Catch a bird's-eye view of Slovenia
The country's location south of the Alps means that parachuting, paragliding and ballooning are popular.
Follow a wine trail
Slovenian wine is a quality product and a thoroughly enjoyable day out is a trip to the wine-growing hills of Goriska Brda or the nearby Vipava Valley, where a number of Slovenia's excellent wines are produced.
The natural scenery of the Julian Alps is picture perfect. Of particular note is the Triglav National Park, a favourite for trekkers and climbers, with mighty Mount Triglav the highlight.
Hit the slopes
Good skiing is not hard to come by in Slovenia. Resorts include those in Bohinj, Bovec Pohorje (which hosts international competitions), Cerkno, Kranjska Gora, Krvavec, Zgornjesavska valley, the Rogla and Vogel.
Lipica in the west of Slovenia is home to the lippizaner horse, bred by the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy of the 18th century. There are currently only 3,000 of these horses left in the world. Tour the stud farm, watch performances of classical riding or even ride the horses themselves.
In the coastal town of Koper, explore the old town and see the Town Tower (1480), the 15th-century Cathedral, the loggia and the Praetor's Palace; also of interest is the Romanesque Carmin Rotunda (1317).
The excellent Provincial Museum houses old maps of the area. Piran Southeast of Koper is the picturesque town of Piran.
Enjoy the flurry of Venetian architecture and the waterfront seafood restaurants or just enjoy a swim in the Adriatic shadowed by the town's voluminous hilltop church.
PtujTo the south of Maribor, see the Roman remains and medieval centre of Ptuj (www.ptuj-tourism.si), which is also the scene of traditional carnivals.
Ptuj's old town overflows with cobbles, churches and impressive baroque buildings. BledIn the mountain resort of Bled (www.bled.si), see the neo-gothic Parish Church (1904) with its interesting frescoes and Bled Castle, the former seat of the bishops of Brixen. Perching above a 100m (328ft) drop, the castle offers magnificent views over the city and lake.
Take your time wandering the streets of the country's capital. The Ljubljana River runs through the city with al fresco cafés on the bank promenades, great for people watching and refueling.
Structures and buildings you shouldn't miss are the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers, the Town Hall and the Skyscraper.
Head for the twin towers of Ljubljana Cathedral (1708), which house some impressive frescoes in what is widely regarded as the finest ecclesiastical building in the country.
The city's symbol, the mighty dragon, is depicted throughout the city on buildings, bridges, iron and woodwork. Visit Dragon Bridge for an up-close encounter with the brave beast or go on a dragon hunt and see how many you can find.
For those interested in cutting edge art visit Metelkova Mesto, an old military barracks taken over by artists in 1994 and transformed into an autonomous cultural centre.
It is made up of seven buildings and includes space for musicians and performers, art installations, studios, even several night clubs.
Museums and galleries
Take your pick from Ljubljana's fine choice of museums and galleries which include the City Museum, National Museum, the National Gallery, Plecnik's House and the Modern Art Gallery.
Take a train into the spectacular 20km (12-mile) cave of Postojna (www.postojnska-jama.si), only one hour's drive from the coast, which has been deemed one of the greatest sights of natural beauty, and features gigantic stalagmites and a cavernous hall which can hold over 10,000 people.
It is considered by experts to be one of the finest examples of karst landscape, where limestone rock has been heavily eroded to form underground streams, a phenomenon that has created several other caves in the area.
Postojna Cave is also home to the Proteus Anguinus, a unique creature with no eyes, which can grow up to 30cm (1ft) in length and feeds on snails and worms.
Speleological equipment can be provided at the cave for caving enthusiasts, and special interest tours can also be arranged.
Scale a peak
Mountaineering is a traditional Slovene sport - the Julian and Kamnik Alps are particularly popular. The Alpine Association of Slovenia organises adventure holidays (www.pzs.si).
Slow down your pace in Portoroz
'Port of Roses' is a relaxing seaside getaway. There are numerous hotels, restaurants and cafés. Every year the town holds a contemporary art symposium with creations on display in the sculpture park, Forma Viva.
Visit Lake Bled
The year-round mountain resort of Bled, near the Austrian and Italian borders is a truly beautiful sight with mountains and trees surrounding glacial waters.
You can skate on Lake Bled in the winter, swim, row and fish in the summer and there are miles of pristine hiking paths to explore throughout the area.