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Hidden Destinations: Piran, Slovenia

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There are incredible places to visit in Europe. There are the common well-known countries such as Amsterdam and its canals, London and its shopping, or Paris the City of Light. Europe also has its hidden gems for example the town Piran, Slovenia. Piran is a town in southwestern, Slovenia on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenia. The town has preserved its unsurpassed charm and culture , with its medieval architecture, narrow streets and compact houses.

Slovenia has a unique style and attitude. Piran was a part of Italy until the end of WWII, and it remains bi-lingual today. Piran is a great summer destination, it is the type of town where you can have chance encounters with locals.

What To Do In Piran

There are various activities which range from biking on the seaside, to sailing in the gentle waters of the Gulf of Piran.  One of the most popular sights in Piran is the Church of St. George, and it’s worth hiking to the top of the bell tower to catch a spectacular view of the town. Portions of Piran’s old city walls run through the hill behind it, which can also be toured, and just behind them is the local cemetery, which is typically filled with bedazzling flower displays.

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The main square is named after the violinist Giorgio Tartini. Make sure to check out the Venetian House, the red building on the square. Legend has it that a rich merchant built it for his beloved mistress, and there’s an inscription between the upper windows that reads Lassa pur dir, or “let them talk”. This was his way of proving to his love that she was more important than his reputation.

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With a strong fishing tradition, you know the seafood is going to be fresh and delicious. There are various places to eat in Piran click here for more.

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