Local information - Istria – the beauty of desire

Istria has always been desired – by the Romans, the Venetians, Napoleon and the Habsburgs; empires come and go, but Istria is still as desirable, beautiful and bewitching as ever. Let us show you the beauty of desire, by sea, on land and in the air.

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    Portoroz is the most important tourist centre on the Slovenian coast. It is famous for being host to more than one hundred years of spa tradition, as well as its mild Mediterranean climate, the beautiful surrounding hills and the friendly, outgoing people. It is only a stone’s throw away from the medieval pearl, the town of Piran, and two of the greatest Slovene tourist attractions known throughout the world: the mysterious underground world of Postojna Cave and the beautiful cultural and historical monument that is the Lipica Stud Farm. The location is well known for its extraordinary cuisine based on local olive oil, wine and truffles. Come to experience remarkable wine tasting tours, olive oil tastings and truffle hunting.

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    Explore Piran, Istria and beyond

    Life is made up of natural beauty and man-made masterpieces. Nature offers the Lipica Stud Farm (40km), where they have bred since 1580 the white Lipizzaner horses. There is also the dramatic Postojna Cave and Skocjan Caves (60km), which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Man offers the medieval town of Piran (3 km), and of course magnificent Venice (200 km).

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    Something this beautiful, something this affecting, cannot be called just sightseeing; see Istria from a boat deck and become an explorer of medieval Piran and Izola. Go truffle hunting, and rest in olive groves and vineyards or take flight over the Slovenian Alps.

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    Cultural Life

    Culture is more than just a way of life here in Slovenian Istria; it is a part of the heritage – experience it in the architecture of the ancient seaports, in the museum artefacts, and in the music of the annual Tartini festival, performed in the medieval town of Piran, which is only a stone’s throw away from Kempinski Palace Portoroz.

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    You can find beautiful souvenirs, renowned salt pan products from Secovlje, branded local olive oil and wines and much more in the shopping gallery inside the Kempinski Palace Portoroz. In nearby Piran, searching in the old narrow streets for wonderful handmade arts and crafts is a pleasure in itself, and often one can find something quite unique.

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    Coming up for air takes on real meaning when the beauties of the Mediterranean can be explored by scuba diving and snorkelling; go boarding, jet-skiing, water-skiing or sailing over the waves, or get a bird’s eye view from a hang glider. Serve for an ace on one of the many tennis courts or putt for a birdie on the nearby championship golf course.

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    Restaurants and Nightlife

    For fine dining, there is the unsurpassed Sophia restaurant and the Fleur de Sel terrace in the Kempinski Palace Portoroz; for a taste of local living we love the family-run seafood restaurants in atmospheric Piran. Around midnight the clubs come to life, and in the famous casino the roulette wheel spins until the early hours.