Izola

Countryside Excursions

more than a year ago
Izola may be known first and foremost for its fishing village atmosphere and seaside attractions, but no trip here is complete without visiting the Istrian hinterland that lies to the south, be it to taste traditional cuisine in centuries old stone houses, follow the numerous cycling, hiking and walking paths, or simply take in the incredible sight of small villages and churches clustered at the tops (and on the sides) of the steep karst hills covered in olive trees and other Mediterranean flora. The main town in the area is Korte some 8km from Izola, which not only boasts a couple of excellent traditional restaurants, but is also home to one of the few hostels on the Slovene coast, Stara Šola Korte, so named as it is located in a former school building. To reach Korte you'll first have to pass through the settlement of Cetore, where among the 100 or so inhabitants is the well-known Medljan tourist farm, as well as two horse riding clubs at which trips on horseback can be arranged. However, the best views in the region can be found in the small village of Šared, set on a hilltop 268m above sea level that offers an unobstructed panorama of the entire north Adriatic coast.

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