About Adriatic Coast
The Slovene coast is relatively short but full of surprises; natural beauty abounds such as the 80m Strunjan Cliff and the historic Secovlje salt-pans (on the broder with Croatia) are a sanctuary for over 100 bird species. The resort towns of Piran, Izola and Koper draw visitors with their mediaeval cores, while Portoroz has many modern hotels, a fully equipped marina, thermal baths, a casino and a large programme of cultural and sporting events throughout the summer.
Izola, an old Mediterranean town nestles on the southwestern coast of the Gulf of Trieste, where the genuine tradition of fishing and winemaking and the friendliness of the locals merge. The turbulent history of the fishing town created beautiful architectural treasures and ancient legends that take you back in time when Izola was still an island. Izola hosts various sports, cultural and entertainment events, which seek inspiration in the old customs and traditions. Museums, galleries and art studios will take you to the world of Istrian arts and crafts, but if you want to experience true spiritual refreshment, take a ride on the waves of the Adriatic.
Izola’s picturesque countryside with numerous valleys and long hills is a temple of gastronomic delights, which can be discovered in a number of local restaurants and tourist farms, most with spectacular views of the Gulf of Trieste. Izola’s hinterland offers countless opportunities for walking and exploring the natural beauty of the Istrian hills, adorned with lovely stone houses and old churches. You can visit these places on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback.
PARENZANA - "The path of health and friendship"
The thin, winding thread of track that connects Trieste with Poreč had a great contribution to the economic development of Istria. This 123km long railway in its 33 years of functioning has left an indelible mark on the entire area. Today, the entire route of the former railway is cleared and suitable for hikers and cyclists, along the trails there are numerous resting places and sightseeing spots.
Piran is a seaside town with rich cultural heritage. This is evident due to a wall with seven gates leading into the town (First Rašpor Gate, Second Rašpor Gate, Marčana Gate, Milje Gate, Dolphin Gate, Field Gate, and the baroque St. George’s Gate), unique architecture and the town museum which is proud of its precious archaeological, ethnographic, historical, and artistic artefacts.
You can also spend your free time by getting to know marine life at the Piran Aquarium or you can relax at the Tartini Theatre or in numerous galleries. For fun-loving visitors, Piran offers a large number of sporting events and spectacles (Piran Music Evenings, the International Ex Tempore of Painting, Piran Days of Architecture, Primorska Summer Festival, and Saltworkers’ Festival). Piran’s surroundings also offer you a wide range of daytrips to the nearby world-renowned tourist spots: the saltpans of Sečovlje and Strunjan, Portorož, the Vinakoper wine cellar, Postojna Cave, Škocjan Caves, Lipica stud farm, and many others.
Piran is a town which has inspired and excited numerous artists throughout the centuries who have left their mark on the town. One of the most famous of them all is the composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini who was born in Piran and after whom the central town square was named.
Behind the coast is the Karst region where in the cellars of the stone houses excellent wines are poured and sold, and in the attics excellent pršut is cured in the bora wind. This gourmets’ paradise is also a heaven for lovers of the beauties of the karst underworld, for example, the Skocjan Caves (UNESCO) boasts the 1400m long and 150m deep underground canyon of the Reka River.
Where to stay
The Hotel Marina stands in the middle of the small fishing town of Isola, where the spirit of the Mediterranean Sea melts with the modern touch of the littoral paradise.