Accessibility and accommodation
Where the Gulf of Trieste as an organic part of the Adriatic Sea reaches at its most to the heart of Europe, lies the Slovenian Coast and the city of Portorož.
The city is best reached by land, on the highways from the directions of Trieste and Ljubljana, and on the road from Pula. Portorož has a well-developed bus line, connecting the city with Italy and Croatia. Guests travelling by train can get off in Koper, a nearby town just 15 km away from Portorož, and continue their journey by bus or taxi. With the modern harbour The Marina of Portorož, this coastal city can also be reached by sea.
The nearest major airports with international and domestic flights are Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport in Italy (80 km away) and Pula Airport in Croatia (92 km from Portoroz), while the nearest airport with international flights in Slovenia is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (104 km away). Only 5 km from Portorož also lies Aerodrom Portorož, the third international airport in Slovenia renowned for the beautiful panoramic flights and parachute jumps.
In Portorož, one can choose from a great variety of accommodation; hotels, apartments, youth hostels, green accommodation, tourist farms,… Portorož and its neighbour city Piran offer 3.048 hotel rooms with 6.226 beds. Top-quality conference services are available in most venues located by the sea within walking distance.
Gastronomy scene, dinning and food
The culinary art is a fusion of Mediterranean and Istrian cuisine that strengthens one’s health: with one of the best salts, some of the best olive oil, world renown, ecologically farmed sea bass from the Fonda family, excellent vegetables and tasty fruit from the Dragonja river valley.
It’s not a coincidence that connoisseurs from all over the world have been flocking not only to their high-profile restaurants but also to many small, inconspicuous countryside inns…
When in Portorož one must try the typical local dishes like Bobiči, Riži-biži, Fuži with truffles, Fritaja with Asparagus, Piran sea bass in salt… Many beach cafes and restaurants on the promenade of Portorož offer great local food, wine and beautiful views of the sea.
Embark on a boat adventure along Slovene Mediterranean, starting with fisherman’s lunch on the sea and a panoramic ride along the Slovenian coast. You can test your fishing skills in the company of local fisherman, or disembark in the medieval Venetian town of Piran – Slovenian pearl.
Engage yourself in the search of the “diamond of the kitchen”. Istria is a very famous and quite known destination for its truffles which are a highly esteemed and highly prized delicacy in the world of gastronomy. Under the supervision and guidance of professionals learn the basics of truffle hunting and with the help of specially trained dogs test yourself in the search of the prestigious white truffle on the beautiful Istrian landscapes. After a successful day of “hunting” it is time for an exquisite truffles based dinner in the famous restaurant Stari Kaštel.
Adventure on board of a pirate galleons. Ships are reproductions of vessels that were used in the Venetian Republic. This is a fantastic adventure that will take your entertainment to the Venetian waters.
The Sečovlje salt pans are the northernmost salt pans in the Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Slovenia. After a short tour of the salt pans, participants in small groups will compete in producing the famous salt flower in the traditional way, based on a 700-year-old method, that harmonizes man and nature. A nice competition and good team effort builds up an appetite that will be satisfied with a delicious Mediterranean lunch in the authentic atmosphere at the Sečovlje salt pans.
Awaking your body and soul at sunrise, surrounded by the calmness of the sea. There is no better way to start your day than doing morning exercises. And when that exercise is morning yoga on sups on the sea at sunrise it is just extraordinary. The event starts in Portorož from where you journey to the Sečovlje salt pans, one of the most gorgeous landscapes of Slovenia. Guided by a professional yoga master you will start your physical, mental, and spiritual practice just as the firs sunlight hits the surface of the breathtaking surroundings you’re in.
Congress centre Bernardin
Bernardin creates spontaneous networking environment to increase creativity with inspiring sea-view guestrooms, meeting facilities, large exhibition space and walking distance venues on the Mediterranean. Congress centre Bernardin with 19 modern multifunctional halls and a total capacity of 2,600 people is the first and the largest convention centre in Slovenia. It offers all services under one roof!
Convention Centre Kempinski Palace
Kempinski Palace Portoroz offers 7 meeting rooms. For business meetings, choose the Mistral Meeting Room with up-to date technical equipment. The magnificent Crystal Hall Ballroom, known for its majestic balls held in the early 20s for the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy, is a perfect choice for glamorous events. Experience private receptions, dinners or unique evenings in the vintage ambiance surrounding the Wine Cellar, with its exquisite culinary creations and fine wines.
Convention Centre Portus, LifeClass Hotels & Spa
Popular among meeting venues in Portorož is also the Convention Centre Portus, LifeClass Hotels & Spa. It consist of six hotels, including the 192-room Grand Hotel Portoroz and the 160-room Slovenija, 16,000 square feet of event space for up to 1,200 persons, and a conference center for 520. Great special venues in scope of this complex are also the terrace Mystica and the private beach.
The venue of many outdoor events! Once a harbour for fishing boats of Piran, today one the most impressive squares in Slovenia. The Tartini Square was named after violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, of whom a monument was made in 1896. Tartini Festival, Ex-Tempore Piran, Miss Alpe Adria Contest, Piran Days of Architecture, December festivities and many other events are held at Tartini Square throughout the year.
With numerous events hosted in the beautiful environment of the Sečovlje Salina and with an infrastructure that enables the reception of a large number of people, Portorož Airport is an “out of the box” venue. It offers a covered area (400m²), outside area (8,000m²), conference room, restaurant and has a VIP parking facilities.
Monfort Exhibition Space
Between Portorož and Piran lies the historic salt warehouse of Monfort that is listed as both cultural and historical heritage. Built in the time of Napoleon, Monfort nowadays no longer stores salt but is an exhibition gallery that is also a part of the coastal regional galleries for modern art. It offers a large, rustic area suitable for larger events.
1. Recharge and rejuvenate in nature
The coastal line that goes from the Sečovlje Salina to Portorož and Strunjan is well known for its health benefits: salt-pan mud and brine from the Sečovlje Salina, the beneficial Mediterranean climate and sea water. People from all over the world come here to boost their health and vitality. Experience them in their natural environment or in one of the several spa centres like wellness center Paradise Spa Portorož.
2. Explore the sea life, go to the Aquarium
The Aquarium has its premises at the inner bay of the Piran port. Around 200 species from the deeps of the submersed world can be admired; of which there are around 140 various kinds of sea organisms that can be found in the local sea. Great fun for individuals, group or families!
3. Be Active, try the Slovenian Istria cycling, hiking and horseback riding trails
The hinterlands of Portorož and Piran are great starting points for cycling, hiking and horseback riding trips in the diverse Slovenian Istria. On the way you can stop at natural attractions, cultural sights, monuments, vantage points, tourist farms and at local wine cellars.
4. Go back in history
Take a walk to Piran to explore the historic houses. The Town Hall, Loggia, Venetian House, Tartini House, Cort Place, Theater Giuseppe Tartini, Baroque House, Apollonio (Zaccaria) Palace are just waiting to be discovered.
5. Visit The Fonda Fish Farm, the home of the King of the Slovenian fish
If you would like to spend a day dedicated to fish and sea food dishes, challenge your culinary skills, gain new knowledge about seafood cuisine and delight your appetite, visit The Fonda Fish Farm.
The search of the lost violin is an excellent team building experience and a unique and fun way of discovering the gorgeous city Piran. Following the traces of Giuseppe Tartini, the famous composer born in Piran, through the typical Venetian streets, visiting attractions, finding clues and solving various mysteries, your mission will be to find the missing Tartini violin. The event concludes with delicious Mediterranean refreshments and a concert played on the once long-lost instrument.
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