The Slovenian coast consists of a 46,6 km long stretch of land along the
Adriatic sea as well as inland Slovenian Istria. On the north, it shares the
border with the Italian coastline, whereas on the south, it borders with
Croatia along the Dragonja river. Slovenian Istria, similarly to other
parts of Istria, is
devided into the land along the coastline, the so-called “Blue Istria” and into
the land in the hinterland, the so-called “Green Istria”. Slovenian Istria
consists of around 120 urban agglomerations. The towns that had undergone most
changes during the centuries and had consequently changed in appearance are Koper, Izola and Piran with
its nearing tourist resorts. Smaller seaside towns include Lucija and Sečovlje
with saltpans, Bernardin, Strunjan with its saltpans and natural
park, Debeli rtič, Ankaran and Fiesa.
The Slovenian coast
is nestled along the bays of Piran, Koper and Strunjan. The main activities of
the seaside towns are tourism, transportation, commerce and maritime services.
The main economic activity on the coast is the hospitality industry, which
includes a wide range of accompanying services, the leading two destinations
being Piran and Portorož. This
tourist destination boasts Slovenia’s biggest water park with salty water
pools, Laguna Bernardin, the renowned long-tradition seawater spas, a wellness
centre and casinos. In pre-summer and post-summer seasons, congress tourism is
in full expansion. Other most visited tourist locations in the hinterland, but
not too far from the coast, are mainly Lipica with
its white Lipizzans and the famous Škocjan Caves, a Unesco world heritage site, and Postojna Caves.