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.

There is the unique cliff in Strunjan, the highest elevation on the Adriatic coast, reaching 80 meters above the sea level. The Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve is a safe haven for many animal and plant species, and especially birds, since there are as many as 245 different species on less than 122 hectares of land. Nearly just as many birds found their home in the salt pans of Sečovlje, where the Adriatic sea-salt is still harvested the old fashioned way. The three coastal towns, Izola, Piran and Koper, attract visitors with their medieval appearance.

And there, in the middle of the 46-kilometre coast, lies a small seaside town with a rich history, marked by fishing and waves. 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. Come to Izola for an authentic experience of the Mediterranean!

23. October, 2018

November will be marked especially by wine

November in Istrian cities and villages will be marked especially by traditional Saint Martin’s Day celebration, as well as by authentic Istrian flavours of the sea and the countryside. This November’s novelty is the “Wonderland” in Koper, which will take us into the festive December with lights, an ice-skating rink and a varied entertainment programme.

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20. July, 2018

Lighting guerrilla by the sea

This year, Lighting Guerrilla Festival is going to the sea for the very first time: the festival’s travelling edition, entitled RE: Action, is coming to Izola.

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27. November, 2018

The refined taste of the steak tartare for festive december

In the hinterland of Izola between the vineyards is the home of the house Torkla. You will be warmly received by the hosts at the entrance and brought into a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, suitable for family lunches and romantic dinners. The view of the genuine Istrian environment is also a part of the pleasure, but above all, you will certainly be impressed by our offer.  Creatively made and carefully prepared dishes, are the real masterpieces of the exceptional master chef.   He wisely takes care of every detail on the plate and from carefully selected fragments makes an unforgettable whole, which looks like a work of art.  But above all the master chef never ceases to amaze us. Different flavors, which you would have never thought possible to match, intertwine on the plate and blend into a brand new culinary experience.

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13. November, 2018

Istria on the plate - home-made fuži in rabbit sauce

In the hinterland of Izola, between olive groves and vineyards, lies the village of Korte – a great starting point for nature and sports lovers. The restaurant Gostilna Korte has more than 50 years of tradition based on authentic Istrian cuisine with a touch of modern culinary specialties. The most distinguishable qualities of the restaurant are carefully prepared home-made dishes and friendly staff. Every day, guests are offered fresh home-made bread with olives, excellent pasta, seafood and meat delicacies, prepared exclusively with local olive oil, and carefully selected bottled wines.

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5. November, 2018

Seafood delicacies with a touch of spicy

On the corner of the Veliki trg square, by the fishing harbour, you will find the Marina Hotel. Its important added value lies in the top-grade restaurant, boasting a longstanding tradition. The hosts, master chef Ivica Evačić-Ivek and his staff, rely only on the best and freshest locally grown ingredients.  Their motto is “from the sea to the plate” – all seafood is fresh and caught that same day. They can point to the harbour or the neighbouring hills and show you exactly who provided the fish or where the olive oil and the wine came from. The silver thread of the restaurant is respect for food and the unique flavours of Istrian and Mediterranean classic dishes are enough to entice even the most demanding guests.

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