In the heart of Slovenian Istria, just a 15-minute drive away from Koper town centre, you can experience something unique by taking a break and spending some time in the Holiday houses of Slovenian Istria.
The houses are located in the midst of a vineyard and offer a magnificent view over the Koper/Trieste Bay. The houses are built in an architectural style typical of Istria and furnished with authentic furniture. Guests have the opportunity to gather herbs, fruits and vegetables that can be found in front of each of the three houses. They also have a fireplace available, ideal for socializing in the evenings along with a nice glass of the local Refošk wine. Each of the houses also reveals the history of Slovenian Istria as well as the stories of the local Šavrinke women. Specifically, stubbornness, resourcefulness and the desire for a better future are the main characteristics of our grandmothers, known as the Šavrinke women. Those were brave, fearless women, who often had to take the reins, feed many and provide for the whole family. Several times per week they would make rounds to bigger cities and try to sell their produce at the best price to the city folk. They would sell anything they could gather from the neighbouring villages, and frequently, due to the strictly guarded border between Slovenia and Italy, they had to smuggle these products. In memory and honour of the brave acts these women did, we decided to name our houses after them, namely Jajčarica (Egg lady), Krušarica (Bread lady), and Mlekarica (Milk lady).
16:00 Arrival at the small houses of Slovenian Istria and relaxing in the hammocks of the garden.
17:00 Ride a bike to the old forgotten Istrian village called Vršič where the time has stopped.
19:00 Visiting of the local wine producer and having wine tasting and Istrian dinner.
21:00 Sleeping in the small house, watching the stunning sunset and enjoy the stars in the night.
8:00 enjoying the Istrian Breakfast – a Local Bite. The Istrian Breakfast is made exclusively from local products of the local producers and is served in front of the small house at the arranged hour. You can choose between a classic and vegetarian version.
10:00 Discover the wisdom of herbalism on an educational trip to unspoiled nature, visit the Herbal Labyrinth in Trsek. You will learn about the seasonal Istrian herbs, their processing and use, and try some homemade brinjevec and herbal distillates. Sonja and Urban will happily greet you on the site and show you all the secrets to producing rose waters, distillates, and essential oils.
12:00 The organic farm Marima has been dedicated to cultivating fruit throughout many generations. Take a walk through the orchard and olive grove, get to know the history of the old Istrian village of Trebeše and experience the wonderful nature with the largest waterfall in flysch rock in Istria – Stranice waterfall. Tastings of dried fruit can also be upgraded with another tasting of the organically-produced extra virgin olive oil.
14:00 Istrian lunch at the tourist farm Štok and then in the main, Tito Square, you can climb up the 204 steps to the top of the former 12th-century defence tower of the city that later, in the 15th century, became a bell tower. Anyone who climbs to the top is rewarded by touching their little piece of the sky and seeing all the hidden corners of Koper, which cannot be seen from the streets.
Open daily from May to September.
June 2019 First of all, we would very much like to thank Radio Si for choosing us to be the scouts in Istra, one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia. We would also like to thank all our hosts, Laura, Urban, Sonja and Urška, for the work they do and products they...