Kempinski Blog Article
Situated on the slopes of the dreamy, blue Adriatic coast, the Slovenian town of Portorož has a long and admirable history of providing laid back comforts to affluent guests, and for over a century, the 'Port of Roses' has accommodated visitors from across the globe. Thinking of visiting one of the Gulf of Trieste's classic resorts? Here is everything you need to know.
The sunny seaside town has long welcomed tourists to its shores. Long ago in the 13th century, the muds and salt water baths of the town were turned into a source of income for the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of St Lawrence, who began offering the treatments to weary travellers.
As centuries passed, the town developed many resort hotels, marinas and promenades centring on the spas and baths, and in the early 20th century it was one of Europe's leading tourist destinations, visited by wealthy individuals from far and wide. Although Portorož isn't as internationally renowned as it once was, its history is still well known, and the atmosphere of the past can still be felt through its grand, tree-lined avenues.
Offering a wonderful selection of dining options, there is something for every taste or budget in Portorož, however, the town's restaurants are definitely best for those who love seafood.
No place is this more apparent than Fritolin. Situated on the seafront, here, the menu is bursting with seafood of every variety, and guests can be sure that whatever they order, it will be fresh and delicious. The same goes for the similarly excellent Ostarija restaurant (also providing dishes for meat eaters), the fine Rizibizi restaurant and the sumptuous Veduta restaurant.
For dessert, nothing beats a trip to Kavarna Cacao, voted by TripAdvisor users as one of the best places to eat in Portorož. Here guests can enjoy a wide range of ice creams, smoothies, cakes and coffees – simply sit back, indulge your sweet tooth, and watch the world go by.
Portorož and the surrounding area are packed with sights to see and experience – here are some of our favourites.
For lovers of art and sculpture, Forma Viva is a treat. Created in the 1960s by Slovene artists, today the park is home to pieces crafted by a range of internationally renowned sculptors, all presented within beautifully maintained parkland overlooking the sea.
Sečovlje Salina Nature Park
Once a key part of the economy of Roman Portorož, the salt flats of Sečovlje are one of the last remaining functional salt flats in the Mediterranean. Alongside the interesting, small industry, visitors can also wander through nature and enjoy a wide range of animals and plants that are native to the area.
A host of exceptional spas
Across Portorož and its surrounding area there are lots of places where lovers of luxury can be groomed and pampered as much as they desire, enjoying the mud baths and concentrated salt water treatments that made the town famous centuries ago.
The Parenzana route
Snaking along the Istrian coast through sleepy villages, vineyards, olive groves and pretty countryside, the Parenzana route is perfect for those that enjoy an active holiday. Great for walks, but particularly good for cycling, the route heads down the route of an abandoned railway track that once connected Portorož with Trieste in Italy.
While the town has its own small international airport, most travellers to this small and easily navigated town arrive at either Trieste airport in Italy (a 30-minute drive away) or set down in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana (60 to 90 minutes by road), connecting via a transfer service.
Buses run to Portorož from Piran, Bernardin and Lucija as well, although travellers may find that, upon landing, hiring a car at Trieste or Ljubljana is a better option, allowing for exploration along the Istrian coast and into Slovenia's pretty interior.
The town itself is quite small, and although taxis can be used, much of Portorož is accessible via foot or bicycle.
One of the best hotels on the Istrian coast, Kempinski Palace Portorož is the perfect place to stay when visiting the town. Featuring a wide range of fabulous restaurants, elegant rooms and suites, a fine spa and a quality of service found nowhere else, there is no better accommodation in the town.
Interested in finding out more about Portorož? Contact us and our staff will be happy to assist with any enquiries you might have.