Izola Travel Guide

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    feeding birds in the port
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Izola Things to Do

  • St Dominique’s Church

    This small church was built in the late 17th century in a small square opposite the fruit and veg market. The church has a 16th century painting of Mother of God, St Francis and St Dominique behind the altar but has been closed for a long time.

  • St Catherine’s Church

    This church was constructed in the late 19th century on the location of a Minorite monastery that was probably around in the 6th century. It later gave way to a Benedictine hospice that was built in the 12th century, followed by a nunnery of St Catherine and in 1473 by a Servite monastery which was demolished by the Venetian city senate in 1794.

  • Trg Padlih

    This attractive square in the eastern part of the old town features a monument dedicated to the soldiers killed in various wars. It was erected in 1946.

  • Bathing area/beach

    There is a small bathing area and beach along the northern coast of the Old Town which was busy when I visited with people stretched out on the grassy slope that leads up to the parish church.

  • St Maurus Church

    The parish church of Izola was built on top of a hill in 1547 and consecrated in 1553. It is built on the same location as a previous church that dated from 1356. Its façade is typically Romanesque whilst the lavish interior (restored in the early 1980’s) is Baroque and features 10 altars and an organ dating from 1796. More photos can be found in...

  • Campanile/Bell Tower

    The separate bell tower (campanile in Italian) was built in 1585 and renovated in 1889. It features 4 Italian bells and it is not possible to climb up to the top which is a shame as the views would be quite wonderful.

  • Besenghi degli Ughi Palace

    This is Izola’s most beautiful building. It was built in late-Baroque/Rococo style between 1775 and 1781 by the builder F. Dongetti. The mansion has beautiful windows and balconies that are adorned with stuccos and wrought-iron grills painted light blue. It’s said to be the most secular Rococo house in Slovenia.

  • Manzoli house

    This house is a typical Venetian style house that was built in 1470. It was once the residence of a chronicler of Istria in the 16th century.

  • Former Municipal Palace

    The former municipal palace (or town hall) was built in 1325 in Gothic and Romanesque styles. The façade was renovated in Baroque style in the 17th century.

  • Veliki trg

    Veliki trg is the central square in the Old Town and lies right by the small marina. Here you can also find the Hotel Marina and the former municipal palace.

  • Church of Our Lady of Allieta

    This church, (and I think I have the name right), stands behind the former municipal palace and has an entrance opposite the Manzoli house in the small square. I don’t have any details of when it was built or anything!

  • Marina art

    On your way to the eastern entrance of the marina from the waterfront promenade are these modern art sculptures that look like they’ve been made from scrap metal. They look very interesting!

  • Marina

    Izola’s marina is huge for the size of the town and is probably the largest in Slovenia. It’s located at the western end of the town and has over 600 berths for vessels that are up to 30m in length. The whole marina complex also contains tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a shopping centre, bars, a casino, restaurants, and a nautical...

  • Trg Republike

    This attractive square lies at the western end of the main road that runs through Izola. The area around the square is where you’ll find all the practical amenities such as the post office, bus stop and the tourist information office. It’s the main gateway into the town’s medieval core which can be accessed by walking north along the waterfront...

  • Drive to Portoroz or Piran,...

    Drive to Portoroz or Piran, but take a road which goes also to Strunjan/Strugnano. Above Izola you have a perfect view point to the town. When you drive further, a beautiful pine-tree lined avenue leads ine the the junction for Strunjan, which has with its 80 meters the talles flysch rock face on the Adriatic coast.


Izola Hotels

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  • Hotel Marina

    Veliki trg 11, Izola, 6310, Slovenia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Keltika

    Cesta V Jagodje 1, Izola, 6310, Slovenia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Simonov Zaliv Resort Izola

    Morova 6A, Izola, 6310, Slovenia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Izola Restaurants

  • Local seafood

    This restaurant (said to be over 130 years old) is situated near the little marina by Veliki trg in the Old Town. I came here for lunch and had a nice omlette and drink but their main dishes are fish such as sole, bass, turbot, dory, squid, scampi, mussels etc as well as some meat dishes such as beefsteak, rump steak, turkey steak, grilled pork...

  • Korte

    This restaurant has a great reputation and is recommended by people all over the country. Fish, seafood, and especially Istrian specialties like homemade gnocchi - the only menu item I can actually translate. All the rest are indigenuous and thus untranslatable!

  • Parangal

    ParangalSituated by the marina, it will surely give you that luxurious feeling of Mediterranean indulgence. Prices are reasonable, although not the lowest you'll find. Expect to pay about 2500 SIT for the main dish, salad and wine. Seashells... what else! Mussels, scallops, the so-called 'prstaci', anything! The people at my table also praised...


Izola Nightlife

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    Ambasada Gavioli, already...

    by oja Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Ambasada Gavioli, already mentioned on my Slovenia page
    The best known, and officialy the best club in Slovenia.

    Dress Code: Rave, rave, rave!

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Izola Transportation

  • Bus

    The bus stop in Izola is at Trg Republike in front of the post office. Frequent buses run to and from Koper and Piran.

  • Nice Route to Izola

    Izola, with its touristic port, is ideal to stay and go around with your own boat to the thousands little isles of Adriatic sea.Here the main distances: 15km from Trieste, 115km from Lubiana, 110km from Venezia, 190km from Klagenfur, 300km from Graz, 540km from Vienna, 550km from Monaco di Baviera.

  • Usually I stay at Mala Seva, a...

    Usually I stay at Mala Seva, a weekend-house village which belongs to Malija village. Malija is just one of nice villages on a hill above Izola, on the location Izola-Lucija. A lot of house-owners give their houses for rent. One house there is owned by my father's aunt, so I always stay at her place (for free, lol). By Roller blades, if you have it...


Izola Shopping

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    Clothes Market

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 30, 2006

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    There is a small clothes market just north of Trg Republike on the waterfront promenade just before you get to the waterfront.

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Izola Off The Beaten Path

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    The hilly hinterland of Izola...

    by oja Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The hilly hinterland of Izola is practically swarming with small gems of Istrian villages which have a lot to offer to accidental wanderers. None of them has more than 300 inhabitants, but each has something unique to give. Taste their wine, grapes and other fruit, enjoy the majestic view over the sea, and get lost in micro labyrinths of those narrow streets. Visit the Webpage which lists them (unfortunately only in Slovenian).

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Izola Favorites

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  • Tourist Information Office

    The Tourist Information Office can be found near Trg Republike on the waterfront promenade called Sonèno nabrežje. Here you can get a map of Izola but it isn’t all that detailed plus I didn’t see much information on the history of any of the attractions. Sonèno nabrežje 4 www.izola.si

  • visit to Venice.

    It is expensive to stay in Venice. By using this ship, you can go early in the morning and return at 5:00. It thakes 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Sunbathing and swimming (OK, I...

    Sunbathing and swimming (OK, I know water isn't so clear, but we have to be satificed with that what we have). There are three main beaches in Isola: Simonov zaliv, Na punti (also known as Svetilnik; it is located on the horn of Old Izola town) and Delfin (it is located by the Hoteli Delfin). For me Patrik and Aleks. They are two locals, who have...


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