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Piran's history dates back to Greek times. The name of Piran derives from the Greek word pyr, which means 'fire'. It refers to the fires that were lit at Punta, the westernmost point of the peninsula. The fires guided ships to the port of Koper during the night.

On the eastern side of Piran's old town you can see the town walls, which still stand. A 17th-century harbor-side palace nowadays houses the Maritime Museum, where you can see exhibits on seafaring and salt-making, two of the region's most important economic activities.

There are several hotels and restaurants in Piran. The town is 90 km southwest of Ljubljana.

Not far from Piran, at Fiesa, is the nicest beach along Slovenia's Adriatic Coast. It has clean waters and the use of boats is restricted. From Fiesa you can see Trieste's Miramare Castle.


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