Length 8.7 km (5.4 miles), terrain: flat
Little Slovenia has an even littler coastline, just 40 kilometers, with a few towns. The biggest tourist resort is Portoroz, with its casino and Grand Hotel, and a waterfront lined with restaurants, bars and parks. But the nicest thing about the town is its location: just around the corner from Piran, one of the most picturesque old towns on the Adriatic coast.
|View of Piran from the hill|
We'll start the run right in the heart of Portoroz, across from the Grand Hotel, at the little, white dome of the tourist info office. There is a little park next door, where you can go to the water and turn right so that you'll have the water to your left side.
|This spot, across from the Grand Hotel, is the start|
You'll soon come to a spot where the sidewalk meets the street, at a big, stone, bunker-like warehouse. Keep left there, and stay along the water, away from the street. The warehouse used to be used for storing salt, which was manufactured in the salt pans south of town, when the area was famous for its salt.
|Running past the salt warehouses|
|Heading to Piran|
|Along Piran's harbor|
|Tartini Square, with Venetian town hall and church on hilltop|
|Running past the waterfront restaurants|
You could just turn around and head the same way back again. But I'd recommend that you follow one of the little lanes heading uphill in the old town. You'll eventually come to the church and bell tower, with a great view over town. Just run back down any of the other narrow lanes and you're guaranteed to end up back at the main square at the harbor, where you continue running home.
|Heading up to St. George's church|