Visit Slovenia: Piran & Izola

Slovenia is mostly landlocked, with the exception of a small part of land that stretches out the Adratic Sea. In this part of the country there are three small coastal towns: Koper, Izola and Piran, which are worth a visit.

Since I was not really sure what to do, my Slovenian colleagues recommended me to visit Izola and Piran, two beautiful towns with incredible views and great seafood restaurants.

Let’s start our visit to the coast of Slovenia in Piran!

Some information about Piran

The colourful town of Piran was part of the Republic of Venice until 1797, then it bounced between Austria, France and Italy until 1991, when it became part of Slovenia (What a mix of cultures! 😊).

Much of the food and architecture in Piran have Italian influences, since this village is located not far away from Trieste. In fact, until the middle of the 20th century, Italian was the official language.

Best things to do in Piran

Tartini Square

Until the end of the 19th century Tartini Square, named after the violinist Giuseppe Tartini, was filled with water. It was not until 1895 when some platforms were added and buildings were constructed forming the square we can see today.

Medieval Walls of Piran

You can walk the medieval walls of Piran to get a unique view over the city.

These walls were built during the times when the village was part of the Republic of Venice to protect it from Turkish invasions.

The Church of St.George

To get another spectacular view of Piran and the coast, climb up the hill to visit the Church of St.George. From the yard, in a sunny day, you can even see the Italian and Croatian coastlines.

The Old Town

The old town is a stunning mix of cobblestone streets and colorful houses.

Wander through the old town, eat some seafood in a restaurant in front of the sea and take a walk until the beach.

Some information about Izola

Izola is a hidden gem located between Piran and Koper. I did not know anything about this town before I visited it. In fact, I planned to visit Koper until my Slovenian colleagues stopped me and recommended me to visit Izola. And thanks God!

The town of Izola was established on a small island by refugees from Aquileia in the 7th century. Its name originates from the Italian word “Isola”, which means Island. It became part of the Republic of Venice in 1267. It was in 1954, when it was first incorporated into Slovenia.

Izola still preserves the fisherman’s traditions. The small harbor is the belly of the town and there you can find nice bars and restaurants. The point where all streets meet is consider the center of the town.

Best things to do in Izola

Church of Mary of Haljaetum

The Church of Mary of Haljaetum dates from the 11th century and it is considered the oldest building in Izola, consecrated to protect fishermen.

This ancient building is generally open during daylight hours.

Church of St. Maurus and The Bell Tower

At the top of Izola stands the Church of St. Maurus, patron saint of the town.

The legend says that when praying to the patron to save Izola people from the Genoese navy, a white dove appeared and drew the nave away from the town.

The church was originally built in 1356 and reconstructed several times in the past centuries, but the original Renaissance design and later Baroque modifications were preserved.

You will find a Gothic bell tower standing beside the church. This bell was built in 1585 and is more than 30 meters high. You can visit and climb the almost 100 steps leading to the top of it.

The Besenghi Degli Ughi Palace

This palace, built in 1781, is one of the most well-preserved Late Baroque monuments in Slovenia.

Nowadays, the palace hosts the Izola Music School and it is used as a venue for wedding ceremonies.

Parenzana bike trail

Enjoy some biking in Parenzana Bike Trail. A trail that connects the three countries of Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

Your turn

Have you ever been to Slovenia? Is there any hidden gem that I forgot to mention?

In case you want to share your experience, feel free to leave a comment below or to contact me via social networks. I am always thrilled to read your adventures!

 

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English skills.

Best things to do in Slovenia

Some months ago I had the good fortune of being able to visit Slovenia. But to be honest, apart from my business meetings I had no idea what to do in Slovenia or even if there were any interesting things to do!

Slovenia has hardly ever been on my list of places to visit. What a mistake! The moment I landed in this country I realized how beautiful it is full of towering mountains and crystal clear rivers.

There are so many things to do and visit in Slovenia, that I think I will have to revisit 😊

I hope by the end of this article you also fall in love with this stunning country and even have booked a trip to visit it.

Best things to do in Slovenia

Visit fairytale city Ljubljana

One of the most obvious things to do in Slovenia is to visit the capital Ljubljana. It is colorful, it is lively and it is packed with interesting museums, architectural gems and gorgeous parks.

More than anything, Ljubljana is incredible pleasant to explore. While you are here stroll the colorful streets, enjoy the unique Slovenian food, observe the many bridges and contemplate the sunset from Ljubljana Castle.

Visit Piran and Izola

These small, colorful coastal towns are considered by locals Slovenia’s gems.

Established in the 7th century, these towns were strategical for fishing. This led to many disputes among neighbors making both towns public enemies during the 13th and the 14th century, when there were “town wars” among them.

When visiting Piran and Izola stroll the streets, enjoy fresh fish or seafood and walk along the sea to enjoy some fresh, Adriatic air.

Here more about these stunning places 

Visit Predjama Castle

Built more than 800 years ago directly into a cliffside, Predjama Castle is the largest cave castle in the world. This castle was run by Erazem of Predjama and when it was under siege, the cave system was used both to get food inside and to get people out safely.

Visiting Predajma Castle is a quick day trip from Ljubljana and can be combined with Postojna Cave, the largest cave system in Slovenia.

Visit Postojna Cave

The Postojna Cave system is a jaw dropping experience. It is a series of 2 million years old caves and halls, some around 24km long. The cave has a constant temperature of 8-10° and with the regular tour you can visit around 5km of the cave (3 of them covered by electric train).

My personal recommendation is that you visit both Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave the same day, since they are not far away.

Visit Lake Bled

One of Slovenia’s most popular destinations.

Sure, Lake Bled is touristy but there are many reasons for visitors to pay a visit to this stunning place. With a castle on the hill, a unique island and hiking trails, Bled is a nice place to visit all year long.

When visiting Lake Bled cycle around the lake, ring the bell of The Church of the Assumption, hike to a viewing point and try Bled cream cake.

Other things to do in Slovenia

Slovenia is an amazing country. Sadly I did not have enough time to visit everything I wanted.

Here you can find other interesting places in Slovenia my Slovenian colleagues recommended me:

Hike Vintgar Gorge

Vintgar Gorge is a short but spectacular hike located just few kilometers away from Lake Bled. Locals come to this picturesque area to escape from the bustling city.

Visiting Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge is a spectacular, quick trip from Ljubljana.

Drink a glass of wine in Gorica

This beautiful wine regions, close to the Italian border, has medieval cities and stunning vineyards.

Locals consider it as a quiet place everybody should visit once in life.

Visit Maribor

The second biggest city in Slovenia was founded in the 12th century in the east of the country and it is full of interesting monuments.

This beautiful city is also known due to its wine. Vineyards are located just outside the downtown. In fact, you can see them on the surrounding hills. Isn’t it a dream for wine lovers?

Visit Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is one of the most beautiful areas in Slovenia. Here you can hike, bike, swim, fish or just relax in nature and enjoy the stunning views.

 

This month I will be sharing more experiences about Slovenia. I will create various posts to share more information about the different places I visited.

In the meantime, I hope I aroused your interesting to find out more about this stunning country.

 

Your turn

Have you ever been to Slovenia? Is there any hidden gem that I forgot to mention?

In case you want to share your experience, feel free to leave a comment below or to contact me via social networks. I am always thrilled to read your adventures!

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English skills.

 

German beers

If I ask you: What would you drink if you were in Germany? You will probably answer…

Beer!!

However, there are different kind of beers depending on the German region where you are. Do you already know which beer belongs to each region?

Following you can find 7 german beers I would like to recommend you. Could you guess about which regions and beers I am talking? Check if you know a lot about beer. Keep reading until the end!! Let´s begin! 

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1. Our first beer takes its name from its place of origin. This beer contains only a 3% of alcohol and it is usually mixed with woodruff syrup (Waldmeister) or raspberry syrup (Himbeere), which provide it with a green colour, in the first case, and a red colour, in the second case.

 

2. This time it can be more difficult to guess about what beer and region I am talking, however, let´s try it! 🙂

This beer tastes and looks similar to the weath beer, however, it has a peculiarity: The beer from this region is elaborated half with barley malt and half with weath malt. Formerly, the water of the river was used to elaborate this beer. That is the reason why, the beer takes its name from this river.

 

3. This universally recognized beer has a 4% of alcohol and its taste and look reminds us to Pilsner beer. It is composed of malt, hop, and mineral water. Hint: Its logo includes a key with a red-coloured background. 😉

 

4. Our next beer dates from 1390 (in the Middle Ages) and it obtains its characteristic colour due to the low fermentation of the malt during the brewing process.

 

5 – 6. This two beers are rivals (as well as the cities where they come from). The first one is elaborated with high fermentation yeast and dark malt. The second one is a blonde beer with a 5% alcohol and a certificate of origin. Both of them are usually served in small glasses (20 – 30cl). Tip: Both of them love Carnival 😉

 

7.  Finally we are going to talk about the most important beer during the Oktoberfest. With a 5% of alcohol this weath beer is mostly consumed in the region where it comes from, and it is served in one-liter glasses. Its almost transparent colour is due to the weath malt.

 

Was it easy to guess which beers and regions are we talking about? If so, maybe you are germanizing ;). If you still want to know if your thoughts were the right ones just scroll down and check the map 😉

 

  1. Berliner Weisse -Berlin    
  2. Gose – Lower Saxony
  3. Beck´s – Bremen
  4. Köstritzer (Schwarzbier) – Thuringia    
  5. Altbier – Düsseldorf
  6. Kölsch – Köln
  7. Weissbier – Bavaria

The old city of Trier

Trier at a glance

  • It is known as the oldest city in Germany
  • A legend says that the city was set up 1300 years before the arrival of the Romans
  • It is surrounded by forests and vineyards
  • The city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage


What to visit in Trier?

Porta nigra

The largest city gate of the world. This old Roman fortification was built in the 180 AD and it received its name around 1060 do to its black color produced by the pollution.

 

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Hauptmarkt 

In the center of the square, surrounded by historic buildings, the visitor can find St. Peters fountain. This antique square is now full of cafeterias and restaurants ready to let the visitor enjoy the classic german specialities.

 

St. Peters Cathedral

Built between the S.X and S.XI, this cathedral preserves it original walls.

 

Electoral Palace

Although now it is a local government office, it is always nice and relaxing to walk around its beautiful gardens.

 

I hope you come to visit this charmed place!!!