How is it possible that Slovenia is not overrun by tourism? The country at the crossroads of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe has everything you could ever want in a European vacation, just on a smaller scale. Venetian towns and spectacular beaches line the coast, but it's only 27 miles long. The sexy capital, Ljubljana
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the hip student-filled clubs or casual outdoor restaurants or cafe lifestyle. Slovenia is big on culture; their national heroes are a poet and an architect, and the former military barracks near Ljubljana, Metelkova, have been turned into a complex for funky nightclubs, bars and the coolest youth hostel around. Add to that karst caverns, mountainous hiking trails connected by a network of 100 overnight alpine huts and lodges, vineyard-covered rolling hills, spa villages, decadent sweets, breathtakingly gorgeous mountain lakes, and skiing good enough to breed many a Slovene Olympian, and you've got yourself an active week or two vacation.