Piranske Soline at Taste of Slovenia Real Food Tour

Pirans soline logoOn our Taste of Slovenia Real Food Tour this past May, 2013, our group visited the Saltpans on the Piran Bay. Salt is still being harvested here and many shops dot the countryside selling versions of the salt, including the “fleur de sel” (flower of the salt), the hand-harvested sea salt which many consider the utmost gourmet item.  In Slovenian language the salt is called, solni cvete, or salt blossoms.

The New York Times wrote about the Piran Salt  in a Travel feature under Foraging, on Ljubljana, Slovenia: Piranske Soline. (feb 11, 2007).

Salt being harvested at the Piran Saltpans

Salt being harvested at the Piran Saltpans

The salt is harvested from the Secovlje Salina Nature Park, on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast. Says the Times, “Deemed a national treasure, the salts sold at Piranske Soline are gathered from the park’s salt pans using techniques dating from the 14th century. The salts have a Pirans soline logoflavor and texture that have made them a prized ingredient among European epicures and chefs, including Alain Ducasse.”

‘For more than 700 years the procedure of salt making hasn’t changed,’ said Alojz Jurjec, director of Soline Pridelava Soline, the company that owns the shop. ‘Only sea, sun, wind and the hand of the salter are involved in this procedure.’

In the past, the salt workers lived in cottages at the site. We learned about the life of the workers and their families through a guided tour.

Cottages of the salt workers

Cottages of the salt workers

At the Piranske Soline shops one can buy the trademarked bags of salt for cooking and table use. The salt is unrefined and scraped by hand from the salt basins. Also for sale are chocolate bars and truffles sprinkled with fleur de sel,  salt scrubs, and bath salts infused with rosemary and eucalyptus oils, salt accessories, salt mills.  Our group visited the Piran salt shop in Portoroz, Port of Flowers, the lovely seaside town near the saltpans.

Also near the saltpans, Lepa Vida, a  new thalasso spa at the Salina, opened on May 31, 2013, offering salt mud (fango) treatments, baths in brine water, exfoliation with sea salt and hand massage.  The fango and salt brine are recognized as a natural healing factors by the Slovenian Ministry of Health. ‘Lepa Vida,’ by the way, is a treasured poem written by Franc Preseren, the country’s beloved poet about a beautiful young Slovenian lady.

 Piran Fleur de Sel Sea Salt is available through Amazon at

Piran Sea Sa;t

Piran Sea Sa;t



About Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, LDN, CNS

Licensed and board-certfied nutritionist, writer and researcher. BS in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Education;, MS in Health Administration; PhD in Public Health Education; completed the dietetic program at Penn State, University and the CNS Certified Nutrition Specialist program. Fulbrighter to Slovenia in Public Health. Speaker at Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and International Raw Milk Symposiums. Member of the American College of Nutrition. Creator and tour leader for "Taste of Slovenia, a Real Food Tour."
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2 Responses to Piranske Soline at Taste of Slovenia Real Food Tour

  1. daniel says:

    We appreciate you sharing excellent informations. Your site is very cool. I will be impressed by the facts that youve on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this kind of subject. Book-marked this site, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, Good ole’! I found exactly the info My partner and i already looked all over the place and simply couldnt come across. Such a perfect web-site.

    • Thanks, Daniel. Glad you like the site. I am in love with the country and the people and I think that comes through.
      Hope you visit the Soline… there are two sites there.. the museum and the on-site tour of the salt maker’s cottages, and a visit to the shop is also very interesting.

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