During our childhood, some of us found out that
daily trips to the Slovenian coast or Primorska are a special experience.
Discovering ancient sights, natural wonders and the specific characteristics of
the coastal landscape is always an interesting experience, which is worth
sharing with our children. If you are out of ideas where you could take your
family, friends or visitors from abroad, we prepared a short guide for trips in
the coastal region.
Ideas for daily trips on the Slovenian coast
The Slovenian coast is a very popular
destination for many different trips: it offers easy walking paths, more
challenging mountain paths, cycling and trekking paths, excursions of
historical and cultural sights or natural wonders and much more.
For fans of mountaineering, climbing and hiking
The Slovenian Mountain Hiking Trail will take
you to the top of Slavnik, the highest point in the municipality of
Koper. All mountaineering enthusiasts will be able to reach the top at 1028 m.
Those less fit can visit the castle of Socerb from the 13thcentury, which is a popular destination with a beautiful view over the bays of
Koper and Trieste.
Nearby you can also
visit the famous karst Socerb cave. In it you will find the only
subterranean church in Slovenia. The entrance to the cave is in a charming
pine forest, just a few steps from the castle.
One of the oldest
Slovenian villages is the village Osp, with the imposing horseshoe
shaped rock wall rising behind it. The
majestic wall is one of the most important climbing areas in Europe.
For those who love art, culture and natural wonders...
In Hrastovlje village
the Holy Trinity church from the 13th century will impress
anyone interested in medieval iconography. When visiting the church you can admire the fresco depicting one of
the rarest and most impressive motives found in Europe, the dance macabre, which
is considered the most preserved religious work of art of its kind in the
Natural and cultural
sights await also in the valley of the river Dragonja, which is a clean,
pristine river that runs in its natural riverbed. Here you can find ancient
abandoned mills, old Istrian houses, deep ravines, waterfalls, wells and a rich
flora and fauna.
In the valley of Hrastovlje, where the Istrian
and Karstic worlds meet, runs the river Rižana. The river is still the main
water source in the coastal region. This destination is very popular with hikers and
mountain bikers as it has numerous trails.
The largest brackish marsh in this area is the Škocjanski zatok nature reserve. The
project is of great ecological importance, as you can find unique traits in
terms of landscape, flora and fauna. More than 200 bird species have been
documented in the reserve, including some endangered species.
For those who love the sea and enjoy boat rides
If you enjoy the sound of the sea and the
rocking waves, a great idea to spend a day is a boat trip. You can see the Slovenian coast from the sea
on a tourist or fishing boat, or travel to Poreč or Rovinj, passing Lim bay.
Try the traditional Fish picnic on board,
where you can enjoy genuine culinary delights.
For those who love walking and hiking
The Slovenian coast offers a plethora of
walking trails where you can enjoy yourselves with your family or your beloved
You can head to Izola, where you will find a well-tended
and quiet walking path by the sea. During winter it will feel like it is
spring, while you enjoy the sunrays, the sea breeze and salty aroma in the
embrace of the pleasant Mediterranean climate. The small and neat marina is
also worth a visit. You’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and
along the way there’s also a playground for children where you can take a
The second option is the walking path from Portorož to Piran, which is great for all sea
lovers. The path is quiet, tucked away from noisy traffic: the sound of the
waves will keep you company as you walk along the seaside.
You can also take a walk from Koper to Fiesa. When you reach the top of the hill
overlooking the bay a splendid view awaits.
The Natural reserve of Sečovlje saltpans is a
popular destination where you can take a walk and admire many different bird
species, visit the museum of salt making and a saltpan worker’s house to find
out more about the traditional craft of salt making.
In Ankaran you can find the well-known
“seashells cemetery”, which is worth visiting. The area between Ankaran and the
port of Koper is rich with many types of seashells, which is a peculiar
characteristic of our beautiful Slovenian coast.
The symbol of friendship is the Path of health and friendship, which
takes you along the old railway line of Parenzana all the way from Poreč to
Trieste. It passes through old villages and coastal towns, among hills,
vineyards and typical olive tree grooves.
A day trip is an easy way to recharge your
batteries, clear your mind and relax your body. You can go on a trip during
your vacation, or just take advantage of a free weekend or a day off work.