SLOVENIAN COAST AND ISTRIA
Departure at 8:30 a.m.
It may have only 42km of coast but in Slovenia it's quality not quantity that counts. Squashed between Italy and Croatia, the Slovenian coast is full of colourful Italian-style fishing villages, olive groves and clean, clear water.
Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (10:00 a.m.): Sečovlje Salina Nature Park covers about 650 ha along the Slovene-Croatian boundary in the extreme southwestern part of Slovenia. At Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the past and present still walk hand in hand. The ancient method of salt-making, learnt ages ago by the Piran salt-workers from their teachers, the salters from Pag Island, is still something special, even in the entire Mediterranean.
We will visit the Museum of Salt-making. This unique museum comprises a salt maker's dwelling with attached bread oven and several saltpans. Among the once numerous salt-pans in the Gulf of Trieste only those in Sečovlje and Strunjan have been preserved, therefore representing ethnological, technical, historical, settlement, and landscape heritage of exceptional significance.
Piran: Picturesque Piran (Pirano in Italian), sitting pretty at the tip of a narrow peninsula, is everyone’s favourite town on the Slovenian coast. Its Old Town – one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic – is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture.
At 1:00 p.m., we will have lunch at Tri vdove Restaurant in Piran.
After lunch, we will slowly drive back to Ljubljana through the Slovenian Istria. Countryside of Istria offers numerous panoramic spots, hills with small lumpy villages on ridges and slopes. Istrian country is an authentic treasure of ethnological, cultural and natural curiosities. You will be attracted by tiny landscape pearls: the slopes of hills covered by vineyards and olive groves, picturesque village churches, intact nature of the valley of the river Dragonja and the Karst Edge, images of life in the past...
Slovenian Istria is one of the northernmost landscapes where olives still grow.
The olive making tradition dates back in the past, but it is in large expansion in the last three decades.
Natural conditions, knowledge and commitment of producers of olive oil provide exceptional internationally recognized results.
We will visit one of many oil mills in Slovenian Istria: Oljarna Torkla, run by family Bajda.
We will return to your hotel in Ljubljana at approximately 6:00 p.m.