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Izola is a municipality and town in Slovenia that is also known as Isola in Italian. It is located on the south-western coast of the country, being bordered by the Adriatic Sea. This small settlement has a historic air that charms most of the visitors who are looking to spend a lovely vacation in a retired location of Slovenia. The municipality of Izola includes eight picturesque villages such as Baredi, Cetore, Dobrava, etc. Fishing is Izola’s main activity and long-lasting tradition, which is why numerous visitors who have a taste for fresh fish and delicious dishes based on seafood are enchanted by the local cuisine.
This town’s good connections with nearby destinations such as Koper, Portoroz, etc., allow visitors to easily travel and explore local culture. This is a multi-ethnic environment and a bilingual municipality where both Italian and Slovene are official languages.
Italian influences, especially Venetian cultural and architectural elements can be observed in Izola and its surroundings. The town of Izola is located on the Istrian peninsula and has the aspect of a land strip. It is surrounded by calm waters and lush vegetation and welcomes its guests into a historical environment with traditional buildings, a picturesque background and a vivid cultural life. Venetian Gothic architectural elements can be observed in numerous buildings’ structures such as the Manzioli House which is a 15th century monument. Also, Rococo buildings have been well-preserved through time such as the Besenghi degli Ughi Palace. The Municipal Palace, the Parish Church of St Maurus, the Church of St Mary of Haliaetum and the Parenzana Museum are also significant points of interest that define this town’s historic character.
Sightseeing tours, boat tours and cruising are tourists’ favourites when it comes to discovering the area’s natural treasures. This is a great destination for family vacations due to a safe environment and the existence of a great Aquapark only 2 km away from Izola: the Hotel Aquapark Zusterna. This Slovenian town has a well-developed tourism, gastronomy and culture. Local restaurants serve Eastern European dishes, seafood, Italian dishes and traditional specialties. The Gotilna Istria, the Gostilna Sidro and the Gostilna Ribic are three of the most popular eateries in the area. Also, friendly resorts can be found here, where cosy rooms with enchanting views will be offered. Hotels like the San Simon Resort, the Marina Hotel, the Hotel Delphin and numerous other accommodation units can be booked by those who wish to spend a few days in this idyllic location.
Among the most popular attractions in town are local museums where significant historical and cultural collections are being well-preserved, art galleries that express local artists’ contribution to the national heritage, etc. History enthusiasts will be thrilled to visit the Archaeological Park Simonov Zaliv. During the summer Izola is covered in a festive atmosphere due to appealing events such as the international film festival Isola Cinema, the boat shows, the Fishing Holiday, etc. Izola is a land of pleasant cultural mixes and a serene location on the Adriatic coast where a stress free lifestyle and a perfect weather attract numerous visitors annually.
The Slovenian coast is a perfect place for a short stop while exploring the Adriatic, a relaxing destination for a weekend getaway and a romantic spot for those who are looking to contemplate nature.