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Slovenia showcase adventure activities for GCC families


Recent statistics state that a total of 76,163 visitors from the GCC visited Slovenia in 2016, resulting in a 10% increase compared to 2015 figures. Amongst those, Saudi Arabia was the highest at 43,483 travellers, which was an increase of 11.5% compared to the year before. Visitors from UAE were next highest, followed by Kuwait.

Keeping up with the growing trend, Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) wants to provide its visitors with a green, active and healthy holiday destination. Further to cater for the growth, the destination has put the spotlight on some new activities perfect for the GCC and Middle Eastern families looking for an adrenaline-packed holiday.

Slovenia has numerous adrenaline and adventure parks. Right on the shore of Lake Bohinj, one can visit the Bohinj Adrenaline Park. The Soča Fun Park in Solkan can be a family adventure by crossing the river on a raft, and finish by sliding down a zipline from one side of the River Soča to another. The Celjska Koča Adventure Park has the Monkey Tree which will get the pulse going. Near Otočec Castle, one can find adrenaline-filled experiences at the Otočec Adventure Park and Osilnica on the River Kolpa. The other places to explore are GEOSS Adventure Park and Postojna Adventure Park, just a stone’s throw away from the Postojna Cave. A special experience at the Lake Bukovnica Adventure Park is the Stork’s Flight, the longest climbing trail spanning 27 metres. There is also the Betnava Adventure Park in the forests of Pohorje Hills, and in the direct vicinity of remains of Vurberk Castle between Maribor and Ptuj, visit the Vurberk Adventure Park.

Slovenia is also known for rock climbing. The first modern via ferrata trail in Slovenia was installed on Mt Gonžarjeva Peč in Vinska Gora near Velenje. There is also the Mojstrana Via Ferrata Trail on the rock face of Mt Grančišče; the Slovenian Alpine Museum, the Češka Koča Via Ferrata Trail, and the Zelenica mountain cabin.

There is a summer tobogganing course on the Straža ski slope. The adrenaline experience for the whole family is available on the Besna Pehta tobogganing course in Kranjska Gora. Slide in a summer toboggan down the Celjska Koča ski slope.