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?

In September 2018, Slovenia will host one of the most difficult triathlon competitions – I Feel Slovenia Ironman 70.3. 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.

The most daring triathlon competitors will first 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, amongst 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 from 21 to 23 September, which won’t just feature this exciting competition, but other accompanying events you’ll also be able to enjoy.

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.

Piran

Piran is one of the largest Medieval pearls of the Adriatic. The town that was built on salt is known for its picturesque Venetian palaces and narrow alleys, and its heart is Tartini Square. Salt is still produced in the nearby salt pans using a 700-year-old method. Here, you can also find a unique outdoor wellness centre.

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Koper

In the City of a Hundred Suns, you can find rich traces of history and experience a diverse and modern urban vibe. A stroll between mighty palaces can be complemented by many culinary and other events. For a number of years, this town has been Slovenia's maritime window onto the world.

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Izola

This pleasant coastal town on the doorstep of the Mediterranean has had a rich fishing tradition which is wonderfully complemented by the olive oil and wine made in the nearby countryside. Rex, the legendary sunken transoceanic ship, and the aquatic Archaeological Park in Simon's Bay also offer special experiences.

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Portorož

This is a cosmopolitan coastal town with something for everyone. Comprehensive wellness services to pamper you, sandy beaches to play by the sea, a marina, the charm of the old bathing area that provides peaceful moments, endless fun in trendy clubs by the sea, or trying your luck in casinos – all this is Portorož.

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Ankaran

Ankaran is known for its therapeutic climate with positive health effects and its protected section of the coast with Mediterranean flora on Cape Debeli Rtič. If you take a stroll along the coast, you will witness incredible scenes, such as a seashell cemetery, archaeological sites from the Roman times in the Bay of St Bartholomew, and other traces of history.

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Slovenian Istria

Slovenia’s coastal countryside is a true treasure trove of special ethnological, cultural, and natural features. Authentic tastes of Istria, numerous panoramic viewpoints, and pleasant clustered villages on gentle hills invite you into their embrace. In a little church in Hrastovlje, you can see the stunning and unique Danse Macabre fresco. If you would like to visit a typical Istrian village, do not miss the heritage-protected village of Padna. 

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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.

The Porečanka Trail for cycling enthusiasts

Take a ride along the former railway line between Trieste and Poreč and make stops in Koper and its surrounding area too. Make a slight detour to also visit the Škocjanski Zatok Nature Reserve and see Koper and its surrounding area from the 54-metre bell tower of Koper Cathedral.

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Climbing paradise on the Karst Edge

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. 

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With a Bike Through the Land of Refošk Wine

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.

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Take paths less travelled through the Koper countryside

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.

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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.

Summer dreams at the Slovenian coast

Spend your holiday on the Slovenian coast!

Summer dreams at the Slovenian coast

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Active fun on the Slovenian coast

Choose to have an active holiday on the Slovenian coast.

Active fun on the Slovenian coast

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Discover the beauty of the inland areas of Slovenian Istria

The inland areas of Slovenian Istria will enchant you with their mix of the Mediterranean and the Karst and with picturesque villages hiding numerous cultural treasures.

Discover the beauty of the inland areas of Slovenian Istria

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Experience Koper and its inland areas

Explore the cultural treasures and wealth of tastes of Istria in Koper, the European Destination of Excellence, and its inland areas.

Experience Koper and its inland areas

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The Mediterranean & the Karst in Slovenia

Enjoy the warmth of the seaside sun caressing your skin or descend to the mysterious world of underground caves.

The Mediterranean & the Karst in Slovenia

The Mediterranean & the Karst in Slovenia

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Enjoy thermal experiences on the coast

Enjoy thermal experiences on the coast

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Koper

Koper is a captivating seaside hub with a picturesque old city core and quaint villages on its outskirts.

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Koper

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Piran and salt pans

Piran, the most beautiful town of Mediterranean Slovenia.

Piran and salt pans

Piran and salt pans

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Istria Slovenia

Istria 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.   



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