Izola promises a wide range of unforgettable experiences throughout the year. The beautiful villages of the Istrian countryside invite you to take a stroll, offering inviting views, numerous hiking and biking trails, and excellent cuisine. Not only does the sea offer fun in the summer, but it is also a paradise for water sports enthusiasts in the autumn and spring. Interesting boat experiences are available as well.

Discover the Green Countryside of Izola

With the Locals When we can see the city of Izola embraced in nature, surrounded by the scent of local olive oil, grapes, and wine, and when friendly locals give us a warm welcome ... that's when we know: we're in the countryside of Izola. What to do in this green Istrian oasis? You can find some ideas below. You can explore the places on your own or choose a unique adventure: “Experience the countryside of Izola with a local”. It is said that everything is better in good company and we agree, how about you? 

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In addition to its natural and marine beauty, Izola also hides cultural treasures. Visit the famous palaces, climb the bell tower, and learn about the town's maritime history in the museum Izolana - House of the Sea.

Adventures at sea

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Recreation on the Coastal road

Regardless of the season, we want to encourage you to spend your free time actively. There are many options, but we will focus on the coastal road, which was finally closed for traffic in the spring of 2017. That's how the »Riva Lunga«, first constructed in 1837, became a connection between Izola and Koper for all those who desire physical activity. Since its construction, the road has been subject to many transformations. The most welcome is the last one, making the area a sort of a green oasis between the two coastal towns. In addition to recreation with an open view of the sea, the fact ...



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Diverse Izola beaches

Izola has 8 beaches spread over 5 km. If you don't know about all of them, get to know them in this post! Just like many parks in Isola, beaches are a place to relax, and not just in the summer! Lounging and soaking up the sun, strolling by the sea with the wind in your hair, or taking a moment to yourself with the sound of the waves. Every season is special at the beach, don't you agree?



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Enjoy a ride in the tourist train

Enjoy a carefree train ride and experience Izola differently. You won't have to worry about where to park your car and you'll do something good for the environment. Are you wondering where else it can take you and what you can experience along the way?



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Experience Izola on a SUP board

The beach is a great place to start exploring the coast of Izola, while enjoying the calm sea. Take a trip on a SUP, which allows the most avid of you to visit all eight of the beaches of Izola. This simple and easy activity is suitable for everyone, even the less experienced who will have lots of fun learning a new skill.



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TOP 9 Things to Do in Izola on Colder Days

The seaside is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Here are 10 ideas to help you plan a trip or holiday at the seaside, whether it's winter, spring or autumn. We've put together some great suggestions for those who enjoy wining and dining, those who prefer to stay active and explore, and those who just want a relaxing getaway from everyday life.



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Let's discover the sea secrets

With the aim of preserving and protecting the maritime heritage, the Mala barka 2 project connected the Slovenian and Croatian seaside destinations of the Northern Adriatic. Together, they have prepared various trips for visitors, through which you will discover the stories of the sea, maritime, and shipbuilding traditions. We'll discover a part of the path together in the text below. Let's go!



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Boat trips

Summer isn't only for going to the beach but also a perfect opportunity for boat trips. Take a panoramic ride with the wind in your hair or choose another type of sea journey. Do you feel like going on a sailing trip? Continue reading and find what best suits you!



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Travel from one coastal town to another by boat

Make travelling around Slovenian Istria easier and more sustainable at the same time. Hop on board the Zlatoperka boat and visit the neighbouring towns. Did we mention you can also bring your bicycle? Zlatoperka can accommodate up to 70 passengers and 10 bicycles and will run twice a day - every day except Mondays.



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Summer reading at the library on the beach

If while enjoying the sun rays you get tempted by a good book, you can choose and borrow the desired book either at the beach or by visiting one of Izola’s book corners. Library at the beach On Izola’s most popular beach (Lighthouse beach), which on a morning with a clear sky offers a view of the Alps, you can find a corner dedicated to all those who love relaxing with a good book in their hands. The library at the beach is open when there is good weather (of which there is plenty this year), in July and August, every day between 10:00 and 18:00. At 11:00 children can listen to fairy tales...



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In the unspoiled nature of the Slovenian Istria

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TOP 5 Hiking Trails Around Izola

Izola may be renowned for its diverse array of bathing areas, but its walking trails are just as diverse and worth exploring. Long trails, short trails, rural, hillside, seaside, leading you through nature parks, or along the route of the former Parenzana railway... Izola's walking trails will amaze you in all seasons and weather conditions, with the exception of extreme heat or severe storms. Find out more about our five favourite hiking trails and be sure to come check them out soon. 



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TOP 5 Cycling Trails Around Izola

Thanks to the temperate climate, you can enjoy cycling in Slovenian Istria all year round. In the cooler seasons, when the weather is not too hot, you can still soak up the sun's rays on your bike. We have compiled some recommendations for the most beautiful cycling trails below: from the easiest to the most challenging.



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Discover 10 Izola viewpoints

Izola views are viewpoints that will take your breath away, allow you to create unforgettable photographs (with your loved ones or by yourself), and leave a magical lasting impression of Izola. In good weather, most of these spots offer a view of Izola in the embrace of beautiful alpine mountains, with our highest peak of Mount Triglav among them. Not to mention the magical sunsets …



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From Izola through slovenian Istria by bike

Slovenian Istria offers numerous cycling paths with different levels of difficulty. You can travel on asphalt roads on your own or with your family. If you are more fascinated by the arduous routes that offer a lot of adrenaline, we recommend the wooded streets and macadam streets.  The coastal cycling routes will surely remain in your memory as they offer spectacular panoramic views, beautiful nature and cultural attractions of the nearby towns.



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Along the green paths of the countryside of Izola

In addition to the Istrian hills and romantic villages, the hinterland of Izola offers the opportunity for an active free time. Cyclists, hikers or horse-back riders can embark on the path of discovering natural heritage, water sources, or history of the former Parenzana railway and enjoy the autumn colours of the woods surrounding the old Istrian villages.



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A trip in the cuntryside of Izola

Fresh sunny days are perfect for exploring the picturesque hinterland. We have prepared itineraries for you that allow you to explore Slovenian Istria. Save time with planning and follow our suggestions on how to spend a day in the countryside of Slovenian Istria.



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Easy walk on the circular trail

Here is a suggestion for an active afternoon by the sea. With the wind in your hair and while inhaling healthy, salty air, you will be ready for new challenges and enriched with wonderful impressions on one of Izola's most picturesque trails.  Starting a new day relaxed and calm is the best. How about starting your Saturday or any other free morning with the intoxicating aroma of coffee and croissant in a café located by the seashore, only to continue with a leisurely walk along the Parenzana trail towards the Strunjan valley? Along the way, there are a number of places worth seeing during t...



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Uphill to Izola's hinterland

Prepare to take a half-day hike from Izola to its hinterland for breathtaking views. Your gaze will fall upon places in the heart of Istria on one side, while continuing all the way to the sea and taking you to the Alps and the Dolomites on the other side. Even those who would like to take a more demanding route in addition to the seaside walks or easy trails will be delighted, since Izola with its surroundings offers magnificent circular routes with ascents into the hinterland. You will be enchanted by the tranquillity of the natural landscapes and the panoramic views from the green hilly hin...



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The Parenzana - Route of Health and Friendship

The former narrow-gauge railway connecting Trieste and Poreč is now a cycling and pedestrian path. As it runs through Izola, this old fishing town is a must-see spot on your itinerary, and a perfect starting point for a bike ride to Koper or Portorož. To find out more about the Parenzana, pop over to Izolana - House of the Sea.



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Discovering cultural treasures

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A trip to the hillfort of Izola

There is an abundance of natural and cultural heritage to enjoy in the countryside of Izola. Beautiful views that reach to the Sečovlje Salt Pans, stories from prehistoric period, anecdotes you hear from friendly locals... You can experience all of the above and more when you visit the village of Korte and the Kašler Archaeological Park.



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Hike along the water sources of the Izola countryside

The countryside of Izola, brimming with cultural heritage, invites you to explore it. You can also chose among various hiking trails, one of which is the path of the water sources. Let the locals take you around, show you what life was once like in the village, and guide you along some hidden trails. You can also visit one of the former sources on your own.



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Dive Deep Into Culturally Rich Experiences

Izolana is the city's largest treasure trove of cultural heritage and stories of the past. However, there are plenty of cultural experiences to be had in Izola's alleyways, by the sea, and even in the surrounding countryside. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of Izola's culturally vibrant and sustainable experiences.



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Discover the treasures of Istrian heritage

The small town characterized by fishing and inviting beaches hides many treasures of cultural and natural heritage. They are beautiful in winter and summer alike, inviting you to discover them throughout the whole year. Enjoy the Istrian gems Start your trip in Korte, a charming village in the heart of the Izola countryside. There, you will find the restored Frata water source, one of the water sources in the hinterland, which used to be one of the only sources of water. Walk up to the prehistoric hillfort Kaštelir, where a fortified settlement stood for at least 5000 years from the late Neol...



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Baroque gem: Besenghi degli Ughi Palace

While you stroll along the streets in Izola, you will come across one of the most beautiful late baroque palaces – the Besenghi degli Ughi Palace. It is known for its exquisite façade, its picturesque central hall and the installation dedicated to the poet Dante Alighieri. It is only open to the public on special occasions – one of such is the Forgotten Secret of Izola experience.



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Top 5 Autumnal Experiences in Izola

Are you more of an explorer, a lover of recreational activities or perhaps a more laid-back appreciator of cultural heritage? Here are our top autumnal experiences and everything you need to know when deciding which one to try first. There's a secret tour guide, tales from prehistoric times, bike tours with the most beautiful views and... as the Istrians would say: "come and see"!



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Discover the Archaeological park in San Simon

It was 2nd century BC, and the Romans started to move to Istria. Remnants of this have also been found in Izola, in San Simon. There, some Romans have built a sea-side villa with a port – the largest one in Northern Istria. Even today, you can see the remains of the villa at the archaeological park right by the San Simon beach.



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What to do in Izola on cold days?

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TOP 9 Things to Do in Izola on Colder Days

The seaside is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Here are 10 ideas to help you plan a trip or holiday at the seaside, whether it's winter, spring or autumn. We've put together some great suggestions for those who enjoy wining and dining, those who prefer to stay active and explore, and those who just want a relaxing getaway from everyday life.



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Relax in the wellness and spa centres of Izola

For those who love pampering and moments of relaxation, Izola offers several wellness and spa facilities, where you can indulge in a variety of massages and saunas. Whether it's during cooler weather or on days when your body craves deep relaxation, you can choose your oasis of well-being. Wellness oases Especially during the colder months, saunas provide an excellent opportunity to restore your physical and spiritual well-being. Increased sweating helps expel toxins from your body, while the soothing heat elevates your heart rate. Saunas offer numerous benefits, and we warmly invite you to d...



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Top 5 Ideas for Spending Rainy Days in Izola

Are you vacationing in Izola and got caught off guard by bad weather? Or perhaps you're planning to visit, but the forecast isn't the best? No worries, you're still welcome to come! Here are some ideas on how to make the most of rainy days in Izola.



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Winter on the Ice Island

During the winter months, Izola is illuminated with festive lights that infuse the town with holiday spirit. Izola becomes an Ice Island, offering something for everyone. Enjoy ice skating, attend one of the many concerts or gather with friends over a mug of mulled wine.



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