Here at House of Coco we love to explore, especially when the location is a little bit out of norm and a little bit unknown. Our Lifestyle Writer, Helena, took us back to her motherland of Slovenia spending 48 hours in the beautifully snug coastal town of Piran.
Piran is a city in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia, one of the most photogenic and oldest cities additionally the most beautiful of Slovenia’s coastal towns. With old stone houses, narrow back streets, a small port and small boats. The city is very small and historically intact, which makes it all the more interesting. It’s amazing to think people live in a city as small and untouched as Piran. It’s an ideal place to wander around for a coffee, cake or gelato, try some fresh seafood or even to take a dip in the Adriatic.
How to get there:
By bus – Frequent bus routes connect Piran to nearby Slovenian cities of Izola and Koper which are about 20 mins away. Trieste, Italy is only about an hour away. There is also a free shuttle bus which runs from the nearby resort, Portorož. From Slovenia’s capital, Ljublana, there are buses hourly and it will take around 2 hours.
By car – Be aware, if you’re driving into Piran, it is not a car friendly town. If you plan to drive into the city it will set you back about €24 per day. There is a large car park at Fornace which is 800m from Tartini Square, along the seafront. As you enter Piran, you will see the car park on your left as you come downhill and see the waterfront. There is a regular shuttlebus from the car park to Tartini Square.
What to see:
Proudly towering over Piran is St. George’s Church, it is the highest point in Piran and the panoramic view is so beautiful looking out onto the city and harbour. Cobbled narrow streets lead through the tiny houses to the hilltop church. The doors are usually open concealed with a metal gate which allows you to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous interior, marble alters and intricate artwork. Full access is via the Parish Museum of St George , which includes the church’s treasury and catacombs.
Tartinijev trg (Tartini Square) is the beautiful oval-shaped main square, with a statue of the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini. This was once the marina, but after it silted up it was paved over with white stone. There are many little cafes, restaurants and a concealed fruit market nearby.
Piran’s Town Walls were built and rebuilt in various stages, originally enclosing only the area west of Tartini Square but later expanded to include the entire peninsula. Completed near the end of the 15th century the best preserved section is to the east of the city centre on Morgoron Hill, which has been reopened to the public after recent renovations and offers the best views of the entire town.
Swim. There is a mini beach at the beginning of the city, you can also swim in the sea from the many piers scattered about.
Free local buses take you to nearby Portorož beach, or Izola from where a quick ferry visit to Venice could be arranged.
Where to stay:
Hotel Piran is the ideal four-star location for peaceful relaxation along with amazing views whilst staying in Piran, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winner 2016 as well as one of the Top 3 Hotels in Slovenia.
Located directly on the coast, be sure to ask for a sea facing room to ensure your balcony has the magnificent view of the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Equipt with a Wellness centre, which offers massages, beauty treatments, make up, health rituals and Aromatherapy Boutique. The Heaven Terrace, from which the view extends over the Piran Bay, all the way to neighboring Italy and Croatia. A perfect spot to have a drink and watch the sunset on a warm Summer evening. The restaurant offers a delicious choice of breakfast, as well as, an extensive a la carte menu and most importantly (for #TeamCoco) various fresh and traditional dessert options.
Complimentary internet access is available so you won’t have to go without uploading on Instagram and making everyone jealous!
Double rooms with a sea-view start from approximately €110 per night.
What to eat:
Piran is famous for it’s high quality traditional foods such as seafood, olive oil, wine, and salt. There are a few restaurants and cafes to choose from in the town and the seafood is amazingly fresh, definitely a specialty.
Pirat Piran is a seafood and Mediterranean restaurant sitting directly opposite the small port of little boats, and voted Number 1 restaurant in Piran on TripAdvisor. A quieter spot than the other competitors and the staff are humorous and will make you feel at home and offer a selection of fresh dishes, the pasta with prawn dish is definitely one to try!
Mestna Kavarna Piran is a cafe located right on Tartini Square, with really great coffee, smoothies, amazing croissants and traditional cakes it’s the perfect pit-stop after a stroll through the hills from the church with an excellent location in the city centre. Try the traditional Slovenian kremšnita or strudel.