Coastal Regions - Local and Tourist Information
Portoroz is the best known tourist resort on the Slovenian Adriatic and was the place to go in the 19th century to enjoy the sea, fresh air, long sandy beaches and spas. Gradually, luxury hotels, sea view apartments and villas have been built there, and now it is a buzzing town with a mixture of grand old architecture and new hotels, dotted along a string of sandy and pebbly beaches.
Portoroz is a very sophisticated town, with a marina, several wellness centres, many excellent restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs and three casinos. It has a famous diving school and a whole range of water sports are on offer. The town is covered with pine woodland and wonderful gardens, where terracotta Mediterranean tiled roofs emerge between the pine trees. It has a mild and pleasant climate, and is a great place to come in the summer as well as spring, autumn and winter time. This is a true all-year round resort.
Near to Portoroz there is a beautiful green hinterland with charming villages, olive farms, vineyards and stone cottages. The cottages, refurbished to a high standard, enjoy peace and privacy and are close to country tracks, horse riding and bicycle paths, and you are still only 20 minutes drive from Portoroz. Here you will also find country taverns with open fireplaces, where they grill juicy steaks or locally caught fish, or prepare roast lamb in a dish covered with burning coals. All this is served with wonderful deep red local Barbera or Merlot wines and crisp chilled white Pinots and autochtonous Malvasias from the surrounding hills.
From certain vantage points you can enjoy a view of the Slovenian coastline and the neighbouring countries of Croatia and Italy, and even see the Alpine peaks. A few minutes drive south of Portoroz and you enter the Secovlje Salina Nature Park, a magical nature reserve of old salt marshes where you can find a variety of fish and birds. In and around Portoroz you can swim in the warm and clean sea, explore nature parks and enjoy sports, boating, cycling and tennis. You will enjoy gourmet and rustic cuisine and a vibrant nightlife. It is a good resort for families, couples, groups of friends, in fact everyone.
Koper, a thousand year old town with nineteen squares and remnants of an ancient city wall, was previously an island which is now joined to the mainland by a bridge. Paved with white stone, polished by centuries of footsteps, there are cafes, bars and restaurants where you can sit outside enjoying the mild climate of Koper and its gentle breezes. It is close to the Italian border, with both Slovene and Italian as official languages. In the 15th Century, Koper grew to become the capital of the Venetian region in Istria. The city enjoyed an important position within the Venetian Republic, hence its clear Italian architectural influences such as Almerigogna Square, one of the most magnificent Venetian Gothic places in Koper.
There are numerous architectural monuments in the old part of the town, from the Rotunda, with its typical Romanesque exterior, to the Praetorian Palace with the town's coat of arms. In the central square, are a loggia, which has preserved the charm and character of its 15th-century origins, and the cathedral, with paintings by Vittorio Carpacci. The Belgramoni-Tocco Palace houses the Koper Regional Museum. Koper hosts many traditional events, including the Istrian carnival in February, a dance festival and gastronomic event. During summer Sundays, a market takes place in one of the main squares, where artisans and manufacturers of typical Istrian products display and sell their products. Visit for the Yellow Night, which has one of the largest and longest fireworks display and the greatest number of events taking place in the open air, or enjoy the theatre performances taking place within the ancient city walls.
The hinterland of Koper has some fantastic cultural/historic places to see. There is the "Valley of the Castles", with ancient castle ruins along the old borders of disappeared kingdoms. A country path takes you to Hrastovlje with an old Romanesque church which has ancient frescoes, one of them being the world famous Dance Macabre, and on to the tower in Hrvoje, which is the highest point in Slovenia Istria and provides fabulous views. For nature lovers, riders and cyclists there are numerous tracks which lead to the hidden beauty of the waterfalls, rapids and pools of the Dragorija river. Gourmets will also enjoy the amazing variety of good food and wines en route.
Piran is an exquisitely beautiful little town, surrounded by a medieval wall built for protective purposes. It is built on a promontory, where pretty stone houses are lined along the seafront, almost as if they could fall into the sea, and more houses behind in narrow cobbled streets. Medieval churches and patrician buildings sit on cobbled squares where cafes and restaurants jostle for space with their colourful parasols and comfortable armchairs.
The city of Piran has a musical tradition and its tourism is very understated, in contrast to its close next door neighbour, the vibrant town of Portoroz which you can reach by a frequent inexpensive bus service. The stunning architecture of the little gem of Piran originates from the medieval Venetian republic, and you could be forgiven to think that you are enjoying your cappuccino somewhere in Italy.
Piran is a small place but there is lots to see and do, climb the steps to the old church, visit the market, galleries and cafes, have fantastic seafood in a harbour restaurant or relax on the pebbly beach. Alternatively, hop over to Portoroz for some nightlife fun and numerous water sports.
Izola used to be an old fishing village on a small island very close to the mainland. Located on the northern part of the Slovenian Istrian peninsula, it is now linked with the mainland, and has its own Marina and is one of the leading centres of nautical tourism. The Diplomatic Regatta and the Slovenian Boat Show are annual events, usually in September, in Izola, while catamaran trips to Venice are organised on a daily basis.
The town is friendly and romantic, lined with outdoor cafes and restaurants along the quay, where you can relax savouring the local seafood specialities, washed down with good local wine, and watching the boats bobbing in the harbour. Various culture and entertainment events are held throughout the year, including the traditional Fishing Holiday in August which is known for its rich offer of food, especially fish plates, accompanied by performances of musicians and various games. In June, local wineries and olive oil producers present their products. This is followed by an open-air film festival in the city centre, called Cinema Island. During the day, museums, galleries, studios and antique shops attract passers-by.
Izola beach is another popular area along Slovenia’s coastal region. The marina is full of charming boats and is a great place for a stroll. The waterfront at Izola beach is home to many restaurants and cafes, great for a fresh meal and people watching.
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