Ptuj - staro mesto, nova doživetja

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    Ptuj

    ‘Kurentovanje’ celebrations, which are typical of Ptuj, are among the 10 most interesting carnivals in the world

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    The age-old town of Ptuj is located in the Podravje region of northeastern Slovenia. It’s surrounded by vineyards, which stretch across the Slovenske Gorice Hills, the Haloze Hills, and the Drava and Ptuj Plain. The area where the town is located was settled as far back as in the Stone Age. In the first century, the Roman Petovia fortress developed here from a military camp.

     

    Today, this town on the River Drava is known for having the oldest wine cellar in Slovenia and for the ‘Kurenti’ masks. During Shrovetide (or Pust in Slovenian), these masks chase away winter by dancing in a colourful attire with a fur coat, bells, and head masks with horns. The ‘Kurentovanje’ celebrations in Ptuj are the largest organised Shrovetide carnival event in Slovenia, and the door-to-door rounds of Kurenti are inscribed on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    Ancient Roman town.

    In north-eastern Slovenia, along the River Drava, you will find a landscape well worth visiting, exploring and enjoying at your leisure.

    Ptuj and its surrounding area are marked by the Pannonian Plain and gentle hills, which are perfect for exploring by bicycle or on foot. Lake Ptuj is a popular recreation spot. More than 230 bird species have made this lake their home. It’s generally very exciting on this lake, which the locals have dubbed the ‘Ptuj Sea’. It’s the location of the only continental marina in Slovenia with sixty berths for vessels.

    You can also relax and enjoy water experiences in the Terme Ptuj Spa and the Bioterme Mala Nedelja Spa.

     

    Active experiences in Ptuj

    Ptuj and its surrounding area are a great destination for runners and hikers. The Ptuj Hiking Trail begins just a stone’s throw from the town centre, and it takes you through an idyllic landscape of rolling hills with vineyards and orchards.

     

    You can take a walk or a bicycle ride through the gentle Haloze Hills, too. If you’re looking for a beautiful view, hike up to the Church of St Anne.

     

    Golfers can visit the Ptuj Golf Course.

     

    There’s even something for fishermen, who can visit Lake Ptuj and the rivers Drava, Dravinja, and Pesnica. On Lake Ptuj, visitors can go sailing, surfing, or rowing.

     

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