Slovenia. Unknown, but fabulous

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What do you know about Slovenia? Nothing? What a pity! It’s time to fill the gape, this country is adorable and is not spoiled by loud crowds of tourists. Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.

In Slovenia you can still walk through virgin forest, or watch the grapes ripen on the oldest vine in the world. You can hear tales of bears, and eat forest fruits that you have foraged yourself on a brief walk out of town. Here you can uncover the secrets of the land, and what lies beneath it. Here you are part of nature. Slovenia has numerous sites of special natural interest, with features of all four main areas: the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain. It also has a wealth of diverse architecture and urban design. You can truly feel at home in Slovenia’s towns.

Slovenia is a land of greenery, which offers great opportunities for activity holidays. Its high-quality accommodation guarantees a comfortable stay. It is perfect for a summer holiday, a winter break or a weekend away. Slovenia is famed for its excellent food, accompanied by one of its fine wines. The friendly, hospitable and attentive locals will guarantee you a pleasant stay. You can feel Slovenia.

And the most exciting fact about Slovenia is that the country is gay-friendly. Slovenia is becoming progressively more accepting of people who openly display their homosexual tendencies. Gay-friendly cafés and clubs can be found in most larger towns. It is still rare to see a gay or lesbian couple walking hand-in-hand on the street. Couples who do this will attract a certain amount of attention. Attacks on members of the LGBT community are rare, although a number of isolated incidents in recent years mean that a certain discretion is recommended in expressing a homosexual orientation. Among the biggest and most distinctive events organised by the very active LGBT community in Slovenia is the annual Pride Parade, which takes place in Ljubljana in June. It includes a procession and other events designed to raise awareness about the LGBT community. The Festival of Gay and Lesbian Film has been a regular fixture in December for a number of years.

The largest LGBT community in Slovenia is in Ljubljana, where there are several gay-friendly clubs and cafés. These include:
– Q Cultural Centre – two night clubs in the Metelkova Autonomous Cultural Zone.
– Roza Klub K4 – Saturday event at the K4 club in the city centre.
Ljubljana also has two saunas and a number of other public areas that are popular meeting places for gay men and lesbians. Gay-friendly B&B- type accommodation is available in Ljubljana. The LGBT community also has its own café in Maribor, where there are also two saunas catering for gays and lesbians. In summer the coastal town of Piran and the beach between Piran and Strunjan can be considered gay-friendly. There are several very active gay and lesbian organisations in Slovenia, among them Roza Klub, Legebitra, Out in Slovenia and DIH. Representatives of all these organisations can provide more details and useful information for gay and lesbian travellers in Slovenia.

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