Enjoy the countryside - Portorož & Piran

Enjoy the countryside

The Piran countryside offers genuine experiences and it gives you a special feeling as if time has stopped. Old stone cottages sit high above the sea on the hilltops of Slovenian Istria. From here, you have a view of the sea and the Alps, olive groves, vineyards on steep hills and valleys strewn with orchards and vegetable gardens.

Take a ride along the Istrian wine route. Discover the heritage of Istrian farmers and indulge in delicious Istrian food. While strolling through the narrow village streets, visit “torkla” – an olive press. In autumn, when the olives are ripe, you can taste freshly pressed olive oil.

You can reach our villages on foot or by bicycle. Marked bicycle paths and hiking trails will take you there past “val” – cultivated valleys.

Sv. Peter (St. Peter) village is one of the three Istrian villages in the Piran hinterland that are nearest to medieval Piran. A high slope (175 m) offers a view of the valley of Dragonja and the bay of Piran. In the village, there is an open-air ethnographic museum – Tona’s House – that will take you back to life as it used to be. On the ground floor, there is a well-preserved “torkla” – olive press. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of horseshoes and a stone wheel grinding the olives which were plucked with great care. On the first floor, there is an old rustic kitchen.

A visit to the village of Sv. Peter is interesting in all seasons. It is especially full of events on 29 June, when villagers celebrate the name day of their patron Saint Peter, after whom the village was named. On that day at the end of mass, there is a procession in the streets with a statue of St. Peter. In the evening, this is followed by “šagra”, a traditional Istrian party with dancing.

Contact for a visit of the Tona's House museum:

T: +386 5 671 00 40, closed on Mondays.

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