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Portoroz, in Italian; ‘Portorose’, literally ‘Port of Roses’, is Slovenian Istria’s main coastal holiday town.

portoroz, travel, holiday, Istria, beaches.Situated in the picturesque Bay of Piran, and being a major holiday resort, there is naturally a wide selection of accommodation from budget hotels to luxury casino hotels.

In line with other coastal towns on the Istrian peninsula, at the turn of the 20th century, the nobility of the Austro-Hungarian Empire discovered the mild winter climate at the coast, and escaped from the colder central European winters.

Although important for trade and commerce, the coastal area became readily accessible due to the expanding rail network, which then had the capacity to carry passenger traffic in addition to trade goods.

The surrounding coastal towns and villages developed into favorite
hot spots for the rich and famous creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere, supported by artists, musicians, poets and writers from initially,
Austria-Hungary, then all Europe.

The town's first luxury hotel, the Hotel Palace, now the Kempinski Palace Hotel, recently modernised internally, was completed in 1910 becoming on a par with Opatija as one of the
most important coast resorts and spas on what was then named, the Austrian Riviera.

Famous guests include:

Marshall Tito, President of Yugoslavia,

Orson Welles, film actor & director (Citizen Kane)

Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer (Zorba the Greek)

Yul Brynner, film actor

Marcello Mastroianni, Italian film actor.

portoroz, travel, holiday, Istria, beaches. Portoroz hotels and facilities continue to develop apace,
the ‘Blue Flag’ accredited Portoroz marina has 650 berths and hosts many sailing competitions.

The Extreme 40 World Championships, being one of hundreds of
sailing races and regattas held during the year in the Adriatic.

As a home port, or as a yacht charter centre for a sailing holiday, as in all of Istria, this location in the Bay of Piran has a lot to offer to the world of sailing, yachting and power-boats.

For yacht charter from the Marina, jonathan yachting is well established, with a good selection of yachts and all the back-up facilities for
Adriatic cruising.

Another World-Class event of note on the sporting calendar, being the Banka Koper Open tennis tournament, part of the Ladies tennis WTA tour since 2005

In the arts, the annual Festival of Slovenian Film and the International Sculpture Symposium Forma Viva, a contemporary art biennale,displayed in the local sculpture park.

The mild winter climate heats up in the summer with temperatures in the mid to high thirties fairly typical, and over 2,300 hours of annual sunshine.



Blue Flag Beaches in Portoroz


portoroz, travel, holiday, Istria, beaches. Central Beach, a combination of paving, grass and of note, the only natural sandy beach in Slovenia.
Lifeguard patrolled during the summer season of June to September.




Portoroz, travel, holiday, Istria, beaches. Meduza Beach
Beach front area for the towns six LifeClass Hotels,
top-end facilities and service here!

Well-tended lawns bordered by white Istrian stone pavement to the
beautiful calm blue sea.




travel, holiday, Istria, beaches. Catering is care of the Life on the Beach Bar, providing refreshments and beverages, daily fresh summer salads, snacks, fresh fruit, and a fabulous choice of ice-creams - gelato.





dive, travel, holiday, Istria, beaches.With crystal clear waters and the beautiful blue sea,
Istria-beaches are an ideal destination for Diving holidays.

Dive shops are prominent here and in Piran offering kit-hire,
guided tours and the range of PADI courses.



dive, travel, holiday, Istria, beaches.So, if you’ve never explored beneath the waves, there’s no excuse for putting this off any longer –
learn to dive in Portoroz!

Or, if you’ve underwater experience, then pick the beaches of Istria
for your next guided reef and wreck dives.




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