Piran panorama
Photo: Petra Klanšek

Study Visit of the Slovenian Section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route

In Person
Location: Slovenia
Date: 26.09.2023 - 27.09.2023
The second study visit of the ICTr-CE project was organised in Portorož and Piran in Slovenia by the University of Primorska. The meet gave us an opportunity to discuss the needs of tourism SMEs and explore Slovenia’s coastal region. Did you know that there are also two EuroVelo cycling trails in this part of Slovenia? They connect coastal cities in Slovenia with Italy and Croatia.


EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route 

EuroVelo 8, also known as the Mediterranean Route, is a spectacular cycling journey that spans across several countries, providing cyclists with the opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes and cultures of the Mediterranean region. Starting in Turkey, the route takes cyclists through Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France, and finally to Spain and Gibraltar. This route showcases the enchanting beauty of the Mediterranean coast, offering breathtaking views of crystal-clear waters, charming coastal villages, and historic landmarks.

During our visit in Portorož, we had a chance to cycle with e-bikes that we rented from the local provider and cycle the Parenzana, trial that is part EuroVelo 8, and visit the Sečovlje Saltpans, Fonda fish farm and local producer of olive oil Gramona olive farm.



Did you know that Parenzana is a former railway path that led from Trieste to Poreč in the years from 1902 until 1935? Due to its rich history between Slovenia and Italy, it is also known as a Trail of Health and Friendship. What a great name for a cycling path!


Things to do along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route in Slovenia 

Keeping in mind the great weather from April until Oktober it is a great opportunity for any bike enthusiast. During the warmer days, you can take a swim almost anywhere while exploring different cities (Koper, Izola, Portorož and Piran). Visti the old history of producing salt in Sečovlje Saltpans with its nature park, try scuba diving or just take a boat tour to experience Piran from a different perspective.