Hiring a boat to cruise around the Adriatic Sea is hands down one of the most enjoyable activities that can be undertaken on Slovenia's petite coast - a sentiment that we've often heard repeated by many a Slovene as well. Not only does this afford you and your fellow sailors the luxury to go where you want when you want, but you can also avoid the crowded beaches during the summertime and explore sights off the proverbial beaten path. While the harbours of Slovenia's coastal town are full of boats for hire, one of the most unique experience you can have is on the Ampelea, which offers a passengers the same convenience of the rest, along with some authentic charm and history.
The Ampelea is a type of sailboat called a štilac, which was commonly used as a cargo vessel in the eastern Adriatic during the second half of the 19th century. The boat itself dates back to 1930, and underwent more than a year of renovations after being purchased from a small Croatian fishing village by the current owners in 2004. It can comfortably accommodate up to eight people on longer journeys, and shorter half-day, full-day and romantic evening cruises are also available. Further details, prices and more info about the boat's history can be found on the website.