Much of the popular areas of Slovenia may feature white capped mountains around a mainly landlocked country. However, a tiny sliver known as Istrian Slovenia, or the Slovene Riviera, lies on the Adriatic Coast, offering all the charm, historical archaeology, tantalizing food and of course the beautiful clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Unlike the main cities of Llubljana and Bled, which in tourist season become highly visited, medieval Piran has a slower more authentic vibe.
Surrounded on all sides by the sea, beaches are not hard to find. For the best vantage point of the entire town head to St. George’s Church Campanile (Bell Tower), which is actually a replica of St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice, or head to the walls of the city. Of course smaller and less intricate than the walls of Dubrovnik, they still offer a fantastic panorama.