Izola’s strong bond with the flavours of the sea and the Istrian land is also celebrated at its traditional events. The hospitable locals are glad to share the traditions and customs of their Istrian ancestors with the visitors and give them a taste of fresh seafood. The remnants of the cultural heritage of Izola can be discovered at every step and the town truly lives and breaths culture, especially when visited by film enthusiasts during the acclaimed international film festival. You certainly won’t get bored during summertime – all of the smaller parks and squares host various events throughout the warm summer months.
The locals are also known for their exceptional sport skills, since many Olympic medals ended up right here in Izola. And due to the favourable Mediterranean climate many traditional festivals in Izola feature sporting events and competitions both on land and at sea.
Every year in Isola
In Izola, the International Refuscus Mundi Wine Festival takes place every year in Manzioli Square and in the Manzioli Palace. The festival is an important meeting point for winemakers to show their public all the refosco's potential. The winemakers are mainly wine-makers from Slovenian wine-growing regions of Slovenia Istria and "Kras", as well as their colleagues from Italy and Croatia.
The Grand Prix of Slovenian Istria
The start of the race goes back to 2014. By 2016, it was called the Grand Prix di Isola. The aim was to connect all four coastal municipalities of Izola, Koper, Piran and Ankaran. With the growth of the Slovenian Istria brand, the race got its new name, the Grand Prix of Slovenian Istria.
The race annually announces the start of the cycling season and further enriches the winter holiday atmosphere in Slovenian Istria.
As one of the biggest running events, the Istrian Marathon connects the four coastal towns: Koper, Izola, Piran and Ankaran. This mainly sporting event also promotes tourism and sustainability as well as a healthy lifestyle and outdoor leisure time activities in the clean and wholesome Istrian environment. The runners can enter either the Marathon (42 km), a Half Marathon (21 km) or a recreational race (10 km). The start and the finishing line are set in one of the four Istrian towns.
Olives, Wine and Fish Festival
Every year we enter the high season with an event, particularly well known among foodies and Mediterranean food lovers. In mid-June, the narrow streets of the old town host local producers. At their stalls, visitors can get a taste or buy homemade wine, olive oil and many other culinary specialties from the Slovene Istria. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to taste the deliciously fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea. This two-day event features a number of small concerts at various venues across town. The Olives, Wine and Fish Festival usually takes place in the end of May in Izola.
International Film Festival “Kino Otok – Isola Cinema”
The seaside town of Izola comes alive as a true cinematic island just before the main summer season. The Mediterranean character of the Kino Otok film festival reveals a fine balance between relaxation and temperament that works like a charm – anyone who has ever experienced it will surely want to return. Form its first edition in 2004 it has been a festival in the true sense of the word, a place where filmmakers and enthusiasts meet, with an excellent selection of films and renowned guests from around the world.
The Municipal holiday
In Izola on July 11th we celebrate a municipal holiday, which is accompanied by a formal presentation of municipal recognitions and awards, as well as a varied music and cultural program.
I feel Slovenia Ironman 70.3 - Slovenian Istria
19th of September 2021
On the Slovenian coast in September there is a challenge for all who are not afraid to move their borders. I feel Slovenia Ironman 70.3 - a swimming, running and cycling test for every athlete, but also a special sports program organized for the youngest!
A challenging route through old cities, picturesque villages and nature with stunning views. The four beautiful coastal cities, Koper, Izola, Piran and Ankaran, will host athletes and their fans and offer them a special Mediterranean experience, each with its own unique sights and charms.
The Istrian Cycling Marathon
The Istrian Cycling Marathon is the largest recreational cycling event in Istria. It impresses with its unique environment, vibrant lanes for all tastes and levels of preparedness, beautiful panoramas and a varied accompanying program. Every years the start and finish are take place in one of the Istrian cities.The event is scheduled to take place on the first weekend in October.
In 2021, it will run from October the 2nd to October the 3rd.
The celebration of the legend of Isola
Every year the memory of the distant 23 October 1380, when the Genoese fleet sailed before Izola, is remembered in Izola with a Celebration of the legend of Isola.
According to legend, on this day the helpless townspeople resorted to prayer in the church, and a white dove flew from the church over the Genoese fleet. Sv. The Maver covered Izola with a miraculous misty cloud to protect her, and the Genoese, convinced that they were approaching the mainland, followed the dove, which in fact led them far out into the open sea. The dove returned to the church and dropped an olive branch from its beak in a sign of peace and security. Since then, the dove with an olive branch in its beak has been represented by the municipal coat of arms of Izola.
Among the cities that were under Serenissima - the Venetian republic - various games with a focus on rowing regattas will be organized in order to maintain friendship between the cities of the northern Adriatic.
Please not that due to the introduction of new measures program changes or cancellation of events are possible. Tourist Board Izola acts as an intermediary of information received by the organizers and does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of information and the implementation of events.