RADOVLJICA IS THE SWEETEST TOWN IN SLOVENIA AND THE CAPITAL OF SLOVENIAN APICULTURE AND CHOCOLATE. ITS PICTURESQUE OLD TOWN CENTRE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN SLOVENIA.
Radovljica is known as the 'sweetest' town in Slovenia due to its annual Chocolate Festival and its traditions of apiculture and 'Lectar' honeybreads. Over a small area the compact old town offers wonderfully preserved buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, the magnificent Radovljica Mansion, and a number of museums and galleries. Among the town's most popular tourist attractions are the Museum of Apiculture and the Lectar Workshop and Museum, where visitors can witness the traditional production of Lectar honeybread hearts.
The countryside surrounding Radovljica abounds with stunning views and interesting stories. The village of Begunje na Gorenjskem is the birth place of Slavko Avsenik, the legendary composer and musician of Slovenian national folk music. For over 70 years, the village has also been home to the world famous producer of skis, Elan. Both Avsenik and Elan have museums where visitors can learn all about these success stories. The nearby village of Brezje is home to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, which is regarded as the largest Slovenian pilgrimage church, whilst Lesce boasts a sports airfield and the Beekeeping Education Centre of Gorenjska. Nestled snuggly beneath the Jelovica plateau in the Lipnica valley is the village of Kropa. Traces of its centuries-long tradition of iron forging are visible in the village's heritage protected market centre, the Iron Forging Museum, preserved foundries and artistic wrought ironwork.
Radovljica and its surroundings offer limitless opportunities for outdoor activities: hiking and cycling routes, the Sava river, a parkour archery course, mini golf, an Olympic-size swimming pool and more. Triglav National Park is also within easy reach. It's no wonder that the Radovljica area is home to numerous successful sportspeople, including world champions and recipients of Olympic medals.
The Radovljica area is also known for its excellent cuisine. There are numerous traditional and contemporary Slovenian restaurants, where some of the best chefs in the country create culinary delights. Their cuisine is based on the use of locally sourced ingredients, and in November each year they are united in the Taste Radol'ca culinary festival. The largest annual event is the Chocolate Festival, which takes place every April. It features the largest range of all-things-chocolate and is the most attractive culinary event in Slovenia.
Radovljica is located just 7km from Bled and its excellent transport location makes it an ideal base from where to explore the alpine and central areas of Slovenia. Through the year Radovljica offers a wide range of cultural attractions, events and outdoor activities.
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