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The most beautiful hiking trails along the Slovenian coast and through Istria

The Slovenian coast is an attractive destination even outside of summer, since the mild Mediterranean climate helps unravel the charms of the region’s sea and nature even in autumn, winter, and spring. That’s why the coast is an attractive destination 365 days a year. And regardless of the time of year, you should definitely not miss the chance to take a beneficial walk by the sea during your holiday in Portorož, Piran, Strunjan, or Izola. Below, we would like to introduce you to three circular trails by the sea and through the beautiful hinterland, where you’ll get to know the most beautiful parts of Portorož, Piran, Seča, and Strunjan.

  • Three circular trails by the sea
  • Fresh, beneficial sea air
  • Colourful landscape

The most famous hiking trails in the hinterland of Istria

A hike in Istria will inspire you again and again, as it invites you to visit all the charming old Istrian villages and their historical sights, as well as seeing natural features, karst stone, tall rock walls, views from the surrounding hills, and traditional local flora.
We have mapped out three of the most popular hiking trails in Istria for you.

Ascending Slavnik for a stunning view

This moderately demanding trail with a light ascent (suitable for families) will require just under 3 hours of walking from the starting point in Podgorje, where you can park your car. Along the way, you will be accompanied by mountain flowers in spring: peonies, irises, pale yellow louseworts, Carniolan lilys, etc. At the top, you will be met by a view of the peaks of the Kamnik, Julian, and Carnic Alps, and the Dolomites, as well as the peaks of Čičarija, Učka, and Snežnik. The view below will extend to Brkini, Čičarija, the karst plateau, the Šavrinsko Hills, and the Adriatic Sea.

Detailed information about the trail can be found here

With the family to Socerb Castle and Sočerga

This moderately demanding route, which is also suitable for families, will take you along cart paths and trails, as well as hardened karst ground. On the way, you will be accompanied by many attractions: the Great Osap wall with the Grad cave and the source of the Osap River, Socerb Castle, the Sveta cave, the rocky Kraški rob landscape, the remains of the fort above Črni Kal, Benkova house and the church of St. Valentine with a slanting bell tower in Črni Kal, Stara Gabrovica, and the Mišja peč sinkhole.

Detailed information about the trail can be found here

Around the Istrian village of Padna

This moderately demanding trail, which is not the most suitable for families or inexperienced hikers, starts at the car park in front of the Istranova restaurant in the village of Padna. You will explore Padna, Nova vas, and the Drnica valley. During the journey, you will noticed two of the most famous sights: the Church of Holy God’s Mother of Rosary from 1470, and the 26-metre-high bell tower with a statue of St. Joseph from 1896.

Detailed information about the trail can be found here

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