Your Ultimate Guide For Visiting Piran, Slovenia

Tourism in Slovenia has really picked up in the last five years – it increased by 9% alone in the last year! And in an effort to preserve the beautiful landscapes and culture of the country, the Slovenian government enacted the Slovenia Green initiative – a nationwide effort for the sustainable development of the tourism industry. How cool is that?

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When you think of traveling to Slovenia, what destinations come to mind? Lake Bled? The capital city of Ljubljana?

Stopping to take in the gorgeous views of Slovenia
Stopping to take in the gorgeous views of Slovenia
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Even as tourism in Slovenia grows, most visitors don’t venture out beyond Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Which is a shame, seeing as the country has some incredible hidden gems to offer!

One of these hidden gems is Piran, Slovenia, a truly picturesque town alone the Slovenia coast.

Why Piran, Slovenia?

Nestled along the “Slovene Riveria” – the 46km (29 miles) coastline of the country along the Adriatic Sea – Piran is a treasure of the Mediterranean.

If you love the winding cobblestone streets of Venice, the relaxed coastal towns in Croatia and the cleanliness and sustainability of Slovenia as a whole – you’re going to have to visit Piran!

We recommend that you visit Piran during the shoulder seasons – March to May and August to October. Weather in Piran will still be nice during this time of the year, but there will be hardly anyone else there.

Coast side views in Piran, Slovenia
Sea meets the city in Piran

Things to do in Piran, Slovenia

Explore Old Town Piran

Wandering through the narrow streets of Piran Old Town is a great way to get a feel for the ancient town and its culture while visiting many of the popular historic landmarks. Old Town covers a small area, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost and it doesn’t take long to cover.

While you can easily explore on your own, there are walking tours that are guided by locals who share the town’s history and hidden gems that aren’t well known to tourists.

Piran Old Town

People Watch in Tartini Square

Tartini Square is an Italian-style piazza located at the heart of Old Town Piran. It is also a great spot to take in some Venetian architecture or just relax and people watch from one of the square’s many pubs and restaurants. 

The town’s main square is named for the Italian composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini whose birthplace still stands, and is now a small museum that pays tribute to the great 18th century composer. The Giuseppe Tartini Memorial Room has a small entrance fee and their operating hours are limited, so check the website ahead of time.

Streets of Piran Slovenia
Streets of Piran ,Slovenia


Watch the Sunset from the Ancient Town Walls of Piran

Just a short uphill walk from Tartini Square, the old town medieval walls are a wonderful spot to take in panoramic views of the coastal town and one of the famous Piran sunsets. The construction of these medieval walls span from the seventh to the fifteenth century, and they’re all very well preserved! It won’t take you long to explore the ruins, but getting to the highest vantage point will grant you incredible views of the city and sea.There is a small fee to enter, and you can access the towers along the historic town walls. Keep an eye on the weather because the walls will close in the case of rain.

Piran Wall Gate
Photo Credits: Porotoz Tourism Board/

Take a Coastal Walk to the Piran Lighthouse

From the harbour at the southern end of Tartini Square, you can take the seaside promenade west all the way to Punta, the historic maritime lookout and location of the Piran Lighthouse.

Look out for the stone sculptures along the promenade, all carved from the large rocks that protect the path from waves. At the tip of the Piran Peninsula, you’ll see the lighthouse and the attached tower of the 13th-century Church of St. Clement.

Piran Lighthouse
Piran Lighthouse

Visit the Church of St. George

This is the most popular sight to see in all of Piran – and with good reason! It’s located right in the main square. And if you choose to climb the stairs to the top of the bell tower (well worth the 1€ it’ll cost you), you’ll have a view of the whole town!

Church of St. George, Piran, Slovenia
Church of St. George, Piran Slovenia

Learn About Salt Mining at the Secovlje Salina Nature Park

This nature park is both an educational and entertaining experience for anyone that visits. You’ll have the chance to tour the largest salt evaporation site in all of Slovenia, and see salt traditionally harvested.

With your ticket to the nature park, you’ll also have access to a guided tour of the saltpan museum and if you are lucky, you might even go home with a bag of salt you harvest yourself!

Sečovlje Salina Nature Park in Piran Slovenia
Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Relax at the Lepa Vida Thalasso Spa

The Lepa Vida -Thalasso Spa offers a unique experience. This outdoor spa experience allows guests to take in the beauty of Secovlje Salina Nature Park while relaxing and unwinding at the same time.

Thalassotherapy incorporates natural minerals and salt to help refresh your body, restore balance and give it energy.

You can also walk from Piran to the neighbouring town of Strunjan along a paved path that starts in Sečovlje Salina. It’s a super easy walk that takes just over an hour to complete, and every moment of that will be filled with incredible views of the peninsula!

Lepe Vida Spa, Piran, Slovenia
Lepe Vida Spa, Piran, Slovenia

You can also visit the nearby town of Portoroz, a more modern Slovenian town full of casinos and resort hotels. They have a walkable boardwalk along the coast and thermal baths that are a popular stop for travelers!

Note: though Piran Beach is not sandy, it’s still worth a visit. You can walk along the coast and enjoy an immaculate sunset, or swim in the Adriatic!

Piran, Adriatic Coast Slovenia
Piran, Adriatic Coast

Enjoy the Beauty of Piran, Slovenia Through Unique Walks

Whether you want to learn about the rich cultural history, religion or salt industry in Piran, there’s a trail for you!

Check out this awesome list of hiking experiences in the region.

Fiesa Piran foothpath Slovenia
Fiesa-Piran foothpath. Photo Credits: Porotoz Tourism Board/
Strunjan Nature Park Piran Slovenia
Strunjan Nature Park. Photo Credits: Porotoz Tourism Board/

Live Out Your Foodie Dreams

If you’re a foodie like us, this region of Slovenia is perfect for you! We went on an olive tour of Gramona Farms that included an olive oil tasting and a tour of the grounds.

There are also a bunch of wine tasting tours, including this sunset walking tour that includes local food and wine. You can even go truffle hunting with a local expert!

Slovenia Holiday: Slovenia Stanjel Gramona farm
Organic Olive Oil sampling at Gramona Farm

Explore the Slovenian Adriatic Coast on a Boat Tour

Since the coastline is so short, you’ll be able to cover most of it on a panoramic tour like this one.

If you’d like to add a bit of adventure to your boating excursion, there are an array of diving trips available from Piran – all levels of experience welcome!

And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even take a day trip to Venice, Italy by boat!

Waterfront of Piran Slovenia filled with boats
Waterfront of Piran filled with boats
Panorama of Piran, Slovenia
Panorama of Piran, Slovenia

Where to Stay

In Town: Pachamama Guest Houses and Apartments

PachaMama, which means Mother Earth in the Incan language, is a small Slovenian chain of accommodations geared towards sustainability. They have a lovely selection of guesthouses and apartments in Piran that are located in the heart of town.

Most of their rooms cost less than 100€ a night. There are few hotels in Piran, Slovenia that are considered eco-friendly. But, PachaMama is doing everything they can to make your stay not only comfortable and fun but low-impact and sustainable.

Room at Pachamama. Courtesy of PachaMama Piran
Room at PachaMama. Courtesy of PachaMama Piran

Beachfront: Hotel Piran

Conveniently located in Old Town, Hotel Piran is just 5 metres from the water. This recently renovated hotel offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea from its 103 rooms and suites. All rooms come with a private bathroom, some are available with private balconies overlooking the water.

There is an onsite spa, a restaurant, and a rooftop bar where you can watch the sunset with a glass of local wine or a refreshing cocktail. The hotel restaurant offers brunch all day, and an a’la carte menu in the evening. Dishes are inspired by local specialties and feature fresh seafood catches and regional produce.

Hotel Piran Slovenia 2
Hotel Piran. Photo Credits: Porotoz Tourism Board/
Hotel Piran Slovenia
Hotel Piran. Photo Credits: Porotoz Tourism Board/

Out of Town: Slovenian Istria Houses (Hiske Slovenske Istre)

This eco-hotel acts as the perfect base for people wanting to explore the Slovenian coast. Located among the beautiful vineyards and sprawling hills of the Istria region, Hiske Slovenske Istre keeps local culture alive and thriving in every room they’ve got to offer.

For more information about sustainable accommodation options, check out our post all about the best eco-hotels in Slovenia.

Milk Lady cabin at Hiške Slovenske Istre
Milk Lady cabin at Hiške Slovenske Istre


We love staying in an Airbnb whenever possible, and there are some really incredible properties available on Airbnb in Piran.

Hotels in Piran, Slovenia

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Piran Camping

There are a handful of campsites (like Campsite Lucija) in Piran that are incredibly affordable and allow you to sleep under the stars right next to Piran Beach. How dreamy!

Aerial view of Camp Lucija in Piran Slovenia
Aerial view of Camp Lucija. Courtesy of Hotel Bernardin
Lstile glamping piran slovenia 3
Glamping L.Stile. Photo Credits: Porotoz Tourism Board/

Interesting note: If you’re visiting Piran with a rental car, keep in mind that all parking within city limits of Piran is reserved for residents of the town with special parking passes.

We recommend parking outside of the Piran city centre and exploring on foot or by bike.

Need more inspiration for your trip to Slovenia – Piran and beyond? Check out our article with our top recommendations!


Have you already been to Piran? Tell us what your favourite part was!

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