Hidden Tourist spots – Piran, Slovenia | While some tourist hot spots are simply loved to death, others still give you room to breathe. Let’s stay in Slovenia one more day. Yesterday we introduced you to Bled. Today we are exploring Piran, a location a bit off the beaten path, still very much worth a visit.
Hidden Tourist spot Piran, Slovenia
From Venice in Italy it’s a 2h 15min auto ride to Piran in Slovenia. For more than 500 years this coastal town was part of the Republic of Venice, until it got annexed by the Austrian Empire in 1797. Traces of a rich Italian history can be found throughout Piran. It was a well-known port city. Today this hidden tourist hub only inhabits 4000 residents but welcomes nearly as many tourists each day, year round. Piran charms them with narrow streets within an old town wall. At the main square, one will be greeted by the statue of the most famous son of Piran: Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist. This Tartini Town Square has been built in 1894, when the inner harbour was filled in and transformed into a new town centre. Why that? By then the harbour did smell so aweful, that the people of Piran had no choice but to seal the area.
Piran is bi-lingual (slovenian and italian), situated at the tip of the Piran peninsula on the Gulf of Piran. It borders Croatia to the south. If you are about to explore the Northeast of the Adriatic Coast, consider Piran as perfect base camp.