Chartering a yacht in Portoroz or the port of Roses, is a unique opportunity to discover the charming Slovenian coast. Enjoy your sailing holiday of the peaceful and picturesque villages and the friendliness of the inhabitants. In the XIX century Portoroz was established as an important mecca for the European tourism due to the healing properties of its waters rich in minerals. The crown jewel of the city, the Hotel Palace was one of the favorite resorts of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Nowadays, the city boasts luxury and modernism and has a total of six spas, a large number of restaurants and several casinos. The sandy beaches of Portoroz are known as the best beaches on the Slovenian coast.
From Portoroz you can sail to the charming towns of Piran and Izola that have a medieval town center that is worthy of a fairy tale. A sail along Slovenia’s coast can be a good start for a visit to this small country. Its wonderful natural beauty has numerous protected areas such as Triglav National Park in the Julian Alp region. In less than an hour and a half journey from Portoroz, you can reach the heart of Slovenia: its charming capital, Liubliana. The capital city has a large offer for tourists and a city center that makes a great postcard. Slovenia is located in the heart of Europe and the short distance that separates it from Croatia and Italy make of it a perfect destination to begin a journey around the Adriatic Sea. One of the most popular destinations to sail to from Portoroz is the city of Pula, is the Croatian Istria region.
Portoroz is the destination of choice for many tourists who decide to visit Slovenia, and its port is one of the most important in the Adriatic Sea. The city holds many expos and conferences, which makes it very active throughout the entire year. One of the biggest events is the nautical expo Internautica, which attracts more than 400 exhibitions and 40,000 visitors.
One of the places that you can’t miss while in Portoroz is the hotel Kempinski Palace, a protected building that was once one of the most luxurious and important resorts of the aristocracy in the XIX century, together with Grado and Opatija. In the Riviera Casino the visitors can try their luck, while the large number of hotels offer thermal water treatment in its historic bathhouses.
During your journey through the Slovenian Istria, you can’t miss out on a visit to the city of Piran, known as the small Venice for its Italian influence. Its central plaza is right by the marina. While going by car you have to park outside of town, with a boat you get right to the town’s heart. The charming city of Izola will not let you indifferent with its gorgeous medieval architecture, don’t forget to visit the Palace of Manzioli and Lovisato built in the gothic Venetian style.
Just one hour away from the coast one can find the capital city, Liubliana that has a city center that looks amazing on a postcard, coroneted by the famous three bridges. On both sides of the river that runs through the middle of the city, one can find many restaurants and bars with a great atmosphere, especially during the summer months. On the way to the capitol you will find the Postonja caves, considered one of the most important caves in the world. Very close to these caves one can find the Predjama Castle built in a rocky mountain at a height of 123 meters.
No one who likes nature should miss a visit to the Triglav National Park and its amazing hiking trails with spectacular waterfalls and glaciers. The most famous is the Vintgar’s throat trail. Another famous Slovenian jewel is the village of Bled, located by an alpine lake of the same name. In the center of the lake there is a small island to which the most adventurous visitors swim during the summer months.
The short distance that separates Portoroz from Italian cities such as Trieste and Grado provides the option to sail to their coasts and ports leaving Portoroz. At the same time the Croatian Istria region is located just one step away from Slovenia and it is possible to moor in the ports of Rovinj or Pula in a route that has Portoroz as a starting point so that you can visit Croatia.
Slovenia’s small and charming coast offers non-crowded beaches that are surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes where you can drop your anchor and relax soaking in the sun from the deck of your boat. Many of Slovenia’s beaches are credited with the blue flag in recognition for their cleanliness and high natural qualities. Its waters are known for their clarity and their turquoise color.
In Portoroz the best sandy beaches are combined with a great tourist offer. The beaches of the golf are credited with the blue flag due to its high quality.
For families with kids we recommend a visit to Simonovzaliv beach, located close to Izola. This sandy beach is one of the biggest of the coast and it has a beach umbrella renting service and an area for the kids to play in.
During your sailing holidays you will have a chance to discover the mixture of the gastronomic influences in Portoroz. The gastronomy in Slovenia has been influenced by the Slavic, Austrian and Italian cuisines. In the coastal region, the cuisine is more Mediterranean with a lot of seafood, such as the traditional fried calamari and an Italian influence. The Italian restaurants offer pizzas with really thin dough, fresh pasta and risottos. The ice creams and coffees that you can enjoy at one of the terraces of Portoroz have nothing to envy from the Italians. In the family owned taverns, “Gostilnas”, you will find typical dishes with such traditional ingredients as pork meat, col and buckwheat. White truffle grows naturally in Slovenia, where one can enjoy delicious dishes with this exotic ingredient in almost every restaurant and at affordable prices.
Due to the Austrian and German influences, in the bakeries they use a large variety of flour, making bread with a natural fermentation that is so characteristic of these countries. In the cafes one can find delicious cakes and pies, such as the traditional Gibanica, a pie with a Serbian origin with several layers of fine dough and fresh cheese. Many fast food restaurants offer food from the Balkans such as the čevapčiči (spicy sausages) and the burek (a Turkish pie) try one for an authentic local culinary experience while on your sailing holiday.
Slovenia is known as the ”Sunny side of the Alps” due to the many more sunny days that it enjoys in comparison to its northern neighbors. The climate varies quiet a bit between the mountainous area, where the predominant climate is Alpine; the coast where people enjoy the soft temperatures and the Mediterranean climate; and the interior of the country which has a continental climate. On the coast, between the months of April and September the temperature varies between 15 and 24ºC, while the summer days are very sunny and the average temperatures oscillate from 17 to 25ºC and can even reach 35ºC.
Slovenia’s main airport is the Jožeta Pučnika and it is located 20 minutes from the capital, Lubliana. The airports of Triste and Venice in Italy and Graz in Austria offer affordable flights from many European capitals. It is common to fly to these airports and then travel to the coast by rental car or by train. To begin your journey along the Slovenian coast, we recommend for you to arrive in the airport of Trieste, which is just 40 minutes by car from Portoroz. There is a small airport in Portoroz itself, but it has a limited number of international flights.
Slovenia has a large road network through which one can drive to most places. However, you have to take into account the required sticker that is needed in order to drive in Slovenia. This sticker can be acquired in any gas station before crossing the border into Slovenia, and you can purchase a sticker that is valid for a few days or a few weeks.
Some bus lines, such as Eurolines, offer buses that take you to the Slovenian capital from many cities throughout Europe.
The railroad network in Slovenia offers a comfortable access to the country from Austria and Croatia, although it is cut from Italy for historic reasons. The state railroad company is called Slovenske železnice and it also connects the Slovenian capital with the coastal city of Koper.
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