Slovenian towns grow from stories of love which have in the course of hundreds or even thousands of years adapted to the lively rhythms of modern life. Come to Ljubljana, the European Green Capital of 2016! Have a cup of coffee in the city centre, which is closed to motorized traffic, visit the renovated National Gallery, and dance the day away at one of the many street festival.After you have chosen your favourite bridge across the Ljubljanica, you can set off towards the beautiful coastal town of Piran.Or are you more interested in castle stories? Then go and explore medieval Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town. Choose your favourite town and make the most colourful memories of this summer.
Piran – a medieval pearl with Venetian architecture
Piran is a seaside town which has nurtured its medieval charm of narrow streets filled with the laughter of local fishermen for centuries.From any part of the town visitors can enjoy spectacular views of fishing boats, a lovely open-air market selling local produce, and the buzzing promenade with its many cafés and restaurants.The town is also renowned for the artistic flair of its seafront galleries.
Škofja Loka is the best-preserved medieval town in Slovenia.Two rivers wind their way through this picturesque little town dominated by Loka Castle (Loški grad) towering above their confluence.The old town is at its liveliest and most picturesque during summer months.Then, Škofja Loka remembers the Middle Ages with its Loški Historial events, proudly presents the Pisana Loka Festival, and displays works of art at the local arts festival LUFt.
Walking through Slovenia’s oldest town is like walking through the past. History speaks from numerous historical monuments scattered across the town, its medieval core, the castle above Ptuj, and the wine cellars reminiscent of the ancient Roman god Bacchus. Medieval streets of Ptuj come alive during the traditional ‘kurentovanje’ carnival, Roman Games, International Arts Festival, and other exciting events.
Idrija lies in a valley where pre-Alpine hills meet the Karst. The oldest mining town in Slovenia, Idrija is listed as a UNESCO heritage site due to its rich mercury mine heritage. The town’s best known ethnological feature is the Idrija lace, which has placed the town among the most renowned European centres of this valued craft.
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