Friday, 18 December 2015

Winter fairy-tale has begun

This winter started showing it self and it's bringing not only cold, but also joy and cheer, along with many opportunities to be active and have fun in the snow. The upcoming holiday season is also knocking at the door, with town centres, squares and streets being brightly decorated with smells of boiled wine and pastries tempting passers-by to stop and get warm.

@www.hihostels.fi
It’s the time of the year, very suitable to visit Slovenia in larger or smaller groups, and we’ve prepared a selection of six among our many HI hostels, that ad to the variety of offer, although they all offer a nice and marry stay. 

Hostel Barovc in Kranjska Gora is located in a typical mountain hut next to the renowned skiing slopes, which host the world cup skiing competition. The hostel will charm you with the homely feel and great food. For those, however, who prefer to spend the winter without snow, we suggest a visit to hostel Portorož, where you’ll enjoy the best view of the Slovenian coast. You can also visit the second biggest Slovenia city, Maribor, and stay at hostel Pekarna, just a few hundred meters from the heart of the old town, where there’s always something going on throughout December. 


In Radenci the hostel Radenci which boasts with great culinary offers and many common rooms invites you to enjoy the famous Slovenian spa town. And you are always welcome in the national capital, where you can stay at Youth Hostel Ljubljana and get to know the charm of one of the best decorated central European capitals. But it’s winter, so let’s return to snow and Hostel Pod Voglom, which is close to the cable cart to Vogel, where you’re guarantied to have great skiing, but the hostel also offers other adrenalin adventures, like rafting on snow. So, there are many reasons to visit the green land, which is usually covered in romantic white this time of year.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sport climbing in Slovenia

Sport climbing in the world famous climbing area of Mišja Peč (Osp) on the Karst Edge 

@Jurij Ravnik
Why is climbing in Mišja peč on the Karst Edge so special? 
The climbing area of Mišja peč offers around 200 routes with the height between 9 and 40 m and with difficulties ranging from 5b up to 9a. You can find easier routes on left and on the right side og the, whereas the challenge for even top climbers, the overhanging part, is central. The routes of solid limestone with various tufa structures are nicely maintained and well equipped: all of them have an anchor with a carabiner. Climbing is possible from September until May, and even in the rain, offering an unforgettable experience. The climate of the Karst Edge is mediterranean. The Karst Edge area, which is – along with all its geographical diversity – embraced with the greenness of nature, furthermore offers crags of Osp and Črni Kal with another 550 routes with difficulties between 3 and 9a. 

@Jurij Ravnik
Why is Hostel Ociski raj so special for climbers?  
First of all, due to its vicinity to the site – the hostel is no more than 11km from Mišja peč. Furthermore, climbers can borrow climbing guide: “Climbing on the Karst edge” – which includes climbing in Osp, Mišja peč, Črni Kal and Risnik (Divača) climbing areas, as well as the climbing crags around Trieste (Italy) and Buzet (Croatia) – or the climbing guide “Osp & Mišja peč + Črni Kal”. Hostel Ociski raj offers cheap accommodation and a big breakfast in a spacious kitchen with all equipment. You can choose to stay in a private room or a dorm, but you get a good value for money nevertheless. The hostel is surrounded by a beautiful countryside that longs to be explored, and is easy to reach. Hostel Ociski raj supports www.climbistria.com

@Youth Hostel Ociski Raj

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Hostel Tresor is the first Slovenian hostel on TravelStarter

About two years ago the hostel Tresor opened its doors. In a beautiful building in the heart of the city, which was once the home of bankers, we opened the hostel that pays tribute to its origins and basic concepts, but is now much more dynamic in its content. The heart of the building is now full with international youthful energy since it has become home of world's travellers.


In two years we have managed to make several changes, most notable is definitely a bar and renovated reception area, which we have rebuilt at the beginning of this year. We considered wishes of our guests and made room for the bar, which has already proved to be an excellent space for events and morning coffee. 

From the beginning, we wanted to enrich our atrium and turn it into a more pleasant space for socializing, a place where you would like to stay and have a chat and also come back. This magnificent atrium has hosted a series of lectures, workshops, literary evenings and themed parties but we are aware that it deserves a more pleasant image. We wish to transform it into a multicultural space where individuals and groups would like to hang out even when they just want to chillax. The atrium is a wonderful place in the heart of our hostel, which deserves a renovation, but we never had enough finances and opportunities to make it happen. We are aware that it is necessary to offer guests the best, so we decided to find a solution how to revive the heart of the hostel, as we like to call our atrium.


We have been checking out for solutions and monitoring the options of crowdfunding which we find fascinating as it gives option for guests to help you co-create and change things.

We were looking for an appropriate platform where we could present our vision and could not find the right one until we heard of TravelStarter. TravelStarter is a global platform that understands and connects travellers and it fits us perfectly. And so it began, we started preparing awards, contacting our partners, did our video... And I can proudly say that our campaign will see the light of day in December! Rewards for your support are extremely tempting, as we offer accommodations, meals, entertainment and excursions. We will be more than grateful for any kind of donations, support, shares and advices. All of it will help us greatly as inspiration in our future work. More at: http://ow.ly/VjQq6 

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To present our idea even more detailed, we are planning to organize an opening event for our campaign with workshops and lectures. We will keep you posted with all our updates and will write a regular blog about the campaign. With your help, we can exploit the full potential of this beautiful building and we look forward to this new experience. Because you were so great to believe in us, we became stronger and we are opening our heart to all of you. 

We thank you for everything, please visit us soon.


Friday, 30 October 2015

Diverse autumn offer in the tunnels under Kranj

The tunnels under the Kranj Old Town are a unique gem which separate the city from the rest. Their special environment is perfect for hosting different events.  There's a lot going on for children and adults in the autumn.  This year too, the tunnels will become a temporary home for witches and high quality wine and cuisine from Slovenia. 

@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
Halloween is going to be held on the 30th of October at 16:00, 17:00 and 18:00 and on 31st at 16:00. Children will have the opportunity to  interact with snakes, spiders and other animals, they will get lost in the enchanted maze and they will learn how to conjure up the stones »Iamnotafraid« in the witch's laboratory. The stones will come in handy in the dark parts of the tunnels. At the end of the journey, the witch will tell them a fairytale about witch Vilma and her cat Taček. Good witches will leave the tunnels in the evening hours on 31st of October. After that horror will spread out across the tunnels and adults could test their courage. Grossmann fantastic film and wine festival will co-organise the event for adults. If you don't want to go hungry on your adventure, there is a food market called Kr' čarovniška kuhna happening in the city centre from 4 o'clock so you can fill your stomachs and prepare for a night of adventure.

@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si

In November 8th wine route will take place in the tunnels. Wine route is meant for all wine and food lovers. Over 3.000 people visit Wine route every year, and we decided that this year we offer you two weekends – 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th of November. On both Saturdays, on 7th and 14th from 19:00, there will be a food market in the city center, its theme being wine and the feast of St. Martin. 

@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
And don't worry if you come from out of town! By prior arrangement you can sleep in Hostel Kranj, where bargain price and quality collide. 

More about the information of both events: www.tourism-kranj.si or on FB page: Kranj odprto mesto.

Visit Kranj in the autumn! 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Beauty Škocjan Caves

The Škocjan Caves with their spacious underground halls, their unique underground canyon and their perfect condition hold a special place among the caves in Slovenia and the world, which is also proven by their placement on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 1986. The caves are visited by more than 100,000 visitors each year. Why don’t you visit them as well and use this opportunity to actively explore the Karst region?

Škocjan Caves
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

The Škocjan Caves Regional Park lies in the southwest of Slovenia in the Karst region, where the term “karst” originates from. It is located in the municipality of Divača, 15km from the Fernetiči border crossing, 80km from Ljubljana in the direction towards Koper and 12km from the Lipica Stud Farm. The surface of the park measures 413ha and encompasses the Matavun, Škocjan and Betanja villages.

No car? If you arrive in Divača by train, a free bus can take you the four kilometres to the park at certain hours of the day. If, however, you like to spend time in nature, this is an opportunity to walk the few kilometres long, marked and well-maintained footpath.

Škocjan Caves
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

Every day, regardless of the weather, experienced guides will wait for you at the entrance to the Škocjan Caves Regional Park and take you to the underground paradise. The Škocjan Caves are a web of eleven caves, landslips, sinkholes and natural bridges. The guides, who speak Slovenian, Italian, English and German, will take you through the Silent Cave, which is rich with dripstones, while a part of the path also leads through one of the biggest underground canyons in Europe. The path is three kilometres long and takes approximately one hour and a half to navigate. 

The visitors of the underground world are thrilled with the colorful and gigantic dripstones. The best known are dripstones in the form of organs and pans. The burbling of the Reka underground river and the majestic natural bridge over the river leads visitors into a different, fairy-tale world. You can also follow the Reka river below ground and view the river sinkhole in the Mahorčič and Marinič Caves.

For more information on the guided tours visit the Škocjan Caves Regional Park website. From January to May, guided tours take place twice a day during the week and three times a day on Sundays and holidays, and, during the summer season from June until September, guided tours take place every hour from 10am to 5pm.

Škocjan Caves Regional Park
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
Viewing the Škocjan Caves definitely does not exclude a visit to the park. In the park, you can walk along the Škocjan Educational Trail, which was recognized as the best thematic trail in Slovenia. The trail is two kilometres long, takes less than an hour to walk and features informational signs, which help you observe and learn about the karst nature.

Škocjan Educational Trail
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
From June to September the area of the park also features museum collections. The ethnological collection at the Jakopin Barn enables visitors to leap into the lives of our grandmothers and grandfathers. The barn was built before 1819. It was once intended for threshing cereals, storing hay and farming equipment, so this is where you can follow the process of transforming grain into bread.

The Delez Homestead features picturesque biological, geological and archaeological collections. The perhaps the best known exhibited object goes back to the 4th century B.C. It is a carving on a jar saying “OSTI JAREJ”, which perhaps means stay young. According to some records, this is the oldest writing in the Slovenian language.  At the Information Centre is a karstological collection on the history of exploring caves. Did you know that the Škocjan Caves can already be found on maps from the 16th century? Janez Vajkard Valvasor wrote about them, while his drawing from the end of the 17th century represents the first image of the sinkhole part of the Škocjan Caves.

The Škocjan Caves Regional Park covers the Matavun, Škocjan and Betanja villages, which have all maintained their old karst appearance. The villages offer numerous possibilities for culinary adventures. In the narrow area of the park by the reception centre stands the Mahnič Inn, which not only offers excellent food, but also boasts its own brewery. At the Matavun village you can have a snack at the Pr’Vncku Homestead, while a traditional menu awaits you at the Betanc Tourist Farm in Betanja.

@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
The Škocjan Caves Regional Park is a good starting point for further exploration of the Karst region. This is where the Slovenian Mountain Path runs, while cyclists can find a real paradise, as well as explore hidden cycling paths. In the surrounding area, at the Belaj Homestead, you can view a karst herb garden, which is ideal for discovering the natural characteristics of Karst. We also recommend that you visit the Museum of Film Actors in Divača, where the first Slovenian film actress Ida Kravanja was born, who was later known by the name of Ita Rina and popular abroad. The exhibition at the museum enables visitors to satisfy their curiosity on their own with help of digital technology and broaden their knowledge about Slovenian actors and their films.

In the area of the park, locals offer numerous accommodation possibilities, while more affordable accommodation can be found in Ocizla, which is located 15 kilometres away from the park.

Hostel Ociski Raj
@Youth Hostel Ociski Raj

Friday, 23 October 2015

Heart under the Alps

Discover the treasure trove of the Upper Sava Valley and its heart – Kranjska Gora. Let your adventure begin here! Experience more than 150 original adventures prepared by tourism workers and the hospitable villagers of the Upper Sava Valley.

Travel tips for Kranjska Gora
@Foto: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si
Nature in the Upper Sava Valley represent a beautiful backdrop for exceptional stories. This is why the first Slovenian film ‘Kingdom of the Goldhorn’ (‘V kraljestvu Zlatoroga’) was shot here. The pristine nature of the Julian Alps UNESCO named “biosphere”, and is therefore a place for life, for the body and for the soul. A place where you can look into the depth of yourself... 

The Julian Alps are the highest mountain range in Slovenia. They are situated in north-western Slovenia and in north-eastern Italy. They were named after Gaius Julius Caesar because of their greatness. The highest peak Triglav is also the highest mountain in Slovenia. The majority of the surface of the Julian Alps is a part of the Triglav National Park.

Visit Kranjska Gora
@Foto: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si

Since 2003, the Julian Alps have been declared a biosphere reserve in the framework of the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which means they receive special protection for their natural resources and biodiversity. 

The Triglav National Park comprises 880 square kilometres, which is 4% of the surface of Slovenia. 

The purpose of the park’s foundation is to maintain an exceptional natural and cultural heritage for future generations, this is why it is subject to specific rules of behaviour. It is prohibited to throw away rubbish and pick flowers, making fires, and camping or parking is only permitted in specially designated areas.

@Foto: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si
Triglav National Park gives its visitors an intense experience of the park with information centres and info points. Pay them a visit and choose your path, a guided tour, creative workshop in nature or another experience...

What all our accommodation facilities have in common: being fresh, natural, deluxe, hospitable, favourable, unforgettable, simple, exotic, intimate, warm...

@Hostel Barovc
Hostel Barovc Team will do their best to make your stay enjoyable and experience unforgettable! Get yourself a relaxing mountain vacation from 20€ per Night with Breakfast (rooms with bathroom, bed linen, towels and free Wi-Fi)!

You can find more about tourist destination Kranjska Gora on www.kranjska-gora.si.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Take your group to an autumn paradise

Slovenia is one of the most attractive destinations in Europe, as it offers so many and so varied features in a concentrated area of only 20.000km2, while being one of the safest countries in the whole of the European Union. Adding the splendid nature and history rich cities connected by great road and railroad infrastructure, Slovenian truly offers more experience per day spent here that any other place in the world.

@Author: Dunja Wedam; www.slovenia.info
In the autumn the nature isn’t just green – it offers all the possible imaginable colours: from golden yellow of the vineyards, through the scarlet and brown of the leaves in the forests, the deep green of the pine trees, adding the sea of blue and emerald rivers, lakes and creeks… there’s almost no colour missing before the first snow covers it all in pearly white.

Getting to know Slovenia, especially if you don’t have a huge budget to throw around, is best done by checking into the Youth Hostels, which were recognised by our international guests to be among the best in the world (results for the first half of 2015). We picked out six of them to give you a great suggestion for this autumn. Youth Hostel Pod Skalo, offers a domestic feel and gives you additional motivation for your work or joy in one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia – just a few kilometres from the national capital of Ljubljana. But if you’d prefer to stay in the capital, we can suggest you and your group the Youth Hostel Ljubljana, which also offers free parking and is located near the public transport system, offering also a wide variety of indoor sporting activities. Ljubljana is also one of the three ancient Roman towns in Slovenia, which offers additional attractions.

@Author-B. Kladnik; www.slovenia.info
Celje is another of three Roman towns, with hostel MCC Celje located in the very heart of the city, with each room interpreting one of the city legends. The fact itself that the hostel is part of the youth centre means, it offers many options for joint activities. Also part of the youth centre is the Youth Hostel Punkl, in Ravne na Koroškem, which is an attraction in its own right, as it is a modern wood construction made from quality local wood giving a special warmth to the place that has one of the highest levels of accommodation quality.

@Author: Matej Vranič; www.slovenia.info
In the very heart of Slovenia, in a place preserving world heritage – a UNESCO site – is the town of Idrija, where its hostel Idrija opens its doors to welcome you and your group to explore and enjoy. And for conclusion we’d like to invite you to the very north-west of Slovenia, to the place that featured the horrific history a century ago, when it was the site of the battlefront during the First World War. Here, where the Austrian and Italian armies (a place Hemingway wrote about) clashed, is also the place where mountains and rivers are clashing together with all their splendour. In the heart of the region is the lovely town of Bovec, with the warm inviting hotel Bovec, offering the home made cuisine specialities, or you can also taste the history and pristine nature instead of just excellent cooking.

@Author: A. Fevzer; www.slovenia.info
And as Slovenia has more than just 6 places and hostels, we also invite you to check out the complete offer, where you are bound to find what you are looking for your group, while organizing the perfect autumn trip.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ptuj, full of surprises!

Youth Kostel KURENT is located in the heart of the oldest Slovenian town Ptuj. The hostel is a newer construction and it is easily accessible. The elevator enables an access to disabled people. All major urban infrastructure is located nearby – bus and train station and parking places.

Youth Hostel Kurent
There are 53 beds available in the hostel. We have 13 rooms, two are double rooms, eight of them are four-bed rooms, one is five-bed room and two rooms have six beds. We are proud of our modern equipped computer study and our socializing area where guests can gather and hang out. Our multipurpose room accommodates approximately 120 people and is large enough for numerous activities such as singing and theatre rehearsals, seminars, etc. We offer beds, beds and breakfast and with large groups (20 or more people) we can also offer lunch and dinner.


A stay in our hostel is a wonderful opportunity for all the curious guests who are interested in how our beautiful landscape breathes. We want to inform or just recommend some sights or recommend them to attend various events (e.g. world famous Carnival – Kurentovanje in February or March and Ptujska noč in August, Rancarija), and a number of traditional fairs (Katarinin sejem - Catherine's Fair in November, Ožbaltov sejem - Oswald's Fair in August, Jurijev sejem – George’s Fair in April) and ultimately an indispensable visit to the Ptuj Castle. There are many other options – for curious guests we recommend a visit to the Dominican and Minorite Monastery, the Town hall, the Wine cellar, and the Ivan Potrč Library. For those who want to simply relax, pamper or experience unforgettable water adventures, we recommend Terme Ptuj (Thermal Park Ptuj). Our guests also get a discount for tickets to Thermal Park Ptuj. Lovers of jazz and good music can attend concerts and other music activities in next door Centre of Extracurricular Activities Ptuj (from September to May).


Welcome!


RESERVATION & INFORMATION
Osojnikova cesta 9
2250 Ptuj
T: 02 771 08 14
M: 051 319 186

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Relax, breath in the mountain air and enjoy the picturesque natural surroundings

Two events contributed to the development of Kranjska Gora from a herdmen’s settlement in the 14th century to today's cosmopolitan Alpine village. The first turning point was the construction of the road through the Vršič mountain pass and the subsequent strategic importance of Kranjska Gora. The second turning point was the construction of the railway and the subsequent construction of the Planica ski jump. 

@Photo: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si
Record ski jumps in Planica turned it into a tourist resort. On the slopes of Vitranc, the first cable ways were constructed. This was followed by summer sledding, climbing walls, gorgeous hotels, lovely apartments, interesting museums, ethnographic events, lively parties, etc. There is always something going on in Kranjska Gora. Here, the adventure of discovering the Upper Sava Valley begins, and never ends! 

@Photo: Matjaž Vidmar; www.kranjska-gora.si

Take a hike along the imaginary lands of seven Triglav fairytales to Dovje and Mojstrana or enter through a secret door into the Land of the Dwarfs in the settlement of Gozd Martuljek together with the dwarves.

@Photo: Ivan Majc; www.kranjska-gora.si

The Upper Sava Valley is known for its excellent cuisine, allowing you to pamper yourself in many traditional inns. In addition to the typical international or even global cuisine, it is essential that you also try the typical home-made dishes of individual villages.

On the Outskirts of the Triglav National Park, above the Jasna lakes and right at the foothills of the Julian Alps is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, climbers, nature lovers, adrenaline enthusiasts …. and right here is Hostel Barovc!

@Photo: Archives Julijana Turizem; www.kranjska-gora.si
Hostel Barovc offers wireless Internet throughout the facility, internet and info point, a covered terrace and indoor entertainment area with a large selection of board games and a mini library, a restaurant, which offers a rich breakfast and tasty local dishes at affordable prices, bar with terrace and splendid views, a reception that is open 24 hours, a heated room for ski equipment and much more.

Youth Hostel Barovc
It has 11 rooms with a total of 31 beds, of which 7 are double, 3 quadruple and 1 quintuple room. Each room has its own bathroom with shower and toilet. All rooms have beautiful views, and one boasts a large balcony with view to the lakes and the Julian Alps. All rooms are also equipped with linens and towels. Hostel is suitable for individual guests and groups, truly welcome are as well your four-legged friends.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Laško – European Destination of Excellence

Laško features a diverse cultural, sports and tourism life. The town is renowned for its tradition of the brewing industry, honey and thermal water springs. The untouched and varied landscape of the Laško area is rich in pleasant spots just waiting to be discovered. This is the ideal starting point for outdoor activities.


Endless thermal pleasure
The long tradition of spa tourism in Laško and Rimske Toplice has had a considerable influence on the development of both towns throughout various periods in history. Backed with a wealth of experience, the tradition is carried on today through the modern health and wellness offers of the Thermana Laško and Rimske terme health resorts. For fans of swimming, there are thermal water pools in Thermana Laško, Rimske terme and the Aqua Roma pool complex in Rimske Toplice. 

Laško Brewery tour
Discover the tradition of brewing industry in Laško, where they brew beer since 1825, and raise a toast with Laško beer.


Groups – tours are available for organized groups of minimum 10 persons with advance booking at TIC Laško. Tours are organized from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00 and on Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00.  

Individual guests - every Wednesday and Friday at 14:30, except on holidays if there are at least 10 people interested in tour. Bookings are organized by TIC Laško.

Hiking
Laško and its surroundings have the ideal natural features to provide countless possibilities for an active vacation in all seasons and for all ages. If you have chosen hiking, you will be impressed. Explore the diverse landscape on the many mountain and hiking trails crossing the surrounding hills and valleys.


Cycling
You will not be bored for a moment on your cycling trip on trails past the rich natural, cultural, historical and ethnological heritage. There are numerous beauty and rest spots, as well as friendly local farms to visit and try their environmentally sound and traditionally prepared dishes. Choose one of nine trails, suitable for cycling. They are located mainly on the less busy roads and partly on non-asphalt roads, hills and valleys.

Events
Countless events take place in Laško throughout the year. A rich programme of events of the Laško Cultural Centre attracts visitors with theatre performances, music events and art exhibitions. Many folklore events that preserve folk traditions and demonstrate customs and habits of this area are happening in Laško. July is the time for the largest traditional tourist event in Slovenia, the Beer and Flowers Festival. It has gained a reputation as one of the can’t-miss events and attracts more than 130.000 visitors each year.


When exploring the beauties of Slovenia, we recommend you to book a bed in one of the more than 45 Slovenian Youth Hostels.

Information:
Valvasorjev trg 1
Laško
T: +386 3 733 89 50, +386 51 305 466
E-mail: info@lasko.info 
Web site: www.lasko.info 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Ajdovščina, land of active experiences

Welcome to the Vipava Valley – here you will find diverse landscape, hospitable local towns and villages, and many natural and cultural attractions which always offer new experiences.

Discover the beauty of the Vipava Valley from your bicycle seat – ride along the Hubelj and Vipava Rivers, cycle through the orchards and vineyards over the Vipava hills or climb the Trnovo Plateau and Hrušica. Pick the path that suits your desires and physical endurance.

@Photo: Uroš Švigelj; www.tic-ajdovscina.si 
Discover the Gora plateau where a number of hiking trails intertwine and where you will be bedazzled by the nature: from caves and sinkholes to the diverse world of plant and animal life. Explore the Vipava Valley through the Otliško okno (Otlica window) – a large natural opening at the edge of the plateau. Take off from Ajdovščina airport in a powered parachute or paraglider accompanied by experienced pilots and experience an unforgettable panoramic flight over the Vipava Valley. Fly from the Kovk on Gora Plateau airfield for a tandem skydive and discover the magic of flying.

@Photo: Janez Medvešek; www.tic-ajdovscina.si 
Try the excellent wine, especially the two autochthonous types – Pinela and Zelen. Sweeten things up with some juicy fruit – cherries in spring, apricots and peaches in the summer. Taste traditional dishes at the tourist farms and restaurants.

@Photo; Archives TIC Ajdovščina; www.tic-ajdovscina.si
@Photo: Miha Bratina; www.tic-ajdovscina.si 
Where can you book a quality and affordable bed in Ajdovščina?
You will be warmly welcomed in Hostel Ajdovščina, which is located on the fringes of town in Pale Sport Park. The hostel is a fascinating architectural structure with numerous wooden and stone details and a gable roof, covered with terracotta tiles, which instantly resembles a traditional Vipava house. The interior, in spite of a modern approach, is bright, warm and inviting, because furniture is mostly made of wooden materials. The hostel offers 50 beds, breakfast, free internet in all the rooms and in the web corner, at the info point tourist all the information and events in Ajdovščina they could wish for.

@Foto: Miha Bratina; www.tic-ajdovscina.si 


Welcome!


Info:
Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61 a
5270 Ajdovščina
+386 5 36 59 140

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Welcome in Velenje!

Velenje is a lively town with a youthful energy. Modern architecture, rich culture, many events and opportunities for spending leisure time attract more and more visitors. Velenje has grown on the black gold and coal mining also resulted in the formation of three lakes, which can nowdays offer the extraordinary experiences: Coal mining museum of Slovenia, Velenje Beach, Pippi Longstocking ...

@Photo: Matej Vranič; www.velenje-tourism.si  
At the Velenje gravel beach located next to the boathouse, you can sunbathe on well-maintained wooden stand. Showers and toilets are also provided.  You can rent a beach lounger and sunshade to enjoy a relaxing sunbathing or choose from a variety of vessels for an exciting water experience. Nearby the well-maintained and vast grass areas offer large number of possibilities for spending your leisure time in the relaxed atmosphere close to the water. All beach visitors are available to use the water park on Velenje lake for free. It is open every day from 10 am to 19 pm. During the opening hours there is also present a lifeguard. At the Zoo Station Velenje is a possibility of renting windsurfs and SUPS equipment. They are also organizing courses, competitions, sports days, team-building, and much more! Take an idyllic ride with Pletna boat on the Velenje Lake! It takes approximately 30 minutes with an optional stop on the floating water town.

@Photo: Matej Vraničwww.velenje-tourism.si  
Restaurants and bars offer a large selection of refreshments and food. One piece of beach is also dog friendly. At the 28th August 2015 it will be especially lively when there will be unwinding the Adriatic games on the Velenje Lake.

The real vortex in Velenje create countless and varied events. In September (20th - 26th September 2015) Pika's town get to life at the Pika's festival in Velenje. Streets overwhelm Pippis Longstocking and pirates, clowns, jugglers, Indians, scouts and much more.

@Photo: Lana Semečnikwww.velenje-tourism.si  
If you decide to stay in Velenje, we recommend spending the night in Youth Hostel Velenje, which lies 500 m away from the city center and bus stop. Completely renewed building with 58 beds; from 2 to 6 beds per room. One part of the Hostel is adjusted for disabled people. Guests can spend their free time in the Youth center, which is located in the same building. Free Internet access.

For all information on events and activities, you are welcome to visit Tourist-Information center in Vila Bianca.

Titov trg 1, 3320 Velenje
T: 03/ 896 18 60

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

This summer we invite you in sunny Murska Sobota

This small and tranquil Pannonian town of Murska Sobota lies in the far northeast of Slovenia. Defined by the beauty of the centuries-old trees in the city park and the abundance of green grass fields, the town truly deserves the title greenest city in Slovenia. With over 2000 sun hours in the Year, Murska Sobota is the 5th sunniest towns in Slovenia.  Proofs it’s long and interesting history are the old historical buildings in the town center and the castle of whom the foundations date back to the 13th century. The inclusion among three neighbouring countries with their different cultures and the almost love like fondness of the river Mura characterized our people with a uniqueness that is visible in every aspect of living, especially in the various events that we host, our local cuisine and the genuine hospitality and friendliness that we love to share with our guests.


The Sights
The small Pannonian town is marked by two religions and their churches, the Roman- Catholic Church and the Protestant Church, rising in front of the Victory monument, a symbol of the victory against fascism. From there you can take a stroll through the beautiful park and admire the renaissance castle amongst the old oaks that give witness to our history and heritage. The castle is now the residence to the regional museum with a fabulous permanent exhibition and the youth center MIKK that often organizes music concerts in the castle square intended for young people. The space between the old walls of the castle, underneath the star filled sky produces a magical atmosphere that makes every cultural event a highlight. Moving to the center of town to the Square of culture where cultural events during the summer take place next to the statue of the fabled Muse Erato and the Gallery Murska Sobota. The gallery exhibits a permanent collection of contemporary fine art of Pomurje, apart from organizing exhibitions of not only domestic artists but also guests from abroad. The European Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture is a traditional event.  The surroundings of the town are full of fields of crops such as corn, grain, rapeseed, pumpkin and the narrow dusty trails among them are great for a relaxing walk. The river Mura is the essence that binds and connects the people and all living things in Pomurje.  Its banks are teeming with life but are also of soothing tranquillity. They provide the ideal place to just let go of your daily troubles and relax or actively engage in sports like fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting.  Tracking and cycling have dedicated marked cross-country routs. Moreover, one can indulge in panoramic hot air balloon flights, skydiving and horseback riding. You are invited to discover more of the beauty Murska Sobota can offer.


Where you can sleep in Murska Sobota?
The hostel Murska Sobota accommodates individuals and or large groups for short or long stays in single and double rooms. Internet connections are available in all rooms and they do have a dedicated computer room and a conference room with cable TV. The kitchen offers warm meals with an emphasis on superb culinary pleasures of Pomurje. There is also a possibility for take-away food, so if you like you can make a picnic on the grass fields nearby.  Free time in this establishment can be used for rest and recreation  in the fitness room, playing table tennis, pool, table soccer or outside on the courts and playgrounds engaging in sports like basketball, volleyball and football. Creative workshops with ethnological content can be organized if arrangements are made in advance. The best way to see the town and the flatlands is on the bike, the hostel offers the possibility of renting one for you.


Events from July until August in summer time you can find on web page: www.murska-sobota.si

Zvezna ulica 10
9000 Murska Sobota
00386 2 534 11 30