The town of Izola lies on the coast of Slovenia four miles S of the border with Italy and three miles W of the harbour of Koper. Like Koper, Izola was originally an ancient island settlement, becoming part of the Venitian Republic by 1267. The period of Venetian hegemony lasted until the arrival of Napoleon’s troops in 1797, after which the defensive walls of the town were demolished and used to fill in the channel separating the town from the mainland. A period of Austrian rule ensued, which ended in 1918 when the area became part of the Kingdom of Italy. As with most of the towns along the Slovenian coast, however, most of the remaining Italian population left in 1954 when the town was ceded to the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Today Izola is a thriving tourist centre as well as having the largest marina in Slovenia, offering 700 berths for yachts of up to 30.0 metres, plus a boatyard that can winter around 50 yachts.
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The weather in Slovenia, as in the Northern Adriatic generally, is subject to considerable seasonal variations. The geography of the country also means that there are three distinct climatic influences that affect the weather. In the mountains along the line of the Julian Alps, a rugged Alpine climate prevails for much of the year, while down at the coast one experiences as a warmer, sub-Mediterranean climate. The interior of the country, north, and east from the capital, Ljubljana, has more of a continental climate. Average temperatures in the summer months are around 20 – 24 degrees C, while throughout the winter months temperatures can average as little as 0 – 4 degrees.
Diurnal winds along the coast of Slovenia are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains are a feature of many of the harbours along the NE Adriatic coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms – luckily of short duration – with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared. Although not usually as strong as in the Gulf of Trieste, it is nevertheless a danger to contend with if cruising out of season. At its worst, the bora can blow hard for up to a fortnight with little intermission. Usually, the bora is associated with stormy weather, with wind reaching 100 knots or more, and the direction in which the wind blows is mostly influenced by the configuration of the shore. The strength of the wind is explained by the existence of warm air over the surface of the sea, and a cold layer of air above mountain ranges in the littoral, which cause a strong streaming due to equating of the pressure.
Equally prevalent in winter – although not uncommon in summer – is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast. In the summer, it usually blows for a couple of days, and in the winter it can last for a couple of weeks. The signs of the oncoming scirocco are the calmness of the sea, weak changeable winds, and dimness of the horizon, the increase of the temperature and moisture, and the gradual decrease of the pressure. Fortunately, it usually blows longer and stronger in the southern Adriatic than in the northern part.
The town and marina of Izola lie on the coast of Slovenia four miles S of the border with Italy and three miles W of the harbour of Koper. Marina Izola is the largest marina in Slovenia, with over 700 berths for yachts of up to 30 metres and draft up to 4.5 metres plus facilities for winter storage.
Contact Marina Izola on VHF channel 17 prior to entry.
A tall belfry in the town, situated on a peninsula NE of the harbour, is conspicuous from some distance off. There are no dangers in the approach, although entry to the harbour can be tricky in strong onshore winds. The marina is entered from WSW along a 75 metre wide channel between two long protecting breakwaters. The E half of the harbour is occupied by small craft moorings and pontoon berths; the W half is taken up by pontoons for larger vessels. Shelter is the marina is good, although strong northerly winds can create a surge at the outermost berths.
Marina Izola is a port of entry for Slovenia.
Berthing assistance available. Berths are on 10 concrete piers and associated quays. Laid moorings at all berths.
- Shopping centre
- Business centre
Boatyard. Travel lift (50T). Hard standing (50 yachts). Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. All hull repairs. Sail repairs. Upholstery and canvas work. Rigging.
Good (electronic key system).
The marina is only a few minutes’ walk from the old town centre.
- Bus station one kilometre away
- Small airport at Portoroz, 10 kilometres WSW
- International airport of Ljubljana 135 kilometres
- Airport of Trieste in Italy 55 kilometers
While the old town of Izola is not as attractive as those of Koper or Piran, it does share some of the charm of the other two towns, including narrow lanes and picturesque houses with red-tiled roofs. Notable buildings include the 16th century Church of St Maurus with a separate bell tower on the hill dominating the town; the 18th century Besenghi degli Ughi Palace and the 15th century Manzioli Palace in the square of the same name. The town also houses the Parenzana Museum, which holds one of the world’s largest collections of ship and train models. Izola is also a good base for exploring the hinterland of Slovenia, with its world-famous Lippizaner stud at Lipice, impressive cave systems of Skocjan and Postojna and castle of Predjama. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org