Slovenia, Piran Guide (B): Piran Travel Guide
Piran is a medieval town in the southwest of Slovenia, on the country’s short stretch of the Adriatic coast. The town has been occupied and traded between empires more times than you can count, but for a formative 514 years between 1283 and 1797, Piran was part of the Republic of Venice; an allegiance reflected in the signature Venetian architecture and layout of the old town.
Like much of Slovenia, Piran is heavily influenced by its border neighbours; in this case Croatia and Italy. While walking the streets I was struck by how different Piran feels to the other parts of the country, with a distinct Italian feel to everything from the weather and food, to a slight variation in dialect.
We were there for two nights at the end of our Slovenian trip, before crossing the border into Italy, and found it a wonderfully relaxing place. Slow, warm days walking among vineyards and cobbled streets sipping wine, and a visit to the absolutely stunning Postojna Caves.
We arrived to nearby city Koper to return the rental car we had for the last leg of our trip. For the full breakdown of rental car costs, check out the Lake Bled blog. From Koper bus station we caught a bus to Piran for €2.70 each, taking about 30 minutes. I think the bus was actually bound for Portorož, but we explained to the bus driver where we needed to go and he dropped us at the closest stop to our accommodation on the hills overlooking Piran. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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