Landscapes of Slovenia

by  Robertson, David, Stewart, Sarah

Sunflower Books

Landscapes of Slovenia
  Sunflower Books 
Paperback, 136pp, 210 x 100mm 
The Landscape Series 
Author Robertson, David, Stewart, Sarah 
Illustrations Colour Illustrations, Large-scale Walking Maps, Pu 


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Slovenia. Small is beautiful', a much-used cliché, certainly applies to Slovenia, which is only half the size of Switzerland. With a population of only two million, the landscape is still essentially rural. The jagged snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps contrast with fertile valleys, full of colour and activity. The porous limestone rock has created the Karst landscape. Typical features can be seen everywhere and are exciting to explore: underground rivers appear from rock faces and cascade down in dramatic waterfalls, narrow gorges are carved through the cliffs, while caves and natural rock arches Slovenia borders Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia and was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Ernpire. After the First World War, it was amalgamated into Yugoslavia before finally gaining independence in 1991. Happily it has avoided all the recent troubles of the neighbouring Balkan states and today is a modern country, western in outlook. The people are prosperous, friendly and eager to share their pride in the beauty and heritage of their homeland. Tourist facilities are modern, spotlessly clean and blend in sensitively with the countryside. Slovenians love the land and, while only about 10 per cent farm full time, more than 25 per cent of the population grow some of their own food. Farming is mainly traditional. The mountain valleys are immaculate, with strips of vegetables and corn amidst the hayfields and orchards. There are hop-growing areas and beautiful vineyards. Amongst these industrious people one senses an orderly contentment and a feeling that everything is in tune with nature. All over the country there are opportunities for walking and exploring. Best months for walking: May and June, September and October 6 car tours, 25 picnic suggestions, 41 main walks (plus variations) 136 pages + touring map