How to spend a summer in Izola?
The relaxed atmosphere brought forward by the summer holiday can already be felt in Izola. Slovenian Istria offers a range of experiences that can be enjoyed on warm days both at the seaside and the countryside. We are preparing two new experiences in Izola this year: 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 during Fishing like in the old times. After indulging in the sun rays at one of Izola’s eight beaches, you won’t find yourself bored, even in the evening hours.
- Indulge in the sun rays at one of Izola’s beaches
Izola has the most diverse selection of beaches in Slovenia. Five kilometres of coast boasts eight beaches: from urban, natural or wild beaches, sandy bays, to the underwater archaeological site, and beaches with the most beautiful of views, beaches for the disabled, and even dog beaches. The Bele skale beach is perfect for anyone who loves freedom, as its the best spot for retreating from the summer crowds. You can enjoy a view of the wild, pristine nature and our small fishing town, on your way to the beach in the Strunjan Nature Park. Only a few hundred metres away from the wild beach you can find the urban Under the Belvedere beach, one of the popular spots for youngsters, offering a soothing chill during hot spells and lots of fun in the evening time.
The locals’ favourite and one of the more iconic beaches in Slovene Istria, located in the city centre itself – the beach at the lighthouse, which among other things boasts an incredible view of the Debeli rtič cape, city of Koper and the Mesečev zaliv bay. When the skies are really clear, your eye can reach Trieste and even the snowy Alps. Among the beach’s big pluses are safe access to the sea, the shade of trees in the nearby pine grove and a meadow with a children’s playground. Hence, the beach is a great hit among parents and children.
- Treat yourself to fun for the whole family at Simon’s Bay
San Simon or Simon’s Bay is known as the most family friendly nook in Izola. A sandy bay, volleyball field, water slide and even the remains of a Roman villa in the nearby archaeological park, transform San Simon into the perfect family adventure. You can also challenge yourself in different water sports at the beach; you can rent kayaks, SUPs, and pedalos, or try an adrenaline-filled speedboat ride. This year you’ll be able to indulge in a coffee or a cocktail in the renovated bar near the children’s playground, while your kids enjoy seaside adventures.
If you would like to try out SUP-ing, you can rent a SUP board for the entire day at Izola’s Tourist Information Centre.
- Discover Izola’s special experiences
If in addition to relaxing on the beach you want to discover more of Izola’s secrets, you are invited to Izolana – the House of the Sea, where Izola’s marine and coastal character is displayed through a series of documented photos, video recordings and various exhibit pieces. In the House of the Sea your children can test their skills in a real detective game of finding the secret treasure. 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.
But if you and your family would like to try out fishing or you want to spend an evening at sea, let our captain take you on an adventure of Fishing like in the old days. This family marine adventure includes a trip on the sea with a smaller boat and learning how to catch fish “like in the old days”. During your trip you’ll also be able to listen to interesting stories about Izola.
(Photo is symbolic)
- Enjoy the delicious Mediterranean cuisine
In Izola, the diversity and opulence of the Mediterranean-Istrian cuisine has been enriched with the Kilometre Zero concept and offer in selected Izola restaurants, ensuring an indigenous and authentic experience of the environment. In June Mediterranean mussels will reign supreme on Izola’s plates. Otherwise, tasty marine dishes at the local eateries are available throughout the entire summer. Cuisine will also be the red thread of other summer events. In August the town streets will smell of tomato sauce, šalša, but in September you’ll enjoy the scents of basil, spicy flavours and baccala.
If you enjoy preparing your own lunch, you can purchase homegrown fruit and vegetables at the Ruba z moje njive market, where local farmers sell their produce.
- Relax during one of the evening events
The season of tourist events will open at the start of June with the Holiday of olive trees, wine and fish and the Golden Olive Branch Festival. Just like in previous years local producers will present themselves on the narrow town streets, while music will accompany the event. Cultural events will continue in the first week of June, when the Island Cinema returns to Izola. From June 16 onwards, fun will be had on Ljubljanska ulica street, starting the cycle of Thursday concerts named Evenings at Špina. At the end of July the Isola Music Festival will again take place on Manzioli trg square, this time offering two concerts. The biggest event in Izola – the traditional Fisherman’s Holiday will bring Mediterranean cuisine with a great musical programme on Friday, 23 and Saturday, 24 August.