Portoroz – The Slovenian Escape between Tennis, Sea and Gaming

Portorož (literally “Port of Roses”) is a coastal settlement in the Municipality of Piran in southwestern Slovenia.It’s now one of the most important tourist area of Slovenia, known especially for health resorts, beaches and casinos.The municapality of Piran (just 2 km from Portoroz) is a very beautiful medieval town with narrow street and compact houses. Both of them are fantastic places where you can think to stay for a relaxing trip with a fantastic mixing of culture, sea, fun, and good food. And if you will find in your busy schedule a few hours of time for tennis there is Tilia Open to wait for you.

Infact since 2013 it’s held, on hard courts of Sports Recreational Center Marina Portoroz, the Tilia Slovenian Open, a challenger event which will return also this summer from 8th to 15th August with a money prize of 50,000 USD. The best slovenian players will try to win the tournament; especially Gregor Zemlja winner in 2013 edition, Blaz Kavcic (winner in 2014) and other home hero Blaz Rola.  Among other players, italian Luca Vanni (winner of the last edition), naturalized briton Aljaz Bedene but exspecially top 100 german Florian Mlayer will have great chance of victory. In short, for this year too, viewers will have the opportunity to attend tennis matches of the highest quality.

Piran-Portoroz has easily accessible in many ways. There is a little airport but the links with Europe are not very frequent and are also expensive. The best solution is to get to the airport of Trieste “Ronchi dei Legionari” which is only 20 km from Portoroz. Infact at the airport is possible to get a publc bus with leave daily at 14:30. If you want to get a tour of this beatiful zone of Slovenia, a quite cheap and comfortable solution is of course to rent a car. Go on skyscanner to find your better flight solution to Trieste or Portoroz.

Marian Portorož is the first marina built in Slovenia. Planning began as far back as 1974 and the marina was constructed on areas that were once the salt pans of Lucija. It is also a sports and recreation centre (which hosts tournament), where guests have the possibility to play tennis on 13 clay courts, 2 covered courts under a balloon and 4 hard surface courts. Mini golf may be played on 19 tracks as well as table tennis, basketball, volleyball and five-a-side football (futsal). Swimming in a pool may also be enjoyed. In the area there are also two restaurants which offers some exquisite menus that combine traditional and modern flavours. In the protected compound of Marina Portorož lies a luxurious apartment residence area called Residence Marina that offers prestigious apartments form 70 to 140 m2 with royal comfort, extensive terraces, Jacuzzi baths and a memorable view of the Gulf of Piran. The classic apartment price for three people starts from 170€ (breakfast paid 11€ more). Of course if you want to follow tennis tournament this is the best accomodation possible.

marina portoroz

Other two good solutions are:

  • Hotel Celigo. Just 800 mt from Adriatic Sea and 300 from Portoroz Marina this elegant hotel offers elegant interiors and modern-style accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a plasma TV. A stylish à la carte restaurant serving Slovenian and international cuisine is available. A standard double room (wide 25 mq2 with extra-large sized bed) in the period of tennis event costs just 175€ daily with breakfast included.

hotel celigo

  • If you can not give up the luxury on vacation, then the right hotel for you is undoubtedly the Hotel Kempinski Palace. Until 2008 known as Palace Hotel, this is the only deluxe hotel in Slovenia. The hotel was built since 1908 and completed in 1912 at the time of Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the end of 1983, it was proclaimed a cultural monument, and a park in front of hotel was called a monument of designed nature. Today this hotel is run by German luxury hotel chain Kempinski. Today it features  seawater swimming pools, a vast state-of-the-art spa and wellness area, various restaurants and bars as well as views of the Adriatic Sea. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Guests can relax and unwind in the Rose Spa that spreads over 1,500 m²  and can taste sensational menus in 2 a-la-carte restaurants. Prices stars from 290€ per night for a terrific superior room of 35 mq2 with breakfast included.


 Useful links:

Portoroz and Pirano Tourism

Marina Portoroz Official Site

Official Tournament Site

Portoroz Accomodations





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