Discover the secrets of Izola

A small sea-side town with a rich history

Izola’s diverse beaches

Izola has eight diverse beaches along 5 km of coastline. One of the most beautiful is the wild beach of Bele skale, located in the Strunjan Landscape Park. Here, the sea turns a particular shade of almost azure. Younger generations will enjoy the beach below Belvedere, which is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the city and where there is always something going on. Families will be especially happy just a few metres away, in San Simon Bay. There is a large water slide, volleyball courts, a children’s playground, etc. Right next to the beach, you can also explore the archaeological park of Islonia, where you can learn more about the stories of the Romans. The most iconic beach in Isola, where on clear days you can enjoy a view of the Alps, is Svetilnik Beach. Here you can relax in the shade of the trees or soak up the sun’s rays by the white beacon. This beach is also a favourite spot for locals.

Stories of Izola’s town centre

In addition to its marine beauty, Izola also has many cultural treasures. The DeGrassi Palace is one of them. Visit other famous palaces – the Baroque Besenghi Palace or the Manzioli Palace, which is situated in the beautiful square of the same name in Isola, climb the bell tower and learn about the maritime history of the city in the

Izolani – House of the Sea

. We recommend a game-based tour of the city centre and discovering one of the most hidden secrets of Isola, which you will have to swear never to tell anyone.

Active exploration of the countryside and bike trails

In addition to Istrian hills and romantic villages, Izola’s countryside offers active vacations to those on a bike and those on foot. Set off on a tour of discovering water sources or the history of the old Parenzana railway, and enjoy the colours of forests surrounding the old Istrian villages. Not just around Izola, these numerous cycling and walking trails of various difficulties are spread around the entire Slovenian Istria. And you will remember all of them for their breathtaking views, beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage.

Romantic spots for viewing Izola

Do you know what cherry trees are? These are the viewpoints that will take your breath away and where you will immediately grab your camera to create your most beautiful memory of Izola. Izola’s viewpoints are marked, so keep an eye out for the blue sign with the flip-flops. Most of the points offer truly unforgettable views, including the Alpine mountains, including the highest Triglav. Our favourite is #VištaBeleSkale. We’re curious, which one will you like the most?

P.S. They are especially magical in the evening, when the sun sets into the sea.

Tastes of Izola and hints of tradition

The location of Izola is truly special, as the sea is practically transforming into the green surroundings. And it is this natural characteristic that offers and excellent combination of Istrian and sea-related cuisine, which are the most prominent in local bars and restaurants. The bar and restaurant owners join forces to create special culinary activities throughout the year, which always focus on local processing and fresh ingredients.

Activities every day of the year

You will never get bored here. Activities in Izola and Slovenian Istria are happening throughout the year. Most of them show the traditions of local towns and villages. The hospitable locals always like showing the visitors the customs and traditions of their Istrian ancestors as well as the taste of fresh local dishes. Small parks and squares transform into venues of various events, and we also host cultural and artistic festivals and various sports and recreational events.

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