Slovenia Tops Guardian’s “Alternative Hotlist” for 2020

By , 04 Jan 2020, 12:19 PM Travel
Slovenia Tops Guardian’s “Alternative Hotlist” for 2020 Screenshot of The Guardian page

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We’re used to seeing Slovenia appear in lists of up and coming destinations, but rarely does it make the top. True, “top” here means the first on the list and in the main image used, but since not everyone reads to the end of every listicle occupying such prime real estate on the page is important.

Along with a picture of Lake Bled there’s a short text by Jane Dunford that begins:

Slovenia’s landscape of mountains and lakes lends itself to outdoor adventure: nearly 60% of the country is covered in forests, and there are more than 40 parks and reserves. Some areas, such as Lake Bled, have seen an influx of tourists over recent years but much remains off the beaten track - and the government has a strategy for sustainable tourism growth.

Continuing in this theme, Dunford highlights the recently opened 270km Juliana Hiking Trail; and Bike Slovenia Green, with its multi-day cycling itinerary through the Julian Alps, around Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled and down to the Adriatic coast – a mini “Tour de Slovenia” where you can choose the colour of your shirt and take things at your own pace.

You can see what else she recommends, along with the other 19 destinations – all chosen because of their inspiring conservation and community projects – here.

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