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One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. Enter the picturesque Piran, get to know its rich history and culture and listen to the stories of our people. The proximity to the sea and the rich history, which is mirrored in the architecture, draw magical scene.

30 min. by bicycle, 10 min. by car or bus

Strunjan Nature Reserve

Is a part of the regional park and also includes saltpans. On the Strunjan hill you can see the church of the Ascension of Virgin Mary, the most famous Istrian place of pilgrimage. Above the church, on the edge of the flysch cliff, stands a big cross with an excellent view over Trieste bay.  Possible to walk down the cliff to the beach.

30 min. by bicycle, 10 min. by car

Strunjan Nature Reserve

Secovlje Salina Nature Park

Secovlje Salina Nature Park

Park covers 7,5 km2 and consists of two parts. It’s northern part, where the salt is still produced in compliance with several centuries old procedures is known as Lera. From the Park’s southern part, called Fontanigge, it is separated by the Grande – Drnica channel. Here is also where the museum of saltmaking  is and the area is very interesting  for bird watchers.  Multimedia center is in the northern part such as a gift shop and unique open air thalaso spa centre. Park is exceptional  in the great diversity of it’s flora, fauna and habitats.

30 min by bicycle, 10 min by car (northern part), entrance fee from 7€

Forma Viva

This unique collection of stone sculptures under the open sky, is situated in a park on the Seča Peninsula near Portorose. It evolved in a series of international encounters between eminent sculptors, in the form of  sculptor symposiums. In the 40 years of activity since, artists from over 30 countries have left to the Istrian coast and Slovenian cultural treasury over 120 stone sculptures, the majority of which stand in Seča Park, while some are also in the parks of Koper, Izola and Piran.

20 min by bicycle

Forma Viva

Natural beauties

Dragonja valley

Nature is our beautiful teacher. ‘Look after me and I will make you happy’ nature tells us every day.

Dragonja river Valley  - This area is a true challenge for all lovers of untouched, wild nature combined with traces of history. Ancient Romans recognized its benefits: grain was ground on the 29-kilometer-long river, in over 40 mills. Today, only a few have been reconstructed, such as Kodarin and Mazurin's mill.

Škocjanski Zatok Nature Reserve  - the biggest brackish wetland in Slovenia, a fascinating natural habitat of many endangered animal and plant species.

Debeli Rtič  – rounds off the Ankaran peninsula. It’s a natural monument, a protected coastline area with only salty meadow in the Mediteranian.

Spodmoli and the Natural Bridge at Sočerga  – an impressive cliff with three uniquely-shaped rock shelters, belong among the greatest natural sights.

Karst Edge  – the geological boundary where Karst limestone changes to Istrian flysch. Along the Karst Edge we can see a series of fortifications and towers, silent witnesses  to historical events, battles between Venetians and the Hapsburgs.

Istrian Villages

The Piran countryside offers genuine experiences and it gives you a special feeling as if time has stopped. Old stone cottages sit high above the sea on the hilltops of Slovenian Istria. From here, you have a view of the sea and the Alps, olive groves, vineyards on steep hills and valleys strewn with orchards and vegetable gardens.Take a ride along the Istrian wine route. Discover the heritage of Istrian farmers and indulge in delicious Istrian food.

While strolling through the narrow village streets, visit “torkla” – an olive press. In autumn, when the olives are ripe, you can taste freshly pressed olive oil. You can reach our villages on foot or by bicycle. Marked bicycle paths and hiking trails will take you there past “val” – cultivated valleys

Hrastovlje is a beautiful village located under the Karst edge, is famous for the church of the holy Trinity, considered the only entirely painted church in Slovenia, where is still possible to admire the very well preserved fresco with the motif of the Dance of the Death.

Krkavče in a village of Celtic origin. It’s name means ‘a stone’ or ‘a rock’. The centre of the village was indeed built on solid rock. The mysterious Krkavče Monolith with the carving of the pagan God, 100 meters eastwards of the village cemetery, is at least 3000 years old. The work and lifestyle of Istrian people can be seen in the Vrešje house, the living museum of Krkavče.

Nova Vas can be found on the first map of Istria, dating back to the year 1525. The village has the status of Slovenian cultural heritage.

Padna with the gallery of the famous Sloveian painter Božidar Jakac

Sv. Peter is best known for Tonina hiša, open-air ethnological museum, torkla – olive oil press – and old-time kitchen, illustrating the life of the village people in the past.

Istrian Villages

Active Istria

Aktivni v Istri

If you'd like to get active and raise your heartbeat, we'll be glad to point you out to some of our friends for kayak rental, diving, sailinga, e-bike to the Istrian hinterland and much more.