Piran is a small town on the tiny stretch of Slovenian coast. Wedged between Italy and Croatia, the Slovenian Adriatic coast in only 42 km long. Piran is a lovely, well-preserved town. It belonged to the Venitian empire at one point which can clearly be seen in the architecture. This is not the kind of place where you spend a week, but it’s perfect for a relaxing 2-3 day trip. It’s charming, the seafood is incredibly fresh and it’s only a short drive from Trieste, Umag or Ljubljana. So while you are here, this is what you should do:
1. Piran walking tour
I always love Free Walking Tours and rarely pay or prebook tours. But in Piran, I found a deal that I just couldn’t pass up. The Sunset Tour with Local Food and Wine had me sold at the title. Four of my favourite things combined into one perfect package: sunsets, walking tours, food, and wine. And at 14 euro’s it’s a steal. The tour is only available from July to October and the starting time depends on the timing of the sunset. The guide, Jan, is amazing and makes the history of Piran come to life. And the food, wine, and view of the sunset make it even better.
Every morning, except Sundays, there is a local farmers market in Piran. Come early to buy produce from local farmers. There are also stalls at the main square that sell souvenirs and handcrafted items.
3. City walls
A small stretch of the old city walls that used to enclose Piran still stand. It’s a steep climb, but certainly worth the view. From there you can look down at Piran and also see Italy and Croatia at one glance. On clear days you might even be able to spot Venice in the distance.
Unfortunately, Piran doesn’t have a sandy beach. But that doesn’t keep the locals from taking a dip and getting a tan. There are several little stairs along the boardwalk that lead into the water. The water is refreshing and clear. Once you are ready to dry up, just spread your towel on the boardwalk or set up a lounge chair.
5. Salt flats
One of the things that Piran is known for (aside from pretty sights and great seafood) is salt. The city made it’s wealth through the salt trade back in the day. The salt pans are still used to distill salt from seawater. Be sure to drive down there and watch how they do it. A little bag of salt also makes for a great souvenir.