The Julian Alps
The Julian Alps in the north-west of the country attract winter sports enthusiasts but also generate strong summer trade from walkers, riders and cyclists. Popular tourist haunts include the Triglav National Park, an area of outstanding beauty dominated by Mount Triglav and Kranjska Gora and Bovec, the two best-known ski resorts in the region. Designed mainly in Alpine style, the resorts offer a range of skiing at all levels. At over 1,700 meters, Bovec has a long season marred only by the fact that it is in an earthquake zone.
Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are also favorite spots with holidaymakers, golfers and second home owners. Lake Bohinj is situated in the Julian Alps north west of Slovenia and offers great skiing opportunities during the winter seasons. The island of Bled with its famous church is one of the country's most recognizable landmarks. As well as a location for waterside holidays, the resort offers direct access via chairlift to the ski area of Straza.
Maribor is located on the Drava River in northeastern Slovenia. It is a thriving university city and a key hotspot for investors. As Slovenia's second city, it also offers a gateway to the Prekmurje, the wine-growing region and the Mariborsko Pohorje mountain range. The area includes famous thermal spas and the Goricko Regional Park which is undergoing a program of development.
Piran is an old medieval town situated in west Slovenia on the very tip of the peninsula. The town has a lot of rich cultural heritage, evident in the vast historic sites and monuments that span its breadth. The beautiful and popular Istrian peninsular has Venetian roots, pretty beaches, an outdoor café culture and a tourist centre offering a range of activities.
Ljubljana is Slovenia's historic capital city with many beautiful baroque, Art Nouveau and contemporary buildings. It also boasts a young population and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Approximately 15% of the country's population live here and the university brings in a large student population. Young professionals and students offer good long-term rental prospects. The most sought-after properties are the attractive character apartments in the city centre and, as a result, they tend to be highly priced. More affordable new-build developments and small houses can be found in the outer suburbs.