Slovenian Monte Carlo, well, kind of...
Portorož (Italian Portorose, literally "Port of roses") is a small seaside resort in Slovenia very close to Piran, a famous old town and our next destination. From the Sečovlje saltworks, where we had a brief stopover, we also decided to stop in Portorož a little. But the traffic is crazy, it took me some time to find a parking space. Most are along the main long road (there's only one actually). I was waiting in the car, while my girlfriend took few photos. They didn't really come out well, so I'm sharing only few here to give you an idea of Portorož.
Portorož (and Lucija, another small town) are all connected to Piran, which is the only town in the area with a historic center. In Portorož you won't find one. All you can see are hotels, beaches, parks and one very long road that goes through Lucija, whole Portorož all the way to Piran (see map above). It's interesting that although all three towns are under the Municipality Piran, Lucija has the most inhabitants (around 6000), followed by Piran (around 4200) and Portorož (around 3000).
Portorož is a lovely little resort, very long stretched along the coast full of hotels and of course tourists. It's not famous for being a cheap destination, but Slovenia in general can't have a mass tourism like Croatia, Spain or Turkey. Our coast is only 47km long and already very densely populated. So be sure to have more money with you, if you travel to Portorož. Actually this was my first time in this town and I can say it's pretty clean and neat. If you ask me, I would go on holidays here, because Piran is so near and you have to see Piran at least once in your life. Btw, Piran will be my next destination. Stay tuned.
My rating of Portorož:
Great place for photos ✰✰✰✰✰
Well preserved and clean ✰✰✰✰✰
Toilets, parking, souvenirs ✰✰✰✰✰
Friendly to tourists ✰✰✰✰✰
[All photos by MKL, 2010]