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Welcome to Portorož
Portorož is the most vivid and worldly
tourist centre of Slovenian coast.

The town of Portorož has been known
as a health resort as early as the mid-13th century, when the Benedictine monks
from the Monastery of St. Lawrence (Samostan sv. Lovrenca) carried out preventive
therapies for various diseases by means of seawater, saline solutions, algae and
salt mud.

Development of Portorož as a turist destination started in 19th century when
wholesome of mud from the nearby saltpans was discovered.

Today, Portorož prides itself with elegant hotels, restaurants, thermal spas,
wellness programs, sports centers, nice shopping areas a marina, a casino, and a
lively cultural and entertainment agenda.
The Slovene Coast use to be known for its salt-pans.

The most important among them were the so-called Piran's salt-pans, of which
only the miniature pans of Strunjan and fairly large Secovlje pans have survived
up to the present day.

The first written records about the Piran salt-pans, date to the second half of the
13th century from the Piran statute.

The pans, which are composed of a number of diverse and more or less saline
biotopes forming a closed ecosystem, have become a rich treasury of the world of
plants and animals, the sort which cannot be found anywhere else in Slovenia.

In the area, known as Secovlje Salina Nature Park (photos on the left), the
symbiosis between man and nature is marked with centuries-old tradition of
salt-making; from the Middle Ages till today it has created a unique salina
landscape.

In these northernmost Mediterranean salt-pans, salt is still produced traditionally,
with classical salt-pan methods and tools, which originate from the 13th century,
which is the reason why salt has retained its very special taste and exceptional
characteristics.

- Sea salt
Made through natural crystallization in salt basins.
- Unrefined sea salt
Made through natural crystallization of salt in salt basins. It may contain visible
admixtures of natural origin as a result of crystallization and manual scraping of salt in
salt basins.
- Salt flower
It is made on the surface of brine from salt crystals, which form the characteristic
pyramidal structure in the shape of a thin, fragile crust. It is slightly pink. With its taste
and fragrance, the salt flower complements the pleasure of good food.

Owing to its specific architectural and historical features as well as to the
exceptional diversity of plants and animals (more than 200 bird species occupy
the Secovlje salt-pans, and some 90 species breed there permanently), the 650ha
large area of salt-pans is protected as a cultural monument and nature park.