Welcome to Portorož
Every country with a coast has got to have a honky-tonk beach resort and Portorož (Portorose in Italian) is Slovenia’s.Portorož’s beaches are relatively clean (if wall-to-wall people in summer), and there are spas and wellness centres where you can take the waters or cover yourself in curative mud. The vast array of accommodation options makes Portorož a useful fall-back if everything’s full in Piran, only 4km up... Read More
Top experiences in Portorož
Piran and Portoroz Pearls of the Slovenian Adriatic Coast 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 Mediterranean coast of Adriatic Sea.We’ll drive through the green belt of Slovenian coast, passing Strunjan, a natural habitat of the typical flora and fauna of this region, since 90’s protected as nature reserve. From tops you will have excellent views over greenery and grid of pools used at former Secovlje salt pans.This petite Venetian port can hold its own against anyone, including the imperial capital just over the horizon that was responsible for much of its fortune. In fact Piran does have the same kind of open-air museum feel to it as Venice, but only on much smaller scale.In Piran, you will feel as though you have stepped right into a picture postcard. You will be charmed during our walks through narrow winding streets of Piran! At the main square, you will be greeted by the statue of the most famous son of Piran, Giuseppe Tartini, composer andvirtuoso violinist, reaching atop to the dramatically situated Cathedral of St. George, patron of the city. Back on the pier, you might catch fishermen unraveling a fishing nets and counting daily catch. Get to know more about salt – white gold of Piran!Nearby Portoroz has been a tourist destination as far back as the 13th century, when people were treated with seawater. But it reached it’s »golden age« in August 1910 when majestic Hotel Palace opened its doors. It was a charming pearl of the era. In 1913 Portorož hostedalmost 7,000 guests and it started to become internationally renowned. We will provide you with enough time to explore today’s vibe of the Slovenian prime coastal town, Portoroz.After a nice half day experience we will return back to Ljubljana, where you'll be dropped off will be at same location as pick up.
Parenzana Trail Biking Experience from Koper
One hour after your cruise docks at the Koper passenger terminal, depart from the port and meet your guide for a bike riding adventure. Cycle along the Parenzana Trail, which runs along a narrow gauge railway that once connected 33 Istrian towns from Italy to Croatia. Visit old town centers and small villages and ride along the seashore, through vineyards, olive plantations, and valleys. The entire route boasts eight preserved tunnels. Ride through two of them, both in the Slovene part of the Istrian peninsula. The first tunnel connects Izola with Strunjan, and the second one is situated between Strunjan and Portoroz. Your biking trip starts in the port town of Koper. Peddle along the seashore towards the fishing town of Izola, where your guide will talk about the culture and history of the area. After a short stop, visit a salt evaporation pond, situated right above the first tunnel, and your guide will explain the importance of salt for the region. After passing through the tunnel, reach the final point of your trip and experience traditional village atmosphere. Refresh yourself with excellent wine and tasty food.
Hop and Taste Hop on-Hop off
We upgraded the standardized Hop On Hop Off shore excursion to the new concept called Hop & Taste. Offering the tour for 5 hours with multiple departures, you will be able to visit the major coastal town such as Izola, Piran, Portoroz and finally Koper. At each destination you are free to explore the town on your own and spend your time at leisure, before proceeding to your next destination.Izola is known for its fishermen heritage and a wonderful seaside for a stroll along the sea. Its interior streets a filled with small workshops and a pleasant lively vibe. Piran is the pearl of the Adriatic, venetian architecture and a rich cultural past. You can explore the Maritime museum or visit the St. George’s cathedral overlooking Piran with one of the best panoramic views in Slovenia. Next is Portoroz, seaside resort with a large sandy beach and a promenade, that offers also the possibility for some shopping or a coffee at the luxurious Hotel Kempinski Palace. Finally you will stop in Koper, where you can easily walk at your pace back to the ship. Koper offers also the possibility to visit the Bell tower and Pretorian palace on your own.To make your journey even better, we will provide a booklet of tasting coupons, that will offer you the possibility to taste some traditional delicacies at each destination and will offer you the possibility to have a taste of the traditional coastal Slovenia and merge with the locals.
Panoramic Parenzana Biking Tour from Koper or Portoroz or Piran
A day of biking around Slovenian coast should be on your list when visiting. Spending a carefree day with professional guides discovering the heritage behind this famous biking path. Your shore excursion starts at the pier, alongside your crusie ship and proceeds towards Portoroz, your final destination. Parenzana is an old narrow gauge railway track, nowadays converted into a recreational pathway, connecting all four major towns on the Slovenian coast. Its stretch continues both ways, north towards Italy – Trieste and south to Porec/Parenzo – Croatia. In Slovenia it starts in Ankaran, proceeds to Koper, Izola, Strunjan, Portoroz and Secovlje, where it crosses the border to the Croatian side. Back in the days, Parenzana did connect 33 villages between Trieste and Parenzo. 33 (1902 – 1935) was also the number of years that the train proudly steamed on the narrow gauge railway. It is said that the speed was on average of 25 km/h, quite slow for nowadays. For the orientation, the whole travel from Trieste to Parenzo took seven hours. People did, at some point jump on and off the train to either ‘take’ the fruits from many orchards by the railway or simply go for the toilet. The whole route had 8 tunnels, which are preserved still today. In Slovenia you will cross two tunnels, one between Izola and Strunjan and the second one between Strunjan and Portoroz, called Valeta. We will take you back to your starting point with an organized return transfer.
Portoroz Panoramic Boat Ride and Salt SPA Experience
In this unique setting they opened a special spa, we refer to it as a Salt Spa, but actually its real name is Thalasso SPA Lepa Vida. Its treatments are all based on the sea and its produce: salt, mud and brine. This tour will offer you the possibility to embark in Portoroz on a high speed boat, enjoy a panoramic sail towards Piran and afterwards proceed to the Salt SPA. Upon the greeting with the host you will let yourself enjoy all the treatments included in the visit: salt scrub, mud wrap and a classical massage. The duration of the tour will be of 5 hours, of which 4 hours are spent at the Salt SPA.
Piran Walking Tour and Slovenian Coast Panoramic Day Trip from Koper
Piran is one of the oldest and most beautiful Slovene towns with rich history and culture. Almost 500 years lasting Venetian influence has given this town an inimitable charm. Its culture heritage is not at home only in museums since the architectural and artistic pearls, which decorate the everyday life of the local people, can be found at every corner.Giuseppe Tartini, the world famous composer and violinist, who was born and raised in Piran, had a great impact on the town. Today, his bronze statue adorns the town’s main square together with Tartini’s house where visitors can admire one of his violins. The Tartini Square is surrounded by majestic buildings, such as the richly decorated Municipal Palace, Tartini Theatre, Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Marine Biological Station, Baroque House and Apollonio Palace. On the hill above the town is the biggest and most important church, the Church of Saint George, which offers a wonderful view. Piran’s town wall, narrow streets, fishermen’s nets, compact houses that rise up the slope and beautiful sea will give you the feeling of walking through a painting. On this panoramic trip along the Slovene coast you will also visit the coastal towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper, where a tourist guide will tell you about the main attractions, historical facts and local tradition. Portorož, which literally means 'Port of Roses', is a popular tourist destination with hotels, casinos and beautiful beaches. Nearby are located the Sečovlje natural salt pans where salts are extracted from the pure sea water using interesting traditional methods. On this trip you will also have the chance to admire a typical Istrian village and refresh yourself with local food and wine. At the end, you will visit Izola, which is known for its fishing history, and Koper, an important European port and the largest city of the Slovene Coast. During the trip you will be able to enjoy a splendid view of the sea, with the Alps in the background, and you will have plenty of time to take some wonderful photos.