One of the loveliest towns anywhere along the Adriatic coast, Piran sits prettily at the tip of a narrow peninsula
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July 05, 2019 309 19

Piran is a town in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town has much medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions. Until the mid-20th century, Italian was the dominant language, but was replaced by Slovene as demographics shifted.

Its Old Town – one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere in the Mediterranean – is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture, but it can be a mob scene at the height of summer. In quieter times, it’s hard not to fall instantly in love with the atmospheric winding alleyways, the sunsets and the seafood restaurants.

We decided to visit Piran which was not too far from the wonderful Postojna Cave and on the way to Venice, Italy (about two and a half hours). We only had one day to walk around the beautiful streets, also noticed Seaside Promenade, the road leads to Hotel Fiesa, just about five minutes walk, downstairs it is an unofficial nudist beach until it gets closer to the Hotel Fiesa beach. Prices is Piran (and Slovenia in general) are very affordable. (scroll down for videos).

Beautiful views of Piran  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Piran (Slovene pronunciation: [piˈɾáːn] (About this soundlisten); Italian: Pirano [piˈraːno]) is a town in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town has much medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions. Until the mid-20th century, Italian was the dominant language, but was replaced by Slovene as demographics shifted.

Beautiful streets of Piran  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Stone wall at Vodopivceva ulica

Vodopivceva ulica  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Beautiful streets of Piran

Vodopivceva ulica  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license SL PO-E

Beautiful tourists of Piran

St. George's Parish Church  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

St. George's Parish Church in Piran (Slovene: župnijska cerkev sv. Jurija v Piranu) is a Roman Catholic church located on the hill above Piran, a port town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in southwestern Slovenia. It was built in the Venetian Renaissance architectural style and has been dedicated to Saint George. It was the life work of the stonemason Bonfante Torre from Venice.

St. George's Parish Church  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Sea view from the back side of the Church

Seaside Promenade  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license SL PO-E

This road leads to Hotel Fiesa, just about five minutes walk, downstairs it is an unofficial nudist beach until it gets closer to the Hotel Fiesa beach.

The beach near Hotel Fiesa  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Popular beach next to Hotel Fiesa, scuba diving and fresh seafood available.

First of May Square  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license SL PO-E

Trg 1. maja (Foursquare / First of May Square) Realy nice square with a restaurant and a catina, fresh seafood smells everywhere. Piran`s people often meets there. Under the square there is a cisterna for water from old days under the platform. Two of Slovenian films were filmed in there: Poletje v školki and Piran-Pirano.

First of May Square  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Trg 1. maja (Foursquare / First of May Square) Realy nice square with a restaurant and a catina, fresh seafood smells everywhere. Piran`s people often meets there. Under the square there is a cisterna for water from old days under the platform. Two of Slovenian films were filmed in there: Poletje v školki and Piran-Pirano.

Hotel Piran  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Beautiful Hotel Piran by the beach.

Beach and restaurants near Hotel Piran  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Beautiful sea views, many restaurants, yum yum, smells good.

Beach and restaurants near Hotel Piran  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Beautiful sea views, many restaurants, yum yum, smells good.

Piran Punta Beach  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Beautiful old buildings and Medieval architecture.

Piran Punta Beach  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

A great place to watch the sunset.

Piran Punta Beach  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license SL PO-E

Sunset on the rocks.

Piran Punta Beach  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license SL PO-E

Sunset on the rocks.

Piran Punta Beach  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Sunset on the rocks.

The pier at night  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license SL PO-E

We found it very relaxing to walk by the water, many restaurants also have music or live performers which makes it even nicer.

The pier at night  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

We found it very relaxing to walk by the water, many restaurants also have music or live performers which makes it even nicer.

The pier at night  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

We found it very relaxing to walk by the water, many restaurants also have music or live performers which makes it even nicer.

Tartini Central Square  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

The square was once an inner dock for smaller vessels such as fishing boats, and was located outside of the first city walls. In the Middle Ages the dock became surrounded by important buildings and palaces, because of which it became an important site of the town. However, because of sewage which ended up there, the officials decided to bury the dock and set up a real square there in 1894. Around the newly created platform various new buildings appeared, including the town hall. Of those buildings, the only one that still has the original exterior is the Gothic house named Benečanka (Venetian house), dating to the 15th century.

Tartini Central Square  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

The sculptor of the 1896 bronze monument to Tartini was Antonio Dal Zòtto.

Prekmurska gibanica (yum yum)  /  image by Yovav Gad  /  source TripLogs.org  /  license CC BY

Prekmurska gibanica (Prekmurje layer pastry) is a type of Slovenian gibanica or layered pastry. It contains poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins and quark fillings. Although native to Prekmurje, it has achieved the status of a national specialty of Slovenia. The unique sweetmeat shows the variety of agriculture in this region. The name gibanica comes from the dialect expression güba and in this case refers to a fold.

Here are few videos that capture the great atmosphere in Piran:

Piran is the historic town of the Slovenian coast near the Croatian border. The dominant feature of the city is the Church and the Great Square. Above the city, the old Town Walls are preserved. In the city you can visit the aquarium, cruise ships with glazed bottom around the city or take a stroll to the Tower and the town walls and enjoy the views:

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Source and references

  1. Wikipedia.org - Piran
  2. Wikipedia.org - Gulf of Piran
  3. Wikipedia.org - Adriatic_Sea
  4. Wikipedia.org - St. George's Parish Church (Piran)
  5. Wikipedia.org - Tartini Square
  6. LonelyPlanet.com - Piran
  7. TripAdvisor.com - About Piran, Slovenia

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