I've always enjoyed walking the narrow streets of Štanjel as every corner offers another surprise. Many houses are built in stone and some of them have some really interesting architectural features made in stone. They are very picturesque with their narrow windows, portals and chimneys. There are many gothic elements demonstrating that already at that time the village reached its present extent.
People in Karst always had to cope with the problem of the shortage of drinking water, so numerous stone wells were built in the squares. Very interesting is also the Karst House with its ethnological collection. It reflects the architectural characteristics of the first Karst houses built during the romanesque and gothic period.
In the old town of Štanjel, there’s no parking, people who live there are happy enough if they can park there own cars somewhere. Besides, it’s quite adventurous to pass the main gate by car as it is terrible small, also the streets are very narrow, so nobody who doesn’t have to would drive into the old town!
There are about 4 parking-places directly in front of the gate, but you’ll find two huge parking on the bottom of the hill in the new part of Štanjel, and it’s a really short walk into the old town. Also the tourist office is in the new part of Štanjel, you might first want to get some more information there!