The hinterlands - Portorož - Piran

The hinterlands

Covered with the tastes of the hinterland

Just a short drive from Piran will bring you to a world of old Istrian villages, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and orchards. Everything is shrouded in peace and comfort. The old stone houses. Good-hearted old women who can't wait to tell you about the good old days. Farmers who work hard at cultivating steep hillsides. You could think that time has stopped here. Explore rich hillsides, stop at the local feast with fresh Mediterranean treats, listen to the peaceful and soothing breeze sounds, or get lost in the picturesque surroundings. 
Discover the variety of the Piran hinterlands. Welcome!

Discover the hidden spots

Spend your day exploring attractions which give the hinterland villages its heart and soul.

The Krkavče Stone
Above the village you can find the mysterious stone of Krkavče.
, 6274 Krkavče
Valley of the river Dragonja
The valley is also a popular destination for hikers and cyclists.
The House of Kapeluča, Nova vas nad Dragonjo
The House of Kapeluča is a village museum in Nova vas nad Dragonjo, named after the last owner of the house Ančka Kapeloča.
Nova vas nad Dragonjo 48, 6333 Sečovlje
+386 (0)40 615 614
Ethnological collection Tona’s House
The ethnological collection Tona’s House is located in Sveti Peter. It is named after its latest owner Tona Gorela.
Sv. Peter 84, 6333 Sečovlje
+386 (0)5 671 00 40
Vrešje House
The Vrešje House is a traditional Istrian house, where you will be greeted by a local lady, wearing traditional Istrian dress.
Krkavče 68, 6274 Krkavče
+386 (0)5 656 70 70;+386 (0)31 603 840

Discover Istrian villages

Nova vas nad Dragonjo

Nova vas nad Dragonjo

This compact settlement on the hill above Dragonja proudly shows of its elements of Istrian architecture and a long lasting olive harvesting and winemaking tradition. Its particular nod to lively village life history are the large stone courtyards. Farming played an important role in the development of the village as it is now. According to folk tales, the villagers built the church bell tower using the proceeds acquired by selling Istrian garlic. Nowadays the villages organises a festival of wine and garlic during the summer months, in honour of that event.

Nova vas is also one of the rare villages in Slovenian Istria with its own preserved water supply ( a reservoir). Men took animals there to drink while the women used it to do the laundry.


Would you like to visit a real typical Istrian village? Visit Padna! This compactly built village preserved its traditional typical image of an Istrian village and that is why it is also heritage protected. Padna lies in the heart of the Šavrin hills and offers great views of the sea and the Alps.

The path leading to the village is covered in olive groves among which we can also find plants as old as 300 years. The villagers are proud of their superb (multi-award winning) olive oil which can be tried every year at the spring festival of oil and chard. Chard played an important role in the history of the village as the villagers built a church bell tower next to the church from the proceeds acquired by selling chard.
Sv. Peter ( St. Peter)

Sv. Peter ( St. Peter)

Among the three villages on the outskirts, Sv. Peter is the closest to medieval Piran. It lies on a high slope above the Dragonja river valley, and offers views all the way to Piran Bay. Its main attraction is the ethnological museum Tonina hiša (Tonin House). A visit to this traditional Istrian stone made house will show you how people once lived here. You will also see a well preserved "torkla" - olive press machine - and experience what used to be a farm kitchen.

Sv. Peter is interesting to visit every time of the year. Its most notable festival occurs on the 29th June when the inhabitants celebrate the town's protector and namesake, St. Peter. A mass is held and afterwards there is a procession on the streets with the statue of St. Peter. In the evening, the locals organize a traditional Istrian dance party also known as "šagra".