PIRAN - GENERAL INFORMATION
- GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION: the very southwestern part of the Republic of Slovenia. Borders with Croatia on land, and with Croatia and Italy at sea. The major part of the municipality belongs to the coastal zone, except the ridge with villages Nova vas, Padna and St. Peter.
- AREA: 46.6 km2
- MAXIMUM DEPTH OF SEA: 30 m
- AIRPORT SEČOVLJE: runway length 1200m, width 30m - according to the new design, the runway shall be extended by 200 m.
- MARINA PORTOROŽ: more than 1000 berths in the sea and on land, 2 hangars, all maintenance services, reception of vessels with a draft of up to 3.5 m and a length up to 22 m
- SETTLEMENTS BELONGING TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF PIRAN: Bužini, Dragonja, Lucija, Mlini, Nova Vas, Padna, Parecag, Piran, Portorož, Seča, Sečovlje, Strunjan, St. Peter, Škodelin, Škrile.
The municipality of Piran lies at the southwestern part of Slovenia. It borders Croatia on land, and Croatia and Italy at sea. It is a part of the Coastal-Karst statistical region. The major part of the municipality belongs to the coastal zone
The municipality of Piran is by far the most developed Slovenian municipality regarding tourism, with 1.3 million overnight stays of tourists, and is one of the most important convention, spa, casino and nautical tourism centres in the northern Mediterranean. Every fifth overnight stay in Slovenia is registered in the accommodation facilities of the Municipality of Piran.
On 1 July 2015, according to SORS, 20,630.77 inhabitants lived in the municipality. More about the Municipality of Piran can be found on the official tourism site of the Municipality of Piran.
PROJECT "SCATTERED HOTEL PADNA"
Padna is a picturesque village in the hinterland of Piran that lies on the Šavrinska hills at 208 meters above sea level. Padna has kept its characteristic appearance of a typical, compactly built Istrian village, which ranks itself among the first level cultural monuments. Its size is just 2.9 square kilometres, and according to the last census from 2015, there live 172 people.
Padna is surrounded by olive groves; some trees are more than 300 years old. The name of the village derives from the Latin word "patena", which means a plate or bowl, the Padna hill namely has the form of an inverted bowl. The village in the heart of Šavrinski hills is also an excellent vantage point that gives a view of the sea that reaches all the way to the Alps.
One of the most authentic experiences is visiting Padna during the Festival of oil and chard, organized since 2012 by the Tourist Association Portorož in cooperation with the local community Padna. During the two-day event, the visitors can taste excellent olive oil from Slovenian Istria, culinary masterpieces made of chard, and other home products. The event also offers opportunities for many activities and entertainment at an authentic village festival.
Padna is also popular among celebrities. One of the most renowned was a Slovenian painter and graphic artist Božidar Jakac. At Božidar Jakac Gallery, a collection of his graphics is on display.
VISION OF A SCATTERED HOTEL PADNA
Presentation of a scattered hotel model in Padna was, at the proposal of prof. Michael Dower, who participated in the PHARE CBC Slo/IT project "Heritage trails without frontiers" (in the years 2003-2004 as a result of a joint project of three Slovenian coastal municipalities and Italian Community San Dorligo), organized by Padna local community, performed by architects of INGENOS Group company from Gleisdorf, Austria. As mentioned at the time, viable business of the "hotel" would require 35 units, rooms and apartments.
They emphasized the enormous potential in the development of village tourism stationary facilities in renovated buildings. Residents, property owners, and the local community reached an agreement with the municipality of Piran on tourism development and sourcing of EU funds, as well as potential private investors. Quite a few private owners of architectural heritage competed in tenders RDP 2007 - 2013 with the MAFS under measure 323 Restoration of Cultural Heritage, and were not successful. The village is actively looking for new opportunities, sources of funds for the realization of their vision.
The idea is not new, and has already been verified in the environments of neighbouring Italy and Austria. Transfer of good practices is one of the cornerstones of the integration of the European Union rural development program.
Scattered hotel (Albergo Diffuso) is an innovative approach with a new content, which involves the reconstruction of dilapidated villages in the hinterland, mountains, remote areas on the verge of collapse (due to emigration or the aging of the population) and the use thereof for accommodation of tourists. These villages are wholly or partially recovered as a "scattered hotel" in a traditional style, nothing is build anew. It is characterized by a joint reception, sales department, service and repair services. Owners of buildings are usually contractually tied or organized in an association, cooperative or other legal form. All offer is based on using only internal resources (locally produced products, jobs). This involves a series of green eco-tourism in rural areas, which targets conscious tourists interested in traditions, culture, nature, history, gastronomy and an active vacation.
In the case of scattered hotel Padna, in addition to the rooms themselves, the premises which will serve the needs of a common reception area, dining room and other services of a scattered hotel that would have rooms or apartments scattered throughout the village must be provided for. Due to the above, it is expected that in the context of public-private partnership, the facilities or part of the facility dedicated to such common space will be identified. The idea of a scattered hotel should be open to cooperation with other providers and investors, which would subsequently decide to participate in the project with their own capacities, as a result this joint space would be utilised as a reception and dining room by any other interested parties, i.e. owners of other accommodation capacities in Padna. Tourist accommodation is already available in the village, and during the tourist season it records a very good occupancy rate, which confirms the correct development orientation. In Padna there are currently about 30 beds, in the future we expect to provide additional 150 to 200 beds.
It is expected that the private investor will enable the local providers of accommodation capacities to be included in the project and benefit from a common reception area, dining room and other services of a scattered hotel.
Restoration of buildings that are protected as cultural monuments would generate new accommodation facilities, thereby the vital units, created for the needs of tourism, would improve the quality of life of the villagers. For the village this means new jobs, development of new craft and repair services for hotel guests, landscaping for the needs of active tourism and direct sales of agricultural products at source with the highest added value.
MANNER OF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
The Municipality of Piran is planning to implement the project "Scattered hotel Padna" through a public-private partnership. The existing buildings owned by the municipality will be included in the project in order to implement the project by the public partner, whereas it is expected that the private partner will ensure the functioning of the scattered hotel by acquired facilities and any other facilities that would be obtained on the market, while a joint reception would also allow for the inclusion of any other contractual relationship with providers of tourist accommodation in the area of the Padna village.
A list of facilities that are planned for the project of public-private partnership and owned by the Municipality of Piran.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS
The Municipality of Piran must receive applications of interest for a public-private partnership before and including 29 July 2016 at the following address: Občina Piran, Tartinijev trg 2, 6330 Piran. The envelope shall read: "Vloga o zainteresiranosti za izvedbo projekta Razpršeni Hotel Padna (Application of expressing the interest for the implementation of the Scattered Hotel Padna project)." There are no forms prescribed for the relevant application. A promoter may submit its own application of interest.
Promoters may obtain all additional information, request for the meeting or site visit by sending a request to Ms. Tjaša Radetič or phone number +386 5 6710 318.