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The Isle of Cona is the heart of Regional Natural Reserve Foce dell’Isonzo, an area of ​​approximately 2400 hectares located along the final 15 km of the river Isonzo. 

The high biological value of the area depends on its geographical position: it is the damp zone at furthest north of the Mediterranean Sea, situated in an area that outlines the physical border between the high and rocky coast of the Karst of Trieste and Gorizia and the low and sandy coasts of the Adriatic (starting from Grado and Lignano).
The activities that can take place within the natural reserve are many, from simple walks outdoors to bird watching, from boat excursions to horseback tour: there is plenty of choice.


- The Visit Center, the Museum of the Reserve and the Museum of Ecopark are perfect start points for a day in the green of the reserve to discover the wide variety of flora and fauna that characterize the area.
- The Duck Museum is divided in different thematic areas, where tradition and recent history merge together  to illustrate the species present in the reserve and the hunting techniques.
- Camargue horses that inhabit the reserve are divided into two groups: one is composed of trained animals, used for work and for the various activities on horseback, the other one is composed of horses in the wild, free to roam the territory with the exception of some restricted areas to protect the integrity of growing cane thickets and woods.
- By boat to the river mouth: the river route allows the observation of unspoiled natural environments and wildlife from an advantage point. It’s possible to observe a herd of Camargue horses living in the wild in the areas near the mouth of the Isonzo. Where the river meets the sea, the fabulous view of the Gulf of Trieste opens out to visitors.
- Guided tours (for groups only): with an early booking, you can arrange guided tours within the reserve to discover with the help of experts the rare beauty and uniqueness of an rich and wild area.

Hints for your holidays

1st Day: MONFALCONE - DUINO - MONFALCONE

Arrival to Europalace Hotel**** and rooms allocation.

Welcome drink and brief introduction of the hotel, the services and the itinerary.

Departure towards Duino, excursion (not guided) along the Rilke path, one of the more suggestive and easy to walk way of the Carso triestino. It owes its name to the poet Rainer Maria Rilke who loved to walk along it when he was guest of the Prince Torre Tasso. His “Duinesi Elegies” reflects the fascinating charm of the karstic ridge, a white cliff that dives in the Duino sea and in the Bay of Sistiana.

Return to the hotel for dinner. Free evening

 

2nd  Day: MONFALCONE – ISOLA DELLA CONA - MONFALCONE

Breakfast in hotel.

Arrival at the Isola della Cona and guided tour of the natural park (about 2 hours). Lunch at the typical restaurant “Al Pettirosso” inside the park.

Free early afternoon to dedicate to relax, birdwatching, visit to the museum or, for those who wish, to organize horseback tour through the reserve (no beginners).

Late afternoon dedicated to an exciting boat tour (about 2 hours) along the last course of the river until the wonderful mouth.

The river route allows the observation of unspoiled natural environments and wildlife from an advantage point. It’s possible to observe a herd of Camargue horses living in the wild in the areas near the mouth of the Isonzo. Where the river meets the sea, the fabulous view of the Gulf of Trieste opens out to visitors.

Return to the hotel for dinner. During the evening, possibility of transfer to the casinos of the near Slovenia.

 

Eventual services and extra charges:

-          minitour: equestrian activities for children: € 3,00

-          Horseback tour through the Reserve (about 2 hours, for trained people): € 15,00 per hour

-          Horseback tour to the grassland of the Reserve, where horses and cows live in the wild (about 2 hours, for trained people): € 15,00 per hour

-          Binoculars rental: € 2,00

Suggested period: from April to October. Trekking clothing or sportswearing.




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