The Slovenian riviera | Portorož & Piran

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Piran. Four days of rain and that during holidays. I was prepared for the worst. Four days of spa would have been quite in order, but after the second day it would have become rather dull. But the weather forecast had cocked a snook at us, as it misled us completely. During our car trip we were still thoroughly rinsed in Munich, but the more we approached the Slovenian border more and more clouds disappeared and arriving at Ljubljana the sun was shining. I could not believe it.

A girlfriend of mine lives in Ljubljana and after a small detour of 40 minutes we made a stop of a few hours at the Slovenian capital. What a nice town! Then we crossed the Slovenian part of Istria and arrived at our destination – Portoroz, Piran and surroundings

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Vacation in Portoroz & Piran?

Who would have thought that after only 5 ½ hours from Munich you arrive at the seaside. The Slovenian coast is full of charm, indeed, and Piran is one of the main reasons, why I would return there.

To whom Piran seems very Italian, is not mistaken. In fact, that region belonged for centuries to the Venetian Republic.
Slovenia was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, until it became part of Yugoslavia in 1919. Only in the 1990ies it became a completely independent state. Until today an Italian minority lives there, but the Italians prefer the denomination ethnic group. Similar to South Tyrol everything i s bilingual – Italian and Slovenian kindergarten and schools as well as road and street signs.

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above on the walk into the city you have a beautiful view onto the light house
below the famous Tartini square

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Piran Sightseeing

The most famous place is the Tartini Squre named after the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini, for whom a monument has been erected at the Town Square. From that place you can already see Piran’s Campanile. At its top stands Archangel Gabriel acting as weather reporter. When the mobile statue is looking toward Trieste, weather will get fine, looking toward Portoroz a thunder storm will come.

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jeans jacket – Blue Fire
top – H&M
jeans – Zara
sneakers – Superga lace
bag – Patrizia Pepe
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above view from the church onto the Tartini square and Piran’s port
below beautiful turquoise water

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above the famous light house Piran’s

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The shore is limited by heavy stone blocks. The water is very clear and has an unbelievable turquois color. In the summer tourists and locals lie on the stones and jump into the cool water. There is a real sand beach in neighboring Portoroz. As you surely know, Slovenia has only shingle beaches. The sandy beach at Portoroz is an artificial one.

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Ultimately a small tip: The old town of Piran is car-free. Outside Piran there is a parking lot, from which a shuttle bus takes you into town. Otherwise there is also a transfer from Portoroz. Who stays overnight in Piran may enter by car for a short while. I can only recommend you an overnight stay. There are also less expensive bed and breakfast accommodations available.

I hope you liked this article and discovered more about this gorgeous region!

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Slovenia Piran

June 2016

photos – moi & mon chéri

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