CITIES IN SLOVENIA
There are 67 towns in Slovenia. According to the Local Self-Government Act of the Republic of Slovenia, a town is a larger urban settlement with more than 3,000 residents and differing from other settlements in its size, economical structure, population, population density and historical development. A settlement acquires the status of town through a decision of the Government of Slovenia. Until 2005, the decision was made by the National Assembly of Slovenia.
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is the administrative, political, cultural, economic and traffic centre of the country. The city has all the characteristics of modern and highly developed country centres, but has still maintained the kindness and ease of a small town. Through the centuries Ljubljana developed and expanded under the castle hill on the left and right bank of Ljubljanica River. The oldest marks of settlement in this area are from the Bronze Age.
Maribor is the second biggest city in Slovenia and as such also the centre of the North-East part of Slovenia. Even from the Middle Ages onwards it has been known for producing wine, which is why it is today surrounded by vineyards, and the connection with viticulture is confirmed by the 400-year-old vine the oldest preserved vine in the world. In Maribor there is also one of the largest classic wine cellars in the Central Europe, with its halls stretching three kilometres under the old town centre.
Surrounded by steep hills it creates an idyllic mountain spot. In the summer it is a place to swim and enjoy the sun, and in the winter a place to relax after skiing. All year long you can choose from a variety of sport activities, and all those who would like to get your special wish come true can go to the island and ring the bell of wishes in the church. Above the lake rises the three-peaked Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. We are very proud of it, and an unwritten rule says that every 'true' Slovene has to climb Triglav at least once in his life.
Piran is a very special, precious city. It is the best preserved cultural monument of Slovenian Istria and the closest neighbour of Portorož, the luxurious city of flowers. Each time one looks at Piran from a distance or from the air, one is overcome by feeling of surprise.
The old Mediterranean town of Izola lies on the south-west shore of the Gulf of Trieste, where the genuine traditions of fishing and winemaking, mysterious traces of the past, and the welcoming character of the locals merge together to form an unforgettable mosaic of experiences.
Of all Slovenian coastal towns, Koper underwent the greatest number of changes and progressed a long way from the story Goat Island to the economic centre of Slovenian Istra. Its modern image deep historic roots and it is quite an art to bring together all these influences.
Celje, which lies by the peaceful Savinja river, is the capital of the Savinja region, named after the river. The town prides itself with the legacy of the Counts of Celje, the famous aristocratic and ruling family, the last great Slovene dynasty.
The city of Portorož attracts people from all over the world almost all parts of the year. It is a popular congress centre by the coast, where you can treat yourself in the luxury hotels with a vast offer of restaurants and events.
The city of Postojna is the centre of the Inner Carniola region, which is most famous for its Dinaric world. Plenty of rain and snow falls on the limestone and dolomite surface of the mountains and plateau of that region that has turned to karst, but all that water disappear in the ground and reappears on the borders of the lower Karst fields and valleys.
The Prekmurje region with the centre of Murska Sobota is located in the corner between Austria and Hungary. The region can also be called the Slovene gate into the Pannonian Plain, and for that reason it is rich with endless cornfields, long wayside villages and storks which return to the Mura River every year.