-Discover Europe's new green oasis-
Sensitive and eco-friendly tourism development is becoming a priority and nature tourism is at the forefront, encouraging community development and a more sustainable path for nature and people.
Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps, Slovenia is a destination not to be missed. Known for its diverse summer and winter activities, the country is earning a reputation as one of Europe’s newest and finest green destinations. More than half of this diverse country’s surface is forested, providing a rich natural landscape ripe for exploration.
The people of Slovenia are warm and friendly. The development of nature- based tourism is a priority, encouraging communities to take a more sustainable path for both wild nature and people. Brown bears, wolves, lynx and many other dynamic species inhabit natural areas – with the onset of nature-based tourism these key species are being accepted more, fostering better human-wildlife relationships.
Partnerships with forestry departments and local associations are encouraging nature-based tourism development. In the last few years extensive research by Discover Dinarics has been conducted to understand bear populations across both Slovenia and Croatia.
With vast rivers and mountains, Slovenia’s southern section is an undeniably exciting destination. Combine mountain explorations with old forest hikes, wildlife watching with river rafting and add in a stopover in the country’s capital – Ljubljana.
Accessible from a number of surrounding airports, the best option is flying in directly to Ljubljana and after a short twenty- minute transfer, arrive in the capital. The well-developed city centre provides diverse tourism offerings. Great hotels, apartments and other accommodations will suit varied tastes and styles, but be sure to keep an eye open for recognised green destinations.
By adding Slovenia-based offerings to its growing portfolio, the European Safari Company is contributing to bear conservation and drive nature-based tourism development in the country’s Kočevje region. While bears remain a heavily managed species in Europe, the increase in bear numbers in Slovenia is underpinning a new trend towards “bear tourism”, with the LIFE DINALP BEAR project (a member of Rewilding Rurope’s European Rewilding Network) working to change local mindsets and engaging stakeholders such as local hunting associations, the forestry industry and a range of European tourism partners in the planning and implementation of a bear tourism model.
"To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."
- Freya Stark
Slovenia is one of the few European countries where three large carnivore species can be spotted in their natural habitat; brown bear, wolf and Eurasian lynx.
Petra Draškovič Pelc is an enthusiastic traveler, photographer and nature guide, lover of Northern horizons, a curious admirer of nature, author of countless articles in Slovenia and abroad, and holds a PhD in biomedical science but she found her calling in nature photography and guiding.
She enjoys silence, peace, the tracks of large carnivores, the smell of forest in the rain and the beauty of the light-flooded wilds of all the untouched corners of the world like Alaska, Lapland or Altai Mountains deep in Siberia, as well as the beauty of her local Kočevsko area and Slovenia.
Throughout her diverse work of guiding, photographing and writing, she tries to express love towards nature and its preservation, bringing us closer to the beauty of the landscape she loves, as well as to develop active, boutique and inspiring tourism where you can truly experience the forest.
“Bringing people to the forest, showing them their magic light, revealing the secrets of the forest, seeding love for caring of nature and making friends at the same time” is not only my passion, it is a way of my life.
“And moments like this change you forever.“
'Life has secrets pathways, and only your heart knows how to get there.'
When you look with open heart and curious eyes, everything is a miracle.
Petra Draškovič Pelc<br />Nature guide and photographer