A place to warm up
Slovenia is a country of supreme sportspeople. Its athletic heart also beats in the chests of many Slovenians, who are becoming increasingly involved in sports, at least recreationally. Some of the most popular and mass activities include hiking, cycling, and running. Our green country offers more than 10,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails, 14 cycling destinations, opportunities for exploring the subterranean world, and adrenaline-filled adventures in crystal-clear rivers or high above the ground.
Slovenia is also famous for being an excellent organiser of sports competitions. It hosts many world cup competitions, particularly in winter. In the warmer months, you can mostly visit cycling and running events, as well as festivals. These months are also marked by the incredible natural backdrop that convinces many people to spend their active holidays in Slovenia.
Are you ready for Ironman 70.3?
Slovenia will once again host the world-renowned I feel Slovenia Ironman 70.3 challenge, which will be held in wonderful Slovenian Istria! This is a Half Ironman, the only event of this kind within a 250-kilometre radius, which will take place in the picturesque Slovenian Istria. The competitors are professionals and amateurs alike, to whom Ironman presents a unique challenge to exceed their own limitations.
First the most daring triathlon competitors will dive into the sea in Koper. After swimming 2 km, they’ll hop on their bicycles and cover 90 km across the inland areas of Koper and Izola, among beautiful Istrian villages, olive groves, and vineyards. Finally, they’ll run through picturesque coastal towns, covering a distance of 21 km.
Regardless of whether you're competing at the event, cheering on the competitors, or just happen across it, you’re sure to have an incredible weekend, which won’t just feature this exciting competition, but other accompanying events you’ll also be able to enjoy.
In the 2019 Ironman, the ‘green’ Ironman will be especially highlighted, as an approach will be used to raise even greater awareness of potential pollution caused by competitors when they throw away product packaging on the route and as the use of only recycled products and equipment when providing catering services for the competitors will be introduced.
In the week ahead of the event, participants will also experience Istria with their taste buds. Ironman Restaurant Week will also be held, during which participating restaurants will each prepare their own ‘I Feel Slovenia Ironman 70.3 Slovenian Istria’ Restaurant Week Menu.
Learn about Slovenian Istria
The blue sea and a coastline of charming dreamy coastal towns with elegant palaces and narrow alleys. Green inland areas where, amongst vineyards and olive groves, you can visit picturesque Istrian villages. These are views that will remain in your hearts for a long time to come. This is Slovenian Istria.
Active holidays by the sea
Make your holiday by the sea even better by participating in interesting active experiences. In addition to numerous water activities, you can explore the Slovenian coast and its inland countryside by bicycle or hiking trails.
Climbing paradise on the Karst Edge
The Karst Edge, central Slovenian climbing area, offers more than half of the climbing routes of different difficulties in Slovenia. The most popular one among climbers is the wall in Osp, the oldest Slovenian village. You can also find a number of routes at Črni Kal and Črnotiče. In addition to climbing, you can also explore the natural and cultural characteristics of the Karst Edge on biking and hiking trails.
With a Bike Through the Land of Refošk Wine
Explore the picturesque villages of the Land of Refošk wine, such as Marezige, Montinjan, lopar, Popetre, Boršt, Turške and St Anton by bike and enjoy the wonderful views. You can make a stop in one of the numerous wine cellars and in the autumn in an osmica inn, where you will restore your energy with some vintage wines and home-made delicacies.
Take paths less travelled through the Koper countryside
Explore the Koper inland areas on the many footpaths. They will take you past picturesque Istrian villages, special natural and cultural features, among olive groves and vineyards.More
Follow the scent of the Mediterranean
Feel the green, active, and healthy side of Slovenia. Explore coastal towns and cities and their inland areas. Head towards the continental part of Slovenia and explore the unique Karst region and the wine-growing Vipava Valley. Relax at unique coastal wellness centres.
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.