Only 47 kilometres of coast has Slovenia. Between Italy and Croatia, Slovenian Coast appears proud of itself. Last week I have been discovering the coast from Hrvatini to Sečovlje.
In this area the wind, the water and the salt of Mediterranean Sea join with the olive trees, vineyard, khakis, etc… Here, you can see the most beautiful colours of the sea and the earth; hear the wages, try different tastes…
My trip started in Portorož (Port of roses), I was working there in Istriana Tourist Service Portorož with Andreja Humar Fatorič and Lia; they explained me how they operate their business and showed me Vila Marina, a luxuries villa with 8 apartments, close to Marina Portorož. I stayed in Villa Salina during the time I was on the coast. The view from the Villa is incredible, you see the Sečovlje Saltpans (the photo of this blog is from there) and I recommend you go to the Saltpans and visit them. In Portorož, Andreja and her husband gave me to try: olive oil, cheese, khakis… Oh all it was very good!
Portorož was born as a thermal centre in the 18th century: water, salt, mud … with the years Portorož has become in an important tourist destination and hotels, restaurants, pubs, casinos… await the arrival of tourists (specially in summer). Only 2 kilometres from Portorož is Piran. The whole city is a monument. The first thing you see upon the arrival is the Saint George’s church Tower (similar to Saint Mark’s tower in Venice) and the most important place of the city is the “Tartini Square” I invite you to get lost in the side streets, go up to the walls and see the wonderful sightseeing of the sea and the white peaks of the Alps.
Continuing along the coast lies Koper (Capodistria), a beautiful town where Greeks, Romans and specially Venetians have left a great influence. When you go there you have to go to Tito’s Square and see “The Praetorian Palace”, “The Loggia” and “The Cathedral”. When I was in Koper I met Mateja Kozlovič, she showed me the apartments and rooms she rents: Kozlovič rooms in the middle of nature, with great views of the Adriatic Sea and the countryside. Mateja and her husband have an olive oil factory Oljarna Hrvatin and they gave me an olive oil bottle (I have tried and it’s exquisite.)
I came back to Ljubljana yesterday, I was very happy on the coast. And the weather was good (except one day when it rained all day), it was warm and sunny. Yesterday upon the return I saw snow. It was snowing a lot in all Slovenia except on the coast. So I have to prepare my winter clothes because cold and snow are now in Ljubljana.
See you soon and I am enjoying the first snow and be careful if you have to drive!
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