The Salt Pans

Slovenia once relied on salt as its main trading commodity - and this was the time when the Slovenian salt plans were at their most important. Today, only two of the coastal wetland-turned salt pan areas remain, and you'll find these at Strunjan and Sečovlje.

The more popular of the two are the salt pans at Sečovlje, where a national park surrounds the marshy wetland. Not only is the salt culture here still celebrated, the area has attracted a diverse range of wildlife, making the site important in terms of nature too.

Guided tours through the park are a great way for visitors to Slovenia to get up close and personal with the nation's salty traditions. Lasting at least an hour and a half, the guided tour is a must if you are looking to find out more about the history and cultural importance of the place. As well as taking you around the park and the salt pans, you will also find the Museum of Salt-Making as well as The Flower of Salt restaurant and a viewing platform from which you will get the most magnificent views. Of course, if you want to take some of the authentic salt home with you, you will find plenty of souvenirs within the Lera (shop), as well as a gallery highlighting some of the region's artistic talent.

If you fancy seeing the site at a faster pace, the park also offers free bike hire - perfect for exploring at your own pace before returning to the museum to top off your salt knowledge.

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