Looking down over the red tile roofs of Piran from the observation deck ( courtyard of cerkev sv. Jurija ). Most of the buildings shown in this photo are between 400 and 600 years old. Durable red tile is still the roofing material of choice throughout most of the Slavic countries. My hat off to the tradesmen who can quickly install these tile on these crooked old roofs. Interesting that even the roofs of many of the oldest buildings have solar panels for heating water, etc.
A lone yacht is shown sailing toward the port. The peninsula covering most of the distant horizon is the northernmost coast of Hrvatska ( Croatia ). The town at the tip of the peninsula is Savudrija. ( Don't worry; this won't be on the test ). I did not make it to Croatia, but as Arnold would say, " I'll be bach ".
The inner harbour is unmissable - one is forced to walk past it all the time... luckily I must say, because it's a place of incredible charm. It's also quite large, which shows how much people depend on the sea for their lifestyle and living/recreation. Roughly half of the boats docked here are fishing boats. My feeling was that the majority of people still prefer to use a boat as their usual mean of transportation
There are not many fishermen’s boats in Piran. Actually, I saw only this one. It has poles with a floater and a flag. There is a net on the deck. The poles with a floater and a flag are most of the time used to locate lobster traps. There are none on the deck. Then, they should be used to show the presence of the net, in order to prevent other boats to ruin it.
The harbor of Piran follows gently the curve of the bay and is framed with three levels building, most of them apparently dating from the early XXth. As Slovenia has such a small length of coast, no wonder that it is rather busy with sailboats packed along the quays.
Photo 1 shows the bay of Piran and the city as arriving from the south. The old city is in the background and on the right.
Photo 2 shows the extremity of the peninsula, with Sveti Klement (Saint Clement) church showing.
piran has a very lively little harbour that both has a marina and a fishing part.
the fact that it is right next to the main square means that it is a very cntral part of piran and that certainly ads to it´s charm.
Boats and boats...
The Piran marina, houses numerous picturesque boats, from simple small ones to luxury big ones, and of course fishing boats. You can take an oranized cruise along the coastline - recommended
This is the port of Piran as you can see boats & yachts lying by the small port. You can't help thinking that this port has been in used for thousand of years before.
Piran has been settled since ancient times, the name of the town could be coming from the Greek word pyr, maning fire.
In those times, fire were lit at Punta, the very tip of the peninsula. this was to guide ships to the port at Agieda, now Koper.
The Romans established a settlement here called Piranum.
walking through the narrow streets of piran is the best way to explore this small midd-ages town.
although it is possible to rent bicycle for couples or foursome in tartiny square, i prefered to walk around. by walking in piran it's easy to see some unique buildings and art decorations on it. you'll have to look carefuly and see special door handles shape as fishes or mermaids.
If you are to live by the sea, you might as well enjoy it! The locals love their sea, and they make good use of it, may it by by swimming, diving, sailing, boating or fishing.