Izola (Italian Isola, pronounced as , older Isola d'Istria) is a lovely coastal small town in nortern Istria, a peninsula in the northern Mediterranean. The first settlement dates back to the 6th century, the name Insula was first mentioned in the 10th century. Insula is Latin for "island", the same goes for the Italian word isola. Izola was named "Island", because the old part was built on an island. Izola is today connected with the main land, because of the land reclamation. Izola has today around 15000 inhabitants, most of them Slovenians. There is also a very small Italian minority and the whole municipality is bilingual (source).
And almost back at the parking space. Next stop: Salt works, Portorož and Piran.
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Streets in Izola can be very narrow to protect the locals from the scorching sun. People hanging clothes outside their windows is typical for the Mediterranean. After we went uphill, we descended again. Izola's center is built on a former island. Besenghi degli Ughi palace. In the middle of the center is the main church built at the highest altitude.
The Church of St. Maurus. The marked road is reserved for cars. Some streets are too narrow for cars. People usually ride scooters here. Trg republike (Republic square). Mlekomat, a vending machine with fresh unprocessed milk with a reflection of me. My girl wanted to try it and she loved it. The cold milk was so refreshing. Republic square again. Marina near Sončno nabrežje. The Church of St. Mary of Haliaetum. Manziiolijev trg (Manzioli square). Then we headed back to the parking space on the other side of Izola. Taking some more pics before leaving the lovely Izola.
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Compared to Koper, Izola is much smaller and quieter. Although a fishing town and known for the fish processing and canning factory Delamaris, it's also home to a big shipyard (Ladjedelnica Izola) and a toy factory (Mehano). Along with industy and fishing, Izola is famous for its marina and for tourism. A smaller beach, which is near the old center is called "Na Svetilniku", but there are some other beaches south from Izola's center, one is called "Bele Skale" (White rocks). Don't expect sandy beaches, most are a bit rocky here, basically most parts of the Slovenian coast is rocky. The biggest beach in Izola is near Simonov zaliv.
Check some of my photos of Izola's historic part:
The Church of St. Maurus (Cerkev Sv. Mavra) is the biggest church in Izola. The first church was built here in 1356, this one dates from 1547 (source).
Izola is really a very lovely and picturesque small town. If I could choose, where to live in Slovenia, when I retire, I'd most likely choose Izola, which is not so full with tourists like Piran and not so fast paced like Koper. And people are very friendly here. It's normal, that they greet you on the streets, happened to my girlfriend twice.