While on the road to Piran, we drop by at the Koper. City of Koper is the gateway of Slovenia to the Adriatic sea. This is a port city... it is of vital importance when you consider the Slovenia’s already narrow and short 40 km’s of coastline. Due to the naval trade in Koper, it is a rather large city of trade and commerce. Slovenians took this area from Italia with the skin of their teeth. When you head a bit north out of Koper, you get to the Italy’s city of Triestte. To the south of Koper is the Izola, Piran and Portoroz towns respectively, before you get to the crotian border. Among these Porotroz is the richest in terms of hotels and restaurants, while Piran is the most pleasant one. Although these towns feel like related with each other anyways.
Piran is an old but a very cute town. The locals going for swimming on the rocks or the docks are accompanied by many tourists. We parked our car here at the end of the peninsula, and at this exact moment a police officer wrote us a ticket. He is right too, since we unknowingly parked at a place where parking was not allowed. What is suprising is that this took place about 2 minutes right after we parked. I rush near the officer and ask him to cancel the fine, explain to him that we are tourists and we had no idea that it was a no-parking area. He was a very understanding officer and decided to let us go for this time. We jumped back in to our car and pulled the car to somewhere where we won’t get fined.
Piran is a very historical and pleasant town. Atop the town is a Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. George. This cathedral’s first lines were made in 12th century, although it gained it’s size in 14th century, and it’s baroque style architecture look in 1667. It is believed that this Cathedral protects the town. The town itself was surrounded by walls in the days of feudalism. These walls constructed in the 7th century, still stand. Taking some photos of Piran near this cathedral is great. Piran is a typical Mediterraniean town with it’s castle and walls surrounding the area.
The Tartini square just at the heart of Piran, took it’s name from the Guiseppe Tartini who was born here in 1692. Mother of Guiseppe Tartini, Caterina Zangranado, was one of Piran’s oldest aristocratic families. Tartini gained fame as a virtuoso of music theory and all of Europe learned the name of the town he was born in. He died in Padova in 1770. His statue ,placed in his memory now adorns the middle of the town’s square.
You cannot enter the narrow streets of Piran with a car. Although make sure you visit these alleys on foot.
There is an old lighthouse at the edge of the Piran peninsula.
We head to Portoroz from here. Portoroz, is a nearby vacation site of a town called Lucija... There are numerous beautiful hotels, wide alleys and beaches in here. It even has a water park, and is generally a place of entertainment.
Also many casinos are located here. We noticed many luxurious cars around this area. This place receives a lot of daily tourists. There are also thermal services here along with spa centers.
While we are already here it wouldn’t be right to bypass İzola. İzola is a bit similar to Piran with a large cathedral at it’s center. Also İzola is a has a more modern structure and is located on a flat terrain. Izola has a larger Marina, and the inner roads of the town are wider so the vehicles can pass through with ease. The shopping alternatives a numerous in Izola, terrain-wise this place is larger than Piran but smaller than Portoroz. It is said that İzola is one of the oldest settlements of Slovenia. Make sure not to leave Izola before eating a piece of cake and some coffee along with in one of the patisseries.