A Story of Salt, Sea and Music

Published: 11.6.2015

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A Story of Salt, Sea and Music

The 46 kilometres of Slovenian coastline is dotted with a number of small, romantic towns. The most picturesque is the medieval Piran, a town that prospered thanks to salt production. The Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the Mediterranean northernmost saltworks, still produces salt following 14th century guidelines. Besides the roar of the sea, listen to melodies of the oldest Slovenian chamber music festival organised in July and August.

A Story of Salt, Sea and Music

The 46 kilometres of Slovenian coastline is dotted with a number of small, romantic towns. The most picturesque is the medieval Piran, a town that prospered thanks to salt production. The Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the Mediterranean northernmost saltworks, still produces salt following 14th century guidelines. Besides the roar of the sea, listen to melodies of the oldest Slovenian chamber music festival organised in July and August.

The Slovenian coast and its relaxed atmosphere attracts numerous visitors. The area features lush olive groves and abundant vineyards. Olive oil and wine are two main ingredients of seaside cuisine. Take your time and try the tasty local delicacies. Spoil yourself with the Piran sea bass and dip a piece of bread in one of the world`s best green olive oil – the Istrian White. A special experience is found at a typical local inn called ‘Osmica’, where small winemakers serve homemade wines and cold cuts. Have you tried chocolate with fleur de sel yet? Enjoy the perfect mixture of coastal flavours.

Enhance your holiday on the Slovenian coast with a scenic ride along the Parenzana. Fill your lungs with sea air on the picturesque cycling trail running along the former Istrian railway connecting Trieste and Poreč. The Mesečev zaliv Bay in Strunjan is very idyllic. Freshen up by jumping into the sea or climb the top of the highest flysch cliff on the Adriatic Coast, which is 80 m high.

Evenings in Piran are particularly exciting thanks to many traditional musical evenings, held since 1978 and considered the oldest chamber music festivals in Slovenia. In July and August, you can enjoy chamber music every Friday in the acoustic splendour of the Cross Hall at the Convent Saint Francis or in the nearby convent Church of Saint Francis. Organ concerts are held at the Saint George Church in Piran and Saint Mary of the Rosary Church in Portorož.

For the last thirty years, the Piran Musical Evenings have been featuring recognizable programmes enhanced by Slovenian and international artists. They have become an important part of the city life, cultural environment and identity. Welcome to the romantic city of Piran.

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