The charming coastal town of Piran is a medieval jewel on the Adriatic coast, situated at the cape of the peninsula on the northern side of Istria, with Italy on the horizon. Since being part of the Republic of Venice, it has a rich cultural heritage and the close Venetian influence is immediately apparent in its architecture with the narrow winding streets, houses huddled close together, rising in cascades, beautiful squares and churches and breathtaking sea views. Piran is actually one of the best preserved medieval sites in Europe, with a wealth of monuments and architectural gems, including the Venetian House, the Courthouse, the Town Hall and the Maritime Museum. A visit to a picturesque area of narrow streets in the historic town centre is like a trip to a life-size, open-air museum.
The social center of the town is definitely the Tartini Square. This oval-shaped marble square is an excellent spot to hang out, drink a coffee or beer in one of the many out-door cafes, devour your ice cream and look around for interesting spots to explore. In the middle there’s a larger-than-life statue of Giuseppe Tartini, a Piran-born and world famous violin player and composer. To the right is the red Venetian House which is a fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture. The Tartini Square is also the cultural centre of the town and hosts many concerts and cultural events throughout the year.
Yes, of course, there are beaches too in Piran. Not sandy ones, but those who are more interested in swimming in the sea, which is very clean, will be perfectly pleased with the cement beaches. When you’ve had enough of swimming and sunbathing, you won’t have far to go to find a good spot for lunch or dinner. Just head for the promenade which is lined with restaurants, cafes and ice-cream parlors. There is also an aquarium for younger visitors. The town is closed to traffic during the summer season (covered parking garages are available at town access points), so one can enjoy car-free promenade along the sea!
Essential to the experience of a small seaside town is the seafood dining. Here one can find an abundance of restaurants with fresh delights and spectacular panorama’s of the sea. Because Slovenia has such a varied history of being at the crossroads of central Europe, food is eclectic and tasty. Many dishes are a blend of Italian, German, Slovenian and Croatian elements. Thus one can experience excellent seafood pastas, delicious desserts and many fresh herbs and vegetables too.
Piran is well worth visiting, especially during the summer, spring and early autumn months, but possibly the best time to visit this charming coastal town is September and October when the number of tourists has dwindled, when the days are no longer stifling hot and when the sea is still nice and pleasantly warm. At this time of year, you’ll have the city almost to yourself. The summer months of June, July and August are best for water sports and activities, but particularly in August Piran is full of Italian tourists.
It’s said that once you have visited Piran you will never forget it.
Overall Rating: 10/10 (Must-See)
The Tartini Square is a lovely square in the heart of the medieval walled Venetian town of Piran, the most famous town on Slovenia's 43-kilometre coast, which sits between Italy and Croatia. For a small town this is a wide open and quite large square. It's very Venetian in its white marble paving and surrounded by charming, Venetian buildings with wonderful architecture displayed.
|The accommodation options in Piran can be divided into five main categories: hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self catering apartments and hostels.|
The charming coastal town of Piran is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Slovenia, but being such a small town, there are not many hotels in Piran. Actually, there are only four of them and finding a hotel in Piran during peak season (June-August) can be very difficult,
Guest house accommodation in Piran is a type of inexpensive hotel-like lodging. Piran guest houses are ideal for smaller, intimate groups of guests that would prefer to stay together. Guest houses are usually family or owner managed, and you will find people who really care about making your stay enjoyable and comfortable.
Staying at an apartment in Piran, Slovenia is an excellent alternative for those wanting more privacy, prefer to do their own cooking and wish to interact to the locals. Piran apartments are available at different price ranges, so always do your research beforehand.
Thinking about staying in a bed and breakfast? Piran, Slovenia is home to a few lovely B&Bs where you can enjoy a quiet yet unforgettable getaway. By staying at a bed and breakfast, you can have a far more delightful vacation than you would if you stayed in a traditional hotel. Hotels just do not offer the same level of intimacy, comfort, charm, and relaxation as bed and breakfasts.
Hostels in Piran are perfect for the unscheduled traveler or backpacker, and for those who like an adventure - read: those who don't mind plenty of company. Even if you’re not up for the cheapest option - a bed in a shared dorm - you can often get a basic private room at a Piran hostel for significantly less than the cost of a low-end hotel or privately rented room. Competition between Piran hostels has grown over the past 5-10 years so the quality has risen considerably.
View our image gallery with 23 high-resolution photos that prove you absolutely have to visit Piran!
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A beautiful elevated view from the town walls.
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The Tartini Square in the heart of the town.
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A view from the harbour on a cloudy day.
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Piran is a postcard-pretty coastal town on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia.
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Perched on a long and narrow peninsula that juts out into the Adriatic Sea, Piran is an incredibly picturesque town that has managed to keep its relaxed historic charm.
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A beautiful view from the small harbour towards the Tartini square.
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Another stunning night view from the harbour at night.
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The stylish colored historic houses and a recognizable Venetian lighthouse tower.
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Picturesque, charming, quaint, sweet, laid-back and peaceful are all ways one could describe the tiny slice of Adriatic coastline occupied by Piran.
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A rocky border lines the waterside.
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A beautiful panorama.
The charming coastal town of Piran is a medieval jewel on the Adriatic coast. It has a rich cultural heritage and the close Venetian influence is immediately apparent in its architecture with the narrow winding streets, houses huddled close together, rising in cascades, beautiful squares and churches and stunning sea views.
The lovely square in the heart of the medieval walled Venetian town of Piran, the most famous town on Slovenia's 43-kilometre coast. For a small town this is a wide open and quite large square. It's very Venetian in its white marble paving and surrounded by charming, Venetian buildings with wonderful architecture displayed.
Location of Piran on the map
Address: Tartinijev trg 1, 6330 Piran, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 45.528600, 13.568644
GPS coordinates: 45° 31′ 42.9600” N 13° 34′ 7.1184” E