Piran has a quite apparent Italian ambiance compared to its neighboring cities. The citizens of Piran most likely welcomed the Venetians rather than fighting against them which entirely secured Piran, unlike other Slovenian cities.
A medieval walled Venetian town, Piran is the most beautiful town on Slovenia’s coast. Packed with twisting cobblestone streets, Venetian buildings, and a view of the lights of Trieste from the beachfront, Piran is thankfully unsullied by the tacky characteristics of many seaside resorts.
For several years, the people of Piran have been administered by the rulers of Venice since Piran was one of their prosperous towns. Then again, afterward Piran has been conquered by the Austrian Empire and fallen down in the current world suchlike it’s across the gulf the neighbour Trieste in Italy. This is the master reason why Piran has persisted immune even when the time passes which astonishes historiographers and visitors.
Piran is 119 kilometers southwest of Ljubljana and 3 kilometers from Portorož. This town is suitably connected by bus to Portorož (5 minutes), Izola (20 minutes), and Koper (30 minutes), with connections pretty much on an hourly basis throughout the day. You can find a couple of daily connections with Postojna (The Postojna caves, 2 hours) and Ljubljana (3 hours). If you’re arriving by car, parking in Piran can be an issue. The parking zone at Fornace close to the Grand Hotel Bernardin resort complex is a 15-minute walk, or you can take the free shuttle bus.
Points of interest
The Church of St. George (Stolna Cerkev Sv Jurija) (11am-5pm daily, €1 to go up the bell tower) takes core position in the little city, looking down from the hilltop. Today it’s a mainly Baroque church, but the authentic configuration dates from the 12th century. Going up the bell tower provides a far better view for taking photos, and it’s an exercise to climb the almost 150 steps.
Like most museums in the world which operates on their times of day throughout the year, Sergej Masera Maritime Museum practices the same, but it is not open during November. Sergej Masera Maritime Museum reports the dominion of the Venetians which consists of three significant features of Piran; the sailing, salt (there are large quantities of salt nearby Portoroz), and sea.
The town’s Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum (9am-noon and 5pm-9pm Tues.-Sun. July-Aug., 9am-5pm Tues.-Sun. June and Sept., €3.50) has an appealing assortment of model ships, navigational devices, sailors’ uniforms, and works of art. The museum also touches upon the surface of Piran’s salt digging, from which it made its wealth. Fans of classical music will get pleasure from the Tartini Room, honoring the 18th-century composer Giuseppe Tartini, with exhibits which include his death mask and one of his violins.
In whatsoever case, Piran not only shares the similarities of Italy in terms of architecture – but it also delivers the similarities of the food and drink. The restaurants in Piran do have Slovenian dishes but they are focused to a greater extent towards Italian dishes, for instance, risotto, compared to other cities of Slovenia. The really tasty seafood, the risotto, a fine salad and superbly marinated sardines with delicious french-fried potatoes together with a half carafe of wine usually cost less than 20 Euro.
Piran Slovenia hotels
Stjenkova 1, 6330 Piran, Slovenia
Featuring a seafront location in historic Piran town center, Hotel Piran features a restaurant and a spa and wellness center. Free WiFi access is provided in all areas. The hotel is 100 m from Tartini Square.
The Aromatherapy Boutique can be accessed at a surcharge and features saunas and a relaxation area with sea salt water and fresh air, as well as massages and various treatments. The restaurant serves Mediterranean and Slovene cuisine, while the cafe offers various cakes and beverages.
Portorož is 1.9 mi away, while Izola is at a distance of 6.8 mi. Ljubljana is at a distance of 75 mi. The nearest international airport is in Trieste, 49 mi away, while Pula Airport can be reached in 59 mi.
Barbara Piran Beach Hotel & Spa
Fiesa 68, 6330 Piran, Slovenia
Featuring a private beach, Barbara Piran Beach Hotel & Spa is located in the most beautiful, greenest and quietest part of the Slovenian coast, directly on the seaside.
It is located on the bay between the old town of Piran and Strunjan, about a 5-minute drive from Portoroz, which features casinos, restaurants and a marina. The Croatian and Italian borders are about 9.3 mi away from the hotel.
Art Hotel Tartini
Tartinijev trg 15, 6330 Piran, Slovenia
Boasting a terrace, Art Hotel Tartini is set in the heart of Piran. The hotel was completely renovated in 2018 with finishing touches provided by one of the most famous Slovenian artists.
There are several beaches just a short walk away and the area around Piran is ideal for cycling.