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The mediaeval town and marina of Izola

The town of Izola lies on the coast of Slovenia four miles S of the border with Italy and three miles W of the harbour of Koper. Like Koper, Izola was originally an ancient island settlement, becoming part of the Venitian Republic by 1267. The period of Venetian hegemony lasted until the arrival of Napoleon’s troops in 1797, after which the defensive walls of the town were demolished and used to fill in the channel separating the town from the mainland. A period of Austrian rule ensued, which ended in 1918 when the area became part of the Kingdom of Italy. As with most of the towns along the Slovenian coast, however, most of the remaining Italian population left in 1954 when the town was ceded to the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Today Izola is a thriving tourist centre as well as having the largest marina in Slovenia, offering 700 berths for yachts of up to 30.0 metres, plus a boatyard that can winter around 50 yachts.


British Admiralty


See Slovenia.


See Slovenia.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


A tall belfry in the town, situated on a peninsula NE of the harbour, is conspicuous from some distance off. There are no dangers in the approach, although entry to the harbour can be tricky in strong onshore winds. The marina is entered from WSW along a 75-metre wide channel between two long protecting breakwaters. The E half of the harbour is occupied by small craft moorings and pontoon berths; the W half is taken up by pontoons for larger vessels. The shelter is the marina is good, although strong northerly winds can create a surge at the outermost berths.


Izola is a port of entry for Slovenia. For details see Entrance: Slovenia.


It may also be possible to berth temporarily alongside the N mole in Porto Veccio, where the fishing vessels berth, although this is sometimes full of commercial craft. There may be space also to go bows or stern-to the quay in the NE corner of the harbour, immediately S of the tiny circular basin at the root of the mole.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Anchoring in the harbour is reportedly discouraged.


Water In the marina
Electricity In the marina
Toilets In the marina
Showers In the marina
Laundry In the marina
Garbage Bins at the marina
Fuel Fuel dock in the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers In the marina
Repairs In the marina
Internet WiFi in the marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town


Good provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

  • Many bars and restaurants in the old town
  • Restaurant in the marina


  • Bus station one kilometre away
  • Small airport at Portoroz, 10 kilometres WSW
  • International airport of Ljubljana 135 kilometres
  • Airport of Trieste in Italy 55 kilometers


While the old town of Izola is not as attractive as those of Koper or Piran, it does share some of the charm of the other two towns, including narrow lanes and picturesque houses with red-tiled roofs. Notable buildings include the 16th century Church of St Maurus with a separate bell tower on the hill dominating the town; the 18th century Besenghi degli Ughi Palace and the 15th century Manzioli Palace in the square of the same name. The town also houses the Parenzana Museum, which holds one of the world’s largest collections of ship and train models. Izola is also a good base for exploring the hinterland of Slovenia, with its world-famous Lippizaner stud at Lipice, impressive cave systems of Skocjan and Postojna and castle of Predjama.

The old town of Izola
The 18th century Besenghi degli Ughi Palace
The spectacularly sited Predjama Castle
Lippizaners on show, Lipice Stud


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See Slovenia.


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