Lipica (Italian: Lipizza) is a village in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia. It is famous for the pure white Lipizzaner horses that have been bred in the area for 400 years.
Lipizzaners in training at the stud farm
By car, take Sežana exit from the A3 highway and head south or take Divača exit from the A1 highway and head west. There are several signs that point the way.
- Lipica Stud Farm, +386 5 7391 580 (fax: +386 5 7391 730, e-mail: [email protected]), . Open every day except Monday. First established in 1580, this farm is famous for breeding the Lipizzaner horses that were eventually used by the Habsburgs and the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Tours of the extensive grounds are available almost hourly from 9AM - 6PM from April to October and the Classical Riding School does a show at 3PM on Tu, F and Su from April to October. €9 for a tour with guide only, €16 for the tour and show.
- There is a casino on the grounds of the farm.
- The farm has developed several hiking trails that explains the history of the farm and shows off various features of the Karst landscape.
There is a gift shop near the main parking lot that has souvenirs for all things Lipizzaner as well as prints and crafts.
More shops you can find in nearby Sežana.
- There is a restaurant as part of the hotel complex.
- If you're looking to get away from the farm, there are a number of small restaurants in the nearby city of Sežana and the village of Lokev.
- Hotel Maestoso at the main entrance to the farm has a number of single and double rooms. Rooms come with a TV and minibar and some have a balcony.
There are many hotels in the nearby city of Sežana if you don't find a free room in Lipica.
The following places are within easy reach of Lipica:
- Sežana is five minutes drive to the north.
- Divača and the Škocjan Caves are ten minutes drive to the east.
- Trieste is a short drive across the Italian border.
- Slovenia's coastal towns of Koper, Izola, Piran and Portorož are an hour away on the A1 highway.