Easily reached by bus from the train terminus in Koper, Portorož (“Port of Roses”) sprawls at the beginning of a long, tapering peninsula that projects like a lizard’s tail north into the Adriatic. Popular since the end of the nineteenth century for its mild climate and the health-inducing properties of its salty mud baths, today the resort’s big draw is high-rise hotels, glitzy casinos and buzzing nightlife. The main “beach” is just a continuation of the concrete promenade and there’s not a great deal of culture here, but the town’s modernity and vibrant bars and clubs are unrivalled on this stretch of the coast.

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