Hidden Tourist spots: Piran, Slovenia

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Hidden tourist spots Piran Slovenia. Header image by moonbee (wikipedia cc)

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.

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Piran was once part of the Republic of Venice.

Hidden Tourist spots 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 harbor was filled in and transformed into a new town center. Why that? By then the harbor did smell so awful, 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 a perfect base camp.

Hidden tourist spots Piran Slovenia
Piran Tartini Square in Summer
Hidden tourist spots Piran Slovenia Town Square before 1894.
Piran, Town Square before it was sealed in 1894.

Parking in Piran

For some it might be a downturn: Piran’s city center cannot be explored by car. Parking is only for residents. What to do if you just arrived at the gates of the city, eager to get to your hotel? you can stay inside the old town for a maximum of 1 hour just for check-in and luggage drop off. You’ll drive with your car directly to the hotel. In order to do that, you have to pass a ramp where you take a ticket, which you will need later to get out again. After the check-in you might head to a public garage, for example to “Fornače”. This one is approx 1 km away from the hotels. Ask your concierge for special parking rates: Guests of the Hotel Piran enjoy 7,5€ instead of 17€ per day at “Fornače”. If the hotel driver is available, he will even escort you to that garage and back. Otherwise you can use the local free bus. It circles between the hotels and the garage every 10 to 15 minutes. Unfortunately, hotels do not take parking reservations up front, since the public garages are not theirs.

Hidden tourist spots Piran Slovenia
Piran birds eye view
Hidden tourist spots Piran Slovenia
Piran, Slovenian coast.
Hidden tourist spots Piran Slovenia
Piran from air.
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