Slovenian Istria pleases visitors with its beautiful nature, many historic and cultural attractions, and unique culinary – full of exquisite scents and flavours.
Walk along the picturesque villages and visit numerous historic sights, explore the coastal cities and enjoy its liveliness, or look for a quiet place in the narrow cobbled city streets.
This Mediterranean old fishing town has 300 sunny days per year. Enjoy a romantic sunset while strolling along the coastal promenade, count the fishing boats in Mandrač, sit next to the lighthouse, or marvel at the buildings in the historic centre with extra attention to the houses in Manzioli square. Visit Parenzana museum or head towards Simon's bay. The nearby Belvedere Resort offers a spectacular view of the entire Gulf of Trieste.
Be smitten by this charming coastal town with a maze of tiny streets where you, surprisingly enough, can't get lost. Climb to the church of St. George or simply admire it from Tartini square, where the statue of a great composer and violin virtuoso Giuseppe Tartini will greet you. Visit the Aquarium or the Maritime Museum and have yourself a delicious dinner as you watch the sunset from any of the restaurants in the area.
This is the touristiest city of Slovenian coats – with many hotels, bars, clubs and casinos, offering nothing but fun time. Have a relaxing massage at numerous spas, walk along the blooming promenade, and enjoy the view of the opulent Kempinski Palace Hotel in Portorož, built in 1910 – a symbol of the city. The marina and a small airport are close by.
A city where the main Slovenian port is bedazzles with its medieval centre, numerous colourful squares and historic buildings. Tito square – which is the main square of the city and has been the heart of Koper for centuries – is closed for traffic. Consequently you can admire the city gems without the presence of cars. The Praetorian Palace is the star of the show.
One of the pretties Istrian villages in Piran's hinterland is Padna. It is situated on top of a hill on the edge of Šavrin hill range. This great slope stretches from the sea all the way to the highest peaks of Slovenian Alps. Needless to say the views are incredible! Not only that, there are charming stone houses, churches and olive tree plantations to admire in this tiny, picturesque village.
According to archaeological findings in Gradišče, the site of the famous Krkavče Stone, Krkavče is one of the oldest Slovenian Istrian villages. The mosaic pavement, bricks and statues date back to the Roman era! Don't pass by without seeing the Krkavče Stone, found roughly 400 meters southeast of the Krkavče cemetery. According to folk tradition the Krkavče Stone, also known as the three-headed stone, was once used as a pillory as well as a place for worship and ceremonies, particularly on St. Vitus Day and Christmas.
Take a walk through the largest coastal marsh wetlands in Slovenia that forms a Landscape Park called Sečovlje salt pans. The park has an extremely important role of preserving numerous plant and animal species that live in the area, many of them being quite rare and endangered. From there, head to the nearby Museum of Salt-making and enjoy amazing biodiversity along the way. If you rent an electric bike in the hotel, it will only take you a short bike ride there. And the ride offers specatular views over the salt panes.
Take a leisurely stroll through the former Strunjan salt pans and natural park and then cool off at Bele Skale (White Rocks) beach, located between Strunjan and Izola. Along the way, you'll find the beautiful Church of the Vision of St. Mary. A great way to experience the local nature is to hike or cycle on the Parenzana route where you'll encounter historic tunnels, olive trees plantations and vineyards.
River Dragonja is unique ecological phoneme, since it is the only Slovenian river that doesn't run through populated areas, what makes it completely intact. The tree-covered area by the Dragonja river offers many opportunities for a nice walk or cycling trip. Some of the cycling routes lead uphill to the villages of Koštabona, Krkavče, Puče and St. Peter – all offering incredible views of the surrounding region.
Hrastovlje is authentic Istrian village, located were Karts plato meats Littoral region. It is well-known for its Holy Trinity Church where you'll find the Dance of Death frescoes. If you are a fan of museums, you can also visit the Military Museum Explore beautiful Istrian countryside in Hrastovlje or enjoy hearty meals at its local taverns by the church.