Sports and recreation on the Slovenian coast - Hoteli Bernardin

Re-creation in every season, with just a step to the sea

Slovenia is located at a junction of different cultures and climates and is easily accessible, safe, with great accommodation options and sports infrastructure. Moreover, it has a highly developed system for training, testing and rehabilitation of athletes. Slovenian athletes have always been excelling in various sports at world championships and the Olympic Games and they are also great partners to the athletes and teams that come to prepare and train or attend friendly sport competitions. In Hoteli Bernardin you can choose among various accommodation options in the proximity of sports facilities and the national Olympic training centre in Koper and Portorož. Besides excellent accommodation and a culinary offer tailored to the athletes’ requirements, we also fully support athletes in their training process.

In our hotels and the sports facilities nearby we make sure that athletes have an excellent training programme and spend unforgettable moments in the Mediterranean part of Slovenia, where the climate and the training conditions are favourable during the whole year and especially from January to May and from September to December.

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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.

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.

A map of the cycling trails on the Slovenian coast will be very useful. If you have any other cycling related requirements, Hotel Histrion and Hotel Salinera will take care of them, as they are certified cyclist friendly hotels.

The must have app for cyclists.


Along the Slovenian coast you can find various trails for all types of runners - from beginners to those who run marathons. Beginners should be careful when choosing their trails, as some seaside trails are more difficult - with cliffs, altitude differences, rocks and other elements that might cause a fall. To avoid injuries we recommend you use the quieter trails in towns or the marked walking trails along the coastal roads. One of these is the trail from Koper to Izola, which follows the course of and old railway and ends in San Simon bay. It’s a dynamic and lively trail but totally suitable also for beginners.

For more ideas and inspiration you can use the Endomondo app, where runners post interesting running trails.

The paths used by cyclists and runners can also be used by hikers and Nordic walking enthusiasts. Nordic walking is a very healthy activity and a natural movement of the body, where we use most of the muscles and thus reinforce the whole body. If you like walking and mountaineering, then Nordic walking is a great upgrade and you will certainly love it! 


For quite some time tennis has no longer been just a summer sport or a sport for outdoor courts. Numerous clubs on the Slovenian coast have indoor tennis courts which allow pleasant training also during winter. Most often tennis courts are covered by air-supported domes and they’re also equipped with lighting that allows you to play at night. Tennis can also be played in sports halls. On the Slovenian coast there’s no off season for tennis, as covered courts allow year-round playing for all tennis enthusiasts. A great advantage in all coastal towns is the proximity of hotels, where we offer accommodation during sport camps and tennis trainings. (link:  )

Just a step from Hoteli Bernardin you can find 4 tennis centres:

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Water sports

Autumn winds and sunny days on the Slovenian coast attract many water sports lovers. If you are less of an adrenaline fan,you can try windsurfing, stand up paddling (SUP), sailing, rowing, swimming, water polo… in Hoteli Bernardin we have a long-lasting tradition of hosting sailing clubs in Hotel Histrion, Vile Park and in San Simon resort. The numerous regattas organised by the sailing club JK Pirat (Easter regatta, Halloween regatta, Portorož cup…) and the sailing club JK Burja Izola (Spring Cup, regatta for the Burja trophy in May St. Martin’s regatta in November, diplomatic regatta, etc.) confirm the fact that we are a great location for water sports. 

Sailing centre in Piran:

  • New sailing centre in Piran, where you can find: moorings, parking for cars and motorhomes, changing rooms, congress rooms, moorings for larger boats, indoor and outdoor storage.
  • Sailing club JK Burja, where you can find: moorings, parking for cars and motorhomes, changing rooms, congress rooms, boat maintenance workshop.

Other sports facilities for water sports:

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Beach Volley

Sand courts for beach volleyball can only be found on the coast, where you can spend your time on the sunny seaside in an active way. Three fully equipped courts are right next to Hotel Vile Park and in San Simon resort.

Sand courts for beach volleyball:

  • Bernardin resort: Hotel Vile Park beach - 1 court
  • San Simon resort: San Simon beach - 2 courts
  • Portorož: Central beach Portorož - 4 courts with lighting
  • Koper: sports park Bonifika Koper - 8 courts with lighting


Thanks to the beneficent Mediterranean location, the Slovenian coast is the perfect location for football sport camps. The hotel offer adapted to the athletes’ needs, the conference rooms available for meetings, the proximity of three football stadiums and a wide variety of well-tended football fields where you can train from autumn until summer, ensure the training and preparation for the season is more organised and effective.

Three major stadiums area available:

For athletes – sports facilities rental a step from the sea

All sports facilities are built according to the latest standards and the dimensions requirements set by international sports federations for trainings and competitions. The Slovenian coast has hosted renowned sport events such as the European basketball championships and the UWK World Championships, as well as other competitions in volleyball, handball, martial arts, dance…


In Hoteli Bernardin or close by you can also find a more specialised sports infrastructure, where you can organise sport camps for other sports such as badminton, bocce, archery, chess, dancing, etc.

Additional sports infrastructure:

  • the congress halls in v Grand Hotel Bernardin can be used for dancing, aerobics, pilates, yoga, martial arts,…
  • the congress hall in Hotel Histrion has parquet floors and can be thus used for dancing, aerobics, pilates, yoga,...
  • Benedikt hall in Hotel Salinera has a floor in synthetic mass and can be used for dancing, yoga, pilates, aerobics,...
  • the bocce hall in Koper has 4 lanes and stands for 300 spectators
  • the bocce hall in Beli križ has 4 lanes
  • bocce halls Arigoni, Korte and Jagodje
  • bowling Izola s 4 lanes
  • Airgun shooting range in Izola and Piran

To regenerate your body during sport camps or your active holiday, you can relax and recharge your batteries in the bioenergetics park in Salinera.