Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic

At the port of Piran

Piran on the Adriatic


At first glance, Piran does not seem like a fishing village. But the square of the city, Piazza Tartini, is too grand and too large. In its midst, the namesake of the square, the city-born musician Giuseppe Tartini, watches over the place. Under him, the city's offspring roars loudly and full of joie de vivre and mischief under the eyes of the mothers and is already once dragged vigorously by the pointed and dangerous-looking fences, which should keep just such naughty thing from the musician's statue. They do not manage to keep their offspring away for a long time. They climb up again, and the mothers have to intervene again. An exhausting job to keep his kids in control of Tartini Square.

 

The Chiesa di San Giorgio towers over Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
The Chiesa di San Giorgio towers over Piran

Since it is good that the fishing village on the Adriatic, is closed to traffic. We go by bus from Portoroz across, which stops directly at Tartini Square. Those arriving by car must park in one of the parking garages in front of the city and walk to the center of Piran. Only the inhabitants of Piran are allowed to take the vehicle into the city.

 

Even today, the Venetian lion watches over the town hall of Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
Even today, the Venetian lion watches over the town hall of Piran
Wrought-iron skylight at the entrance to the town hall of Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
Wrought-iron skylight at the entrance to the Town Hall of Piran

 

Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic - with Venetian architecture

Which does not contribute to the fact that we immediately perceive Piran as a fishing village, are the magnificent buildings on Tartini Square. On the façade of the town hall is the Venetian lion, holding a book in his paw - a sign that the inhabitants of Piran were friendly to the Venetians. That's how Janez, our Slovenian companion, shows us Piran. It is no wonder that Venice had such a strong influence on Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic. The lagoon city is only about 100 kilometers away from the sea. A stone's throw, so to speak, and for the dealers from Venice anyway. These came to the Bay of Piran because of the salt, which is mined on its south side. The salt pans can still be visited today.

 

The Venetian house in Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
The Venetian house in Piran
Enjoy the evening in a trattoria on Tartini Square in Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
Enjoy the evening in a trattoria on Tartini Square in Piran

 

A Venetian even had a love affair with a piran for years. The love was so great that he built her a house in the city center. Not to be mistaken for its Venetian architecture and red color, it still seems to be true to its owner's motto: "let it go" (let it talk). This can still be seen on a relief between the two windows on the top floor of the house.

 

At Tartini Square in Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
At Tartini Square in Piran
Giuseppe Tartini on the main square of Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic
Giuseppe Tartini in the main square of Piran
Facades in Piran
Facades in Piran

 

Italian tracks in Piran

Petar joins the others on a tour of the streets that lead up to the Cathedral of St. George. From the top you can see the remains of the city fortifications that stretch along the ridge. On the way they pass the Minorite Monastery, which was once built by the Franciscans in Piran. Once at the top there is a view of Piran and the bay in front of it, where a tall ship with five masts is just anchoring, just as if the merchants from Venice are still traveling the Mediterranean. In fact, it is a cruise ship sailing along the Adriatic coast. It offers an impressive sight in the evening sun.

 

 

Petar's video also shows that there is more evidence of Italy's proximity to Piran. On the tour through Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic, he encounters Italian traces. There is the hairdressing salon called Verdi or the signs showing the cathedral Sv. To designate Jurij as Chiesa di San Giorgio. After all, 7 percent of the population of Piran speak Italian. There are even Italian kindergartens and elementary schools in the city. It is no wonder that the kitchen of Piran has something Italian about it. By that I do not mean the pizzerias that are in the side streets of Tartini Square. No, Spaghetti Vongole (spaghetti with mussels) is served as our own course during our delicious dinner.

 

Nowhere does it taste better - eat fresh fish directly at the fisherman
Nowhere does it taste better - eat fresh fish directly at the fisherman

 

Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic, we experience with fresh fish directly from the fisherman

After all these influences of Venetian architecture, Janez wants to prove to us that Piran is still a Slovenian fishing village. He leads us to a restaurant that cannot be recognized as such from the outside. "Locals prefer to eat here," he explains to us as he heads for an old fishing boat that we wouldn't even have noticed on a walk around the harbor, it looks so weathered. "Here you get your fish fresh from the sea and directly from the fisherman's kitchen." My mouth watered immediately. And I shouldn't expect too much!

 

So good - stockfish and anchovies pickled in oil
So good - stockfish and anchovies pickled in oil
Spaghetti Vongole
Spaghetti Vongole
Delicious - sea bass, sea bream and other fresh fish
Delicious - sea bass, sea bream and other fresh fish from the Bay of Piran

 

The best sea bass I have eaten so far

On the contrary, my expectations were exceeded. Neither Petar nor I are particularly fish lovers, but the fish dishes that Katarina and her husband Rokis served us on their fishing boat in the port of Piran still make me daydream and may prompt us to make another trip to Piran soon. There was a paste made from cod as a spread on homemade olive bread and sardines in it olive oil. They open our epicurean meal, which we enjoy on the beer garden tables on board their boat. As a greeting from the kitchen, there's spaghetti with Vongole. Our dinner in the Bay of Piran concludes with fish that Rokis had freshly caught from the sea that morning. A sea bream, a sea bass and two local fish species whose names I could not find out.

During our supper the tall ship had set sail in the bay and sailed into the sunset. We separate ourselves first from our hosts Janez, Katarina and Rokis, as weather lights in the distance thunderstorm announces. What a nice evening in Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic.

 

 


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Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic

5 thoughts too "Piran, the fishing village on the Adriatic"

  1. I'm going on a trip around Slovenia in May and I'm really looking forward to it.
    Thanks for the great pictures!

    Birgit

    1. Dear Birgit,

      very gladly. If you are going on a tour of Slovenia, you will find a lot of travel tips for this beautiful country in our blog. Do you already know all of our Slovenia contributions? Maybe there is still one or the other tip for you?

      We wish you a lot of fun during your trip.

      Best regards,
      Monika & Petar

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