This tiny, yet beautiful, country doesn’t seem to get much press, but it’s got a lot to show off for its small size. Elements of all its neighbours – Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans – influence life and culture, from the heights of the Julian Alps to the underground world of Postojna and Škocjan Caves. There’s a vineyard, or winery, for every 70 people. The town of Maribor is home to the world’s oldest vine, which is estimated to be over 400 years old. In fact, food is very important here, with festivals celebrating salt, cabbage, chestnuts and beans. If you’re not one to sit down, Slovenia’s a haven for hikers and cyclists, with more than 4,000 miles of trails and 165 shelters and huts along the way where you can stop for a break. Alternatively, head to the short but sweet Adriatic Coast. At only 46km, the welcoming blue waters are a popular place to be.