The Strunjan Peninsula is strewn thick with hidden gems of natural and cultural heritage. A healthy environment, authentic traditions, marvellous views and the diversity of the fauna and flora offer countless possibilities for actively enjoying the outdoor life.
You can easily spend the entire day in the park, or drop by now and then, savouring its marvels one at a time. The nature here is in constant change, so each new visit to the park is a new experience. The unique alliance between sea, coast and hinterland, and the heritage expressive in the local people make Landscape Park Strunjan a precious piece of the Adriatic coast.
The cultural landscape with dispersed settlement, rural hedges and terraces separated by dry-stone walls, allows a quality co-existence of man and nature. The Strunjan saltpans, still operative, and the Stjuža Lagoon, remains of formerly extensive fish farming, are also part of this landscape, marking off its area of saltwater wetlands, one of the most endangered ecosystems of the planet.
The only state-level protected area in Slovenia that includes the sea, the Landscape Park Strunjan also boasts the longest stretch of natural coast in the Gulf of Trieste, above which rise geologically still active flysch cliffs. The extraordinary range of habitats and their state of conservation allow for rich biodiversity of the area. By observing the park’s code of conduct and complying with its safety regimes you can help us preserve it.
Landscape Park Strunjan was instituted on February 2, 1990, with the aim of protecting natural values, as well as preserving biological and landscape diversity. Its establishment came about upon the initiative of the municipalities of Izola and Piran, based on the Natural and Cultural Heritage Act. In 1999, Slovenia adopted a new main provision on nature preservation and protection – the Nature Conservation Act – which served as a foundation for the Decree on the Landscape Park Strunjan adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in 2004.
Towards the end of 2008, the Decision Establishing the ‘Landscape Park Strunjan’ Public Institute was passed. Since then, the Landscape Park Strunjan has been managed by the homonymous public institute, which promotes activities throughout the park to the extent and in forms that help preserve or improve the condition of the natural environment and cultural landscape, and at the same time provide for the development of the local community.
Landscape Park Strunjan is the only area of state-level protection in Slovenia that includes the sea: it comprises a 200-metre belt of coastal sea (also protected within the Strunjan Nature Reserve) and the entire Bay of Strunjan as far as Pacug.Read more
The most distinctive part of Landscape Park Strunjan are its cliffs, up to 80 metres high, which have been, together with their bosky edges and the 200-metre-wide sea belt underneath, declared a nature reserve.Read more
Stjuža is the only Slovenian sea lagoon. Today, the area of the lagoon is an important part of the Strunjan Stjuža Nature Reserve, which is included in the Natura 2000 network, primarily to protect habitat for waterfowl.Read more
The Strunjan saltpans are the northernmost and smallest saltpans in the Mediterranean, where salt has been produced according to traditional methods for over 700 years.Read more
The natural attributes of the Strunjan Peninsula, its Mediterranean climate and lee position in particular, have enabled the population of this area and the development of traditional economic activities in harmony with nature.Read more