Let’s go to Piran!
Why visit Piran? Well, if you want to see one place on Slovenia’s tiny coast, Piran is definitely the best choice – it is the most beautiful one. The town’s rich history will keep your adventurous spirit very busy. At the same time it has that magical Mediterranean feel that will allow you to slow down and enjoy life with a nice glass of local wine in your hand, and with the sounds of the sea waves in the background.
Slovenian Riviera with Venetian architecture
Lonely Planet describes Piran as »a small slice of Venice« in Slovenia. Not surprisingly, since it used to be part of the Venetian Republic, and then in the 20th century for some time part of Italy. So, be prepared for some beautiful Venetian Gothic architecture, narrow alleyways with lazy cats stretching in the shades, and piazzas with cafeterias and seafood restaurants.
The unique mixture of the Slovene and Italian culture (this part of Slovenia is also known as Istrian Slovenia), will definitely add flavor to your trip to Slovenia.
The heart of the city is a famous Tartini Square, named after the violin virtuoso and composer of international reputation Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in Piran in 1692. In the house in which he was born, a memorial room has been set up in which some of his personal possessions, portraits and manuscripts are now exhibited.
However, the most exciting exhibit is definitely maestro’s violin. The Tartini House, where the maestro was born, is among the oldest in the town.
Majestic views over the Piran Bay
In Piran, there is a sense of peace that invites you to stay. The sea, the sights, the walk through the old town … Regardless of the season, in Piran it feels as if the time had stopped long ago.
Also, if you take a cobbled street behind the famous Venetian house at the edge of the Tartini Square all the way to the top you get to St. George’s Church. Built in the 12th century, this baroque church with its bell tower and baptistery dominates the hill above the town.
From there the views are just spectacular!
Looking across the blue sea the eye can catch the glimpse of Italian port town of Trieste in the distance. On the other side the red brick roofs of the city are creating the most picturesque, postcard like image. Also, the fishing boats in the Piran Harbor add to this perfect scenery.
Everybody loves the seaside
If you want to experience Slovenian coast, Piran is a great base for exploring other Slovenia’s coastal places. Koper, Izola, Sečovlje Pans, Portorož are calling to be visited.
Furthermore, from Piran bus station there are buses frequently going to other Slovenia’s coastal destinations. Right from the Tartini Square free shuttle service will take you to the beach of Fornače near Piran.
At the Tourist Information Center (also on Tartini Square) you can get all the information of the what to see and do while in Piran. Renting a bike or hopping on a boat can be a really great idea!
From Ljubljana, there are buses roughly hourly, taking 2-2.5 hours for the journey to Piran depending on route. Schedules are available online. There is no train service to Piran. Nearest railway station is in Koper.
Photos: Samo Šmarčan