Slovenia in total has only 42 km of coastline. Despite this, you can still find a couple of beautiful little towns by the seaside. Izola is one of them.
There are four major towns in the Slovene coastline: Koper, Izola, Piran and Portorož. Koper is the fourth biggest city in Slovenia and it’s the administrative center of this part of Slovenia. Portorož is the nightlife epicenter — a town that never sleeps; full of bars, pubs, discos, casinos, hotels, people. Piran is the most gorgeous of them all, while Izola comes in second place. It’s the most easy going of them all, frequented mostly by eldery and artists.
Izola has a history of more than a thousand years. It was owned by many different nations, people, kings, oligarchs. In the past 300 years the French, Austrians, Italians and Slovenes had a ruling over Izola. It’s been ours, the Slovene, for almost a hundred years but an officially-recognized Italian minority remains here, which is easily noticed because every sign is also in Italian language.
The name Izola also comes from an Italian language — Isola, which means an island. Izola was actually a real island once but in the 19th century it was connected with the mainland.
In front of one part of Izola, there’s a little harbour. Izola is also well known for its fish factory. The other part of Izola has a nice little beach in front, which was renovated a couple of years ago and it’s really nice. It’s quite green, with a lot of pines and grass around.
The best part of Izola is its center. It is a typical Mediterranean city center — a chuch in the middle and very narrow streets with stone buildings around it. Izola is a favourite among artists, city center is full of little galleries and there are art fairs almost every weekend.