On the Adriatic Sea's Gulf of Trieste, Portoroz is Slovenia's most important seaside tourism destination, along a coast spanning 30 miles. Part of the municipality of Piran (the peninsula of Piran is a famed tourism spot), its population of 3,000 permanent residents is considerably swelled in warmer months. Also notable is that it holds an annual World Tennis Association tournament and an international film festival. The Venetian Republic ruled the area for more than five centuries.
The local airport is Portoroz Airport (POW) and is the closest airport to the larger, Italian city of Trieste; however, it has only business and charter flights. The more likely airport for visitors is the Slovene capital Ljubljana's international airport, Joze Pucnik Ljubljana (LJU). So narrow is this part of Slovenia, Portoroz Airport is only 1,000 feet from the Croatian border.
Chief among meeting venues in Portoroz is the Convention Centre Portus, LifeClass Hotels & Spa, which consist of six hotels, including the 192-room Grand Hotel Portoroz and the 160-room Slovenija, 16,000 square feet of event space for up to 1,200 persons, and a conference center for 520. (The Grand is the facility's 5 Star property.) Other hotel venues in Portoroz include the 241-room Grand Hotel Bernardin, which contains the Bernardin Congress Center with 16 meeting rooms, including the Europa for up to 1,100 persons; the 181-room Kempinksi Palace Portoroz, which has 11 meeting rooms, including the Crystal Ballroom for 350 persons; and the 103-room Grand Hotel Metropol, which has five meeting rooms, the largest, Tartini, able to host 150 persons.
Portoroz's unique function spots take full advantage of a sunny coastline and the area's Roman heritage. Choose between the arched Cloister of the Franciscan Monastery, which dates to the 17th century, is partly covered, and is a very graceful, historic spot for up to 120 persons; Theater Tartini Piran, which was built in 1910, returned to its original state with a renovation in 2000, and has seating for up to 300 persons; Parish Garden of the Cultural Centre Georgios, which is an open-air site amid old walls and historic buildings that can cater to 100 for seated events and 150 for cocktail receptions; Secovlje Salina Nature Park, which still produces sea salt, is almost in Croatia, and has facilities including a museum, the Salt Flower Pub for 50 persons and a multi-media center for 60; and sculpture park Forma Viva Portoroz, which has more than 120 works of art from more than 30 countries and is an outdoor venue for up to 1,000 persons.
Slovenes have their own cuisine, influenced by German and French fare. Excellent local-fare restaurants in Portoroz include Rizibizi, which has a main restaurant with 40 seats, a small, private room for 20, and two summer terraces with views over salt pans and the Bay of Piran; Restaurant Papa' Giovanin, which is in the 34-room, boutique-style Residence Celigo and also has 40 seats in its main room, as well as a summer terrace for the same number; celebrated, off-the-beaten-track Gasthaus Ribic, which is located on pretty much the last piece of Slovene built-up land before Croatia; fine-dining establishment Restaurant Fleur de Sel at the Kempinski; and seafood restaurant Staro Sidro, or “Old Anchor,” which has great sea views and feels detached, almost slightly decaying in a wonderful, faded-grandeur manner.