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Spring invites you to Slovenian Istria

Longer days and warm weather are ideal for recreational activities by the sea. 

The outskirts of Istria offer numerous options for cycling and hiking. One of the most popular cycling and hiking trails in our area is definitely the Parenzana also known as the Path of Health and Friendship. You can rent a bicycle at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) located in the Praetorian Palace at Tito trg Square in Koper and with it you can start exploring the Istrian villages all the way to Hrastovlje, Sočerga and Socerb. Your journey can also take you in the opposite direction along the former coastal road that will take you to Izola and even further to Strunjan and Piran.

Izola offers numerous option for activities in nature. There you will be able to go on a trip on one of the hiking or cycling trails crossing the Izola countryside, which will lead you to picturesque Istrian villages along the meadows and vineyards. You can choose, for example, the longer uphill path that will lead you all the way to Baredi or to Šared and on it you will be able to learn about interesting archaeological sites and the once important water sources.

The countryside surrounding Koper is also criss-crossed by numerous bike and hiking trails. On the Waterfall Path you will be able to discover smaller, breath-taking waterfalls in the outskirts of Koper and you will also be astounded by the natural sight of the Dragonja River Valley and the Rižana River Valley. When exploring the Istrian countryside, we recommend you stop in the idyllic village Padna on the outskirts of Piran, where you will be greeted by a peaceful atmosphere and incredible views of the neighbouring hills and Piran Bay. The friendly locals give Padna a very special charm. The Pucer family will gladly greet you at their homestead Padnjec, where you can have a pleasant conversation under the dense mulberry tree with a gorgeous view of their olive groves and the Dragonja Valley and you will also be able to taste their culinary treats alongside their incredible olive oil that has a more than hundred year old tradition.

Discovering Landscape Parks

If you wish to enjoy the beauty of nature, you can also visit the landscape parks – Sečovlje Salt Pans, Strunjan and Debeli rtič. In the latter, you will be able to discover the beauty of nature on three activity routes that are suitable for professional athletes as well as for active individuals. You can find the routes on www.visitankaran.si and there you will also find exercises for power and stamina that will help you in choosing the route that is best suited for you. You can also calculate how many calories you will burn during the activity. During your activity, you can stop at viewpoints and information boards that contain detailed information on the flora and fauna of the landscape park.