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Four contrasting areas

The Julian Alps and the area around the Triglav National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a wonderful area to live in if you enjoy the splendour of mountain scenery and all the superb sporting opportunities which go with it. The winter ski activities are centred on Kranjska Gora on the Italian and Austrian borders and at Lake Bohinj where a cable car takes skiiers up to the principal runs. The park itself measures 85 hectares and is one of the largest in Europe. During the summer months it is a magnet for climbers. Triglav towers above the valleys standing at 2864 metres and can be accessed by numerous routes of varying degree of difficulty. Further down the valley is Lake Bled famous for its island with a 17th century church and bell of wishes. Property in the national park area, and particularly that near the main ski areas is now relatively expensive with some evidence of over-development in some of the skiing villages.

Ljubljana is a young and lively city. Here the influences of West and East meet and it is no surprise that it was central to the route of the Orient Express as it made its way from Venice to Budapest and on to Istanbul. It is a city of culture with musical, theatre, and fine arts performances as well as a thriving university with more than 50,000 students. Its street culture of numerous cafes and restaurants and outdoor markets is a highly attractive feature.

The Slovene and Croatian coasts are where the Hapsburg royal family spent their holidays. They are only a few hours away from Ljubljana and form part of a second natural park. Koper, Piran and Potoroz are steeped in historical interest and you can feel the presence of the Venetian traders. The surrounding areas are hilly and there are some wonderful craggy descents. Water sports are very important in the Istrian Peninsula. However the Slovene coastline is relatively short and this is reflected in the high property prices on the Slovene coast.

The Pohorje, the Maribor region and the thermal spas are in an area that is rapidly developing alongside the programme for the Goricko Regional Park. The spa areas themselves are a big attraction especially being so close to the Hungarian and Croatian borders. The new motorway has increased accessibility dramatically to this very pretty wine growing area. Property in this area is relatively cheap with a supply of small vineyards with weekend cottages at prices under 50,000 euros frequently available.

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The season for winter sport is with us! Intersport Bernik is the place in Kranjska Gora for ski hire, all equipment requirements and every winter sporting need. Visit their web site at Intersport Bernik to arrange your winter sporting needs. If you have young children but wish to ski on you own you can leave them in the care of Intersport's instructors/animators. They will keep them safe and entertained and they can also organise lunch for them. This is available for children from age 3.

The Bled Shuttle is now meeting the later Whizz Air flights. Prices start at 13 per person to Bled. Visit the Bled Shuttle web site for more information on timings and destinations. Also read our latest Newsletter and find some reasons to be cheerful about buying in Slovenia now!

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