Summer in Slovenia will be marked by countdown to EuroBasket 2013 and by vibrant festivals
News from Slovenia May 2013

The final countdown to the biggest European basketball event – EuroBasket 2013, to be held from 4 to 22 September in Ljubljana, Celje, Koper and Jesenice – has long begun. Numerous supporting activities that give the Championship a special charm and prove that Slovenia fully lives with the event are also in full swing. Follow Slovenia and EuroBasket 2013 activities.But with the coming of summer, Slovenia is also getting ready for numerous vibrant festival happenings. This year, summer will again be long, hot and vibrant – not only in the capital, Ljubljana, and Maribor, but throughout Slovenia, boasting cultural events for all ages and tastes.Slovenia declared the fifth European Destination of Excellence, whereas Portorož is with Internautica opening the 18th nautical season on the Adriatic, introducing several new features. And Matevž Lenarčič successfully flew across the North Pole on his last GreenLight World Flight. SPIRIT Slovenia - Slovenian Tourist Board


What is happening in Slovenia
Slovenia declared fifth European Destination of Excellence
Slovenia declared fifth European Destination of Excellence
Destination Laško – the confluence of good is this years winner of the Slovenian selection for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). Following the Soča Valley, Solčavsko Region, Kolpa River and Idrija, it will be Slovenias fifth European Destination of Excellence. The topic of this years EDEN tender, put out by the European Commission, is accessible tourism; in the finals, Laško won against the destinations of Radovljica and Green Karst. more...
Preparations for EuroBasket 2013 in full swing
Preparations for EuroBasket 2013 in full swing
The final countdown to the biggest European basketball event – EuroBasket 2013, to be held from 4 to 22 September in Ljubljana, Celje, Koper and Jesenice – has long begun. Ljubljana as well as other host towns will do their best to show the European basketball elite and their fans the beauties of the country, while numerous supporting activities that give the Championship a special charm and prove that Slovenia fully lives with the event are also in full swing. Let’s see what’s going on... more...
Slotrips – a new web-guide for active travellers in Slovenia
Slotrips – a new web-guide for active travellers in Slovenia
A group of Slovenian outdoor and travel enthusiasts has developed an intriguing way to present what Slovenia has to offer in terms of active tourism. Their project www.slotrips.si provides a lot of practical information about several outdoor sports, various sights and a growing collection of special places to stay and excellent restaurants serving typical Slovenian food. more...
Protected agricultural products a part of Slovenian identity
Protected agricultural products a part of Slovenian identity
EU legislation enables its members to protect their agricultural products and foodstuffs, known for their quality and tradition; namely, in three categories: protected geographical indication, protected designation of origin and traditional speciality guaranteed. Slovenia pays a lot of attention to the protection of its traditional products and has protected 14 wines and 16 products/foodstuffs through the European Union. Protected products in Slovenia, which weve been hearing a lot about lately, include the teran and Krainer sausage. more...
Triglav National Park info center in Bled to get a new image
Triglav National Park info center in Bled to get a new image
Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian national park, one of the oldest national parks in Europe and got its name from the highest Slovenian mountain: Triglav (2864 m), which is a symbol of Slovenia. The park is visited by more than 2 million visitors annually and 55 per cent of them enter the park through Bled. Therefore, the Bled municipality would like to use the strategic location of Bled for park entry and offer visitors a modern information interpretation centre. more...
Internautica opens the 18th nautical season on the Adriatic
Internautica opens the 18th nautical season on the Adriatic
The INTERNAUTICA International Boat Show is the Adriatics most significant marine lifestyle event with a long tradition, held every year in May at the Portorož Marina. Every May, INTERNAUTICA awakens the nautical season, as well as all supporting activities on the Adriatic coast. The event will take place this year during two weekends in May, 10-12 May and 17-19 May; the event will also introduce several new features. more...
Tresor – new hostel with a story in Ljubljana
Tresor – new hostel with a story in Ljubljana
Ljubljana, whose Hostel Celica, housed in a former military prison, is renowned across the world, now has another special place - the Tresor Hostel. This new themed property, which prides itself on its uniquely decorated rooms, is housed in the premises of a former bank. Even the banks vault, where money and other valuables were kept, has been converted for use as bedrooms. more...

Slovenia green

Pastoral idyll just outside Ljubljana
Pastoral idyll just outside Ljubljana
The Ljubljana Moors nature park, situated on the southern edge of Ljubljana, just steps away from urban streets, is an increasingly popular spot for walking, running, bird and butterfly watching, and exploring natural curiosities and the heritage of a prehistoric pile-dwelling culture. Recently, it has also been a perfect place for those seeking good food and pleasant accommodation. more...
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Tourism statistics

March 2013 shows good results
March 2013 shows good results
There were 2% more tourist arrivals and 3% more tourist overnight stays registered in tourist accommodations in Slovenia in March 2013 over March 2012 - there was increase in arrivals and overnight stays by foreiggn tourists and a decrease by domestic. In the first three months of this year about the same number of foreign tourist arrivals and overnight stays were registered. more...


Other highlights
The arrival of summer announces vibrant festival happenings
The arrival of summer announces vibrant festival happenings
Throughout the year, Slovenia hosts numerous interesting festivals. The majority of the most popular festivals are staged in late spring and especially in the summer. This year, summer will again be long, hot and vibrant – not only in the capital, Ljubljana, and Maribor, but throughout Slovenia, boasting cultural events for all ages and tastes. more...

 2000 year old heritage of Roman Emona
2000 year old heritage of Roman Emona
Ljubljana and its surroundings hide numerous Roman ruins. In its day, the predecessor of Ljubljana, Emona, was an important military outpost. To mark 2,000 years of Emona – which will take place in 2014, an interesting experience for discovering the Roman heritage has been arranged in Ljubljana. more...

Lenarčič and GreenLight WorldFlight over the Arctic
Lenarčič and GreenLight WorldFlight over the Arctic
Matevž Lenarčič successfully flew towards the North Pole on 22 April 2013. The Slovenian pilot and photographer who flew around the world last year will face extremely low temperatures and snowstorms this time around. The flight with an extremely light, only 290 kg, airplane within the project GreenLight World Flight carries an important ecological message, summarized as Think small. Think light. Think green. The flight will last approximately four weeks; during this period, Lenarčič will fly over the Arctic and North Pole towards Canada, across the Atlantic and back. Follow his journey. more...

The Taste of Central Slovenia
The Taste of Central Slovenia
How can we connect urban Ljubljana and its green background in the most direct and attractive way? Through culinary products! Ljubljana and the region of Central Slovenia have begun to develop a culinary product that represents the diverse cuisine of the region, including international urban flavours, top-level presented traditional Slovenian cuisine and homestead products with a strong tradition on the outskirts of Ljubljana. more...


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