The European Destinations of Excellence Network or EDEN for short is a European network of relatively unknown, but substantively exceptional places and regions that invite tourists with new experiences and discoveries. The European Destinations of Excellence are boutique and mysterious and committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. They are selected within the framework of a topic determined by the European Commission every two years. The network includes seven hidden gems of Slovenia that are waiting to be uncovered and experienced. Let them charm you. Explore their rich natural and cultural heritage and breathe in the freshness of green nature.
Discover Slovenia’s seven destinations of excellence
Slovenia prides itself on exceptionally picturesque nature and diverse culture and flavours, which is seen also in the diversity of the European Destinations of Excellence. Feel the culturally and historically rich old town centre of (1) Koper and the varied green countryside surrounding it.
In the (2) Brda Hills, try local delights and noble wines saturated with energy of the sun and love of the local people for their soil and tradition.
Follow the story of (3) Idrija, where lace is interwoven with mercury and where new ideas are borne from the rich cultural heritage.
Take part in the wave of active adventures in the (4) Valley of the River Soča, one of the most magnificent Alpine rivers, which has been writing unique stories for centuries with its emerald reflections: from folk tales and legends to memories of the atrocities of the First World War.
Stop time and seek refuge in the embrace of pristine nature in (5) Solčavsko, which excites with its impressive mountain scenery, harmony of three glacial valleys (Logar Valley, Matkov Kot Valley and Robanov Kot Valley) and the hospitality of the locals, who live in accordance with surrounding nature.
Health and well-being, brewing tradition and beekeeping are the pride of (6) Laško, the friendly destination accessible to everyone. Swim in Slovenia’s warmest river, stir your imagination with fairies and the devil, Green George and the folk hero Peter Klepec, and feast your eyes on the natural and cultural particularities of the region situated by the (7) River Kolpa.