Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state located in southern Central Europe.
The country is located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana. Slovenian cities leave no doubt about historic influence played by Austrian and Italian architecture: Ljubljana and Piran could be easily mistaken for a small Italian town. While cities are far from boring, the real Slovenian must-see is its diverse and unspoiled nature. The mountains and rivers of the Julian Alps provide the perfect location for hiking, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking. The southern part of Slovenia is an area of numerous caves. You can enjoy different spa resorts in the eastern part, take a dive in the Adriatic Sea, experience the Slovene cities, go skiing, or enjoy in the countryside tasting Slovenian cuisine and local wine. (Picture © Credits to istock/Remedios)