This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Portoroz. To help you make friends with Portoroz before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Slovenia’s short Adriatic coastline has three charming Venetian towns -- and Portoroz. If that sounds harsh, it’s not meant to be -- at least in terms of looks, this manmade resort is not the jewel of Slovenia’s coastal towns. But where Koper, Izola, and Piran to the north have history on their side, Portoroz has mud and thermal waters -- and in the late nineteenth century, the small town was reinvented as a spa resort. Though Portoroz undeniably lacks the character of Piran, Izola, or Koper it’s not a bad place.
The beach is well kept and there are plenty of facilities. With its palm-lined promenade and artificial beach, Portoroz could be any resort in southern Europe; if you want to sunbathe for a week, Portoroz is a perfectly good place to do that, though money talks and the steady influx of wealthy tourists who come to sun themselves at Portoroz have caused prices to rise. There are casinos and expensive restaurants but you can find pleasant bars and cheaper places to eat if you look around. A free shuttle bus links the resort with the other coastal towns to the north.
Since the early 1960s, an international symposium on sculpture has taken place every two years in Portoroz (or, more precisely, Seca, a village just outside the town); Forma Viva invites sculptors from all over the world and pieces are created specially for the show. The Slovenian Open Tennis tournament takes place in Portoroz each year and attracts some well-known names; tickets are affordable and easy to get.
Your options for conventional hostels in Portoroz are extremely limited; accommodation is basic but there's a choice or room sizes and good facilities. The other coastal towns all have hostel accommodation and may be a better choice for travelers who are short on funds. Hostels in all of these towns may impose a surcharge for one or two night stays, especially in summer.
Written by local enthusiast for Portoroz hostelsFiona Thompson