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Slovenia is a country in central Europe. This small country is topographically diverse. It encompasses portions of four major European geographic landscapes, including the Mediterranean coast, the Karstic Dinaric Alps, the European Alps, and the Pannonian and Danubian lowlands and hills. Its natural beauty is enriched with grand architecture, ancient castles, sophisticated cuisine, and rustic culture. Slovenia is also very popular as a medical tourism destination. The country boasts numerous medical centers that are equipped with cutting-edge technology, as well as resorts that offer balneological treatment using unique natural healing factors. Some of the most highly popular procedures among international medical tourists include dental implants, rhinoplasty, liposuction, weight loss treatment, heart disease treatment, as well as hip and knee joint replacement.
Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, is filled with cobbled streets, unique architecture, and vibrant cultural creativity. Known as one of the greenest and most livable capitals in Europe, car traffic is restricted in the city center, allowing the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River to be free for cyclists and pedestrians. The most popular attractions in the city include Ljubljana Castle, National & University Library, Triple Bridge, Prešernov Trg, and National Museum of Slovenia. Aside from Slovenia, Piran and Ptuj are also popular among tourists. Piran is a cozy and lovely city along the Adriatic coast, Venetian Gothic architecture and idyllic beaches, while Ptuj, the oldest and best-preserved town in Slovenia, offers a laid-back ambiance with ornate monasteries, a grand whitewashed castle, and beautiful cobblestone alleys.
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is the main international airport in Slovenia, which connects the country to numerous cities around Europe, including Paris, London, Frankfurt, and Moscow. There are low-cost airlines operating from this airport, including EasyJet and Wizz Air. Since Slovenia has good road and rail connections, traveling around the country is easy. The Slovene Railways is smooth, efficient, and reasonably priced. The bus network offers comprehensive and reliable service and will take you to almost all corners of the country. Inside cities, you can opt for city buses or rent a car. Metered taxis are available as well and can be hailed on the street.
Nationals of EU/EEA countries do not need a visa to visit Slovenia regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. Canadian, Australian, United States nationals, as well as citizens of several other countries, are allowed to stay in Slovenia without a visa for up to 90 days. Slovenia is part of the Schengen Area, so those who want to visit the country and are not listed in the visa-exemption agreement will need to apply for a Schengen Visa beforehand.
Slovenia has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Spring from March to May is fairly warm. The summer, from June to early September, is hot and sunny. In the hottest days, the daytime temperatures can rise up to 30°C. In September, autumn arrives, bringing colder weather. Winter starts in December and it can be bitterly cold during the season.