Portorož and Piran are the center of an amazing piece of the Mediterranean on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. Holiday-relaxed Portorož, in a sheltered bay, is endowed with an extremely beneficial coastal climate and an exceptional health resort tradition. Its neighbour, the ancient Piran, is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities and the best preserved old towns in Europe.
The beneficial climate and active substances from the nearby 700-year-old Sečovlje salt pans have therefore enabled a long tradition of spa tourism and very diverse wellness offerings, which, with first-class accommodation, bring together Portorož in unique experiences.
One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean has retained its unmatched charm. In Piran, you will feel like you are walking through a painting. You will be stunned by the narrow streets inside the old walls. In the central square, you will be greeted by a statute of the most famous inhabitant of Piran. The renowned composer and virtuoso violinist, Giuseppe Tartini, was born right next to it. At the pier, you will see a fisherman untangling his fishing net. A Piran farmer woman will have just brought her produce to the Farmer’s Vegetable market by the time you arrive. The locals, sitting by the sea and chatting in the murmur of the waves, will nod to you.
Exceptional geographical position; flysch cliffs and high hills that descend to the sea create outstanding views and numerous viewpoints. In good weather, the outlines of the Venetian lagoon can be seen on the western horizon. Slightly northward you will see the snowy peaks of the Alps above the Gulf of Trieste. The coast of Croatian Istria is the closest point in front of you. From us you can see three countries.
Sea, salt farming, fishing and olive growing have shaped the character of the landscape and the authenticity of local people. Here, in the heart of Europe, we may be reserved at first contact, and immediately afterwards become your good acquaintance and friend.
Portorož and Piran lie between two landscape parks. The valuable natural features and cultural traditions are protected by the Sečovlje Salina nature Park and the Strunjan Landscape Park. The picturesque villages in the hinterland are scattered on the high hills. Like maritime settlements, they are known for their excellent oil and the cultivation of first-class vegetables and fruit. It’s no wonder that the biggest gourmets enjoy local cuisine.
Piran’s palaces, squares and alleys are so enchanting mostly thanks to the salt from the previously numerous salt pans in the city’s vicinity. It played an important role and was the central source of wealth in Piran’s diverse history. To date, a part of the Strunjan salt pans has been retained, while the Sečovlje salt pans still maintain traditional salt production and thus preserve their special quality. The view of the picturesque salt fields is very beautiful. You can also experience and visit the salt pans and the salt festival in person. The quality name of Piran salt is widely known even today. Do not be surprised if you see it on the shelves of a prestigious store in one of the great European cities.
Portorož and Piran are an excellent destination and a great starting point for a wide variety of excursions. The Piran countryside offers you genuine experiences and a feeling that time has come to a halt. Old stone houses are perched above the sea on the high hills of Slovenian Istria. Views embrace the sea surface and the Alps above it. Plantations of olive trees and vineyards on steep slopes. Valleys scattered with orchards and vegetables. Take the Istrian Wine Road. Discover the heritage of Istrian farmers and enjoy good Istrian food. While walking along the narrow village streets, visit the “torkla”, the olive press. If you’re there in the autumn when the olive trees are ripe, you can taste freshly pressed olive oil. Alternatively, you can choose a marine adventure, take a boat to Venice, or even go shopping in the excellent nearby Trieste and other Italian centers.
Enrich your vacation with a gourmet excursion across the hinterland of Slovene Istria. With vintage cars or on electric bicycles. Try the freshly caught seabass, right in the middle of the bay of Piran. Have a chat with the locals.