Trip Ideas and Restaurants

Nearby Experiences and Activities

  • Length: 6 km
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • What? You will visit 3 unique caves, which were converted into shelters during World War I. They are unique both from the natural and architectural point of view. Along the way you will have the opportunity to learn about the unique karst landscape, its features, traditions and hear quite some sad (nonsensical) stories and facts about the war that should be remembered, so that such a thing never happens again. There are still plenty of war remains and artefacts visible along the route. The tour ends with a visit to the small military museum in the cave club Temnica.
  • Price: 100€/group (up to 10 people)
  • Price: 150€/group (from 11 up to 25 people
  • Starting point: Temnica
  • Please book at least 2 days in advance.
  • Length: Minimum walking (1 km)
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • What: This tour will take you back to the time of the Great War. The content of the tour is almost the same as before, except that we move between the caves by cars.
  • Price: 70€/group (up to 10 people)
  • Price: 100€/group (from 11 up to 25 people)
  • Starting point: Temnica
  • Please book at least 2 days in advance.
  • Duration: 45 min
  • What? Roasting/baking sausages soldier style – put on a wooden stick and turned over the fire pit. All this takes place in a great ambience infront of the cave entrance.
  • What is included? One sausage/per person, bread, juice, water, red and white from the region. Price: 8€/person
  • Duration: 60 min
  • What? You will visit the boutique Herbal Farm Rogelja in the charming neighboring village Vojščica. The herbalist/owner Magda is a professional alternative healer. She is a naturopath, masseuse, consultant, and producer of a variety of home-grown herbal products. During the visit, you will learn many interesting things about the farm beginnings, Magda’s passions, the healing power of herbs, take a tour of the garden and treat your taste buds with various herbal specialties.
  • What is included? Welcome drinks (liquors, spirits, herbal syrups, water, hydrolats mixed in water) presentation of the farm, herbal garden tour, herbal tasting/specialties (two types of herbal spreads, two types of karst “frtalja”, herbal cookies, crackers, bread, ice cream). If you have special dietary requirements inform the tour organizer in advance. The Herbal Farm visit can be tailored (shortened or lenghtened) to your preferences.
  • Price: 15 €/person (min 3 persons)
  • Where? Vojščica (Herbal farm Rogelja)
  • Please book at least 3 days in advance.
  • Link: https://www.facebook.com/ZeliscaInNaturopatija
  • What? Treat yourself to one of the massages performed by the experienced herbalist Magda. Choose from a wide offer:
    • Therapeutic massage
    • Anti-stress massage
    • Reflex foot massage
    • Detoxifying massage
  • Massage duration: 60 minutes

  • Massage price: 45 €

  • Where? Vojščica (Herbal farm Rogelja)

  • Please book at least 4 days in advance.

  • Link: https://zeliscarogelja.si/masaze/

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Please book at least 3 days in advance.

Other Experiences and Activities

Monument of Peace, 25 metres high stone tower, is located at the panoramic peak in Cerje. It overlooks the Goriška region, Karst, Vipava Valley, Friuli Plain and the Adriatic Sea.

Distance from Brinovka: 9 km/car

Webpage: https://www.mirenkras.si/en/cerje/visit-the-monumet-of-peace

Štanjel is one of the oldest settlements in the Karst. Due to its strategic location, the Turn hill, on which the terraced settlement is spread today, has been inhabited since prehistoric times.

Distance from Brinovka: 17 km/car

Webpage: https://www.visitstanjel.si/en/stanjel-castle

Duino Castle is a fourteenth-century fortification located in Duino, near Trieste, Italy, on the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Trieste.

Distance from Brinovka: 25km/car

Webpage: https://www.castellodiduino.it/en/

Portopiccolo is a luxury marina village located on the Adriatic coast in Sistiana Bay, Italy. It features luxury residences, a marina, shops, restaurants, and a beach club.

Distance from Brinovka: 25 km/car

Webpage: https://www.caszaizlet.si/portopiccolo/

The neatly arranged garden and large plant collection ensure a pleasant horticultural experience.

Distance from Brinovka: 30 km/car

Website: https://www.vrtsezana.si/?lang=en

The Lipica estate is the central attraction of the Karst region, and one of Slovenia’s main cultural monuments. Lipica is the home of the Lipizzan horse and the biggest Lipizzan stud farm in the world. Experience it in the company of over 300 white Lipizzan horses across more than 300 hectares of green space.

Distance from Brinovka: 33 km/car

Webpage: https://www.lipica.org/en/

Miramare Castle is a 19th-century castle direct on the Gulf of Trieste between Barcola and Grignano in Trieste, northeastern Italy.

Distance from Brinovka: 38 km/car

Webpage: https://miramare.cultura.gov.it/en/

The Škocjan Caves have featured on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List since 1986. They are truly extraordinary.

Distance from Brinovka: 41km/car

Webpage: https://www.park-skocjanske-jame.si/en/

More Distant Destinations and Attractions

Goriška Brda (32km) The picture-book landscape invites visitors to discover it on foot or by bike. You’ll feel well at ease immediately as locals pamper you with homemade wines and delectable dishes.

Distance from Brinovka: 32 km

Website: https://www.slovenia.info/en/places-to-go/regions/mediterranean-karst-slovenia/brda

Welcome to the most captivating cave in the world and the largest show cave in Europe! While touring the 24-kilometre-long cave system, you will get to feel the magic of the underground world and experience a one-of-a-kind ride on Postojna Cave’s underground train.

Distance from Brinovka: 60 km

Website: https://www.postojnska-jama.eu/sl/

The very centre of social events on the coast and one of the most beautiful historical Mediterranean towns, connected by the story of salt.

Distance from Brinovka: 75 km

Website: https://www.portoroz.si/en/
https://www.slovenia.info/en/places-to-go/attractions/piran-and-salt-pans

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It’s known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub.

Distance from Brinovka: 105 km

Website: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/

Venice, known also as the “City of Canals,” “The Floating City,” and “Serenissima,” is arguably one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. With its winding canals, striking architecture, and beautiful bridges, Venice is a popular destination for travel.

Distance from Brinovka: 160 km

Website: https://www.visit-venice-italy.com/

Food and Beverages Nearby

Špacapan House has been promoting and developing Karst cuisine for more than 40 years. The beginnings date back to 1973 when the Špacapan family took under their wing an old village inn.

Website: https://www.spacapan.si/en/

Address: Komen 85, 6223 Komen

NOE Restaurant boasts a beautiful setting by the lake, a wide selection of wines from the Primorska wine-growing regions, and local, seasonal food. The friendly staff caters to even the most demanding guests, as the restaurant’s central idea is relaxation in nature accompanied by oenogastronomic indulgence.

Website: https://si.gaultmillau.com/restaurants/noe-wine-bar-restaurant?lang=en

Address: Volčja draga 43 d, 5293, Volčja draga

“Gostilna pri Lojzetu” is one of the best restaurants in Slovenia, boasting 1 Michelin star. Led by the renowned chef Tomaž Kavčič and located in the unique setting of Zemono, this experience will definitely enchant you. Zemono is also one of the most popular wedding locations.

Website: https://www.zemono.si/en/index.php

Address: Zemono 7, 5271 Vipava

House Franko first entered the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017, but its legacy dates back over half a century, when Franko Kramar used to serve his famous Frankov roast beef and frico at the inn. In June 2020, with the first issue of the Michelin Guide for Slovenia, Hiša Franko received two Michelin stars and a Green Star, accolades it has retained in all subsequent editions. The restaurant is led by Ana Roš – the best female chef in the world.

Website: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/

Address: Staro selo 1, 5222 Kobarid

In one of Slovenia’s finest restaurants, renowned for its original cuisine through four generations of the Mahorčič family, you will be enchanted by Karst and Brkini dishes in a modern interpretation. Welcome to one of Slovenia’s best culinary masters, Ksenija Mahorčič.

Website: https://www.rundictes.si/

Address: Rodik 51, 6240 Kozina

The estate is renowned for its homemade pasta, primarily made by the family’s son, Andraž. The saffron gnocchi with pancetta is superb, soft enough to melt in your mouth. The ravioli with dried tomatoes and ricotta on a spinach cream were divine, and for meat lovers, we recommend the Florentine steak. Biting into the perfectly cooked meat with a crispy crust and tender center, a burst of juice flows into the mouth. For those who appreciate good meat, the address where Šajna resides is worth remembering, especially since they age the meat themselves. The wine cellar offers between 50 and 70 labels.

Website: http://www.sajna.si/

Address: Šepulje 4, 6210 Sežana

The tradition of the Muha estate dates back to the distant year of 1679. They are the oldest inn in the Karst region, offering delicacies of Karst cuisine and Teran wine.

Povezava: https://www.gostilna-muha.com/eng/

Address: Lokev 138, 6219 Lokev

House Krasna is an idyllic gourmet boutique hotel, opened in 2016 by owners Dajana and Boris Škibin. An exquisite restaurant with three consecutive Michelin recognitions (Michelin Plate 2020 and 2021, Michelin Recommendation 2022 and 2023), a stone wine cellar with tastings of Karst delicacies, and a social room that, during warm spring and summer evenings, spills into a picturesque courtyard under the starry sky.

Website: https://krasna-hisa.si/en/

Address: Lokev 78, 6219 Lokev

Ošterija Furlan is a family-run tavern and pizzeria. They offer delicacies of the Primorska cuisine with a Mediterranean twist and top wines from the Primorska wine region. They also prepare excellent wood-fired pizzas and homemade ice cream.

Website: https://osterijabranik.si/

Address: Branik 79a, 5295 Branik

Bistro Grad Štanjel is located in the heart of the medieval castle in the Karst village of Štanjel. On the romantic castle courtyard, they offer indulgence in modernized Karst cuisine, which will lead you to a harmony of flavors and a richness of colors and aromas. Ingredients are always local, with authentic scents and Karst tastes – your taste buds will remind you of warm grandmother’s hands, cooking with the very same thoughts. The dishes they offer are constantly changing, thus adapting to the season and seasonal ingredients, whose availability matches the 0km philosophy.

Website: https://gradstanjel.si/en

Address: Štanjel 1a, 6222, Slovenia

This family-run restaurant has been operating since 1994, with a major emphasis on a diverse selection of seafood dishes from always fresh fish and shellfish. The restaurant is distinguished by its Mediterranean cuisine of pure flavors. In addition to seafood platters, the restaurant also offers meat dishes, among which the tagliata from aged ribs stands out. Dining on the vine-covered terrace offers a real delight.

Website: https://vivi.si/en/restavracija/gostilna-zeja/

Address: Ozeljan 32i, Šempas

Restaurant DAM offers a unique culinary experience under the leadership of Chef Uroš Fakuč, who with a modern approach to ingredients, uncompromisingly insisting on high quality, courageously creates his concept in close cooperation with small local producers. The restaurant is a long-time member of the prestigious association JRE (Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe) and is recommended by Gault & Millau, Gambero Rosso, and Identita’ Golose. In June 2020, Chef Uroš Fakuč and the boutique restaurant Dam received the prestigious award – a Michelin star, an exceptional commendation for his freshness and creativity in creation, and an even greater motivation for the future.

Website: https://www.damhotel.si/en/restaurant/

Address: Ulica Vinka Vodopivca 24, 5000 Nova Gorica

Gostilnica Mandrija has been opening its doors for years to all who enjoy local Primorska food and wines. Our culinary offerings date back to 1994 when a modest family snack bar was opened at Mandrija, which over the years has evolved and expanded its menu. Eventually, it grew into Gostilnica Mandrija, offering a rich selection of homemade dishes prepared in a traditional way, with a touch of modern cuisine, in a friendly, homely environment.

Website: https://www.mandrija.si/en.html

Address: Ajševica 81, 5000 Nova Gorica

Osmica is a traditional sale of wine and other agricultural products directly at the estates. In the past, this “tax-free sale” period could only last 8 days a year. Hence the name osmica (‘eight’ in Slovenian). Today, this local specialty is a popular way of selling homemade delicacies to farm visitors, enhanced by socializing and musical events.

Using this link, you can check if any “osmicas” are open during your stay: https://osmice.info/

Upon request, we can organize and deliver a traditional platter (pork), bread, and wine, produced by a local farmer in the nearby area.

For information about excursions you can write to us at info@brinovka.com, but you can also call us at

Andrej +386 30 609 605
Tadej +386 41 825 569

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