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Landscape Parks

Sečovlje salt works. Photo: Archive of the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

In the past, landscape parks were distinguished from regional parks by size, but now the category is no longer limited by size, and mainly relates to the landscape itself. A landscape park is an area with intrinsic natural value where the influence of people shaping, maintaining and caring for the environment is very evident. The establishment of a particular area as a landscape park is proposed by the environment ministry, or by local authorities, on the recommendation of an expert committee, or even the initiative of private individuals or NGO’s.

Slovenia has 34 landscape parks. Some of them are described below, a full list/overview is available here .

The Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park

At the Sečovlje salt pans salt production in the traditional manner has been preserved. Archive of the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park  preserves the tradition of salt production, while providing a home for numerous indigenous species of flora and fauna. The park features educational and hiking trails, and free guided tours at weekends. You can also have a look at the cultural heritage of salt-workers at the Salina Museum. With 650 hectares of land, of which 552 hectares are covered by water, the Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park attracts about 27,000 visitors each year. There are no settlements in the Park. 

Strunjan Landscape Park

Strunjan salt works. Photo: Ubald Trnkoczy

Not far from the Sečovlje Salina park, you can find Strunjan Landscape Park and in the immediate surroundings is the Škocjanski zatok nature reserve , a habitat for rare birds. The nature reserve is part of Strunjan Landscape Park. The reserve covers the north shore of the Strunjan peninsula. Its most characteristic feature is the 4 km long and up to 80m high flysch cliff. Along the length of the cliff, horizontal layers of marl and sandstone are clearly visible, and there are also interesting geological and geomorphological phenomena, such as rock outcrops, micro-tectonic fractures and creases, particularly noticeable on individual capes. The area of the reserve is abundant in characteristic Mediterranean shrubs and trees. 

Goričko Landscape Park

Goričko Landscape Park  is located in the north-eastern part of the country. It has a mix of cultivated and uncultivated areas enjoyed by many cyclists and hikers. Goričko is the home of many craft workers. They will be happy to show you the process of wicker roofing, making belt buckles, weaving products from corn leaves, pottery, blacksmithing and crocheting. The park covers an area of 462 square kilometres, with 90 villages and total population of 23,000.