Known for its lakes, caves and castles, Slovenia is a beautiful little country on the northern edge of the Balkan peninsula. Formerly a part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia was the first country to gain its independence and avoided much of the later conflict in the region.
With a population of only 2 million people, Slovenia is small enough to explore from a central base. Saying that, there is a surprising amount to see and do in a relatively small footprint with a range of outdoor activities including caving, canoeing, hiking and boating. Slovenia even has a small piece of coast, just above Croatia and its seaside towns are extremely charming.
Before arriving in Slovenia, all I knew about the country was that there were lakes there, and that I couldn’t pronounce the name of its capital.