The love of bees in green, active and healthy Slovenia dates far back into the past, and this passion has been passed from generation to generation for decades. Slovenia is the land of bees. The land, where the tradition of beekeeping is written in the roots of the nation.
The land, which with four beekeepers per thousand inhabitants ranks first among the world’s beekeeping nations. And last but not least: the land where the World Bee Day is celebrated on 20 May each year.
This is an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of bees and bee products at the international level. Namely, Slovenia is famous for its history of apiculture and painted beehive panels, excellent apitourism capacities and educational presentations of bees in apicultural museums.
We would like to invite all the GCC travellers to the country of the world’s best beekeepers where you can experience the most authentic Api-Tourism in the World and why not to treat youself with an apitherapy session.
It is also important to note that bees will play a huge part in Slovenia’s pavilion in the Dubai Expo 2020 next year. Where people from all around the world could learn the beauty of apitherapy and the importance of bees in Slovenian culture.
Here are the top ten reasons why Slovenia is Europe’s best spot for an api-tourism adventure in 2019:
- Take an apitherapy tour – Embark on an apitherapy tour to learn all about the curative effects of Slovenia’s ancient beekeeping tradition – from honey massages to spas and tastings.
- Stay overnight in a honeycomb – In the green Savinja Valley you can transform yourself into a bee and live among the shelter of honeycomb-shaped cabins in Honey Village.
- Spoil your senses with honey – At Topolšica Spa you can experience the soothing effects of a honey spa or stay overnight in the company of bees and let the soothing buzz help send you off to sleep.
- Bohinj International Wildflower Festival – Europe’s first wildflower festival celebrates bees with a varied programme of events with a ‘wild meadow theme’.
- Honey tasting trails – Slovenia produces 2400kg of honey each year. Watch traditional honey lectarstvo being made in Radovljica.
- Inhale healthy beehive air – Pamper your respiratory system and inhale soothing beehive air at the apiaries in Selo pri Bledu or the Pule Estate in Dolenjska.
- Visit Radovljica – Slovenia’s ‘sweetest town’ is the ideal location for exploring Slovenia’s rich beekeeping tradition, home to The Museum of Apiculture and 600 hand-painted bee-houses.
- Take part in an api-artwork workshop – Visit Selo and meet local beekeeper Blaž Ambrožič, with the opportunity to hand paint beehive panels. You can also learn to make wax candles and inhale air directly from the hives.
- Visit the Slovenian Beekeeping Centre – Established in 1873 the centre showcases Slovenia’s beekeeping history and offers nature trails, as well as the opportunity to sample the local honey.
- Explore Slovenia’s vast landscapes – From the Julian Alps to the Pannonian Basin, explore native flora that makes Slovenia a haven for bees.