Tucked away between the Adriatic Sea and the Alp’s, Slovenia is a destination not to be missed. Known for its diverse summer and winter activities, the country has recently been titled as a new green destination.
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.
More than half of the diverse country’s surface is forested – providing a rich natural landscape to explore and discover. The people are warm and friendly, eager to help and show off this rich corner of Europe – often referred to as ‘simply heaven’!
Brown bear, wolves, lynx and many other dynamic species inhabit the natural areas, and now with the onset of nature tourism these key species are being accepted more, allowing for a sustainable relationship to take shape.
Partnerships with forestry departments, and local associations are encouraging and assisting in wildlife tourism development. Over the last few years, extensive research by Discover Dinarics has been conducted to understand the bear populations across 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 city centre has had a large amount of development and focus and provides a diverse tourism offering. Great hotels, apartments and other accommodations will meet a varied taste and style but be sure to keep an eye open for the recognised green destinations.
"To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."
- Freya Stark
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
Nature guide and photographer
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.