley since the 11th century. Around 1550 Hans Tattenbach rebuilt it in the Renaissance style. Then, in 1663 the castle was converted into a monastery and inhabited by the Paulines from Croatia. They established a pharmacy in one of the towers and built a church for pilgrims. In 1785, by the decision of emperor Joseph II, monks had to move out and later the monastery was turned into parish. Then, in 1805 the monastery was bought by Count Attems, who decided to destroy two wings of the building because of high taxes. 180 years later monastery was given to Franciscan monks. They revived the monastery with the traditional pharmacy.

Podcetrtek

It is a city situated in the south-eastern part of Slovenia. In winter there are excellent skiing conditions, other seasons are ideal for visiting local attractions, such as the thermal spa in Olimje.
Ctrtek means Thursday in Slovenian, it was a day on which the traditional market was held. The city was first mentioned in the 11th century. Above the city stands the castle, known already in the middle of the 13th century. It was rebuilt in Baroque style in the18th, but it retained its original features. Below the castle, near a small brook, stands the parish church of St. Lawrence from the 14th century.
The region is a paradise for chocolate lovers- a visit in one of the shops offering handmade chocolate is a must. Nearby the city there is Park Kozjansko. Here you will find the unique nature of Slovenia and the Romanesque Podsreda castle, in which every year the famous music festival is held.

Ptuj

ptuj

It is the oldest city in Slovenia, first mentioned in 69 AD, but this area is proved to have been settled in the Stone Age. In the 10th century the castle was built and in the same time Ptuj received town privileges. Some buildings have belonged to the castle since the 12th century, but in general the fort is a mix of styles. Today, the Ptuj castle is a local museum.
A part of the city is excluded from the road traffic. The main street is Presernova Cesta and it leads to the square Slovenski Trg. Here we can find the Old Town Hall, in the center of a complex of houses from the 16th and 17th centuries.
There are two old monasteries in the city – Franciscan and Dominican. Other religious monuments are several old churches, where the oldest and most common for pilgrims is the Gothic Church of St. George.
Ptuj is a heartland of ten-day-long carnival – Kurentovanje. It’s a festival of welcoming spring and fertility, which most probably has roots in ancient Slavic pagan times. During the festival, People imitate the ancient god Kurent who was believed to have powers to chase away winter. They are dressed in sheepskin, with big cow bells on neck, masks made of leather, with long red tongue. The rite is accompanied by many concerts, activities and other attractions. The event is attended by more than 150,000 visitors every year.