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National and Landscape Parks in Slovenia
During the pleasant days of early autumn, Slovenia's national and landscape parks make for a popular destination for those visitors who want to see more than just the most popular tourist sights. A mere-hour’s drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will find the green expanses of forests, turquoise-coloured rivers, crystal clear lakes and mountains that are an awe-inspiring sight even for those visitors who have seen it all.
Does this make you want to see it all for yourself? The Slovenian national and landscape parks are a must-see destination for all nature lovers. In Slovenia, more than anywhere else, the diversity and short distances guarantee that just about every visitor can find something to his or her liking. The places to visit include fourteen national and landscape parks, which are found in all parts of Slovenia, from the coastal area in the west of Slovenia to the beautiful Pannonian hills in the east. We have selected five of them that never fail to awe visitors.
1. Triglav National Park
The Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s only national park, covering almost the entire area of the Slovenian part of the Julian Alps. Among its most fascinating sights are the crystal clear waters – in particular the river Soča and the magnificent glacial lakes – rare alpine flowers, as well as mountain pastures and meadows. If you love mountains and hiking, a visit to the Triglav National Park is a must.
2. Škocjan Caves Regional Park
If you love the subterranean world of caves, the Škocjan Caves are a sight you will remember for years to come. The park is the only Slovenian natural monument that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 and is considered the world’s largest known underground canyon. Not all the marvels, however, are hidden beneath the earth’s surface, in fact, the Karst, where the Škocjan Caves are located, is one of the most beautiful areas of Slovenia, where more different butterfly species can be found than in the United Kingdom. Interesting, isn't it?
3. Debeli Rtič Landscape Park
Do you prefer holidaying at the seaside? If this is the case, you will definitely enjoy visiting the Debeli Rtič Landscape Park, located in the west, at the far end of the Ankaran Peninsula. In the park, you can go for a stroll on the 36-metre-high flysch cliff and a natural shore, which preserves the biodiversity of the Slovenian coast.
4. Goričko Landscape Park
A wonderful mosaic of meadows, fields, orchards and vineyards is located in the east of Slovenia, where the Alps turn to the Pannonian Plain. Here, you can travel back into the past, exploring the volcanoes that were active 1.6 million years ago. However, it’s not only visitors who love fascinating stories of the past that will have an enjoyable time here, but also those who appreciate the biodiversity of flora and fauna. In Goričko, there are seven habitats and no fewer than 38 animal species that are listed as protected areas/animals.
5. Logar Valley Landscape Park Many of those who have already visited the Logar Valley (Logarska dolina) find it one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the entire chain of the Alps. The valley lies in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, and boasts not only several mountains rising to well over 2,000 metres, but also a variety of animal and plant species. Walking and hiking in the area, you will get to see many endangered and protected mountain flowers and wildlife, such as chamois, ibexes, black grouse, wood grouse, falcons and golden eagles.
To find out more about Slovenian national and landscape parks, click HERE. In addition to useful information about all national, regional and landscape parks, you will learn everything you need to know for a carefree trip to nature.
The perfect hub for exploring the beautiful green nature of Slovenia is Hotel Lev in Ljubljana. It’s also conveniently located not only near the Old Town, but the green Tivoli Park. See more about Hotel Lev.