Botanical garden of Sežana, Sežana

The origins of the Botanical Garden in Sežana date back to 1848, when a rich family of ship-owners and traders from Trieste bought a large plot and first built there the villa Mirasasso. Over the next 150 years the villa surroundings were planted with exotic plants, tree seedlings and seeds from various trips to distant lands. The collection grew and with the purchase of another plot, the park expanded as well.
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Old castle park, Sežana

The Count Ludvik Petač, the feudal lord after the Tolmin peasant revolt, transferred the seat of his government to Sežana somewhere after the year 1713, and came to live there. At first he lived near the church, then he built a villa, to which the local referred as "Stari grad" - "the Old Castle." The renovated park, which is located next to the mansion, has preserved its historical elements, while the modern needs of the town have been taken into account as well - it has become a place for relaxation and socializing.

The Slovene poet Srečko Kosovel memorial room, Sežana

Srečko Kosovel was born on 18 March, 1904, in Sežana, in the building of the old elementary school. His father was Anton Kosovel, from Črniče in the Vipava Valley, who worked as a teacher and teacher supervisor in the Sežana Elementary School from 1892 onwards, and was an amateur singer, conductor, composer, and advocated a consistent use of the Slovenian language in public.
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Lipica stud farm, Lipica

The history of the Stud farm and lipizzan horses is closely intertwined with the Habsburgs who ruled as many as 650 years over an extensive part of baroque Europe. Horses, the Spanish horse was considered an ideal breed, were at the time a crucial strategic advantage and were thus of outstanding importance to the Habsburgs. 

Military museum Tabor, Lokev

In the old part of the village Lokev, near the church of St. Michael, there is a defence tower, which was built in 1485 by the Venetians to serve in defence against the Turks. Later it became a village granary, and during the last twenty years Military Museum operates inside it. It contains the largest private collection in Slovenia.
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Kosovel homestead, Tomaj

Kosovel's homestead in Tomaj was the home of a famous Slovenian avant-garde poet Srečko Kosovel and his family. It was built by Anton Kosovel in the early twenties. In the house you can admire partially preserved personal belongings and furnishings of the Karst poet and his family.
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Bunčetovi homestead


Homestead "Slamčeva domačija", Pliskovica

Pliskovica Youth hostel operates on the site of a protected cultural monument that is over 400 years old. Although renovated to a comfortable standard the hostel boasts authentic Karst architecture, a genuine rural aesthetic and a beautiful closed yard planted with herbs, fruit trees and lavender.

The oldest Teran wine tree-Turkova trta, Šepulje

At Turk's homestead in Šepulje the can boast with a vine which is over 215 years old, what probably makes it the oldest vine in the Karst region. These old vines prove that in the Karst region wine production goes back to the distant past.

Homestead of poet Ciril Zlobec, Ponikve

Ciril Zlobec was born into a peasant family as the seventh and the last child, on 4 July 1925 in Ponikve. After the Second World War, he continued his education in Ljubljana, where he graduated from Slavistics and then worked as a journalist. He is also known as a translator, particularly from Italian and Serbo-Croatian. For his literary work he has received several awards, including the Tomšič award(1956), Prešern award (1982), Zupančič award (1976) and Veronika award. He is a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Pepa's Karst garden, Dutovlje

In 2009 Pepa's Karst Garden received a top rating and a gold medal in the category of small gardens at the horticultural exhibition Hampton Court Place Flower Show, which is the second most important horticultural event in the world. The authentic Karst garden represents the preservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage. The conservation of the native Karst serves as a unique example of cultural landscape where tradition meets an extraordinary degree of art. The garden is designed with traditional arts and crafts materials, and plants that are typical of the Karst landscape.

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Štanjel is one of the oldest settlements in the Karst Region, known for its old village centre. It was named after the patron saint of the church, Saint Daniel.

Due to its strategic location, the hill was already populated in prehistoric times and was fortified in antiquity. The first written mention of the area dates back to 1402. The characteristic defensive wall from the 15th century protected the inhabitants during the Turkish invasions. The settlement reached the peak of its development in the 16th and 17th centuries, as most of the architectural features of the buildings originate from this period. Between the two world wars, the architect and then mayor of Štanjel Max Fabiani left his mark here. During World War II, the settlement was partly destroyed by fire and the castle was heavily damaged. The revitalization of the village centre started in the 1960s and has continued to this day. After World War II, a new part of the settlement developed on a plane below the old village centre.
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Monument to the defenders in Cerje

At the far edge of the Karst plateau, Pomnik defenders of the Slovenian soil on Cerje is rising to the sky as a stone giant, with a glimpse of the four sides of the sky. From here, the Adriatic Sea, the Friuli Valley, the Julian Alps and the Vipava valley are more beautiful than anywhere else in Slovenia. At the height of 21 meters at the top of the memorial, we feel the freedom of birds and experience the beauty of our places in all colors of nature.
Monumental monument, founded on the initiative of the TIGR patriotic organization in memory of all who fought and fall on this territory, is designed as a seven-storey tower.

The content of the exhibition through various conferences of Slovene history connects the past and the future, from prehistoric times and periods of world wars, to the war for the independence of Slovenia and the last floor with a viewing platform that symbolizes the view into the future. Borderless, like a flight of birds nesting in the heights.
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The Karst living museum, Sežana

With typical karst features such as karst dolines, uvalas, sinkholes, grikes, abysses, and of course, underground caves, the living museum of Karst area, which extends over 700 hectares, is defined as ecologically important area and its larger part belongs among the Natura 2000 sites. The Karst Living Museum was chosen for the 2017 best themed route in Slovenia.
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The Srečko Kosovel trail

The trail runs along cart tracks and footpaths through karst pine woods and heavily overgrown karst landscape, passing the vineyards from which the famous Teran wine is produced. It is suitable for people of all ages and especially for school excursions. The entire trail takes two and a half hours at a moderate pace. The trail begins by the memorial tablet dedicated to poet Srečko Kosovel, in front of his house at Bazoviška Cesta 9. The trail runs along Partizanska street to the building of the Vinakras company, where it joins the forest learning trail. It continues along the footpath around the Tabor Hill (approximately 900 metres) and then descends to the path above the Ljubljana–Fernetiči motorway.
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Educational trail Pliska, Pliskovica

The Pliskovica Trail is a Karst learning trail leading through the plateau in the heart of Karst, with the starting point in the village of Pliskovica. The trail offers a nice walk along cart tracks and footpaths trapped between long stone walls. Along the trail you can observe how nature shapes Karst landscapes and how people complement it. Pitch making, shepherds huts, games, sheepfolds and the remains of the World War I chapel are only a small fragment of what in stone engraved sheep named Pliska who can be seen on information boards represents (besides typical karst phenomena). The Pliskovica Trail is situated in the heart of the Natura 2000 Kras area. Therefore you will be accomppanied by numerous bird species.
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Vilenica cave, Lokev

The first recorded visits to Vilenica cave occured in 1633, and thus until the mid-19th Century the cave earn the title of one of the first tourist caves in Europe, which has been renowned as the largest and most beautiful Karst cave. Vilenica is arranged and lit for visitors in a length of 450 m. Every year the international literary award Vilenica is held here.
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Hill Kokoš

Kokoš is one of the summits in the range of hills that divides the Sežana Karst (more accurately Lokavsko Polje) from the Gulf of Trieste. These hills are criss-crossed with hiking paths and cycling and horse-riding tracks, which make it ideal for spring and autumn walks.

Hill Volnik

The circular trail, which is about 10 km long, starts from Zagradec leading to the peak of Hill Volnik. From the lookout tower you can enjoy a splendid view of almost the entire Karst. The trail then descends to Repen, passes by the pond Močilo and the Petrovica quarry, and leads back to Zagradec. There are three trails you can take: from Zagradec to the peak of Hill Volnik, from Repen to the pond Močilo and the Petrovica quarry, and from the pond called P'č to the peak of the Hill Volnik. 

Škocjan caves

Škocjan Caves lie in the extreme southeastern part of the main Karst, near Divača. Škocjan Caves consist of numerous caves and trenches, collapses, natural bridges and sinks. They were created by the river Reka, which, after a 50 km long surface stream, is disappearing right into the karst underground. Since 1986, the Škocjan Caves have been entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Via Alpe Adria, Kras

The penultimate tour of Alpe Adria Trail starts in Lipica in Slovenia, brings to the karstplateau along the Hills Kokoš and Veliko Gradišče and ends in Bagnoli della Rosandra, at the suburbs of Trieste, where you can smell the parfume of the sea. The Lipica Stud Farm has amazing historical tree-lined lanes where you can admire the pure-bred Lipizzaner horses.
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Via Alpina

The Via Alpina: a network of 5 walking trails across the eight countries of the Alpine region, more than 5000km long and with 342 day stages. Find here the official description of all the stages, a wide selection of tourist offers and places of natural and cultural interest, the real life experiences of many hikers and additional information to help prepare your Alpine trip on line.
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The Karst wine road connects almost 170 different producers stretching above the Trieste bay on a plateau with the altitude ranging from 50 to 500 m. It is distinguished by the limestone Karst with a thin red brown soil layer called terra rossa or jerina, a constant drought due to the lack of surface water, the wind bora, and the abundance of sun. Due to all these natural advantages, the vines of the Karst region are full of delicious grapes, from which the Karst people have been making excellent wines for centuries. Typical wine cellars called hrami are fascinating places: some of them are cut into stone and some have been carved into caves by nature itself, whereas others captivate the interest of visitors merely due to their size or stone walls. Dry-cured meat products, gradually maturing in the wine room, give the latter a special note.

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