Piran is the oldest town in Slovenia and one of the best preserved in the country. The town itself with its interesting layout and cultural heritage attracts many visitors during the entire year. Discover the ancient heritage of the salt makers and a Venetian-era museum town. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Koper enjoyed a monopoly on salt and here you can discover the history of salt workers and their lifestyle in the ancient town of Piran. Both Greeks and Romans used a small rock outcrop nearby to light beacons for ships sailing into Koper, and Piran's name derives from the Greek word for fire, pyre. Today, this elegant seaside town is virtually an open-air museum, famous for its Venetian architecture and also as the birthplace of the Renaissance composer, Guiseppe Tartini. Savor its rich cultural heritage as you visit this undiscovered corner of Europe. During the walking tour around the winding streets of Piran, you'll be introduced to the authentic taste produced in the nearby salt fields. Salt, referred to as the crystal gold, made this town rich and a very important part of the Venetian republic. Enjoy some free time exploring the lively Tartini Square or the promenade along the sea, before returning to your ship.
Note: We recommend that you dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses and drink a lot of water. Guests must be able to walk over various surfaces with approximately 80 steps.
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Overview of Piran - looking towards the harbor (first picture)
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View of Piran Harbor
We, once again, had the good fortune to have a terrific tour guide - a young lady who is going to university for a degree in tourism. She took her time explaining everything we were seeing whilst motoring to Piran. Piran is a beautiful village - as with most places on the Adriatic, there is a Venetian influence in the architecture and the food. But not the wine...do not pass on the opporutnity to taste Slovenian wine...they only export 5 or 10% of their wine...the really fine wines stay in the country. After a lovely walking tour of Piran, where free time is added at the end - we used ours to have Green Apple gelato - excellent! - we took a lovely trip through the countryside, through the Slovenian Riviera, up to the Croatian border and then a short 20 minute stop at a Croatian winery with free sampling!!! Great excursion, terrific value! Upon our return to the port, we had enough time to do a quick self guided walk of Koper. Be prepared to wait on a rather long line to get back on board - the local authorities need a bit more organization to get the line moving more quickly - I"m sure with time, that will occur. Enjoy Slovenia - it's a beautiful country - scenery and more importantly - their citizens! We had a terrific time.