Piran gets very busy in the summer and most cruise ships anchor offshore and tender passengers into the inner marina.
Piran is probably the most beautiful of Slovenia's coastal towns, perched on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea. It feels more like an Italian coastal town, without all the Italian tourists, and for good reason: Piran was part of the Venetian empire from the late 13th century to the end of the 18th century.
The walled town of Piran extends like an open palm on its narrow peninsula, welcoming you to yet another enchanting Venetian outpost on the Istrian coast. The medieval streets wind inward toward the central square.
Piran is very small and it takes 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other.
You should make a point of checking out Tartini Square, the center that constitutes the very heart of Piran. Here, in the very middle, you’ll find a huge, bronze statue of the famous violinist that gave the square his name. It’s an idyllic little place for lunch, or just a simple coffee, and a little spot of people watching. The entire town looks and feels like a vast, open air viewing gallery.
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