Ice Island

Over the winter months, Izola is illuminated with festive lights that bring the holiday spirit to town. Izola transforms into Ice Island - a place that has something for everyone. Attend one of the many concerts or catch up with your friends over a delicious mug of mulled wine.



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.

A trip to the Izola countryside: exploring a hillfort

Izola's new adventure

»Great, fun, intense, educational, awesome!«
These were the words our first visitors used to describe our new experience – The forgotten secret of Izola
Do you dare to unveil Izola's secret?

Feel the heartbeat of Izola

On the coastline and at sea with Sanela

Fancy an eventful adventure around the centre of Izola to discover some interesting facts about its romantic narrow streets while also getting to know the locals, who will add a familiar touch to your visit? Come on, let's go! This time, we set off with Sanela, Izola’s local, and Urša from Nova Gorica, the winner of the competition “A day with local people”.

Experience Izola’s countryside

Join Tomaž from Zagorje ob Savi and Rozana, a local woman from Korte above Izola, on a daily trip around Izola’s hinterland.

Stories of the locals

V našem malem obmorskem kraju domačini večino dni v letu sobivamo z obiskovalci. Oni so tudi naši prijatelji, ki jim zelo radi razkažemo naše mesto, zaupamo raznorazne skrivnosti in poskrbimo, da se k nam vsako leto vračajo.

Little green secrets of the locals

We have compiled TOP 10 little green secrets or tips. From parking lots to fields, to nature's treasures, viewpoints and souvenirs.

Winter in Ice Island

Over the winter months, Izola is illuminated with festive lights that bring the holiday spirit to town. Izola transforms into Ice Island - a place that has something for everyone. Experience the joys of ice skating, attend one of the many concerts or catch up with your friends over a delicious mug of mulled wine. Winter Events in Izola Did you know that Izola was once an island? While it hasn’t been a real island in a long time, it sort of turns into one once a year. Once a year, Izola becomes an island of experiences. You can ice skate, take a stroll through the festively illuminated street...

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Little green secrets

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Where in Izola can we zone out while listening to birds chirping?

Enjoy the music There is always something happening in Izola, especially in the summer. One of the loveliest event venues is Largo pri špini on Ljubljanska street, where you can meet Mef or some other musicians from Izola every Thursday. Summer venues are also Pietro Coppo Park with smaller evening events, concert venues Lonka, Arrigoni Open Air Cinema, Manzioli Square, and some others. Take a look at what is happening in Izola during your visit. 

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Picnic on the beaches of Izola – yes or no?

Pamper yourself in one of the restaurants If you stopped by the Kamin Restaurant to pick up your picnic basket and felt like staying on its terrace, you're right… You can hardly find such a beautiful view over Izola anywhere else. However, you can find excellent flavors and local cuisine: discover the restaurants in Izola and indulge in gourmet delights.

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Is water in Slovenian Istria drinkable?

Walking around in a swimsuit – yes or no? We almost forgot to mention another important rule: we shouldn't walk around town wearing only a swimsuit, or without clothing. We also don't organize picnics on beaches, parking lots or other public areas. Another piece of information: we don't »reserve« a sunbathing spot on the beach in advance.

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Where to get fresh fruit and vegetables?

Don’t hop over fences, come on over to the market “Stuff from my field!”

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Are viewpoints in Izola a perfect spot to profess your love?

Pampering in SPA centers In Izola you can treat your body and soul in SPA center Mirta in San Simon or in Hotel Cliff. Here you can also rent a private VIP sauna. There's also a novelty – rooms in DeGrassi Boutique Hotel with a mini private SPA in your room. Smaller SPAs are also available in Hotel Marina, Stara šola Korte and in some other accommodation facilities. 

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You give and you get, right?

Clothing containers Are you moving around on foot and don’t want to carry things in your bag? You can discard towels or thick sweaters in one of the containers for used clothing. There are 10 such containers in the town and in the countryside.

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What to do when you really need to »answer the nature's call«?

Bars, cafés, and restaurants Did you know that there are 7.418 seats in bars, cafés, and restaurants in Izola? Chose one from the list and get yourself a refreshing drink.

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Where to collect the best memories of Izola?

Can seashells become souvenirs? THE LOCALS SAY: »Let life in the sea flow at its own pace.« We can pick up things that are washed ashore, but we mustn't disturb the seabed. We all know that pebbles and seashells are beautiful and we would love to look at them at home, but don't worry – we have some suggestions for finding a perfect souvenir to keep a piece of Izola with you every day of the year!

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Where to park in Izola and which means of transport to choose?

Visiting the town center by car – yes, or no? THE LOCALS SAY: » We recommend parking the cars in the peripheral parking lots and taking a walk. « Due to its location, the center of Izola is easily accessible from anywhere. One of the great advantages of Izola is that you can get practically anywhere on foot. A great way of avoiding traffic jams and bad mood is parking in one of the parking lots outside the town center and simply taking a walk. If you are not a fan of walking, you can opt for a bike or a scooter. You can also take a sea taxi to one of the nearby cities.

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Revealing the little green secrets of the locals

Mojca and Klemen were exploring Izola at the start of the summer. We – the locals – secretly observed them. We were happy when we ran into them in the alleys, on the beaches and even in the countryside. However, they didn’t know how to handle some situations, so we figured they needed our help. After all, we know best how to enjoy Izola to the fullest and take care of our town to keep it beautiful and authentic for future generations. We had a lot of fun helping them, that’s why we decided to share some stories with you. The stories reveal some green tips for a carefree and relaxing su...

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Izola was once an island in the Adriatic Sea and is still uniquely bound to the sea and the fishing traditions. The town is characterized by various beaches, orange wine, water sports and traditional events celebrating the gifts from the surrounding lands.

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