By Arlene Solis Chua
Piran — To every ship, reposition means changing of the itinerary for the next season. For some ships, it takes 15 days to reposition for the winter season. Our ship only took seven days because we stayed in Europe where the weather was less harsh.
In our reposition cruise, we passed by Koper Slovenia in the southwestern part of Slovenia of the Gulf of Piran.
Koper is a city in southwestern Slovenia, with the other Slovenian coastal towns Ankaran, Izola, Piran, and Portorož, situated along the country’s 47-kilometer (29-mile) coastline, in the Istrian Region, approximately five kilometers (3.1 miles) from its border with Italy.
It’s only once every seven months that our ship stops over Koper Slovenia. I had to hurry with work, ending at 11:30 AM so I could see the city before we were scheduled to leave at 6:00 PM.
I did a bus tour on ‘hop on hop’ to Piran and paid $20 to see its splendor.
Piran (Pirano in Italian) is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town has much medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. Piran is the administrative center and one of Slovenia’s major tourist attractions. Until the mid-twentieth-century Italian used to be the dominant language, but was replaced by Slovene due to migration.
The beach is natural attraction in Piran. You can see people surfing and diving in the public beach, which looks like a very big swimming pool.
The Tartini Square is the town’s main square (Slovene: Tartinijev trg, Italian: Piazza Tartini), named after Guiseppe Tartini, an Italian baroque composer and violinist.
In 1892, the 200th anniversary of his birth, a monument to Tartini was erected in Piran. this was created by Venetian artist Antonio Dal Zottowas, a larger-than-life bronze statue that was mounted in 1896. The statue dominates the square but the Cathedral of Saint George towers over it.
I went back to my ship just in time for our departure, with a full stomach from the piran fish I so enjoyed, for 10 euro.