There are several starting points for a walk along the Jernej Canal. You can start at the campsite in Lucija, but it might be best to start from Seč. You can leave your car at the "Pick & Place" building in front of the entrance to the Sečovlje salt pans, or at the small church of St Jernej. Take a walk along the St. Jernej Canal, where sailing boats and dinghies are moored. The moorings or wooden piers are quite worn in some places (honestly, that's what makes them interesting 🙂 ), so make sure it's safe before you set foot on it. But the canal still serves up beautiful and inspiring designs.
Towards the end of the canal, when you are almost in front of the well-known "Ribič" tavern, be sure to take a look at the Sisak "schnorter", which is the only still functioning schnorter in the northern Adriatic. The word "squere" comes from the Italian "squero", meaning a small craft yard for the maintenance, repair and restoration of small boats. The special feature of the squero is that here wooden vessels are restored in the traditional, manual way.
Fonda fish farm
Opposite the Fonda fish farm, you will find a cactus garden. Ring the doorbell to see the cactus collection. The lady is not very talkative, but that makes her cactus collection more impressive. The entrance fee is a symbolic € 1.
Continue around Cape Seča, past the wild beach, and you will soon arrive at the campsite in Lucija. After the campsite, the path climbs steeply right uphill to Form vive, which offers incredible views of Portorož. Forma viva is a collection of sculptures created in the framework of international sculpture meetings. Sculptors from 30 different countries created more than 120 stone sculptures over four years. The collection is open all day and there is no charge to visit.
There are two ways to continue your journey here, you can head down from Forma viva towards Seč and arrive back at the Sežský Šver, or you can return from Forma viva along the regional road and continue along it. If you take the latter, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Sečovlje salt pans.
The path will take you through olive groves and slowly lead you back to the starting point. In between, you can also buy olive oil or other homemade products from local farmers. The whole route is about 9 km long and will take you about 2-3 hours. Definitely worth a visit!
If you still have some energy left, you can hop over to Piran and see the remains of the city walls that can be found in the town. Read more here.