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Slovenia Travel Guide

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The Karst Region and the Adriatic Coast

As you move south and west from Ljubljana toward the Adriatic, the breeze feels warmer, the air smells saltier, and the landscape looks less like Austria and more like Italy.

The word "karst," or in Slovenian Kras, is both a geological and geographic term referring to the large limestone plateau stretching roughly from Nova Gorica in the north to well beyond Divača in

the south. It extends from the Italian frontier in the west to the fertile, wine-growing Vipava valley in the east. The Karst is typified by sinkholes, underground caves, and streams. Two caves—Postojna and especially Škocjan—are particularly well-known for their jaw-dropping beauty and size.

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