Cycling Slovenia : Portoroz – Strunjan – Piran bike route [ Slovenian Adriatic Coast ]
Slovenia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth for cycling. The bike routes around Portoroz & Piran, on the Slovenian Adriatic Coast, are simply stunning. Here is a description of an easy 20km biking loop that you can use for visiting the area. Bike, swim and enjoy the Slovenian Adriatic Sea Coast.
Rent a bike from Portoroz city center and take this well-marked cycling route. It is 20km long, generally flat but includes 2-3 hills to climb (short but a little bit steep on some sections). Here is a map and also the .gpx file that you can download from here: https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/9179859/#13.06/45.52076/13.59456
You can start it right from the bike rental office on the Portoroz sea promenade (situated in front of the Grand Hotel Portoroz). I would recommend you to rent a mountain bike for this day (or an e-mountain bike) as the route is not with asphalt all the way.
Follow the blue route to Strunjan and than until Fiesa (great swimming spot). From there use the orange route to reach Piran (stop and visit the old city) and than back to Portoroz . You will find this map all along the route so that orientation is quite easy.
The route is well marked. You will pedal on bike lanes, easy mountain bike trails, low traffic streets and also on the sea coast.
On a small section, in the Strunjan Park, you will be required to walk near your bike as it is pedestrian only. The path is narrow and people are hiking there for this amazing coastal views:
On the route you will see pass near the Strunjan Saltworks (or saltpans). The salt evaporation ponds are used for “harvesting” salt from the sea water.
Piran old city is a must stopping place for at least 1-2 hours visit. The city is well known for it’s Venetian style architecture, medieval houses, narrow streets and white buildings. You will first arrive at the St.George Church. This is located on the highest point of the city – so you will have some beautiful views to admire. Once you descent in the lower parts, secure your bike in front of the Tourism Info Point in the Tartini Square and just walk around and feel the local vibe. Take a rest with a drink or a delicious gelato.
The last part of the route is by the sea promenade between Piran and Portoroz. Once arrived in Portoroz you can use the bike to visit also the Touristic Marina (the .gpx file will take you there). Portoroz is a classical sea resort, with big hotels, lots of green areas, nice beaches and many restaurants and cafes.
I hope that this article will be useful to you if you are planning a self guided cycling trip in this beutiful region. I really recommend Slovenia for your future cycling holidays. It is a great biking destination with amazing mountain routes (the Julian Alps with Vrsic Pass and Mangart Saddle – video and article soon) but also here on the Adriatic Coast.