Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun Facts about Slovenia with Incantato Tours

There are only about 2 million people that live in Slovenia. 

Slovenia is bordered by four countries: Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary

Slovenia has more churches per capital than almost any other country in Europe.  

Triglav National Park is one of the oldest parks in Europe, with the first efforts to protect the area dating back to 1906. This is just one part of the 1/3 of all of Slovenia that is protected. 

Almost half of the entire country is forest. This makes Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe. Slovenia is also one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.  

A hundred castles still stand in Slovenia, while only ruins of some five hundred more remain dotted throughout the countryside.

The city of Maribor was named a European Capital of Culture in 2012. 

Slovenia has lots of quirky food festivals, including the Salt Makers' Festival, Cabbage Festival, Chestnut Sunday and Bean Day, to name a few.

The official symbol of the capital city of Ljubljana is the dragon which was said to have been slayed by Jason and the Argonauts.

Some scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed in Slovenia's Soca Valley.

Slovenia has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, as well as the Idrija Mercury Mine.

In 2010, Slovenia was added to the Destinations Rated list of the most beautiful locations and destinations in the world, as compiled by the National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations.