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Treasures we found in Piran, Slovenia

We hate traveling fast. Nothing has ever spoiled our holidays more than rushing through places. Surprisingly, Piran turned out to be one of those cities which chamrs you in no time (yet, we still wish we had more time)!

Recently, we had an afternoon to spend there and although a day is most certainly not enough to see it, we’ll take you around the treasures we found. If you (like us) only have several hours, this might help.

We started by leaving the car at the beginning of the city – it was the Harley Davidson expo day in Piran and Portoroz, and there was no room for cars on the streets of the city. According to my memories, the parking charges 1 euro per hour.

Our first stop was lunch. We were starving and happened to spot a restaurant from a favourite chain – Sarajevo ’84. This place has not disappointed us once: the “cevapcici” you see in this picture are absolutely delicious!

1. Walk around the Marina

I keep thinking I should go back to Piran with some paper and my pencils. The place is incredibly pretty, and a walk along the marina and the coastal line is a must-do!

What entertained me a lot was the way people go for a swim. Apparently, Piran doesn’t have a large coastline with sand, but Slovenians were creative enough to make the whole sea their swimming pool!

3. Say “hi” to the mermaid

Approaching the “Lady of Health” Church we noticed a stone mermaid on the side. After searching (endlessly) for information, I found out that the mermaid in question is the result of a new art initiative by local students. Sometime soon there will be a dolphin next to her. The legend, which the artists are trying to tell is the story of their love. Unfortunately, that’s all I know, but I promise more info as soon as I find out more!Nina and the mermaid

P.S. As for the “Lady of Health” church – it is a gorgeous building which (I hope) will soon be accessible. It is currently closed for restoration.

4. Check out the Cathedral of St. George

You can continue your walk along the sea, but not for a long time. Just before the last restaurant on the alley, you can swoop in one of the small streets and head off the Cathedral of St. George. I hope you make it in – we only managed to take some photos, but a metallic door wasn’t allowing us to go inside.

5. Go up the Bell Tower!

This is an absolute must-do! Although I am afraid of heights (and even the stairs got me terrified) the view over Piran from the 46.5m bell tower was so worth it! The entrance is just 2 euros per person!

6. See the view from the Town Walls

When I go to Piran again, I will make sure I spend the sunset on the town walls. This is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic places I have ever seen!

And here’s the map of all the places listed above:

By Nina Alexander

Nina is the big sister. She's a marketing professional by day, traveler by heart, tech geek, bookworm, beer lover and an amateur photographer. Her motto is Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

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