Piran Travel Guide

  • The view from the city walls.
    The view from the city walls.
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  • View of Piran from top of the castle ruins
    View of Piran from top of the castle...
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    stranded Tartini square
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Piran Highlights

  • Pro
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    travelbug102 says…

     Beautiful little town, easy to get to, considerably different than inland Slovenia 

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    europebn says…

     Not much to do 

  • In a nutshell
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    longsanborn says…

     Go and be pleasantly surprised! 

Piran Things to Do

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  • Church of St. George

    Above the compact town centre reigns the St. George Cathedral, which gives the city its special character. It is composed of three distinct constructions laid out in a row. From east to west they are: the church, the belltower and the baptistery. The Cathedral was probably built in the 12th Century, but no exact data in regard exists. The handsome...

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  • Tartini's square

    A modest church from the 18Th century, built upon another one 600 years older, has as main attraction a restored crucifix from the 14Th century. A relief over the door shows Christ giving the keys to Peter.

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  • Venetian house

    The oldest building in town is this venetian house, in Tartiniev square. dating from the 15Th century. There's a relief under the second floor windows, that refer to some loving adventures of the owner, not very well accepted by the population. Well, that was his problem, his house was nice (and rich, and that's why the population... you know!)

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Piran Hotels

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Piran Restaurants

  • Restaurant FONTANA

    Our guidebook advised to avoid the overpriced seafood restaurants along the waterfront, plus most of them seemed to be underwater so we asked at our hotel where we could get Slovene or Serbian food and one of the places he recommended was Fontana so we headed out in the rain for dinner there, dodging puddles and one older man in boxer shorts and...

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  • FINE DISHES HERE.....

    This is a very popular place which means that it is OK!And...situated in the heart of the Old Town.An excellent pizza, fine pasta dishes they serve and there is a wide choice of fish- and meat dishes.Add to these positive things friendly staff and a fine ambiance then it is clear where to go to re-fuel! I prefer fish dishes.....

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  • LOOK FOR THIS FOOT!!!

    SEE PREVIOUS TIP and....in front ot the place is a huge statue and this photo shows you the foot of the statue!Shiny toes....of course, never forget to touch them.....it will bring you GOOD LUCK! SEE PREVIOUS TIP

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Piran Nightlife

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  • Cafe Teater

    well i have to say i had much fun in Piran Slovenia. Small ancient town with lots of hidden small streets and quite a huge tourist offer. Cafe Teater is just one of many local pubs but it's located on the best location in the city. I did not know till recently that the owner is renting appartments. I found out about that on thier home page...

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  • great people, good music and free wifi.

    Bar Da Noi is a favorite hangout for the 20´s crowd in Piran, but many other people come by too, especially when they have live music which is around once a week in the summer season.The bar has both indoor and outdoor seating and is right by the sea.There is free wifi and a computer you can use to surf the internet.The place also has a dart board...

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  • Piran Slovenia

    well i have to say i had much fun in Piran Slovenia. Small ancient town with lots of hidden small streets and quite a huge tourist offer. Cafe Teater is just one of many local pubs but it's located on the best location in the city. I did not know till recently that the owner is renting appartments. I found out about that on thier home page...

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Piran Transportation

  • By bus

    If you want to travel between Piran and Portoroz or Lucija then this is very wasy and cheap. There is a little white bus running 3-4 times every hour that costs a euro if you buy the ticket onboard and about half that price if you buy the ticket in advance at the little newspaper stands. Don´t confuse that bus with the free shuttle bus which has a...

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  • By bus from Trieste

    Trieste is the usual Italian getaway city from which people reach coastal slovenia. From the bus station opposite the train station there are at least 2 buses a day in each direction. Tickets are 1000 sit. Trieste to Piran 11.00 - 12.35 17.00 - 18.35 Piran to Trieste 13.25 - 15.00 19.55 - 20.30

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  • Bus station & connections

    Piran is not well connected to the rest of Slovenija, Italy or Croatia and you will probably find that the information given at Piran touristinformation about example the last train to Ljubljana is not true. There fore the best way to get from Piran and elsewhere might very often end up being with the thomb. It is normal to hitch hike in Slovenija...

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Piran Shopping

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  • Limited shopping

    Slovenia (and even the smallest villages like Piran) have what Austria could only dream about: Grocery stores and supermarkets open 24/7 all night long and even open on Sundays. One such example is "Noc in Dan". Here you can even still get warm food and it is only slightly more expensive than other stores. Food, beverages, warm food... more than...

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  • Buy salt products.

    Piranske soline is a small shop on the main square that specialises in salt products which are prodced in the region.Just outside Piran there is a lot of salt production and they make more than table salt out of it here.You can for instance buy salt soap, salt chocolate and other interesting salt products.You should really go and have a look there...

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  • Stores open 24/7

    Slovenia (and even the smallest villages like Piran) have what Austria could only dreamabout:Grocery stores and supermarkets open 24/7 all night long and even open on Sundays.One such example is "Noc in Dan".Here you can even still get warm food and it is only slightly more expensive than otherstores. Food, beverages, warm food... more than in...

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Piran Local Customs

  • Nice balcony

    When strolling around the old core of the town, you might be lucky to discovere some hidden beauties. I took the picture of this entrance in the house with the cute balcony above it and nicely painted celling with the motive of a smiling sun.

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  • Billingual area

    The whole coast area of Slovenia is officially billingual because of its Italian minority. Therefore you'll find all names of streets, shops and institutions in both languages. However, everybody working in tourism speaks at least one, if not two other languages, most often English and German.

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  • Famous people - Tartini

    Giuseppe Tartini was born on 8 April 1692 in Piran and died on February 26, 1770 in Padua, Italy, where he spent most of his life. He was a famous violinist and composer, and his statue is now placed right in the middle of Tartini square, the most impressive square in town. In his life he composed over 130 concerti for violin, 2 concerti for flute,...

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Piran Warnings and Dangers

  • Beach

    As in most places in Adriatic coast, "beach" is a forced word to identify some artificial accesses to the sea. Piran is no exception, and the bathing area, with a clear and calm water, is only accessible diving from the piers or descending the stairs. Though the weather was inviting, we didn't try the water. Well... Fernanda did, with her left...

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  • Parking regulations are very tight

    Parking regulations are very tight as there is so little space available in the town and such a limited space to park. Then :Warning 1 : Never park outside an area authorized for parking. Not only you would be fined but your car might be clamped.Warning 2: If you are not a local and park in a parking lot reserved for locals, if you are lucky, you...

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  • Piran is a pedestrian town.

    Cars are generally not allowed in the old town. From this reason it is highly recommended to leave your car in the parking lots just outside the town and walk along the port towards Tartini Square or take one of the convenient free shuttle buses leaving the parking lots roughly every twenty minutes.The biggest lot is along the waterfront "Parking...

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Piran Tourist Traps

  • Limited parking spaces

    Parking in the centre of the town is payable. There is a gate at the entrance, where you must pay at departing from Piran. You can park your car at the parking place Fornace at the entrance to Piran. Then you can walk to the center or take the free minibus.

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  • Parking

    Parking in the centre of the town is payable.There is a gate at the entrance, where you must pay at departing from Piran.You can park your car at the parking place Fornace at the entrance to Piran. Then you can walk to the center or take the free minibus.

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  • LOCAL WINE

    Although everybody will try to convince you that the local wine is the best that you can get.....don't trust them. The local wine is disgusting. Smile Try some other wine. The local one is not the only one offered.

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Piran What to Pack

  • Bring a book

    After Yugoslavia is a marvellous book to either take with you or to read before you go. It offers impartial information on the regions history, both recent and past, as well as recounting the authors journey. It's written by Zoe Bran and published by Lonely Planet. Easily the best travel book I've read this year.

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  • Bags....

    We only took few bags with the most needed luggage such as bathing suits, cycling outfits, towels, underwear,... Tartini Square, Piran

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  • Packing List

    If you are going to Piran during summer take light clothes and bathing suits. If you are going there in winter... Wel the winters here are pretty mild, so...

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Piran Off The Beaten Path

  • Portorož

    taking a walk down to portoroz is a nice option when in piran. the town is just 2 kilometersd away from piran and you can walk along the sea on walking paths all the way to portoroz. portoroz is a modern style holiday resort and does in my opinion not have the charm piran does, but if you need to do some shopping or want to go to a good beach then...

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  • Daytrip to Trieste

    trieste in italy is not far from piran and you can drive there easily or go by ferry from piran. trieste is an italian town with a lot of austrian influence in it´s architecture as it was part of the austrian/hungarian empire for many years. it´s main square is located right by the sea dn that makes it a very pleasant town to visit. the town also...

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  • Daytrip to Venice

    As we were waiting to check into our hotel, we flipped through an excursion guide laying on the counter and were surprised to see a day trip to Venice included for around 60E per person. We asked the desk clerk how long it took to get there and she wasn't sure but it was an all day excursion and it sounded like you got there by boat. After our...

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Piran Sports & Outdoors

  • The beach & swimming

    It was just a wee bit too cold for swimming while we were there but around the tip of the peninsula near St. Klements is a bathing area, unfortunately it's concrete and not sand. We also saw some folks suiting up to go scuba diving, Piran is one of the coast's best spots for diving. I think if it's beach activities you are after though, you'd be...

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  • Bocce ball

    We have a bocce ball set at home and sometimes play in the backyard. So it was funny to see an actual bocce ball court. These folks look to take this sport seriously. Nearby this was a basketball court with some intense games going on - it's no surprise nowadays to see hoops being played everywhere. Nonetheless good to see one can find a court...

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  • Train ride

    I took the train from Ljubljana to Koper.Even though the ride took 2 and half hours , it was very enjoyable. The landscape is very interesting. On the picture is the biggest and the longest viaduct in Slovenia which was built in 2004. Viaduct Crni Kal is 1065 metres long and 95 meters high. With this viaduct the way from Ljubljana to Koper is...

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Piran Favorites

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  • Tartini Square

    This is the main square in Piran. It was named after the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) who was born in this town. Long ago it was a harbour for fishing boats. In 1894 it was filled in because of bad smell, filth and for health and sanitary reasons. Tartini Square is surrounded by various colorful houses, the New Town Hall,...

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  • Lighthouse Area

    On my second visit to Piran I had a stroll to the Punta lighthouse. It is located on the tip of the Piran peninsula. Beyond the lighthouse there is a church formerly consacrated to Saint Clement. In the 17th century it was renamed as Our Lady of Health because of the plague that propagated throughout Istria. This church was first mentioned in the...

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  • sunset

    It was the end of the afternoon and we were sitting outside a seafront bar, enjoying a glass of wine, some olives and a few slices of delicious local ham... the natural light grew dim, and the sky took on pastel-like tones... a perfect sunset that seemed to last hours, getting nicer and nicer at every minute. A perfect way to end a really joyful...

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