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Izola is an ancient Mediterranean town with a lively history on the Slovenian coast. The old part of the town rests upon what once used to be an island - that's where it's name comes from. In latin, 'isola' means 'an island'.

The fishing tradition is nowadays still present in Izola's tourist programmes and cuisine. The local specialities include olive oil and home made vine. Positioned on the northern part of the Istra peninsula and having its own Marina the city remains one of the leading centers of nautical tourism.


  • IsolaCinema is an international film festival taking place usually in May - June each year.

  • Boat show .

Things to do

Lots of shows, horse riding courses, sailing courses, fish picnic on a fishboat, walks in the nature, biking.

  • Take a journey through the medieval alleys of the city centre and admire its unusual architecture telling its exciting history.


  • Ambasada Gavioli



  • Belvedere

  • Delfin (Dolphin)

  • Marina

  • Simonov zaliv

Quick history

The island was inhabited in the first century and was later connected to the mainland with a stone bridge. Izola use to be known as a city of the rebels. It has declared independence in 1253 and became a city with the proper laws and authority for a short period. In the 13th and 14th century there were also some "city wars" with the two neighbours Piran and Koper. In 1820 the termal spring was discovered and so the first steps toward tourism started. Later the fishing industry began to flourish, as the first fishing factory along the coast of adriatic was built. The city was sorrounded by a wall until 19th century, when it was pulled down and the material used to cover the sea between the island and the mainland.


  • Private Accommodation in Izola , Apartmaji v Izoli, Apartments to rent in Izola, Slovenia Appartamento Izola / Isola 'd Istria.

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