The small seaside town grew on a former island. Even today it reflects the close bond its people have with the sea. Izola beckons: walk along its charming streets or get in on some fun water activities on one of the beaches here. The Strunjan cliff is the right place to experience pristine nature, whereas the verdant cultivated hinterland is well known for its exquisite grapes and olives.
Izola does have a certain Venetian charm, together with a large marina, some narrow old winding streets and excellent restaurants and bars where you might linger.
The largest Italian ocean liner of the day, the legendary Rex, was sunk off the coast of Izola during WWII.
TOP 5 experiences
Izola offers a cornucopia of seaside activities. Start with the outstanding cuisine which focuses on fish, excellent wine and olive oil, and experience the benefits of the sea and sea air first hand.
Diving the Remains of a Roman Port
Are you fascinated by Roman artefacts? In Izola you can dive in and experience an underwater time travel extravaganza. This is because the seabed on the Slovenian side gradually descends, whereas it is ascends on the Italian side. The submerged secrets from the Roman period can be explored around the Simonov Zaliv Archaeological Park, which includes the remains of a Roman villa and a port.More
Retracing the Former Railroads by Bike
Ride your bike over a route that was once reserved for hissing steam-driven trains. The Porečanka (or Parenzana), which is the name of the now-defunct railway line between Trieste and Poreč, runs past many landmarks, and dazzles with a wonderful coastal landscape, friendly people and creative culinary offerings. Of course, there are also other cycling and hiking trails that extend from the shore further inland, and are great for exploring Izola and the surrounding area.More
Horseback Riding in Medljan
Have a timeout and find serenity amidst unspoilt nature. This agritourism farm is the right place: listen to the birds, watch the animals roaming the farmyard, stroll among the vineyards or venture out and giddy up on the riding trail in Izola’s hinterland. Try your hand at archery or any other old-school rural pastime, such as pitching slate roof shingles and horseshoes or firing a taut slingshot.More
Surfing and Kiting at the Lighthouse
Cape Ronek on the Lighthouse Beach is (kite-)surfing central. Once the wind picks up the iconic beach turns into the place to be for wind- and kite-surfers. The beach is easily accessible by car so you don't have to carry your gear too far.More
The Flavours of Izola
Savour the culinary delights of Izola and Istria in a string of flavourful events. Every summer is kicked off with the Days of Local Mussels, and followed by the Olive, Wine and Fish Festival. Next is an event celebrating tomatoes – then another celebrating basil! Meanwhile, fish and seafood delicacies reign supreme at the Fishing Festival – a typical Izola fiesta. In autumn, when it gets chillier, Izola becomes the hotspot for all lovers of hot and spicy flavours.More
Getting to Know Adriatic Fish in Izolana
Try your hand at fishing and get to know the fauna of the Adriatic Sea in the process. Catch your fish with a virtual hook and store them in a bucket locals refer to as "bujol". As you play, you will learn what each of these fish looks like, about the depths at which they live, the group of fish they belong to, and find out more about their swimming skills. The interactive game is sure to be a whole lot of fun to visitors of all ages.More
Strolling Through the Town Parks
Get to know the true colours of Izola through the various nuances of its evergreen parks. The diverse plant life makes for an eye-catching feature any time, any season. In addition to the natural beauty of all of the 15 lovely parks, a stroll on the waterfront and along the quaint alleys of the old town also reveals a number of cultural and historic landmarks of this seaside town.More
Catching some Fresh Air out on the Cliff
Climb the Strunjan Cliff, which rises 80 metres up into the air and enjoy a fantastic view of the Slovenian coastline. The cliff is the highlight of the Strunjan Landscape Park, which is adjacent to Izola. With the rich vegetation along its edge and the belt of sea that stretches 200 metres, the cliff was declared a nature reserve. This is the longest stretch of untouched shore along the entire 130-kilometre coastline that runs from Grado in Italy to Savudrija in Croatia.More
Slovenia's green story is well in the making. Feel it wherever you go.
The countryside of Izola reveals some partially preserved water sources. In days past, these were the only source of water in the entire hinterland; today they are an important natural treasure and a part of Izola's cultural heritage.
With the rich vegetation along its edge and the belt of sea that stretches 200 metres, the Strunjan cliff was declared a nature reserve.
Izola is one of the less built-up areas in the region, as 40% of it is arable land, where the rich Istrian soil provides the best, tastiest produce.
"Brodet" (fish stew) and gratinéed polenta with baccala (prepared cod) and fresh Istrian truffles
The fishermen of Izola have always had a soft spot for one particular dish – brodet and polenta. This delicacy tastes amazing, regardless of the fish that goes in there. The main flavours come from the Istrian herbs, wine and seafood. Today, brodet is the star, the diva of the local cuisine, particularly when paired with polenta and baccala, and finished off with a topping of truffles. Try the recipe of Izola-based chef Ivica Evačić–Ivek.
Izola – the Istrian Town where Fish Reign Supreme
Get to know Izola through the eyes of a boy and a girl who have a blast experiencing the natural, cultural and culinary features of this area.
Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest
Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.
Youth Hostel AlietiMore
Hostel Stara šola KorteMore
Depandansa Palma - San SimonMore
Depandansa Perla - San SimonMore
Depandansa Sirena - San SimonMore
Izola is a great place to embark on trips around the coastal towns and villages of Slovenian Istria, and to explore the wonders of Karst. Hop on a boat to get to the Sečovlje salt pans and Piran, a charming seaside town with surviving sections of a medieval wall. It is safe to say that Piran is a town built on salt. Take the coastal road and ride your bike the 7 km to Koper, a vibrant coastal town with a diverse green hinterland just beyond. Explore the karst underground and descend into the Postojna Cave some 40 km from Izola. Next, head over to the astonishing Predjama Castle – a castle literally built into a cliff cave. Another highly attractive destination is the Brda Region. Much like Izola, Brda will enchant with its excellent cuisine and wine offerings.