Autumn offers many possibilities for relaxing in the fresh seaside air,
and autumn holidays are a perfect opportunity for actively spending time with
your family, discovering hidden Istrian corners and delightful experiences.
An active getaway in the healthy seaside air
Pleasantly warm temperatures and colourful nature invite you to spend
time in the fresh Istrian air. Take a walk along the paths of Debeli Rtič
Landscape Park and discover its features. While admiring the natural beauty,
you can also take care of your body and overall well-being. There are three
recreational paths in the park, which vary in their length and difficulty. You
can view route maps, videoclips of strength exercises that you can perform
while walking, and use a calculator to calculate the number of burnt
kilocalories on the Visit Ankaran website.
Autumn months are also ideal for cycling by the sea. This autumn, the LifeClassAct-ION Hotel Neptun further enriched the already
diverse range of services for sports enthusiasts with novelties for cyclists
and thus received the prestigious categorization of 5 bicycles. It is the first
hotel with this type of categorization in Slovenian Istria, which is an
excellent choice for amateur, recreational, and professional cyclists. Among
other things, it boasts a modern bicycle storage room and a washing and drying
room for bicycles. New outdoor bicycle stands have been installed as well.
In Izola, you can explore green oases in the middle of the urban area,
as the fishing town boasts many well-kept parks, which are a real feast for the
eyes in all seasons. One of the most interesting is the Pietro Coppo Park, which is also one of the main event venues in
Izola. If you pay attention and look among the greenery, you’ll find a
sculptured reproduction of the first map of the Istrian peninsula. The original
was made in 1525 by cartographer and explorer Pietro Coppo, after whom the park
received its name.
Everyone who would like to admire Slovenian Istria from above is invited
to the 54-meter Koper bell tower, from where there is a beautiful view of the
sea and the surrounding areas. The St. Nazarius bell, which is located in the
tower, is considered to be the oldest functioning bell in Slovenia. It was cast
in Venice back in 1333.
Autumn adventures for children and adults
If you want to further enrich your visit to Slovenian Istria, you can
test your skills in the escape adventure “The Disappearance of Tartini’s
Violin” – a great
game for the whole family that will help you discover Piran in an entertaining
way. It’s an interactive game that combines elements of an escape adventure in
the town streets and revives 3D augmented reality avatars while testing your
thinking skills, ingenuity, and cooperation.
Another entertaining activity is getting to know the legends of Piran with the help of Nexto – a free
app, which creates new a new guided experience of walking around the city playfully,
with quizzes, challenges, and tasks. The free mobile app will guide you along
the most significant sights in Piran. During the exploration, you will learn
about historical figures, solve riddles, unlock virtual souvenirs, 3D
artefacts, and visit the past with the help of virtual reality.
Children between the ages of 6 and 12 will be able to explore the
coastal towns in a unique way. Between 26 and 30 October, themed adventures will take them to the world of imagination. They
will experience the salt working tradition in the workshop “Live as a salt worker in the salt pans”, turn into ship captains and explore Koper, become
courageous knights in Piran, get to know the traditions of Romans and fishermen
in Izola, and meet a mermaid in Strunjan.
Everyone who craves evenings of fun is invited to St Francis of Assisi
Hall in Koper, where Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are dedicated to a
series of entertainment evenings called “Rustling” (Šelestenja). More about the
program of acoustic concerts by esteemed Slovenian musician’s, stand-up
evenings, and other events at visitkoper.si/en/.
Prepared by: Taja Šavron, Tourist Board Izola
cooperation with: Institute for Youth, Culture and
Tourism Koper, Municipality of Ankaran, and Tourist Board Portorož
Photo 1: Debeli rtič (Jaka Ivančič)
Photo 2: Cyclists (Jaka Jeraša)
Photo 3: Map of Istria (Tourist Board Izola)
Photo 4: Bell-tower in Koper (Vid Ponikvar for
Photo 5: Act-ION Bike Hotel Neptun (LifeClass Portorož)
Photo 6: Sečovlje Salt pans (Jaka Ivančič)