Slovenia, the very first country to be declared a Green Destination, lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain meet. In one of these worlds, the Mediterranean seaside, there is the lush green land of Istria. A land that enchants with its exceptional combination of attractions from the Roman, Medieval and Venetian era, set against a backdrop of stunning natural landscapes – from the green hillsides to the clear blue sea of the Adriatic coast.

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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.

Autumn Break at The Seaside

In this former fishing town you can discover stories of maritime heritage on foot or by bicycle, taste the Istrian delights from the land and the sea, or just relax while enjoying the smell of the sea and the views of the autumn colours of the Istrian hills.

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Tastes of Isola

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Zaro Wines, a story of dedication

Zaro Wines are grown on soil with a more than centuries-old tradition of the hardworking Zaro family. The wines have a character which satisfies even the most demanding connoisseurs. They are the product of vines growing on the excellent terrains of the hinterland of Izola, already known during the Venetian Republic times as the most fertile in Izola. The Zaro family continues to respect the natural resources and has revived the tradition of wine growing. We interviewed Matej Zaro, a third generation representative who dedicated his life to wine growing.

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Visit Manjada for a true istrian lunch

Manjada is an excellent culinary destination for all of you hard workers out there to enjoy a well deserved quick and high-quality lunch. For tourists during the summer season, Manjada is an excellent restaurant for devouring typical Istrian and Mediterranean dishes. Since 2013, Manjada has been pampering locals and tourists alike with its always fresh, but still simple Mediterranean and Istrian gastronomy. Our questions were answered by the owner of the restaurant, Mr. Aljoša Tomšič.

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Vila Raineri, pizzeria with strong tradition

The Vila Raineri Pizzeria and Canteen is located in a villa with a very special history. At the end of the 19th century, it was the home of the Renner von Szatmary counts who changed their name into Raineri during the time of Mussolini’s government. In the 20th century, it became one of the first pizzerias in the Slovenian Istria, together with a hotel located on the first floor. The Vila Raineri Pizzeria and Canteen is located just 200 metres from the sea, along Hotel Delfin, and is open all year round. Guests can also visit the Pergola Restaurant which is also part of the hotel. The villa was renovated three years ago and now offers seating on a cozy terrace even in bad weather. Daša Ždrnja, Sales Manager of Hotel Delfin, told us more about the pizzeria and the canteen.

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Days of Fish: Fruit of the Adriatic

October has arrived and a new culinary event is approaching – the Days of the Kingdom of Fish. Just like they did with asparagus, Mediterranean mussels and cod fish, the selected Izola caterers will now pamper your taste buds with delightful fish treats that will travel from their Adriatic kingdom to your plates from 12 October until 9 November. The Zero kilometre initiative – like all culinary events – guarantees freshness and local sourcing of all dishes prepared during the Days of Fish.

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