Portoroz is a seaside tourist resort in Slovenia’s Piran municipality. The sunny location on the Adriatic Coast and the extensive facilities in Portoroz are near perfect for a beach holiday. Visitors can fly in directly via the international airport nearby or drive in from Trieste, Italy. The city has a huge number of urban facilities, including beach-front luxury hotels, resorts, conference venues, casinos, and award-winning restaurants. Get a car for rent in Portoroz and explore the maze that is Piran at the peninsular tip. You can continue on the “Slovenian Riviera” drive to Izola, Koper, and Trieste.
Portoroz has a long way to go before it becomes the Vegas Strip, but it is still something akin to a gambling hotspot in this neck of the woods. You can start with the Klub Malega Nogometa Casino at Obala 114. Get a car for hire in Portoroz and head for the Grand Casino Portoroz at Obala 75a. Next up is the Casino Riviera at the Grand Hotel Portoroz. Outside Portoroz, the nearest casino is the Casino Izola. Further ahead is the Casino Hotel Carnevale Wellness and Spa, located in Zgornje Škofije right on the Italian border.
There is not much debate about where to stay while on a holiday in Portoroz. It has to be a beach-front hotel. Even so, the choice is not easy because there are dozens of good hotels right on the beach. The aforementioned Grand Hotel Portoroz at Obala 33 is always going to be one of the top choices. Other luxury hotels on the beach include the Hotel Marko, Grand Hotel Toplice, Grand Hotel Metropol, Kempinski Palace Hotel, and the Kempinski Palace Portoroz.
Most of the hotels mentioned above have excellent dining options if you like international cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. But in order to appreciate the local specialties and seafood, you will have to be a bit more adventurous. Try nice little restaurants such as Beli križ at Belokriška 68, where you can try Garganelli pasta with Istrian truffles. The Restaurant Rizibizi at Vilfanova 10 offers you spaghetti "chitarra" with Adriatic shrimps. All these and others usually have a nice selection of local wines.
No doubt Portoroz has more than enough attractions to keep visitors busy for a week or more. But it would be wrong to come all this way and not see medieval wonders packed into the narrow peninsula such as the city of Piran. Book your car rental in Portoroz right now and chart out an itinerary on Route 111 for a coastal drive on what is Slovenia’s equivalent of the Italian Riviera. Start from Portoroz and head towards Trieste in Italy. Interesting stops along the way include Piran, Izola and Koper in Slovenia, and then Muggia across the border in Italy.
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