The weekend is over, and it’s time for you to plan your next Sunday trip to the seaside. So pack something casual yet chic, like floral silk shorts, cotton top, shoulder bag and pale pink sneakers. Oh and don’t forget your swimsuit. Well, unless you want to stay on the shore as I did.
This blog post will be slightly different than the other ones. With a little less fashion and way more adventure in it. After all, it is summer, and it’s time to discover hidden gems outside our closet. Wait, forget I said that. It’s always time to travel. However, now it’s time to travel and getting lost in beautiful places. And, no I don’t mean in 24 Sèvres or Galleries Lafayette this time.
SUNDAY TRIP TO PIRAN
In my first summer Sunday trip post, (actually I’m not sure how to name it just yet but let’s call it the Sunday trip for now); I decided to share a glimpse at my short trip to Piran.
Yes, I already spare few words for this small town in Slovenia in my previous post over here, when I briefly mentioned there is a film festival coming up in Piran this summer. And you also saw me wandering through this beautiful little town by the Adriatic Sea over here and here. Oh and here as well. Remember, the time I went to a brunch to the seaside with my friends. You know that blog post in which I shared glimpses of my childhood memories.
Undoubtedly, Piran is one of my happy places. The place where little Veronika felt extremely happy. So sharing impressions from Piran seemed just perfect for the beginning of this summer and travel blog series.
THE CHIC LIST
My list of all the things you need to know before you visit this beautiful little town in Slovenia. From what to see, where to eat, where to stay and what to wear. Ps. Don’t forget your camera. This is charming city is known as the most photogenic city in the Mediterranean.
WHAT TO SEE IN PIRAN
The Tartini Square
Make it your first stop before you get lost wandering through the narrow streets. Have a moment to sit at one of the cafeterias (sharing my favourite one bellow) and feel the light salty breeze on your face while looking at the beautiful pastel houses.
Venetian House and Lasa pur dir
You will spot this house as soon as you step onto the Tartini Square. It is one of the oldest yet the most beautiful houses in the square. And no I don’t say it’s beautiful only due to its impressive Gothic balcony and ornaments. Its beauty goes beyond the architecture and begins with the beautiful romantic story about a Venetian merchant and young local girl and their love which contributed the envy of the neighbors.
The story began back in the 15th century when Piran was still a part of the grand Venetian Republic and many Venetian merchants would come to Piran to make bargains in the harbour. One day, this Venetian merchant from family Del Bello fell in love with a beautiful local girl named Dolcetta.
One story says he built her this house with a balcony so she could see when his ship arrived back to the port and be the first person he saw upon his arrival. However, the most intriguing part of their love story is the envy of the neighbours who were harassing the beautiful Dolcetta when he was away. Not to say anything more, I let you discover the entire story behind Lasa pur dir on your own.
The Tartini Monument and the love note
You will find this monument on the Tartini Square. Why is it special in the first place? Because of the note, the sculptor left for his wife on violin. The note has been hidden for more than 120 years and was discovered last year.
You saw me sitting by the Town Hall in the blog post over here.
The Town Wall
The view from the town wall is spectacular and a must see. The wall has seven gates. My favourite one is the Dolphin Gate (Savudrijska Ulica).
St. George’s Parish Church
The view from here is splendid. However, the way up to the church can be slightly challenging. You saw me getting lost (on my Instagram story where else) while climbing the stairs. Don’t look that way. The stairs are actually streets. I know it sounds strange. But streets on the stairs are a real thing in Piran. I still wonder how people bring things back home.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
I had a pleasant lunch at Gostilna pri Mari, although I must say the service was slow. However, when on holidays you shouldn’t mind that at all. As it goes for the drinks, my favourite place is the Mestna Kavarna at the Tartini Square.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Hard to say, because I haven’t slept here. As said, this was just my Sunday trip, and after a delightful afternoon, I went back home. Still, there are two places worthy of mention them. First, the Venetian House. Apparently, you can truly go back in time and wave goodbye the sailors when they leave Piran and then again in the morning when they come back. The second place is the Hotel Piran with a spectacular rooftop. So they say. Unfortunately, the rooftop was closed the other day, when I was there. And there was no one who could escort me there. Well, at least they were polite.
WHERE TO GO NEXT
Although there are so many beautiful things to see in Piran, this is a small town we are talking about. And it won’t really take you long to stroll through every single street in the town, visit all the galleries, climb all the 146 stairs to the top of the bell tower of the St. George’s Parish Church, eat a cake and drink a coffee on the Tartini Square and pose in the port.
So while there you might want to explore more or take time and relax.
Piran Saltpans and spa
Remember the photos of my vintage suitcase in the middle of nowhere and me struggling with my luggage from the blog post What to wear to the summer vacation (in case you missed, be sure to check it here)? Well, we shoot those stunning photos over here, in the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. Which happens to be not only a place where the sea salt is harvest, but also the outdoor spa center.
Not so far away. You can go there by boat or car. Although, honestly there are so many other things to see on the Slovenian side of the Adriatic sea. Besides, staying here, you won’t smell the stinky fish but only the salt and flowers.
Old Istrian Villages
Only a few kilometers away from Piran, you can feel the time has stopped. I’m sure the small stone cottages will charm you at first glance. And the view from here. Well, this is something you certainly don’t want to miss. In short, the view of the sea on the one side and the Alps on the other, olive groves and vineyards on steep hills in between and valleys covered with vegetable gardens and orchards are simply splendid.
WHAT TO PACK
Anything from my Vacation Packing guide over here. Ps. Be sure to swipe up again, and browse through the items, that are similar or same as the one I’m wearing in the photos. And don’t forget the sun screen and swimsuit. You know, you can swim in Piran, too.
HOW TO GET TO PIRAN
Finally, how to get to Piran. You can get to Piran by land, air, sea and even by railway. Although in the last case you will need to take a car or bus from the rail station.
Take the highway from the directions of Trieste (Italy) and Ljubljana (the capital of Slovenia), and on the main road from Pula (Croatia).
There are many airports close to Piran. The closest one is the Touristic airport of Portorož in Sečovlje (9 km from Piran). Then there are the Airport Brnik of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Airport Ronchi of Triest, (Italy) and Airport Pula (Croatia).
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In case you want to visit Piran while traveling around the Medeterian on your yacht or sailboat, you can stop in one of the modern harbours near Piran. There are the Marina Portorož, Marina Koper and Marina Izola close by.
In case you don’t have your own boat, there is a boat that will take you to Piran from Venice and back every Thursday and Saturday.
WITH A BUS
From Ljubljana or Trieste (Italy) directions to Koper, Izola, Portorož, Piran. You can also get to Piran from Croatia. There is a bus that will take you to Piran from Pula, Rovinj, Poreč and Umag.
Not the best option if you ask me, as you will also have to take 30 minutes long drive by a car or a bus from Koper. Anyway, you can get to Koper by a train from Trieste (Italy) or Ljubljana.
MY FAVOURITE SPOTS IN THIS OLD AND REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL TOWN BY THE SEA
You might have heard of Piran already in last few weeks. And I don’t refer to my previous blog posts, but the article by the Financial Times (I’m adding a link to that article here) about Piran being an antidote to Venice. Well, they got this right. Piran is truly a remarkable little gem, with many beautiful houses and narrow streets.
And my favourite highlight of this little city? Honestly, I can’t decide. I love the view from the bell tower of the St. George’s Parish Church Ps. those ear covers in the bag on the top of the bell tower are there for a very good reason, make sure you use them or you will hear the bell ringing in your ear all the way back to the Tartini Square.
Writing about the Tartini Square, this is another of my favourite places in Piran. I already wrote why this square means so much to me over here. Nevertheless, I’m certain you will fall in love with this little square, too. Especially if you are a romantic soul who loves to see proves of true love.
MORE SUNDAY FUN AND TRAVEL
As said before, this blog post is only the first one about my Sunday trips. Summer is long and the season of travels and vacations is open now. Hopefully, I lured you into visiting this little gem on the Slovenian side of the Adriatic sea. You know, the picture perfect Piran is the town you will fall in love and love your entire life. And no, I’m not exaggerating.