Beyond The Spas 5 Things To Do In Portoroz
Touring the city’s unexpected side. Along with its lush landscape and moderate climate, the rich history of Portorož is deeply rooted in health and wellness. Something about the region -- perhaps its picturesque, idyllic beauty -- captivates the senses in a way that could only be beneficial to one’s well-being.
Those seeking wellness have flocked to the region since the 13th century when monks would treat patients with pan mud and brine from the Sečovlje Salina. Today, the region is home to thermal water springs and an incredible offering of wellness treatments, all against the ever-stunning backdrop of the European coastline. This might be reason alone to visit Portorož. But today, Portorož has much, much more to offer. So join us as we explore the secrets of this seaside resort area.
Wine and dine
It’s worth mentioning that this region is revered for its olive oil. So well-established is it (we’re talking hundreds of years in the making) that it has been ranked by the authority on the matter: the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC). So, dining in the area is a treat. Be sure to embrace the area’s abundance of Italian and Croatian influences, which will be easy to do with this brief but flavorful guide to dining in the city.
In the town of Piran, you will find a hidden secret. To feel like a local, make it a point to visit the gem of good food, Fritolin Pri Cantini. The abundance of seafood here will leave you eager to return. With a selection that includes fried calamari, mussels, and fish-stuffed olives, there isn’t a thing on the menu we weren’t willing to try.
Round out your seafood experience with a reservation at the Fonda Fish Farm, famous for its Piran Sea Bass. The owner’s dedication to raising the fish is bested only by its freshness.
Aside from olive oil, this region is recognized for its truffles, an ingredient the Organic Farm Forte has masterfully incorporated into their delectable servings. If nothing else, promise yourself a taste of the truffle pasta for something altogether unique and intensely satiating.
Land and sea adventures
If sailing the Adriatic Sea is not on your bucket list, it should be. The region’s coastline is magnificent in ways beyond the imagination. Discover its beauty firsthand on a sailing excursion from the highly-acclaimed Agency SOS for an all-inclusive trip that will not disappoint.
And if sailing doesn’t satiate your oceanic indulgences, opt for either a scuba, surf, or stand-up paddleboard session. For true adventure seekers, we’ve got just the thing to take it up a notch – literally. Discover Portorož from 1,000 feet above with either a panoramic flight or a once-in-a-lifetime skydiving adventure.
Cycling and hiking may have their advantages, but nothing quite captures Portorož’s majestic scenery like an equestrian point of view. Venture into the scenic hillsides of the area in a guided horseback tour. (Try the Medljan Farm for a magical ride.)
Venture a little outside Portorož for a unique sight-seeing experience. In the Dimnice Cave, you will find a natural wonder so arresting it seems otherworldly. If traveling in the winter months, you may become privy to why the locals call the Devil’s Smokehouse. The reason for the moniker is a little less menacing than it sounds; the cave is known to dispel mist or smoke.
If taking a dip in the beautiful oceans surrounding Portorož is more your speed, you’re in luck. There is no shortage of coastline for a leisurely day spent by the sea. The beach of Portorož is regularly ranked as the best in Slovenia. At the Portorož Sand Beach, you’ll have easy access to nearby hotels and public transportation, and an array of local bistros and boutiques.
And don’t be quick to dismiss evenings at the beach, either. Nightlife along the coastline is a lively affair, with its assortment of bars and clubs to explore. For young singles, couples, and families alike, the beaches of Portorož are a unanimous crowd-pleaser.
Portorož makes a compelling case for travelers. With a little something for everyone, it is a destination that offers everything from adventure and exploration to leisure. And keep in mind that despite everything there is to do in Portorož, the city is still at its core a mecca for health and wellness. So once you’ve trekked the region high and low, on land and sea, return to it for what it’s best known for: the spa, even if only to say “I did it all.''