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    The narrow streets of Piran.

    by cachaseiro Written Apr 22, 2011

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    One of the biggest attractions in Piran is the narrow streets you have in this charming old town.
    They are in typical venetian style with small winding alleys with laundry hanging across the streets.
    One very good thing in Piran is that you do not need to worry about getting lost as Piran is tiny and you have water on 3 sides, so you can easily find your way out of the labyrinth like streets.

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    The aquarium.

    by cachaseiro Updated Apr 22, 2011

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    Piran has a nice little aquarium that has been restored recently and is now a very inviting little place to visit.
    It´s located right by the old harbor in Piran and is open from 9:00 till !7:00 except monday when it is closed.
    The entry is 7 euros (discounts for students, seniors and unemployed).
    They have a nice variety of both local and foreign fish and waterplants and is worth stopping by if you are in town.

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    The Aquarium.

    by Maurizioago Written Mar 1, 2010

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    The Aquarium is small, but it is a great place to spend one hour or more with your children. Around 140 sea creatures live inside 24 tanks.

    It is located near the harbour; some 100 meters from Tartini trg.

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    Art Galleries

    by travelthrough Written Oct 7, 2009

    Along the Istrian coastland, you find lots of art galleries with more or less interesting art works. This gallery was about Piran in the old market hall on the sea promenade. The
    painting shows a salt worker in the nearby salt fields of Secovlje/Sicciola.

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    Not a Venetian house !

    by JLBG Written Sep 25, 2009

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    At first sight, this small house, standing along the quay seems to be a Venetian house because it is of the same color that THE Venetian House and the two other Venetian houses in Piran. It is not: if you look more carefully, you will see that the windows, on the first level are a mix of Mauresque décor and of Art Nouveau. Sorry, I have not found any information on this pretty little house.

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    Engelsova u. x Župančičeva u. crossing

    by JLBG Written Sep 25, 2009

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    Photo 1 : at the end of Župančičeva ulica, the street is a little wider and there is a nice little square.

    Photo 2 shows this square (I have not noticed a name), half shaded, with palm trees and some other trees. There are several banks and it makes a fine place to have a rest. In the background, there is a street sign in the middle and another one on the left. I will make an enlargement on following photos. On the right, there is a Holly water basin.

    Photo 3 shows the Holly water basin. There is a date carved on top and seems to be MCCCCLXIIII, which would be 1464.

    Photo 4 shows the street sign affixed on one side of the small square. It is bilingual, Slovenian and Italian: Engelsova Ulica/ Via Friedrich Engels.

    Photo 5 shows the road sign at the end of Župančičeva ulica. It shows the direction for an excellent restaurant, Neptun (see my restaurant tip).

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    Župančičeva ulica

    by JLBG Written Sep 25, 2009

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    Photo 1: Župančičeva ulica (Župančičeva street) runs parallel to the quay. When the quay is sunny and hot, Župančičeva ulica is shaded. When the wind is blowing on the quay, Župančičeva ulica remains quiet and peaceful.

    Photo 2: From time to time, a narrow street links Župančičeva ulica to the quay, preventing the wind to blow into the inner street. This kind of architecture is often found in coastal cities

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    Our Lady of the sea ?

    by JLBG Written Sep 25, 2009

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    Photo 1 shows a statue embedded in the side wall of a house. The harbor is on the left.

    Photo 2 is a close up on the statue. It seems to be a virgin with child, surrounded by two baby angels. Under her feet, there is a shell. This might be a representation of “our Lady of the Sea”.

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    Tartinijev Trg/Tartini Square

    by Redang Updated Sep 14, 2009

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    This aquare is the heart of Piran. In the middle of it, there is a monument (fourth pic) dedicated to Giuseppe Tartini, famous musician who was born in Piran on 8 April 1.692.

    The square houses great buildings; see the next tips.

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    Take a boat trip.

    by cachaseiro Written Aug 18, 2009

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    I have taken boat trips several times out of Piran when i have been there with my clients and that is always very popular and almost everyone loves the trips they do from there.
    The trip i mostly do and what is the most popular trip among my clients is a half day trip to Koper where there is one and a half hour stop and then on the way back there is fish picknick on board with free wine and free beer.
    It´s a 4 hour trip that costs 25 euros and it´s very good value according to pretty much all my clients.
    The company i usually use is called "Brodarstvo Gorjan" and the adress is below.

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    Interesting monestary.

    by cachaseiro Written Jul 9, 2009

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    Piran has a very interesting little monestary in the old part of town where you still have monks living.
    The monestary was build in the 14th century and has a very nice courtyard that is usually open to the public unless they have some kinda service going on.
    If you come in the morning then you can usually hear the monks singing in the closed quaters of the monestary.

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    city walls of Piran

    by Herwig1961 Written Jan 21, 2009

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    If you walk up to the restaurated city walls you can enjoy a stunning overview above the city and the ocean.From there you can look to Triest(Italy)and the coast of Croatia.It is safe to walk the walls.

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    Wander around in the narrow streets

    by longsanborn Written Sep 10, 2008

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    From the church, houses descend in rows all the way to the coast. Piran streets are narrow, really Mediterranean-like, paved with stones or cobblestones. During the hot summer times, masses of tourists seek solace in the cool shaded streets and alleys, exploring the hidden secrets or surprises around each corner!

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    the old city wall.

    by cachaseiro Written May 27, 2008

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    the old city wall of piran is very well preserved and it´s possible to climb it for a very nice view of the town and the sea.
    it´s a beautiful hike up to the city wall and i do it every day whenever i am in piran.

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    Walk along the seafront

    by pure1942 Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    Piran has a beautiful seafront and harbour which narrows to a point known as the Punta. From the bus station you walk towards the town centre along the town's outer harbour which gives nice views south towards Portoroz. Continuing along the seafront you will come to Piran's inner harbour, filled with fishing and pleasure boats. As you round the U-shaped marina, Tartinijev Trg is located on your right, overlooked by the impressive Cathedral of St. George.
    Following along the seafront you follow a road lined with a huge variety of seafood and Italian restaurants which lead you to the tip of the peninsula or Punta. Here you have the Punta lighthouse and Church of St. Clement. The lighthouse here probably gave Piran its name which is said to derive from the greek word for fire - 'pyr'.
    From the Punta you have great views north along the Slovenian coast. Rounding the tip of the Punta you come to a narrow stony beach which continues along the northern side of the pennisula.

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