17 May Piran, Slovenia: Relaxing on the Slovenian Coast
Piran in Slovenia is a picturesque little fishing village on the Slovenian Coast. Bear in mind, that when I say “Coast”, Slovenia has no beaches, so you’re more likely to be enjoying a seafood lunch next to a harbour than topping up your tan on a golden beach. Except for in the glamorous resort of Portoroz, that is, which has a man-made beach.
Piran turned out to be the ideal base for us to explore the rest of Slovenia. The whole country is pint-sized, so any town in Slovenia is “convenient”, but Piran is truly my favourite town on the ocean. This is partly because of the excellent experience we had at Alibi Hostel, but also because the town is genuinely pretty and relaxing.
There are a few things you must do whilst you are in Piran. The first is to visit the chocolate shop in the main square. “Why Slovenian chocolate?” you might say. Well, this chocolate has a twist- it has crystals of salt in it from the salt pans nearby. Sounds positively disgusting, but surprisingly good. Salt and chocolate shouldn’t go together, but somehow it works. Sort of like tasting raw cake mix when you’re baking.
Secondly, you must visit Da Noi Cafe Bar on the oceanfront. They treated us so well there and they had free Wi-Fi, so it was a great spot to have morning coffee and a sandwich whilst catching up on emails. In the evening our favourite waiter Bostjan gave us free shots which were the same colour as the green slime in Ghostbusters. They were strong enough to burn your stomach lining too.
Thirdly, make sure you have a seafood dinner whilst you’re there. Any of the restaurants on the main strip next to the water are fantastic. They all serve similar menus with grilled prawns, calimari, risotto, pasta, fresh fish and mussels.
Piran is a small town and before long you’ll know everyone who works there. It consists of a main square, a harbour filled with fishing boats, a jetty and a promenade lined with restaurants. Our hostel, Alibi Hostel, was located in the maze of quaint backstreets just off the main strip. It’s not a party town and if you want to go clubbing you have to venture to the nearby ‘glitzy’ town of Portoroz. Piran is a place to enjoy some nice lunches in the sunshine and watch the sunset with a beer in hand.