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Landlocked in central Europe by Czech republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine and accustomed  to playing the little sister role in Czechoslovakian relationship Slovakia has much to offer as its own republic. Marred by domination from stronger powers for generation this small but inviting country has learned its own image since gaining independence. The Slovakian republic encompasses luscious lowlands and glacial lakes taking in magnificent caves and canyons and climbs up into theTatra mountain range and the Carpathian arc. Slovakia is one of the many countries served by the mighty Danube passing through its capital city aiding its development for trade and travel.

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Slovakia has tremendous natural beauty to offer the visitor. Home to over 1300 natural mineral springs and thermal spas, exportation of the therapeutic sulphuric mud from the country has become huge cosmetic business. Seven national parks can also be added toSlovakias list of impressive natural features.

Sleepy Bratislava cannot compete with the visual attraction of Prague or the nightlife of Budapest but can certainly hold its own as relaxing friendly city. The charm of Bratislava lies in the narrow streets away from the main square lines with small dark wood bars, second hand book shops and dainty coffee shops that draw an artistic intelligent crowd. Ruined castle town Devin makes for a comfortable stay over for a day or two just to enjoy the warmambiance created by small crowded buildings that retain old time character. Wine enthusiasts will be seduced by the Vah valley where growing and production takes place.

July each year sees three day alternative festival Pohoda take place with very close proximity to Trencin airport. Notably Slovakia biggest gathering annually be entertained by traditional folk music, art performances and psyche music mixed up with a few big name acts.

Slovenia has gained and deserves the description 'Europe in miniature.' Slovenia ticks all the boxes as a European destination with stunning beaches, highlands and lowlands, mountain ranges and an enchanting capital but with all borders no more than a two hour driver from the center it is shadowed in size by its counterparts. Squatting delightfully between the warm Mediterranean and the impressive alp mountain range Slovenia has been blessed with an enviable position. Slovenia was the first ex Yugoslavian country to be accepted into the EU in 2004 and has since marketed itself as a romantic destination. Slovenia did not stop there though withe the influx of tourists ski resorts were developed as well as beach resorts traditionally used by holidayingYugoslavs being arranged to accommodate visitors from father afield.

Lovely Ljubljana owes its nickname to  the scenic backdrop of the city created from well preserved baroque buildings, a fairytale castle with wonderful city views from its turrets and the many roman artefact's which are displayed in the most surprising of places. Maribor is Slovenias second city creating an important hub of university town, commercial and industrial center and a gateway to the Alpine ski region of Pohorje.

Rich with diverse landscape from the Adriatic coast offers classy beach style with pavement cafes and shopping boutiques in abundance. Up coast Postojna house a massive impressive cave with a hall that can house up to 10000 people! Portoroz is the resort of choice for off duty workers. Inland toward the Julian alps Slovenia best loved wine region Slovenske Gorice serves up a colourful respiteful break with, of course, the top wines the country offers.Many health spas are scattered around the most noteworthy being Rogaska Health Resort which according to legend gained the magic in its waters when Pegasus stamped his magic hoove.

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