Location: Piran (Europe)
 
Location: Piran (Slovenia)

About Piran ...

One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. Enter the picturesque Piran, get to know its rich history and culture, and listen to the stories of our people. In Piran, you will feel as though you have stepped right into a picture postcard. You will be charmed by the narrow streets within the old town wall. In the main square, you will be greeted by the statue of the most famous man in Piran, the well-known Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist who was born in a house just steps from the square.Our town is very proud of its various cultural and art establishments such as the Tartini theatre, coastal galleries, Maritime museum and Aquarium.

Nature

The Slovenian part of the Adriatic coast is so exceptional largely due to its northerly position and geological structure. This is reflected in its numerous and significant characteristics, which in turn exert influence upon its underwater plant and animal life. Between Piran and Strunjan, surrounded by undulating hills, lies a cosy small bay called Fiesa. Fiesa is interesting for its two freshwater lakes near the seafront, the smaller one natural and larger one artificial by origin.

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Fun & sports

Is it your family playfully splashing in the warm clean sea, experiencing swimming for the first time, a romantic time with your loved one on the beach, or merely a nice refreshment that you wish for? Do you prefer sandy, pebbly or constructed beaches? Our diverse, well-maintained and well-guarded beaches in Portorož, Piran, Strunjan and Fiesa are sure to provide for all your wishes. Several of our beaches received the Blue Flag in 2013, an environmental certificate for quality beaches with clean sea water. Our beaches are excellently equipped and well-maintained. On the website Blue Flag, you can check out the beaches that have earned the highest eco-label.

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History & culture

With the Roman conquest of the Istrian peninsula in the years 178 and 177 B.C., a gradual colonisation and Romanisation of the peninsula began. This is how the Roman “ville rusticae” came to be built in the hinterland of Piran, although there was probably still no major inhabitation of this area at that time. You can see many masterpieces of architects and artists who have throughout the centuries shaped picturesque buildings, streets, squares, churches and other valuable art pieces. When you enter the town, you will immediately see Tartini Square, the centre of the town. Above the compact town centre reigns St. George's Cathedral, which gives the city its special character. It was probably built in the 12th century, but no exact data in this regard exists.

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Attractions

Our ancestors, salt workers, farmers and fishermen, handed down to us a rich cultural heritage. The traditional festival of salt – the Saltpan Feast – is held every last weekend in April or on the name day of St. George, the patron saint of Piran. On this day, a new season of salt harvesting begins. Traditionally, the locals from Piran moved to the salt pans, every year for four months. After the festivities, they loaded up their furniture, kitchenware, icons, flour, oil, garlic and a cat, and sailed off to the salt pans.

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