One of my ‘Out of Town‘ Favorites, when I start craving for breathing sea-air and tasting salt, is the enchanting City of PIRAN in the northern part of Istria on the Slovenian Coast. A 500 km ride south from Vienna and you will find yourself in the middle of a large open-air museum, with medieval architecture and a rich cultural heritage, settled by Illyrian tribes during the pre-Roman era. Although it always has been one of Slovenia’s major tourist attractions, you can still enjoy your holidays there, when visiting in May or September. It is similar to Venice. When the day tourists arrive around noon, you should have found your place in a beautiful hidden restaurant for a long lunch and afterwards enjoy a extended walk through the narrow little cobble stone paved, shady alleys. Then most of the tourists will be gone again. The culinary area is known for many tasty things, but I just can’t leave a restaurant without having fresh, grilled porcini mushrooms and a plate of Pršut (similar but not equal to Italian Prosciutto). If you love to sail, Sailing Club Piran is the place for you to participate at the charming ‘Piran Trophy’ in spring or just rent a boat for a perfect day on the sea. And before you are heading home again, don’t forget to buy some salt from the famous saltpans, which you will find all around Piran. Salt from PIRAN SALT-WORKS is produced according to an almost 700-year-old tradition and only with traditional tools. The basic process is natural crystallisation on salt-fields, where salt is collected on a bio-sediment base of a few millimetres thickness called PETOLA, composed of minerals and micro-organisms. The most lovely Salt-Shop is located right on the Tartini Square, where you will find everything from salt in all kinds of packages to cosmetics and books and welcomes you with the most romantic slogan:
Salt is the Sea that could not return to the sky.
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A little Short. 1 min of moving impressions of Piran: http://vimeo.com/windowsofvienna/piranimpressions