National Geographic names the Slovenia Green Gourmet Route “Best in the World”

National Geographic, one of the most respected travel publications in the United States, has named the Slovenia Green Gourmet Route (SGGR) as one of its 25 Best in the World destinations for 2023.

The cycling route, which focuses on food and wine as it rolls across the country in 11 stages, visits some of the best restaurants and vineyards in the region. The itinerary was placed in the article’s Nature category.

The article’s authors wrote that the route was a creation from “Europe’s pioneer” in sustainable tourism.

“Widely recognized as a leader in sustainable tourism, Slovenia has already cooked up a number of eco-friendly tours under its seven-year-old, countrywide Green Scheme,” the article claims. “Now it’s added a new item to the menu: the Slovenia Green Gourmet Route. This 11-day, 10-destination food trail is intended specifically for bicyclists.”

Created in 2021 by GoodPlace — an NGO and Slovenia Green Association member specializing in sustainable tourism development — to celebrate Slovenia’s recognition as that year’s European Gastronomic Region, the SGGR links villages, towns, restaurants, and vineyards across the entire country. Typical of other Slovenia Green routes, all of the trail’s stage destinations have received the coveted Slovenia Green certification.