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Doživetja v Istri - Istrske hiše Padna

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SLOVENIAN ISTRIA is located on the north-eastern part of the Istrian peninsula, bordering on Italy in the north and Croatia in the south. The scenic Karst Edge separates it from the higher and rockier Karst in the inland and it flows out into the northern Adriatic Sea in the west. 
Blue Istria earned its poetic name because of the proverbial ‘azure’ of the Adriatic waters that glow on their shores. The ‘green’ of the lush Istrian vegetation is meanwhile responsible for naming the inland parts of the peninsula Green Istria.

VEGETATION AND WEATHER
Because of these geographic features, Slovenian Istria is known for its submediterranean climate with fertile Istrian soil and rich vegetation. Olive trees and vines are the most common cultivated plants. Early and rich harvest of all sorts of fruits and vegetables also make the area important for the central parts of the country. 

Statistically, Slovenian Istria has as many as 2,219 sunny hours per year. Average annual rainfall stands at between 1,000 and 1,100 mm. The annual average temperature of Istria is at 13.6 degrees centigrade and reaches up to 25 in July. The main feature of Istrian climate is warm summers and mild winters with temperatures rarely dropping below zero.

GEOLOGIC FEATURES OF SLOVENIAN ISTRIA 
The most notable geologic feature of Slovenian Istria is the flysch world: the world of sandstone, marl and slate. This is best seen in the traditional Istrian architecture and the construction of the distinctive terrace systems on the sunny sides of the Istrian hills.

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Doživetja v Istri - Istrske hiše Padna

COASTAL TOWNS OF SLOVENIAN ISTRIA
The coastal part and its lively towns, were especially marked by the Middle Ages and the Venetian influence, while its tourist development was mainly powered by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

KOPER is the 5th largest city in Slovenia and is the main urban centre of the Slovenian Istria, with a popullation of about 25.000. The city is officially bilingual, with both Slovene and Italian as its official languages. 

SIGHTS 

  • 15th century Praestrorian Palace and Loggia in Venetian Gothic style
  • 12th century Carmine Rotunda church and St. Nazarius Cathedral with its 14th century tower

IZOLA is an old fishing town and it is still uniqely connected to the sea. It's name originates from Italian Isola, which means 'Island'. An ancient Roman port and settlement known as Haliatum stood to the SW of the present town, next to the village of Jagodje, as early as the 2nd century BC. 

SIGHTS

  • Izolana - house of the Sea
  • Archeological par San Simon
  • Palace Besenghi 
  • Palace Manzioli

PIRAN is an old town on the Gulf of Piran. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town is one of the major Slovenian tourist attractions, known for its medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. In the pre-Roman era, the hills in the Piran area were inhabited by Illxrian Histri tribes who were farmers, hunters and fishermen. They were also pirates who disrupted Roman trade in the northern Adriatic. 

SIGHTS

  • St. Georges Cathedral
  • Tartini theatre
  • Monarite Monastery
  • City walls and city gates

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