While the Mediterranean towns of Piran, Izola and Koper entice with their medieval town cores Portorož invites with its holiday attractions. Salt pan workers can be seen at work on the Sečovlje Salt Pans, and the Karst with Postojna Cave, Škocjan Caves and Vilenica cave boasts the most stunning underground worlds on the planet, and is also home to the noble Lipizzaner horse. Intoxicating premium wines from the land of vine-rich hills of Goriška Brda can be sampled at numerous tourist farms and wineries in the region.
Piran and the Sečovlje Salt Pans
The romantic town of Piran on the peninsula is one of the most beautiful towns in Slovenia. The home of celebrated composer Giuseppe Tartini oozes with music and culture and has something to offer for everyone, whether you’re into theatre, museums or galleries. Brace yourself, you’re about to surrender to its charms! Outside the town make sure you see the Sečovlje salt pans, a unique saltworks landscape where you can learn first-hand all about traditional salt production.
More than five kilometres of breathtaking underground halls and natural tunnels can be explored on foot – and a part also on the famous electric train. Postojna Cave is an adventure for the whole family – seeing multi-coloured dripstones and the unique human fish that found its home in the cave, is always an unforgettable, jaw-dropping experience. During the year can enjoy the blues festival featuring top musicians, or you can come for Christmas to see the living nativity scene and numerous concerts in the subterranean halls.
The largest cave castle in the world stands in the immediate vicinity of the Postojna Cave, built into a 123-metre-high rock face. Discover its history, spanning more than 700 years, and visit the Cave under the Castle, the second longest show cave in Slovenia, in the summer. The annual Erazem's Knights Tournament is one of the major and most notable medieval events in Slovenia.
Immersed deep in the Karst landscape, the home of the Karst dry-cured ham called pršut and Teran wine, you will find the noble white horses – the Lipizzaner horses that got their name from here in their hometown. Visit one the oldest stud farms in the world and see the fascinating presentation of the Lipica classical riding school. You can also go riding here and spice up your visit with a carriage ride and a tour of the museum, or go golfing on the evergreen greens and fairways – you are welcome any season.
This magnificent natural monument listed among the UNESCO world heritage sites is a must-see. The Škocjan Caves are the most prominent subterranean karst phenomenon in Slovenia, and rank among the world’s most famous underground caves. The fascinating stalactite and stalagmite structures, bifurcated cave tunnels, the deepest and largest underground canyon in the world are all truly awe-inspiring.
Slovenian Istria fascinates with its unique blend of Roman, medieval and Venetian influences and the beauty of its nature. Old city cores, picturesque villages and hamlets with their diverse cultural heritage invite you to visit. Whatever the season, you can relax while exploring one of many landscape parks, nature reserves and other protected areas. Taste the salt from the Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park and enjoy the spectacular vistas that open up from the Strunjan cliff.
Did you know that the word "Karst" ("Kras" in Slovene) originates from Slovenia? As do the noble Lipizzaner horses. Olive groves and vineyards, peach and cherry orchards all conceal below them some of the most stunning underground worlds on our plant – Postojna Cave, Škocjan Caves, Vilenica Cave – but picturesque karst phenomena can be experienced across almost half of the country’s territory. Step into a landscape of endless forests and extraordinary fauna such as the human fish. These places are all characterised by the smell of Karst Pršut ham, and local food is offered up paired with the notable local Karst Teran wine.
Intoxicating premium wines from the land of vine-rich hills can be sampled at numerous tourist farms and wineries in the region. The locals will serve you delectable homemade delicacies, offer you fresh cherries and other fruits in spring, and you’re invited to experience olives ripening in the autumn. Hang out with friends and locals at the many events on the calendar and take the opportunity to go for a walk through the countryside for an added boost of life’s good energy.
The valley of vineyards and orchards offers a balanced synergy of earth, air, water, sun and man, which comes into play when you taste Zelen and Pinela – the autochthonous grape varieties of the Vipava Valley. The people of the Vipava Valley are also shaped by the north-eastern bora wind, so powerful that locals place stones on their roofs to keep the roof tiles in place.
The most characteristic part of the Strunjan landscape park is the 80-metre cliff composed of layers of flysch forming a massive wall. A large white cross on the top of the cliffs overlooks Moon Bay, which boasts the most spectacular sunsets. Walking along the coast you will come to the lagoon with salt pans. The salt pans in Strunjan are both the northernmost and the smallest salt pans in the Mediterranean. When the weather is good, some of the outstanding vantage points offer views extending all the way to the Bay of Trieste and Mt. Triglav.
Koper, Izola, Piran – three coastal Istrian cities at the crossroads of cultures, with colourful pasts and a dynamic present. Experience their Mediterranean soul on ancient streets, galleries, museums and town markets. Relax amidst the vibrant pulse of summer events, try the local delicacies and take a dip in the sea for some much-needed refreshment on hot summer days. The famous holiday resort of Portorož will spoil you in its hotels with their pools and restaurants, and the casinos will keep you on your toes late into the night. And those that enjoy gambling will also want to visit Nova Gorica, the country's celebrated gambling capital.
Venture into the olive groves and vineyards, visit the many clustered villages atop the region’s many hills. The Istrian countryside is a treasure trove of ethnological, cultural and natural curiosities. Take a journey to Hrastovlje, roam the villages in the Šavrini Hills, venture to the Karst Edge or the valley of castles. One of the most picturesque and oldest settlements in the Karst is the medieval Štanjel. At the heart of the Karst wine country is the village of Dutovlje, one of the stops on the Karst wine route, where you can admire Pepa’s Karst garden and Pepa’s story. To sample homemade wine, olive oil and truffles make your way to the many quaint Istrian villages surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Don’t forget to visit the diverse wine-growing region of the Goriška Brda hills, famous for their premium wines.
Feel the wind in your hair and sail the blue sea. You can anchor your boat in the largest marina in Slovenia, Marina Portorož, or in Marina Izola. Excellent infrastructure, safe berths, service and maintenance combined with the proximity of old town cores and fabulous culinary offerings ensure peace of mind and a most enjoyable time. Sailing boats can also be chartered, with or without a skipper.
The Mediterranean region is welcoming in all seasons. The mild climate is perfect for activities in nature, but you can also venture down into the underworld of the caves or set out on a romantic outing.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Treat yourself to a swim in some of the many thermal spas and swimming pools. In summer, take a dip in the sea, lakes or rivers. Slovenia is rich in natural water resources. Visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj or one of the many natural swimming areas located on the coast.
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
In Slovenia, almost everything is about love. Unforgettable romantic experiences await you in many places. Spend a night in a tree, ring the wishing bell, or have dinner for two while enjoying a sunset over the sea.
The capital Ljubljana is a charming European city in the midst of unspoilt nature; with colourful history, culture, excellent food and a diverse and vibrant events calendar it makes for a perfect base for a visit to central Slovenia.
Learn about the stories of three historical coastal towns – Izola, Koper, and Piran; discover the special features and secrets of the countryside, find ideas for day trips, information on entertainment and events, nautical and convention tourism, and about special natural, cultural, and gastronomic features of Slovenian Istria.