Would you like to spend
your holiday on the Slovenian coast in an active way? Why just lie on the beach
if you can soak up the warm sunrays while you enjoy natural and cultural sights
in the nearby towns and spend a fun day outdoors on your bicycle!
Cycling on the Slovenian coast
The Slovenian coast
is intertwined with many marked and
unmarked cycling trails of various difficulty levels. You can take your
family on a lovely trip on well-tended and paved trails, whereas the more
adventurous can venture on unpaved gravel trails or through woods, tackling
various ascents and thrilling descents.
Easy: a cycling trail for recreational cyclists
The most known cycling trail is the easy, marked and well-tended trail
from Izola to Sečovlje. This route is suitable for anyone who enjoys cycling:
recreational cyclists, young families and also older cyclists. We start in
Izola, on the crossroad between Leninova and Prešernova street, and head
towards the hills, where we quickly see the marking for the cycling trail. We
continue towards Strunjan and then Portorož, passing through the lighted tunnel
Šalet. Then we follow the marking of the cycling trails and pedal easily
through olive groves and vineyards in the direction of Portorož, passing
through Dobrava and then Strunjan. Here we pass through another tunnel, the 550
m long Valeta tunnel, and continue our way on the descent towards Lucija. We
can continue towards Seča, where we cross the main road and pass Parecag before
arriving in Sečovlje.
Moderate: the cycling trail around Tinjan
Families with older children, young
sports enthusiasts and recreational cyclists can venture on the cycling trail around Tinjan, which is of moderate
difficulty and offers various ascents and descents. The trail starts in
Koper and takes us past the Port of Koper towards Ankaran. From here we
continue till Debeli rtič, where we merge onto a unpaved gravel road at the end
of our descent. We continue up a steep hill to the town of Moke, where we turn
left towards the village Barizoni. We proceed with a slight ascent to the
church of Saint Brigitte and then turn right towards Hrvatini. At the crossroad
for Jelarje we take the steep road down the hill and continue along the road
Trieste-Koper, where for a short time we merge onto the cycling trail
Parenzana, which takes us to Italy. We pedal through Italian towns, first
through Rabuiese and an industrial area, then through Nogheredo until Crociata,
where we return to Slovenia. We ride through Mlinarji and Katinara to Osp,
where we can have a short break and rest. When we are back on our bicycles, we
have another ascent through Gabrovica near Črni kal, which is followed by a descent
towards Rižana. After approximately two kilometres, we turn left and continue
along the river Rižana, where we find ourselves again on the cycling trail
Parenzana. In Bertoki we cross the bypass road and continue till the roundabout
near the Port of Koper, from where we return to our starting point in Koper.
The route around Tinjan takes approximately two to three hours, but you can
make more stops to visit the local sights, have something to eat or just rest.
Strenuous: an interesting adventure in Izola’s hinterland
The picturesque cycling route through Izola’s hinterland is 53,9 km longand it starts at
the camping site in Izola. It takes us over Belvedere, along the brink of cape
Ronek and then it descends to
Strunjan. From here the route is on the main road and it takes us along the
saltpans of Strunjan to Salinera and then uphill to Beli Križ. The ascent is
approximately 2,5 km long and it is followed by a descent towards Bernardin.
From here the route continues on the main road to Portorož, where we will find
the cycling path again. We continue through Lucija till Malija, and up an easy
hill towards Korte, where you’ll find a picturesque panorama of the vineyards
and surrounding towns. The cycling adventure continues in the direction of
Šmarje and descends gradually towards Dragonja, where we go uphill again
towards Sv. Peter and Nova vas. From here we descend towards Šmarje and
continue through Gažon, along the road Markovec till Semedela. The last uphill
part is up the hill Markovec, from where we descend back to Izola and the
starting point of our route.
Strenuous: cycling in ship shape along the valley of river Dragonja
The second more strenuous cycling trail covers a distance of 43,12 km and
takes us on main roads and unpaved gravel roads and paths along river Dragonja.
The route starts in Seča where it quickly joins the well-known cycling trail
Parenzana. We head towards Sečovlje, where we turn left before the border
crossing of Dragonja. The route is quite busy with traffic, so we recommend some
extra caution in this section. We pass through the settlement Dragonja, the
villages Križišče and Mačujek along the valley of the Dragonja river. The
gravel road takes us past vineyards and despite a slight ascent we can enjoy
the peace and quiet surrounded by beautiful nature. We continue uphill for a
while towards Babiči, then through Pomjan, where the route levels out a bit and
takes us to Šmarje. From here we descend till the roundabout with the main road
for Koper. We turn left on the roundabout and continue uphill towards Gažon and
then Šared. We proceed past Mailja and through Korte, the largest town in
Izola’s hinterland. At the crossroad we turn left and descend on a narrow road
to Pacug, from where we return to Seča, where we started our cycling adventure.
This route is suitable for cyclist who are in very good shape.
Cycling enthusiasts will find that
the Slovene coast offers many options of various difficulties for a different
experience of this wonderful landscape. So make sure you don’t forget your
bicycles when going on vacation. Should this happen, fear not: in Hotel Histrion, Salinera and in San Simon
resort you can also rent bicycles.