Izola (Italian: Isola) is an ancient mediterranean town with a lively history on the Slovenian coast. The old part of the town rests upon what once used to be an island - that's where it's name comes from. In latin, 'isola' means 'an island'.
The fishing tradition is nowadays still present in Izola's tourist programmes and cuisine. The local specialities include olive oil and home made vine. Positioned on the northern part of the Istra peninsula and having its own Marina the city remains one of the leading centers of nautical tourism.
The island was inhabited in the first century and was later connected to the mainland with a stone bridge. Izola use to be known as a city of the rebels. It has declared independence in 1253 and became a city with the proper laws and authority for a short period. In the 13th and 14th century there were also some "city wars" with the two neighbours Piran and Koper. In 1820 the termal spring was discovered and so the first steps toward tourism started. Later the fishing industry began to flourish, as the first fishing factory along the coast of adriatic was built. The city was sorrounded by a wall until 19th century, when it was pulled down and the material used to cover the sea between the island and the mainland.
Izola is connected to neighbouring Koper, Piran and Portoroz by frequent buses. Train connections to Ljubljana are available from Koper.
Izola's city centre can easily be covered on foot. Its country side will be best disovered by bicycle or by car.
Lots of shows, horse riding courses, sailing courses, fish picnic on a fish boat, walks in the nature, biking, relaxing on nearby beaches.
There are many small shops offering different artistic and non-artistic products as well as souvenir shops. Beside that there are a few supermarkets, Spar, Hofer, Mercator.
The rest of Slovenia's short coastline is easily accessible from Izola. Public bus service is available every 20-30 minutes to Koper, Piran, Portoroz.