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Lipica is heaven for horselovers the world over and a beautiful place for a peaceful, relaxing break from the stresses of everyday life. Lipica will draw you in and leave an unforgettable 'hoofprint' in your heart!
Come and enjoy the history, the Karst landscape and of course, the astonishing beauty of the Lipizzaner.
Contact us now to discuss the endless vacation possibilities and once again, welcome to Lipica! ....


Why should I visit Lipica?
Top things to do / Sights / Attractions in Lipica
Tours in Lipica / Day Tours from Lipica
Best Accommodation in Lipica
Top Events in Lipica
Sample Itinerary Ideas and tips for Lipica
Did you know? Fun facts for Lipica
How to get to and from Lipica
Lipica Weather



Why should I visit Lipica?


Lipica is a haven for horse lovers. Enthusiasts can arrange expert riding lessons, take a trail ride or engage in other equine activities on offer. Lipica offers complete holiday packages for anyone wishing to stay for more than a few days.

There is a great hotel on site, offering comfort and relaxation plus offering many facilities for guests. (See below for details).

Lipica also makes an ideal central base for exciting day trips. The coastal towns of Koper, Piran and Izola are nearby. Sample some Italian flair with Trieste and Italy only minutes away. The famous caves of Postojna and Skocjan are also nearby. In fact, the rest of Slovenia is still within easy reach and even Croatia too.
Welcome to Lipica!

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Top things to do / Sights / Attractions in Lipica, Slovenia


STUD FARM TOUR

Taken with the performance or on its own, the 90 minute stud farm tour at Lipica takes you behind the scenes and into the world of the Lipizzaner. Visit the famous yard, the mansion and Velbanca, the oldest stable at Lipica. Interact with history in the Lipikum Museum where everything is explained in bright and colorful displays. See the Borjača stables where the white mares take care of their dark foals. A special experience if you visit at this time is also the morning departure of the mares and foals to the pastures. The highlight of everyone's tour is the chance to pet the beautiful mares and foals out in the paddocks.

Entry includes -
- guided or independent tour
- unlimited access to the grounds of the stud farm during the opening hours
- visit to the oldest stable – Velbanca where representatives of all the classical lines of Lipizzaner stallions can be seen
- visit to the Lipikum Lipizzaner Museum
- visit to the Carriage Museum
- visit to the Avgust Černigoj Art Gallery
- access to the historic centre with the Manor
- access to the Karst House
- access to the Valley of Our Lady of Lourdes, Chapel of St. Anthony
- access to the pastures, tree avenues, parks and walking paths (5 km long)


Additional Notes:
- The guided tour goes for 50 minutes then you have free time to explore on your own after that!
- Or you can download the app and do it on your own without a guide.
- Tours run year round roughly from 1000-1500 in winter and 1000-1700 in summer.
- Guided tours mainly in Slovene and English language plus Italian and German in summer with others on request only.
- Reservations not needed for the stud tour, just turn up and buy a ticket!
- You can also buy a combined ticket for the Performance which includes the stud tour

For times and prices for Lipica Stud Farm Tours visit their site HERE





RIDING LESSONS


If you are an experienced rider then the weekly riding program set up at Lipica is the one for you! Take expert horse riding tuiton from the world class instructors in this all inclusive package.

Includes:
- Riding lessons (10 lessons of 45 min each, divided into 5 riding days).
- Morning duties in the stables – horse grooming.
- Guided or independent tour of the stud farm.
- Unlimited access to the grounds of the stud farm during the opening hours.
- Unlimited access to the highlights of the stud farm uring the opening hours.
- Presentation of the classical riding school (April till end of October).
- Visit Ravne, dislocated unit for young Lipizzaner stallions up to 4 years old.
- Certificate of participation.

Additional Notes:
- package available year round
- usually runs from Saturday to Saturday

For a list of conditions and requirements in order to take part,
check Lipica's site HERE







TRAIL RIDES


Experienced riders can take a thrilling trail ride and explore the Lipica estate and surrounds.
The duration of the ride is around 90 minutes and the price includes the admission to the stud farm, which allows you full access to the stud farm during opening hours.
Prior reservation is needed.

For a list of conditions and requirements in order to take part,
check Lipica's site HERE





LIPIZZANERS IN TRAINING


The classical riding school of Lipica is the pride and success of the Lipica Stud Farm. See how the horses and their riders train for the main performance where bonds of trust are created between the stallions and their riders. It is a special insight into the work of the best stallions of Lipica and enthralls nearly everyone who attends. Their training session in the riding hall will be accompanied by music and an easy to understand explanation. Combine with a tour or performance for a great day out!

For more information, check Lipica's site HERE





LIPIZZANER PERFORMANCE


See the end result of years of hard work on the training ground in this brilliant performance. Thousands come very year to see selected stallions impress with their elegant steps, noble appearance and other surprises! The show lasts for 45 minutes in the main arena and the last number is the attractive “School above the ground”

Performances have traditionally been held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays during high season at 1500 and the ticket price includes the stud farm tour. Announcements are made in several languages.

Dogs are not allowed in the riding hall and photography / filming is also not allowed in the riding hall.

For more information, check Lipica's site HERE





HORSE CARRIAGE RIDES


Travel the surrounding roads and paths around the Lipica estate while taking your very own horse carriage ride. Book in advance to enjoy this unique experience.

4 people can be accommodated in a small carriage, 7 in a large carriage and 2 in the special wedding carriage. Tickets for carriage rides can only be bought when also buying tickets to visit the stud farm, which allows you full access to all the property of the stud farm during opening hours. In case of bad weather, carriage rides are not available.





KIDS PONY RIDES

Pony-riding is intended for the youngest guests to Lipica! Our guides will explain how ponies communicate and how to approach and touch them. Children will ride a pony accompanied with our guide and it is an experience that is sure to be a highlight of their holiday.

For more information, check Lipica's site HERE







AVGUST CERNIGOJ ART GALLERY

Born in Trieste, Avgust Cernigoj was an artist from the Karst region who has left an indelible mark in the history of Slovene fine art. His life and work was closely intertwined with the history of the Karst Littoral region over 50 years and therefore retains a special place here at Lipica. Come and see his gallery which includes over 1,400 works.
- Entrance included with the stud farm tour ticket.

For more information, check Lipica's site HERE








GOLF COURSE


Another major drawcard for Lipica is their golf course. Described as a "superior" course, the Klub Lipica has over 400 members and the course is well known as being the only course in Slovenia that can played on all year round.

The links offer a par 73, 9 hole course (repeated twice) with dual driving practice ranges and putting and chipping greens. and trolleys\cars and clubs are available for hire. There is a nice club shop as well.

For more information, check Lipica's site HERE





CASINO

There are more than 360 modern slot machines at Grand Casino Lipica with games including Electronic Roulette, Black Jack and Poker. For traditionalists, there is a gaming saloon with American and French Roulette, Punto Banco, Black Jack, different types of Poker including Texas Hold'em, Craps, Keno and Bingo. The thematicallly designed Casino Lipica also hosts many events with international stars.
- Slots open daily for 24 hours, tables vary from 1500-0300. Come down and try your luck. Minimum age - 18 years.





BIKING

At the hotel you can hire bikes to enjoy the many trails around Lipica and routes in the Karst area. Cycling is especially beautiful in Spring or Autumn when you can take in the colours of the season. The area around Lipica is flat and generally traffic free so there are many great paths for families to enjoy. Serious riders can find sanctuary nearby with the ups and downs of the Karst Plateau combining with the many coastal routes.

The staff at Lipica can organise fantastic bicycle tours like Lipica to the Skocjan Caves as an example.





TENNIS

There are 4 outdoor courts near the golf course that are open daily from 0800-2000. Get your tickets at the golf clubhouse.






Day Tours to Lipica


TOURS TO LIPICA












KARST AND COAST TOUR
PUBLIC & PRIVATE TOUR INCLUDES STOP AT LIPICA!


Why book this tour?
This is a great all-round tour that features something for everyone!
A breathtaking castle at Predjama (outside look only), Underground wonders at Skocjan, The grace and elegance of the Lipizzaner and the charm of seaside Piran. From Ljubljana, Book today!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TOUR THEN EMAIL TO BOOK!




TOURS TO LIPICA FROM KOPER OFF CRUISE

Why book this tour?
Get your group together and jump off your cruise ship to enjoy one of Slovenia's most popular tourist attractions at Lipica Stud Farm plus Skocjan caves! A great shore excursion!

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL AND BOOK!





PRIVATE TOURS FROM ANYWHERE IN SLOVENIA TO LIPICA

Book this tour!
Grab the group and book a private day tour to Lipica plus Skocjan Caves and the coast as well!
Email us for a quote :)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TOUR including TIMES and PRICES






Best Accommodation in Lipica


Book Accommodation in Lipica!
Accommodation can be quite subjective as is the case with restaurants and bars.
One stay can be different to the next depending on when you stay, what room you have and the staff on duty etc. But we feel we have captured some great options here!

Peruse the options listed below and pick one that suits your needs, all bookings help keep the website going!





Sloveniaforyou.com have hand picked the best of the each accommodation category to make it easy for you to book!



APARTMENT

Stay at Tourist Farm Hudicevec in Lipica

STUDIO DOROTEJA

SUITED FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES:
* Modern rooms
* Pet Friendly
* Clean Rooms
* Free Wifi
* Free Parking

A great choice if you're looking for a stylish apartment near Lipica with wifi and parking!





GUEST HOUSE

Stay at Lipizzaner Lodge in Lipica

CASA KRASNA

SUITED FOR COUPLES:
* On Site Bar
* Amazing owners
* Clean Rooms
* Tennis, Bike Hire
* Parking

A great choice if you're looking for a modern boutique guest house with amazing amenities!





HOTEL

Stay at Hotel Jama in Lipica

HOTEL MAESTOSO

SUITED FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES:
* Great views
* On site at Lipica
* Clean Rooms
* Great Breakfast
* Good Wifi

The only choice if you're looking for great onsite accommodation at Lipica Stud Farm!




Top Events in Lipica


With its infrastructure, hospitality and experience in the field of organising international competitions, Lipica is highly ranked amongst organisers of the most prominent and most important equestrian competitions. Therefore Lipica often holds numerous equestrian events including the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in 2011 and the FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs as an example.

It is also hosts meetings and get togethers for major equestrian associations both local and international.
Check Lipica's website for all upcoming events!




Sample Itinerary Ideas and tips for Lipica


Lipica is a great place to relax and to explore the farm and surrounds. There is so much to do onsite and in the area within 50km of Lipica. Here are some suggested itineraries and ideas:

Lipica in one day -
If staying at Lipica or nearby, take in everything on offer at the stud farm. The releasing of the mares and foals at around 0900 is a great way to start the day. Relax and take in the stud farm tour then have some lunch. If it is a performance day, head to the main arena at 1500.
Head to Sežana, Lokev or even Trieste for dinner and explore the area.


Lipica in two days -
Day one as above.
Day two -
Have a round of golf or perhaps a carriage ride, trail ride or pony ride for the kids. Head to Sežana, Lokev or even Trieste for lunch or dinner and explore the area.


Lipica in 3-7 days -
Days one and two as above
Visit further afield on exciting day trips in all directions.
Visit the beautiful coast around Piran, explore the wine regions of the Karst, Vipava or Brda. Visit Ljubljana, Skocjan or Postojna caves, the Soca Valley and even Italy and Croatia are not far away.





Did you know? Fun facts for Lipica


1. Last century, up until World War II, masses of people, particularly from the Trieste region, would go on a pilgrimage to the valley of Lipica which was famous for its alleged miraculous recoveries.

2. The soil and climate of the Karst are very similar to that of Spain which is why the Archduke Charles chose to build the royal stud farm in 1578 in the Karst in the abandoned summer residence of the Bishop of Trieste in this area. On 19 May 1580 he signed an agreement to restore the estate.

3. The Lipizzaner breed, such as it is known today, was developed in the times under the Empress Maria Theresa (1740-1780).

4. On 22 March 1797 a herd of over three hundred horses had to flee for the first time to escape Napoleon’s army which was penetrating through the Venetian region towards Carniola and Štajerska. The herd moved to Székesfehérvar in Hungary. After the Campoformi Agreement was signed on 17 October 1797 the herd was returned safely to Lipica.

5. In the period under French occupation frequent epidemics decimated the herd. The original studbooks and complete documentation were lost during Napoleon’s wars.

6. As Lipica was located relatively far from the then capital of the empire, transport costs were high and the management of the stud farm proposed to move the stud farm somewhere closer to Vienna. In 1848 Emperor Francis Joseph I decided to keep the stud farm in Lipica.

7. This is the original stud farm of one of the oldest cultural horse breeds – the Lipizzaner

8. Lipizzaners are born dark and gradually lighten with age, not achieving the “white” or "whiteish-gray" coat for which they are known until around 6-10 years of age.


How to get to and from Lipica


By Air - Flying into Slovenia

A list of current destinations servicing Ljubljana Airport can be found HERE.
These include the long standing destinations of London, Paris, Frankfurt and Istanbul but new services and seasonal services will differ from year to year.

From Ljubljana Airport into Lipica

DISTANCE: 110km, TIME TAKEN TO CENTRE: 1.30 Hour

TRANSFER: To reach Lipica centre from Ljubljana Airport contact us by email for a quote here
CAR HIRE: If you wish to hire a car at the Airport then without doubt use our partners at ATET for the best service in Slovenia. Use the code SLOFORYOU when booking.


From Ljubljana to Lipica

DISTANCE: 90km, TIME TAKEN TO CENTRE: 1.15 hour

TRANSFER: To reach Lipica centre from Ljubljana, contact us by email for a quote here
CAR HIRE: If you wish to hire a car in Ljubljana then without doubt use our partners at ATET for the best service in Slovenia. Use the code SLOFORYOU when booking.


From Venice/Venice Airport to Lipica

DISTANCE: 170km, TIME TAKEN TO CENTRE: 2 hours

TRANSFER: To reach Lipica centre from Venice, contact us by email for a quote here
CAR HIRE: If you wish to hire a one-way car rental from Venice then contact us by email for a quote here


From Koper to Lipica

DISTANCE: 30km, TIME TAKEN TO CENTRE: 35 minutes

CAR HIRE: If you wish to hire a car in Koper then without doubt use our partners at ATET for the best service in Slovenia. Use the code SLOFORYOU when booking.


From Trieste to Lipica

DISTANCE: 15km, TIME TAKEN TO CENTRE: 25 minutes

TRANSFER: To reach Lipica centre from Trieste, contact us by email for a quote here
CAR HIRE: If you wish to hire a one-way car rental from Trieste then contact us by email for a quote here




Lipica Weather


LIPICA
Month J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max Temp. (C) 4 5 9 12 17 21 24 25 20 15 8 4
Max Temp (F) 39 41 48 54 63 75 77 68 59 46 39 12
Min Temp. (C) -4 -4 0 3 7 10 12 12 10 6 2 -2
Min Temp. (F) 25 25 32 37 45 50 54 54 50 43 36 28


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