Just 47km (29 miles) of shoreline manages to squeeze in a compact cocktail of its neighbours, such as the charmingly faded Italianate town of Piran, whose architecture betrays its centuries as part of the Republic of Venice, the quaint fishing town of Izola and 19th century resort of Portorož, along with rugged cliffs, salt pans and fishing villages.
The emerald waters are shallow and warm, and there are numerous pebbly beaches and bays to discover. Due to the scale of Slovenia, the vineyards and mountains beyond are within easy reach, as are the attractions of the Croatian portion of Istrian peninsula and Venice, meaning you can be back after a day trip overlooking Piran’s beautiful square as the sun sets behind the sea.
When to go
The coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate that is best enjoyed during the summer months.