The Pomurje region is located in the far northeast of Slovenia. The capital of the region is Murska Sobota, though there is little of particular interest to see in the town itself but plenty in the surroundings areas, particularly the wine-growing areas of Ormož, Jerusalem and Lendava, and the hilly Goričko Landscape Park.
Cycling is particularly popular, with over 600 kilometres of marked trails along the quiet, mainly flat, roads.
Among the sights of interest in the region are:
- The Plečnik-designed Church of the Ascension in Bogojina
- Grad Castle, Slovenia’s largest castle, with a room for every day of the year
- The Bukovnica lake – a popular fishing and picnic spot
- Floating mills and the ‘Island of Love’ on the Mura river.
LENDAVA THERMAL SPA
The Lendava Thermal Spa is situated in the town of Lendava, near the Croatian and Hungarian borders.
The spa is known for its unique paraffin water, which is particularly beneficial for those with rheumatic conditions.
Facilities include the water park with 8 indoor and outdoor thermal pools, a wellness centre, and speciality cuisine including the must-try local dish ‘Bograč’ – similar to goulash. The annual Bograč Festival, held in August, sees over 100 teams, from Slovenia and beyond, competing to win the title of ‘Best Bograč’.
This pleasant wine-growing area is also particularly suitable for those who enjoy cycling. Due to its proximity to the borders with Croatia and Hungary, you can cycle in three countries in one day!
Accommodation comprises one 3-star hotel, an apartment village and a campsite.
PTUJ THERMAL SPA
The Ptuj Thermal Spa is one of Slovenia’s youngest spas. It is ideally situated for visiting Slovenia’s oldest city – Ptuj, which dates back to Roman times.
The water from the Ptuj thermal springs is known to improve rheumatic conditions and bone and cartilage disorders, as well as positively influencing some neurological conditions. A holistic concept is applied to mind and body treatments.
The large water park offers something for all the family. There is also a wellness centre, and the 18-hole Ptuj golf course in right on the doorstep. A walk over one of the bridges crossing the Drava river leads into the historic city centre where you can visit Ptuj Castle and Slovenia’s oldest wine cellar.
Food and wine feature strongly in the packages offered, including the Wine and Wellness programme.
The Ptuj Carnival, held annually in February, is one of the biggest events in Slovenia, attracting over 100,000 visitors from far and wide.
Accommodation comprises one four-star hotel, three-star bungalows and holiday huts, a four-star camp, and the four-star wine barrel village.
RADENCI HEALTH RESORT
The Radenci Health Resort is recognised by its hallmark three hearts, the history of which dates back to 1833 when news of the wonderful Radenska mineral water began to spread around the world. It soon became the official water at the court in Vienna and at the Vatican and the town of Radenci became known as a spa resort for healing heart conditions.
Radenci mineral water is known for its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system.
The resort’s facilities include a beauty centre, an Ayurveda centre, thermal and mineral indoor and outdoor pools, and natural mineral baths.
Popular activities at the resort and in the surroundings include astronomy and star gazing, cycling alongside the Mura river, a visit to the Radgonska wine cellar and the nearby ‘Island of Love’.
Accommodation comprises two four-star hotels.
TERME 3000 MORAVSKE TOPLICE
Thermal water from the Pannonian plains was discovered in Moravske Toplice in the 1960s, thus marking the beginning of a new era. This dark thermal mineral water, dubbed ‘black gold’, is known to promote better general health and particularly aid those with rheumatic problems and those of the locomotive system, and forms the basis of the spa’s wellness and tourism services at the Terme 3000 complex.
Facilities include an incredible 28 pools covering 5000 sq. metres, the 18-hole Livada golf course, a medical and wellness centre, and a Thai massage studio.
The area’s cuisine is showcased in the restaurants, in-house patisserie and Café Praliné.
Cycling in the flat Prekmurje countryside is a particularly popular activity. There are over 250 kilometres of marked routes in the area, as well as themed footpaths.