Today I’m going to let you into a little secret: where to find another of Slovenia’s hidden wild beaches. Debeli Rtič or ‘Fat Cape’ is a secluded spot close to the border with Muggia in Italy. It compares nicely with Moonlight Bay, Strunjan, as only locals tend to visit. It’s not a very long beach, so it can still get a little crowded in Summer, but it opens onto shallow waters where some fascinating marine life can be found. It’s a great place to take the kids paddling, but bear in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty here.
How to get there
Debeli Rtič is located just northwest of the small town of Ankaran close to the port city of Koper. Park at the Zdravilišče Debeli Rtič: this is a children’s health centre, youth hostel and hotel complex boasting delightful gardens, playgrounds and pools. It is well worth a visit, but today I want to show you a wild swimming spot. So leave the car at this point and take a walk.
From the car park, head back towards the main road, then take a left towards the cliffs following Jadranska Cesta, a dirt road between vineyards which passes a derelict observation tower dating back to WW2, when the area was occupied for a time by German forces. The vines in the area are owned by Vinakoper, the largest wine-producer on the Slovenian coast.
When you reach an information board informing you about the local marine life (which includes seahorses and the critically endangered Pinna Nobilis, or Fan Mussel), take a right, and continue walking along the cliff top until you see a stone staircase leading down to the shore. Here you may bathe in the open waters, and hunt for treasures such as Noah’s Ark Shells on the pebbly beach. Here’s one we found: