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Portoroz Piran | the Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida and more

27/06/2016
Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm
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Portoroz Piran.
That was certainly not my last trip to Istria’s Slovenian coast. We had four fantastic days there to get an idea of the culture and culinary art of the Portoroz/Piran region. In this short time we have gathered a host of experiences. That region offers a lot, and as you could see in my last plot, Eating is very much involved. Small wonder, as in that area mainly olive oil and wine is produced as well as sea salt, and truffles are found. Fish farming is no less important, about which I will tell you more in this post.

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Salines Sečovlje

Everywhere you will find the region’s famous Fleur de sel, be it in restaurants or when promenading along the seafront. I can warmly recommend to you a visit to a typical saline, for there are only very few wellands left on the Slovenian coast. The biggest salt works are the Salines of Sečovlje, whose area covers 517 hectares. Naturally, you can walk around there by foot, but there are also free bicycles available at the entrance.

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm      Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Overall – Asos (get here)
Sandals – Zara (get here)
weekender – Maxwell Scott Bags (here)

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

However, the salt harvest is not possible every year. Last year it fell out completely. During two weeks in August weather must be constantly hot and sunny to enable crystallization and evaporation. During those two weeks salt is harvested early in the morning, but not later than at noon, whereas the second harvest is in the evening.

The entrance fee is 3€

more information here – Secovlje Salina

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm      Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Relaxation at Lepa vida open air spa

In the midst of the Salines of Sečovlje you will find the Lepa Vida Thalasso Spa, which you should enjoy while visiting the salines. There is a big salt pool and three smaller pools containing water with different salt contents. There are also a Kneipp pool and various private tents for treatments of Thalasso Therapy, of which the most important elements are salt mud and brine. We tested the salt mud treatment, that tightens the skin, which is good for fighting orange peel skin and similar imperfections. These minerals are used for combating various diseases.

Entrance fees: 2h – 18€ / 4h – 30€ (every additional hour 10€)

Salt mud treatment: 30min – 30€

more information here – Thalasso Lepa Vida

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Truffles and wine at Family Forte

In the region’s hinterland we visited Istra Terra for gettint more information aon the region’s truffle search. Istra Terra organized this lovely event at Family Forte. Our visit was very nice and authentic upending with conjointly cooking a delicious truffle dinner and wine tasting.

more Information here – Istra Terra

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm      Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm      Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm      Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Bay of Piran FONDA FISH FARM

A visit to the Fonda Fish Farm is also highly recommendable. We started early in the morning on rented bicycles and went along the coast to the fish farm. Marine biologist Irena Fonda gave us a cordial welcome and we went by boat to the fish farm. The Fonda family, full of devotion and love for marine life, and having acquired the necessary knowhow, decided to raise the best sea bass of the world.

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

For years Irena Fonda and her family had to fight for recognition in their own region.. She told us that good fish quality is not enough, for at the central fish markets the lowest purchase price was more important, regardless from how far away the fish was imported. But Irena Fonda is not only an excellent marine biologist, but also a little marketing genius. In the course fo the years they managed to stand out adding to the excellent quality a specially developed packaging and modern marketing methods. Today Fonda’s Piran sea bass can be found in numerous Slovenian restaurants and inns as well as in top hotels and restaurants in neighboring Italy and Carinthia and even in Tyrol.

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How do you recognize fresh fish?

At the end of our perambulation Ms. Fonda put us a very important question: how do you recognize fresh fish? I replied spontaneously: by the eyes and the smell. I was not entirely wrong, for scarcely somebody mentions the smell. The eyes can be very simply manipulated and inflated. The smell, hover, cannot be cheated. A further characteristic is holding the4 fish by it head: when it remains rigid in horizontal position and does not hang down, it is of good quality.

more information here: www.fonda.si

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

Portoroz Salines Secovlje, Open Air Spa Lepa Vida, Istra Terra, Fonda Fish Farm

what to do in Portoroz PIran

photos – moi & mon chéri

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9 Comments

  • Reply Natali Monday June 27th, 2016 at 05:12 PM

    I’ve been absolutely enjoying your trip reviews and photo diaries!! So much inspo and my life long dream is to travel the world. :)
    You look adorable in this overall piece!

    http://www.lartoffashion.com/2016/06/27/10factsaboutme/

    • Reply Vicky Monday June 27th, 2016 at 05:45 PM

      dear Natali,
      this is such a lovely comment, which makes me want to travel even more for my dear readers!!

  • Reply Melanie Monday June 27th, 2016 at 06:24 PM

    Sehr tolle Bilder! Ich mag solche Posts immer sehr gerne, da bekomme ich auch immer gleich sehr viel Reiselust und dein Overall ist perfekt für den Sommer :-*

    ganz liebe Grüße
    Melanie / http://www.goldzeitblog.blogspot.de

    • Reply Vicky Thursday June 30th, 2016 at 08:18 PM

      dankeschön! das freut mich sehr, dass die meine Reiseberichte gefallen. Ich gebe mir viel Mühe :) liebe Grüße

  • Reply Kerstin Monday June 27th, 2016 at 07:13 PM

    Oh so schön. Ich war dort im letzten Schuljahr und wir haben so ca. die selbe Tour gemacht wie ihr (außer Wein + Trüffel natürlich). Piran ist so eine süße Stadt finde ich.

    Love, kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Reply Vicky Thursday June 30th, 2016 at 08:17 PM

      ja da hast du Recht. Die kleine Stadt ist total schön und wir werden bestimmt mal wieder dorthin kehren!

      liebste Grüße

  • Reply Christine Monday June 27th, 2016 at 09:16 PM

    Die Salinen sind ein wunderschöner Ort zum Entspannen und Erholen. Ein Besuch ist absolut empfehlenswert. Wunderschön auch der kleine, aber feine Salz-Laden inmitten der Saline, wo man herrliche Kosmetik (Masken, Seifen…), Schokolade mit feinem Salzgeschmack und sogar wunderschöne Geschirrtücher (zum Abtrocknen fast zu schade) bekommt. Ich freue mich jedes Mal, dorthin zurückzukehren :-)))

    • Reply Vicky Thursday June 30th, 2016 at 08:16 PM

      Liebe Christine,
      ach wie schön, dass ihr auch so eine gute Zeit in Slowenien hattet. Danke für den Tipp mit dem Souvenirladen! Klingt wirklich toll!

      liebe Grüße,
      Vicky

  • Reply Samantha Mariko Tuesday June 28th, 2016 at 05:43 PM

    just fantastic – the scenery, the closeups of the flowers, the outfits. <3
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

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