Fiesa-Piran Walking Trail
|Region||Coastal - Karst Statistical Region|
|Starting point||Fiesa Camp payable parking lot|
|Route length||2 km (1.24 miles)|
|route duration||0,5-1 h|
|Best time to visit||All year|
|Appropriate for||Baby Strollers , Baby Carriers , 1-3 years of age , 3-6 years of age , 6+ years of age , Dandy Horses, Bikes|
|Level of difficulty||Easy route|
The trail goes along the sea from the camp in Fiesa to the city of Piran. The distance is short, the path has a beautiful sea view and is suitable for a pram as well as for walking toddlers. The Fiesa Bay is best known for its two picturesque meres, which were formed due to the digging of clay needed by the former brickworks.
If you are looking for a location that has access to both lakeside and a beach, this is probably the one and only place in our country where you can relax by the meres and eat ice cream while looking at the sea.
Fiesa has two freshwater meres that enchant every visitor. With their banks overgrown with a wide belt of reed and other riparian plants, the meres offer a safe shelter to fish, marsh birds and especially to some twenty rare and endangered dragonfly species. Due to their great ecologic value, they have been added to the list of the most important natural heritage in Slovenia and in 1989 proclaimed a natural monument.
Fiesa is a small bay that stretches between Piran and Strunjan and is about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) away from Portorož. Fiesa can be reached from Strunjan by a local road, which leads through Pacug, or from Piran past the cemetery. You can leave your car in the marked paid parking lot and go down to the beach, turn left and walk the beautifully paved coastal path to Piran.
The trail is also suitable for baby strollers and easy enough for toddlers. Our 2-year-old walked the path in one direction all by herself, though it did take us longer to reach our destination. The beautiful view, the coast, pebbles, fish and an interesting cliff are all excellent distractions. Read more about it in our Interesting Facts section :).
Go on, start walking before the city of Piran runs out of ice cream :).
Here is a tip for parents: Take your kids to the Piran Aquarium and see colorful fish, crabs, sea urchins and shellfish. This place is very pet-friendly! A visit to the Piran Aquarium can extend your trip by a few hours to the whole day :). Well, when you are already here, you must also visit the Museum of Underwater Activities and the Magical World of Shells. However, do take a short break at Tartini Square and have a cappuccino.
The path between Fiesa and Piran is interesting because of the wall, where you can see how different rocks are layered. Cliffs are a specialty of our coast.
The word cliff refers to a very steep, vertical and sometimes overhanging wall composed of rocks or unbound sediments, located at the junction of land and sea. It is a cyclical sequence of several rocks formed 40 million years ago in the deep sea.
Underwater landslides, triggered by earthquakes, strong storms or tsunamis, carried away mixed sediments and deposited them on the bottom of the deep sea: larger fragments below, and the finer material at the top. From such accumulated sediments, flysch rocks were formed by solidification. Due to tectonic activity, the sea basin narrowed, the sea receded, the flysch rocks broke, wrinkled, and rose to the surface, where we can still admire them today.
An individual cyclic sequence in flysch rock begins with coarse-grained conglomerates, then sandstones and ends with fine-grained siltstones or marls. Individual layers of rocks in flysch are of different thicknesses, in Slovenia they are mostly quite thin (from a few cm/few inches to 10 cm/4 inches thick).
The peculiarity of flysch rocks on the Slovenian coast is that individual layers of limestone in some places reach thicknesses of up to several meters, which is why they are called megalayers. Interesting, isn't it?
To make the path to Piran even more interesting for all the little hikers, listen to a fairy tale about an Istrian shepherd and fairies.
Listen to a fairy tale about an Istrian shepherd and fairies.
Vita, Olja and Juna Recommend
Salt is the sea that could not return to the sky…
Tiny white or pink pyramidal crystals are the most valuable crop of the Piran salt pans. On the surface, brines are formed in windless weather only, as they are disturbed by the tiniest waves.
The flower of salt enriches all salads, carpaccios, seafood specialties and other culinary masterpieces. The Piran Salt Pans company has a cosmetic line of salt products and sells a book called Let's Meet the Birds of the Sečovlje Salt Pans (which is sold in Slovene only).
Piran Salt from the Piran salt-pan houses is produced according to a tradition that is almost 700 years old. The basic process is natural crystallization in salt fields, where salt is collected on a few millimeters thick base of bio sediment called petola, which is composed of minerals and microorganisms.
A cute little Piran Salt Pans store is located in the Tartini Square in Piran. My daughters and I could not help but enter the store and buy something :).