The small coastal town with rich history written by fisheries and waves, is inviting you into a summer embrace. Enjoy the blue sea, green hills, Istrian cuisine, and summer nights.
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.
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.
During calm seas the beach Bele Skale is a perfect location for starting an exploration of the coast of Izola. Embark on a SUP journey and visit all eight beaches in Izola. This simple activity is suitable for anyone, as you can choose the paddleboard according to your physical fitness. Beginners can choose a larger board, so you don’t lose too much energy finding balance. In any case you will have fun and learn a new skill.
Slovenian Istria offers a range of experiences that can be enjoyed on warm days both at the seaside and the countryside. Children will be able to test their treasure-hunting skills in Izolana – the House of the Sea, where fun for the whole family can be enjoyed on a sandy beach San Simon. After indulging in the sun rays at one of Izola’s eight beaches, you won’t find yourself bored, even in the evening hours.
The festive lights are on and the ice-skating rink is open – the Ice Island is glowing in all its beauty and brightening the shorter winter days with interesting events. At the rink, you can also meet fisherman Bepi, take a picture with him and make the Ice Island your special memory.
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!
Izola’s museum Izolana – House of the Sea invites children on a very special adventure. The hunt for the treasure will acquaint the children with the history of Izola and its interesting locals. Overcoming challenges, solving puzzles and of course, searching for the treasure is followed by a creative workshop, where children will get to know model making and create their own, special marine souvenir.
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.
Since September, you have the possibility to rent an e-scooter, which will make discovering Izola even more interesting and comfortable. This easy and extremely pleasant ride can take you to all of Izola's viewpoints, from which Izola glows in all its beauty. The electric scooter offers the perfect opportunity for a relaxing panoramic experience. Take a ride along the sunny promenade all the way to the harbour of Izola - “mandracchio” following the path to the viewpoint #VištaSvetilnik which promises an admirable view on the Alps and the Gulf of Trieste.
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 …
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.
In addition to its excellent cuisine, cultural sites and diverse events, Izola also offers numerous possibilities for active outdoor leisure. The hiking trails are especially interesting, since they allow you to discover the Izola countryside and admire spectacular views from olive groves and vineyards. In the surroundings of Izola you can find the following marked walking trails: The longer uphill path, The shorter uphill path, The path in the sun and The valley of Strunjan. This time we present a path in the unspoiled nature. Along the path you will learn about the water sources of the Izola countyside.