Location of the conference: Piran - Slovenia
How to get to Piran?
You can reach Piran by:
- land; from the directions of Trieste (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), or from Pula (Croatia)
- railway; railway station Koper
- air; from Ljubljana airport (Slovenia); from Trieste airport (Italy), from Venice airport (Italy), from
Pula airport (Croatia)
- sea; to Koper, Izola, Portorož or Piran
MakeLearn & TIIM conference participants should make their accommodation booking directly to the selected hotel and receive confirmation from the accommodation provider.
We suggest the following accommodations:
- Art Hotel Tartini *** (click here for info about parking)
- Agency Maona apartments
- Hotel Piran ****
- Hostel Piran & Pirano
In order to book an accommodation at offered fixed price participants should use the code MLTIIM19 when booking your accommodation.
- Make a booking of your accommodation for the conference as soon as possible due to limited availability of hotel capacities. The negotiated prices are available by 15 March 2019 (some of them by 31 March 2019). After these dates, we will be able to guarantee neither the availability nor the prices.
- Parking is available at the central parking garage FORNAČE in front of the entrance in the town centre.
- The Tartini square can be reached by free minibus commuting between the parking and the Tartini square every 15 minutes; walking will also take you 15 minutes.
- You can drive the car also to Piran, but there are minimal parking places.
Detailed info about the prices and booking in the suggested accommodations are available here.
Here is the map where you can check the accommodations’ and venue’s locations.
What to do in Piran - Portorož - Slovenia?
Sunbathing and relaxing in Portorož
The conference will be held in Portorož, a town on the Slovenian coast. Portorož is the most famous resort destination in Slovenia and home to many hotels, spas, cafes, restaurants and even three casinos. During the day, you can enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and clean Mediterannean sea, while in the evening you can relax and dance the night away in one of the numerous bars.
The best ice cream is served in the bar Cacao right on the beach. They have something for everyone – several tens of different flavours of ice cream, cakes, coffee or fancy lemonades. Although unassuming, very good seafood in Portorož can be found in the Fritolin.
If you feel like exploring the seaside more, there are several easily accessible interesting sights in the range of a few kilometers.
Wandering the old streets of Piran
Piran is quite different from Portorož. It is an old coastal town with Venetian architecture as it was under the rule of Venice from the 13th century until the end of Venetian Republic. The main square is called the Tartini square, by the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in Piran. Overlooking Piran is a church which offers excellent views. When you reach the church, you can continue walking uphill and reach the old town walls which offer the postcard view of the Piran peninsula. When wandering around Piran, you can enjoy narrow winding alleys with hidden small squares and beautiful houses. If you walk around the peninsula and then along the coast you can reach a nice small bay Fiesa. Piran is closed for traffic and there is a large parking garage 1 km before the town. From there, each 20 minutes there is a free shuttle bus to the Tartini square. From Portorož, you can reach Piran in a pleasant one hour walk along the coast.
In Piran, the restaurant ‘Pri Mari’ is famous for its delicious and affordable sea food. If you prefer to eat meat, the Balkan food restaurant ‘Sarajevo 84’ is also a great choice. For the pizza, our favourite place is Pizzeria Petica – try the original Italian pizza with mozzarela di buffala, tomatoes and basil.
Observing salt production in Sečovlje saltworks
In Sečovlje, there are 650 ha of saltworks, where each day they produce around 50 tons of salt. They have a very long history as they were first mentioned already in the 9th century. The saltworks are open for visitors and you can observe traditional ways of making the salt.
Seča Park – Forma Viva
In Seča, there is an open-air park of art sculptures made by international artists who come each year to Slovenia to a symposium.
Observing cruise ships in Koper
Koper is the home to our largest (and only) port – Luka Koper, from where goods are transported all over Europe. In Koper also several cruise ships stop on their was around the Meditteranean sea. One of the famous sights in Koper is Praetorian palace which is a remarkable Venetian palace from the 16th century and was used as a city hall. Nowadays, it hosts city council and weddings.