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    Slovakia holidays

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    Slovakia holidays
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    Slovakia holidays
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    Slovakia holidays

“The Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.”

Bram Stoker

Where has the world’s greatest number of castles and chateaux per capita?

Tucked right in the heart of Europe with no sea in sight, Slovakia (not to be confused with Slovenia further south), has a distinct culture despite the shared history with its closest neighbour the Czech Republic, with whom it was wed until the ‘velvet divorce’ of 1992. It may come as a surprise to learn that this tiny nation not much bigger than Belgium has an inordinate number of castles and chataeux – over 600 at the last count! It also has caves. Lots and lots of caves, many of which are accessible to visitors. In fact the country’s geography is one of its greatest lures. The Tatra Mountains, part of the vast Carpathian range, offer up forested slopes, glacier lakes, canyons and alpine meadows – a breath of fresh air for summer hikers and a playground for winter sports enthusiasts, while the rustic villages sheltering on the mountains’ flanks practice traditions little changed over the centuries. Slovakia also has a vast number of mineral springs, meaning there are spa towns aplenty. The best known is Piestany, popular since the Romans came to town.

Nature aside, there’s the capital, Bratislava, a compact easy, interesting city well worth exploring for a day or two. So travel east to discover this relatively untrammelled land and take time to converse with the Slovakians over a slivovica or two and learn more about this rising star of Europe.