Discover Piran: Top Sights You Can't Miss

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Piran sights

Discover Piran and its sights

Imagine you are strolling through narrow, winding streets. You feel a gentle sea breeze on your skin. You hear the soft whisper of the waves. The smell of freshly grilled fish lures you into one of the restaurants. You are in Piran, one of the most charming towns on the Slovenian coast. We love Piran. Therefore, we have often been to this beautiful city on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia. In this blog post we will take you on a virtual journey to the coast and show you the best things to do in Piran Slovenia.

We'll show you what makes this city so special. You will see the sights of Piran in Slovenia get to know. We also show you the lesser-known places. You will find the best places to eat and drink. You will also find out where you can stay overnight. And you will learn the best way to get to Piran. But that is not all. We'll also tell you when is the best time for one Trip to Piran is. And we compare Piran with the nearby one Portoroz. This way you can decide which location best suits your travel plans.


Why should you visit Piran?

Imagine a city that sits right on the sea and is criss-crossed by narrow, winding streets. A city characterized by historical buildings. This is Piran.

Piran has a rich history that you can feel in the old buildings as well as in the historical squares. Tartini Square in particular is a highlight and the heart of the city. Here you can, for example, watch the hustle and bustle and experience the real Piran. But Piran has even more to offer. The city is surrounded by an impressive city wall. From here you have a great view of the sea and the city. A real must for every visitor. However, these are just some of the sights in Piran Slovenia.

Then there's the food. In Piran you can savor the tastiest seafood, freshly caught and straight to your plate. A treat for every gourmet. But the best thing about Piran is the atmosphere. The city has a very special charm. It is calm and relaxed, but at the same time lively and energetic. A place where you will immediately feel comfortable.

So why should you visit Piran? Because Piran is a place you will never forget. A place you will love. Just like us.


The top sights in Piran

These are the main attractions in Piran Slovenia that should not be missed.


Tartini Square - Piran Sights Slovenia
Tartini Square – one of the Piran sights in Slovenia


Tartini Square – one of the top sights in Piran

Named after the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini, Tartini Square is the beating heart of Piran. Surrounded by pastel colored Venetian-style buildings, the square is therefore a perfect place to observe local life. In the center of the square stands a monument to Tartini, commemorating his contribution to music. Tip: Visit the square early in the morning. Then you can enjoy the peace and quiet before the daily hustle and bustle.


St George's Cathedral
St. George's Cathedral – one of the sights in Piran Slovenia


St. George's Cathedral – an architectural Piran landmark with a view

This impressive cathedral towers over the city and offers great views of Piran and the Adriatic Sea. The cathedral was built in the 14th century and is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. Inside you can admire beautiful frescoes and an impressive altarpiece. Tip: Don't miss the climb to the bell tower for an even better view.


City walls, one of Piran sights
City walls, one of Piran sights


City walls - a sight of Piran with a lot of history

The city walls of Piran are a historical jewel. Originally built in the 7th century, the well-preserved wall also offers a glimpse of past defensive strategies. From the wall you have a fantastic view of the city and the sea. Tip: Visit the wall at sunset for an unforgettable experience.


Piran Marina
Piran Marina


Marina Piran - a Piran sight with maritime charm

Marina Piran is a lively place where you can watch local fishermen at work. Surrounded by charming cafes and restaurants, it's the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Tip: try a glass of local wine in one of the surrounding cafes. Or savor fresh fish directly from the local fisherman as we did on our last visit.


Piran Maritime Museum
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Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum - Families love this Piran attraction

This museum offers a fascinating insight into Piran's maritime history. From old nautical charts to historic ships, there is a lot to discover here. Tip: Be sure to plan enough time to explore all the exhibitions.

Minorite Monastery - a sight of Piran that promises tranquility

This quiet Franciscan monastery in the middle of the city is a place of tranquillity. Inside you will also find an impressive collection of religious art. Tip: Take the opportunity for a quiet break from city life. Tip: Don't miss the opportunity to attend a concert in the monastery church.


Punta Lighthouse
Punta Lighthouse – Piran Sights Slovenia


Punta Lighthouse

This lighthouse is a landmark of Piran. It offers fantastic sea views and is a popular photo spot. Tip: Visit the lighthouse in the late afternoon. From there you have a wonderful view of the sunset.

Aquarium Piran

In the Piran Aquarium you can discover the diverse underwater world of the Adriatic Sea. From colorful fish to exotic sea creatures, there is plenty to see here. Tip: The aquarium is particularly popular with families, so plan your visit at off-peak times.

Piran and Portoroz salt pans

The famous Piran salt is produced in the salt pans of Piran and Portoroz. During a visit you can learn more about the traditional salt production and discover the unique ecosystem of the salt flats. Tip: Don't forget to take a packet of the famous salt with you as a souvenir.

Each of these sights in Piran Slovenia contributes to the unique atmosphere of the city and makes a visit an interesting experience.

Real insider tips among the sights in Piran Slovenia

Piran has more to offer than just the well-known sights. Here are some insider tips that are also worth a visit:

The old customs house

This historic building by the port was once Piran's customs house. Today it is a charming café. Here you can enjoy a coffee and let your eyes wander over the Marina Piran.


The Venetian house in Piran
The Venetian house in Piran


The House of the Venetian Nobles

This impressive building is a piece of Venetian history in Piran. It's not always open to the public, but the facade alone is worth a look.

The old olive press

In this old olive press you can learn more about traditional olive oil production. And of course you can also taste the delicious local olive oil.

The fishermen's cottages of St. George

These huts by the sea are a testament to traditional fishing in Piran. They are not always open, but a walk along the coast is always worthwhile.

Each of these lesser-known Piran sights has its own charm and tells its own story. They make Piran even more fascinating. So, take the time to also discover the hidden sights of Piran in Slovenia.


Cod and anchovies in oil
Cod and anchovies in oil


Eating and drinking after visiting Piran sights

Piran is a paradise for gourmets. Here are some tips on where to eat and drink:

Restaurant Pavel 2

This restaurant is known for its seafood. Try the grilled sardines or the clam chowder.

Pizzeria Petica

If you are in the mood for pizza, this restaurant is the right choice. The pizzas are big, tasty and inexpensive.

Cantina Klet

This cozy wine bar offers a wide range of Slovenian wines. A must for every wine lover.

Fritolin pri Cantini

This diner is famous for its fried seafood sandwich. A perfect snack for in between.

In Piran you can definitely taste many local specialties. These include fresh seafood, truffles and the famous Piran salt. And of course you should try the local wine as well.

Tips for accommodation near tourist attractions in Piran

There are many great accommodation options in Piran. Here are three recommendations for every budget. Just click on the link and you can book the accommodation:

Hotel Piran*

This four-star hotel is located in front of the sea. It offers comfortable rooms and a wellness area. Perfect for a luxurious stay.

Other Top hotels in Piran are also presented on this page.

Morski Val Piran*

This apartment is a cheap and friendly option. It is in the heart of the city and has a cozy atmosphere.

Guesthouse PachaMama*

This guesthouse offers simple but cozy rooms. It is a good compromise between price and comfort.

Each of these accommodations has its own charm. They all also provide a good base from which to discover Piran.

Tips for getting to the sights in Piran

Getting to Piran is easier than you think. Here are some tips:

By car

Piran and its sights are easily accessible by car. Note, however, that the old town is car-free. You can park your car in one of the parking lots outside. From there, a free shuttle bus will take you into town.

By Bus

There are regular bus connections to Piran. The buses are comfortable and inexpensive. You stop at the bus station, which is near Tartini Square. For example, you find Omio bus connections to Portoroz or Umag*.

By train

The nearest railway station is in Koper, about 15 kilometers from Piran. From there you can take a bus to Piran. You can also book train connections to Koper via Omio*.

By plane

The nearest airport is in Trieste, Italy. From there you can take a bus or a taxi to Piran. Check Omio flight prices to Trieste here*.

By bicycle

Piran is also easily accessible by bike. There are many cycle paths that lead through the beautiful countryside.

The best travel time for Piran's sights

The best time to go to Piran depends on what you want to experience. Here are some tips:

Spring (April to June)

Spring is definitely a wonderful time to visit Piran. The temperatures are pleasant and the city is not yet overcrowded. It's the perfect time to explore the sights and enjoy nature.

Summer (July to August)

Summer is the hottest time of the year. It is the perfect time for beach vacation and water sports. Note, however, that this is also the busiest time.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is a good time to visit Piran. The temperatures are still mild and the colors of nature are stunning. It is also the time of the grape harvest and the truffle harvest. Especially connoisseurs will love this time for a visit to Piran.

Winter (December to March)

Winter in Piran is mild. It's a quiet time, perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. The traditional carnival festival also takes place in February.

Each season therefore has its own charm. So choose the time that best suits your plans and enjoy your stay in Piran!

What suits you better? The sights of Piran or Portoroz?

Piran and Portoroz are two cities on the coast of Slovenia. Both have their own charm. However, they offer different experiences. Here's a comparison to help you decide which place best suits your travel plans:

Piran and its sights

Piran is a historic town with narrow, winding streets and charming old buildings. It is perfect for history buffs and anyone wanting to experience authentic Slovenian life. Here you can, for example, visit Tartini Square, admire St. George's Cathedral and explore the city walls of Piran. Piran also has a vibrant gastronomic scene with many restaurants offering fresh seafood and local specialities. If you love a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and historical sights, Piran is the right choice for you.

Portoroz and its beach life

Instead, Portoroz is known for its luxurious hotels and beautiful sandy beach – a rarity on the Slovenian coast. It is the perfect place for a beach holiday and for those who want to be pampered. In Portoroz you can visit a spa, try water sports or just relax on the beach. The city also has a number of quality restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the local cuisine and wines. If you are looking for an active holiday with lots of sun and fun, Portoroz is the right choice for you.

Both cities are only a few kilometers apart, so you can easily travel from one to the other. So you could also visit both and enjoy the best of both worlds. Whether you choose Piran, Portoroz or both, you are sure to have a great vacation on the coast of Slovenia.

Conclusion on Piran and its sights

Piran is definitely a worthwhile tourist destination on the Slovenian coast. With its rich history, narrow streets and great sea views, the city has so much to offer. Whether you are a history buff wanting to explore the old buildings and squares or a foodie wanting to sample the fresh seafood and local olive oil, Piran and its sights will not disappoint. And then there's the atmosphere. Piran has a very special charm. It's a place where you will immediately feel comfortable. A place that invites you to linger, discover and enjoy.

So, pack your bags and come to Piran. Discover the hidden treasures of the city, enjoy the delicious food and drink, find the perfect accommodation and experience the best time to travel.

Piran is waiting for you. We're sure you'll love the city as much as we do.

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Questions and answers about the sights of Piran Slovenia

Is there an entrance fee at St. George's Cathedral?

Yes, there is a small entrance fee that helps preserve the cathedral.

Can I see the inside of the old customs house in Piran?

The old customs house is now a café, so you can walk inside and admire the historic building. Enjoy your coffee and enjoy the view.

Is the Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum also interesting for children?

Yes, the museum has many interactive exhibitions that are also exciting for children. Therefore, the Maritim Museum is a good attraction for the whole family.

Can I rent a boat in Marina Piran?

Yes, there are even several providers who rent out boats. So you can take a boat tour.

Is the Piran Aquarium open all year round?

Yes, the aquarium is open all year round, however opening times may vary depending on the season.

Can I buy the salt from Piran Salt Pans?

Yes, you can buy the famous Piran salt directly from the salt pans. It's also a great souvenir.

Are there guided tours along the Piran City Walls?

Yes, there are definitely guided tours that will bring you closer to the history of the city walls. However, it is also possible to explore the Wall on your own.


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Discover Piran: Top Sights You Can't Miss

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn