Welcome to Lipica
The impact of Lipica, some 9km southwest of Divača and 2km from the Italian border, has been far greater than its size would suggest. This tiny village lives for and on its white Lipizzaner horses, which were first bred here for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna in the late 16th century
Top experiences in Lipica
Food and drink
Lipica and Slovenian Coast Tour from Ljubljana
Meet your guide at your hotel in Ljubljana before visiting Lipica and the Slovenian coast. Your first stop will be at Lipica, the cradle of the Lipizzaners. There you will have an option to see Lipica stud farm (own expense). Your trip will continue to a pretty fishing town of Izola, with a short sightseeing tour, before your next stop at Piran. Stroll with your guide through the narrow streets of the old town and learn about its medieval-influenced architecture. Take a break from the guided tour for lunch (own expense) and taste one of many traditional fish dishes, like the cuttlefish risotto. Next, spend some time relaxing next to the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic or pop in for a calming swim. A contrast to the historic city of Piran is Portorož, one of the most popular Slovene coastal resorts. To make the day complete you will have an opportunity to see the Sečovlje Salina Natural Park (own expense). On a way back to the starting point, you will have time to admire the small but very beautiful Slovenian coast and Slovenian see.
Skocjan Caves and Lipica Stud Farm Day Trip
Begin with a pickup from your centrally located Ljubljana hotel in the morning, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to Škocjan Caves Regional Park. As you travel, hear from your driver-guide how the Škocjan Caves are one of only two cave systems in the world to have received UNESCO World Heritage status.Spend up to two hours exploring the largest subterranean canyon in the world via an underground walkway on the Reka River, strolling past otherworldly formations of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as sinkholes, gorges, abysses and natural bridges.Continue to the village of Lokev, established by the Knights Templar, an ancient order founded in the 12th century. With your guide, stroll through the tiny village to the Gothic 15th-century Church of Mary Help of Christians, and see its defense tower. Then, enjoy around an hour of free time for lunch (own expense) at one of the local restaurants.Next, travel to Lipica, a quaint village in the Municipality of Sežana where Lipizzaner horses — one of the oldest breeds of horses in Europe — originate from. Visit the Lipica Stud Farm, established in the late 16th century by the Habsburgs as their royal stables, and discover how it was here that Lipizzaners were first bred. Enjoy a 1.5-hour walking tour of the grounds and get up close to these iconic white-coated stallions. Depending on the day, you may also have the opportunity to watch a 45-minute classical horse show.When the time comes, return to your minivan and head back to Ljubljana, where your tour concludes at your hotel.
Lipica Stud Farm with Prosciutto and Wine Tasting - Day Trip from Ljubljana
Your excursion begins with a complimentary pick up from your hotel or alternative meeting point when pick up isn't possible at the hotel. During the drive in a comfortable car/minivan your guide will share information and answer to your questions regarding Slovenia. Meanwhile you will enjoy in the drive through rural Slovenia. First head to Lipica stud farm, the cradle of Lipizzaners where you will be able to explore the grounds with a professional guide or on your own. On the guided tour you will learn about the history of this beautiful breed of horses, see the stables and enjoy in the peaceful Karst nature. Lipizzaners are best known for being bred in the time of empress Maria Theresa of Austria. These beautiful horses are usually white. Next, visit a local restaurant for some tasting. You can't visit Karst region and not try their mouthwatering Karst prosciutto and local red wine, called Teran. In this area, people have been salting and drying pork legs on the wooden racks for centuries. Karst prosciutto has a distinctive aroma and is less dry and less salty. At the tasting you will learn learn about traditional methods of drying Karst prosciutto and enjoy in a glass of traditional Teran wine. You will return back to Ljubljana full of wonderful memories. The tour will finish at the same place where it began.
Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves Half Day Trip from Ljubljana
Small group approach with carefully planned time, where experienced local tour operator’s chauffeur guide will collect you at designated location for an informative hourly ride to inner Slovenia to start your unique karst experience.The Skocjan Caves are the most important underground phenomenon in the Karst and in 1986 were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites. The underground canyon of the river Reka that runs through the caves is so far the largest known in the World.The Skocjan Caves consist of eleven caves. The exceptional character of the caves is mainly in its dimensions to which visitors are not left indifferent. The enormous underground spaces achieve their maximum dimension in Martel's Hall, which reached 146 m in height and has a width of 120 m!. A colorful mix of enormous stalactites, collapsed ravines, river canyons, natural bridges and limestone pools are examples of outstanding natural beauty. To stand on the natural bridge with breathtaking sites and views and look at the big river disappearing underground on the bottom of the Great Valley, 160 meters below the surface, is both majestic and frightening.After leaving Tolkien's Mines of Moria you will definitely enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural environment of the Stud Farm of Lipica whose development is based on breeding thoroughbred horses – the Lipizzaners, white horses that have been bred at Lipica farm for more than 400 years. The adult Lipizzaner is characteristically white, but the foals are brown, reddish or grey; they turn white only after six to ten years.Take a guided tour of the stud farm and its estate and visit these magnificent horses in their stables. But the most impressive image for the most of the visitors will be the image of mares with foals at pastures.After a nice half day experience we will return back to Ljubljana.Drop off will be at same location as pick up.
Karst Region Half Day Bike Tour from Ljubljana
Pack your windstopper, you’re going to the blustery Karst. After a drive to Sežana, you’ll hop on your bikes and ride on a remote road, away from the busy city-life and through a beautiful landscape to the Vilenica Cave, that welcomed first tourist as early as the 17th century. From one natural wonder to another; your next stop will take place in the village of Lokev, which may at first appear to be just another settlement, but soon turns out to be so much more. An early Renaissance defense tower in the village and a prehistoric fort nearby show this area’s rich history, which you will have a chance to discuss when stopping to try Karst’s most mouth-watering delicacy - prosciutto. With its distinct taste of salty pork meat, dried in this windswept area for many months, it encompasses everything this area is strong, intense and full of character. The same can be said of Lipizzaner horses, which you will see on your walk through the stud farm of Lipica. Back on your bike and you’ll be cycling over the border to Italy and to a slightly darker side. You will stop in Bazovica, a center of national community of Slovenians in Italy, a historical mark of battling fascism. A plunge into history, a stroll through the battles of World Wars, and moments later you will be pleasantly distracted by an impressive view of Trieste Gulf. Slowly, your adventure will be approaching its end. Another calm ride through the forests, a few more unique Karst phenomena to observe on the way, and you’ll be back where you started, in Sežana. Vilenica Cave – the oldest show cave in Slovenia, where the local people used to hide from the Ottomans Lokev – known as the oldest prosciutto producing facility in the area, and special for only using the salt from Piran salterns for drying the meat Lipica stud farm – the cradle and home to Lipizzaners Bazovica – a rememberance to the era of World Wars