Piran is one of the three most important Slovenian coastal cities, as well as one of the three oldest Slovenian cities. The inhabitants of Piran spent their summers working in the Saltpans. Every year for the holiday of St. George, the locals left their homes in Piran and spent the summer months working in the Saltpans. The salt was the main income for the city. The wealth it produced, however, was in the hands of the rich Venetian merchants, who succeeded in selling the salt around the world.
The walking tour begins at Tartini Square where buildings surrounding the square outline the story of its political power. Proceed towards St. George’s Church where you will pass one of three Bell Towers copied after the Venetian bell tower on St. Marcs Square. A panoramic horizon opens when standing on the top of the hill, rooftops, chimneys, sea gulls, and a gentle sea breeze. Continue to 1st May Square, where your guide will provide an interesting story about it. The tour ends at Tartini Square. Free time (approximately 75 minutes) is given so you can explore the city by your own. The tour returns to Koper via a panoramic drive passing the saltpans en route.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles (roughly 1.25 hours) over even and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 35 steps at St. George Church and up to 6 steps at 1st May Square. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Time permitting; guests will have approximately 75 minutes for shopping and browsing. The drive from the pier is approximately 30 minutes and the return panoramic drive is approximately 45 minutes, dependent upon traffic conditions.