Driving from Italy to Croatia and looking for a place to stop on the way? This is exactly the position I found myself in a few weeks ago, which is why I came to spend a few hours in the delightful coastal town of Piran.Piran’s old town is a maze of tiny narrow streets with some stunning Venetian-gothic style architecture. If you can navigate your way through the town, head up to the cathedral of St. George for a great view of Tartini Square and all those gorgeous rooftops that you see it almost any photo of Piran.
A quick wander along the coast and concrete beach – where enthusiastic sunbathers are not put off by the lack of sand – and I had to get back on the road. Piran has a lovely little harbour and if I had longer to spend there I would definitely have sampled some of the town’s seafood, which is supposedly delicious.
One word of warning, parking in Piran is tricky business. The whole of the town centre is pedestrianised (hence the narrow streets) and only permit holders are allowed to get anywhere close. The good news is that as you approach Piran there is a visitor’s car park with a bus service to take you to the centre, although it is only a fifteen minute walk anyway.