in its entirety. Two authentic Istrian families will introduce you to the heart
of living in the Mediterranean and Istria.
family will take you to the center of the bay of Piran by boat: there you’ll be
able to visit a shellfish and fish farm, where the most precious fish of the
Mediterranean is harvested – the seabass of Piran. The Lisjak family will take
you through olive tree groves with their old-timer Fiat and Zastava cars and show
you how extra virgin olive oil is made, on the edge of the cliffs in the Nature
park Strunjan, amongst Mediterranean olive tree groves and views of the open
sea. Those of you who love to be active and enjoy pampering your taste buds,
can’t miss the culinary trip with electric bicycles and a 5-course menu, where
you’ll explore Istria and enjoy delicious dishes from Istria and from the sea.
An unforgettable day in the Fonda fish farm
This is an amazing experience if you love the
sea and seafood. A boat will take you to the heart of the bay of Piran, where
you will experience the incredible nature of Slovenian Istria in the heart of
the fishing reserve and the Sečovlje Salina nature park. You will discover why
the Fonda seabass of Piran is so special and why it has such high culinary
value. You will be let in on all the secrets of the trade, from the selection
of young fish spawns to the food, the manual feeding and the incredible care
the Fonda family has of the environment and the raising of fish, thus ensuring
many healthy generations of the seabass of Piran. Moreover, you’ll find out the most important
thing: the reason the seabass of Piran is so special and its taste so unique.
Who is the Fonda family?
It’s a family with a passion and a strong love
for the sea; in their fish farm, they take great care in raising the seabass of
Piran, a fish with a character that can be found only here, in the bay of
What will you experience in the fish and shellfish farm, Fonda?
The visit lasts
from two to three hours.
Booking availability for a Day in the Fonda
Tuesday at 3 PM in English.
Friday at 5 PM in Italian.
Saturday at 10:30 AM in German.
- Visits in
Slovenian are arranged upon request. For more information on visits in Slovenian:
+386 5677 90 44 / +386 51 605 605.
information on the Fonda fish farm, click here.
Culinary vintage experience Lisjak
vintage experience is an educational journey that follows the traces of ancient
autochthonous olive varieties, which grow on the loveliest viewpoints of the
Slovenian coast and the Istrian hinterland. Your means of transport on this
journey will be old-timer cars Fiat and Zastava, which are colorful, loud and with
an interior lined with parquet made of olive tree wood. Driving in them will
take you back to the 60s and 70s. The tourist guides are members of the Lisjak
family, which produces olive oil, and they will tell you the tale of olive oil
among olive tree grooves, on top of the cliffs of the Nature reserve Strunjan.
You will also have a chance to visit the high-tech laboratory in their oil
Who is the Lisjak family?
In 1960 the first generation of olive trees was
planted and later father Franko opened one of the first olive oil mills in
Slovenian Istria. These were the beginnings of the first extra virgin olive oil
in Slovenia. In 2008 brother Gregor in Matej founded a line of olive oil:
Lisjak extra virgin olive oil. Today it is the largest olive oil brand in
Slovenia and it is sold also in numerous countries around the world. Lisjak
olive oil is well-known in Croatia, Italy, Austria, China, USA, Luxembourg,
United Kingdom, Poland,…
What will you experience amongst olive tree grooves and vineyards with gorgeous views?
- You will take a ride in old-timer cars
through the loveliest corners of the Slovenian coast. Your journey will start
in Koper and continue towards Izola, where you will see the center of this charming
fishing town. Then you will go towards Belvedere, where you can enjoy a great
view of Izola. From here you will continue towards Tartini square in Piran,
then through Bernardin to Portorož and from there towards Šmarje and your final
destination, the oil mill Lisjak.
presentation of the Lisjak oil mill and their olive oils, wine tasting of local
wineries’ samples, a small refreshment with local delicacies and then the
journey back home.
Booking availability for the Culinary vintage
every Wednesday or Saturday (at 10 AM
from Koper, 10:20 AM from Izola, 10:35 AM from Strunjan, 10:50 AM from
Piran, 11:00 AM from Bernardin and 11:15 AM from Portorož.)
The visit lasts
from three to four hours.
information on Lisjak Premium extra virgin olive oil, you can check here.
Culinary trip with electric bicycles and a 5-course menu
Go on a guided trip with electric bicycles and
enjoy a 5-course menu of authentic Istrian dishes in two amazing restaurants
and a patisserie among five attractions of Slovenian Istria.
Your first stop will be among the stone
sculptures of Forma viva and the nature parks of Sečovlje Salina and Strunjan,
where you’ll find a unique sea lagoon and magnificent cliffs. Istria would not
be what it is without truffles and prosciutto, thus you’ll stop for a warm and
cold starter in an authentic Istrian village: homemade bread, prosciutto, sheep
cheese, fuži (homemade pasta) with truffles and a glass of local refosco. Then
you’ll hop on the electric bicycles and leave the Istrian hinterland for the
coast, where you will have a chance to try delicacies from the sea. At the end
of the trip awaits a sweet surprise, which will be served in an excellent
patisserie with views of the sea.
The trip will cover a distance of approximately
40 km, the difference in altitude is 500 m, whereas the terrain is 90% asphalt
and 10% gravel roads. The route is of medium difficulty but you will have the
help of excellent electric bicycles with motor assistance up to 250%.
What will you experience on the trip with electric bicycles?
- You will
ride your electric bicycle through the gorgeous towns of Slovenian Istria,
wander through villages and their squares and narrow streets, follow the old
railway line Parenzana – the Path of health and friendship, among olive tree
groves and vineyards with amazing panoramic views stretching from Italy to the
Alps and from Slovenia to Croatia.
- A local
guide who will provide professional guidance and present the paths of Slovenian
from and to the hotel.
bicycle and helmet rental.
with the tasting lasts from five to six hours.
information on the operator of the trip, Mareatour tourist agency, you can
visit their website.
Book your vacation just a step to the sea
Spring, summer or autumn. All the Bernardin Resorts are located in the Mediterranean Oasis, just a step away from the sea. There is nothing better than a morning view of the open sea from your room.
more recommendations for the best experiences on the Slovenian coast, click here.