Many travellers looking to visit Slovenia don’t often realise that the small nation boasts its own coastline. Stretching just shy of 47 kilometres, there are a few towns on the coast that are worth visiting – but none quite as beautiful as Piran. If you’re considering heading to the Adriatic coast of Slovenia and are wondering what to do in Piran, then you’ve come to the right place.
For such a small country, it is truly amazing how much diversity there is in Slovenia. In the short drive from Ljubljana to the coast, you will go through so many different climates that you are sure to be astonished.
And while Slovenia’s Adriatic coast isn’t quite as impressive as that of neighbouring Croatia, it is still very much worth visiting — especially if you haven’t been to Istria before.
Piran is a lovely little town with an interesting history. Its compact size and relative proximity to the capital make it an easy day trip, however, spending the night and spending a full one day in Piran (or even two or three!) can be an excellent choice, as well.
If you’re looking for the best things to do in Piran in one day, two days or more, then look no further. This Piran itinerary will help you plan the perfect trip to the Slovene Riviera.
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How Many Days in Piran?
Before I jump into what to do in Piran, let’s discuss how long you should spend there in order to really do this beautiful little town justice.
Piran is a very small town — so small that you can walk across its entirety in about fifteen minutes — and therefore, it’s really easy to see all of the points of interest within a relatively short period of time.
It’s because of this that makes going on a Piran day trip an appealing option. Spending one day in Piran is enough for you to be able to see the town itself, enjoy some amazing restaurants and even take a dip in the Adriatic if that suits your fancy.
However, if you choose to spend 2 days in Piran, you will have more time to explore some more places on the Slovene Riviera. For instance, the towns of Izola and Koper can be worth a visit if you have more time. You can even opt to head a little bit further afield to the nearby city of Trieste, Italy if you are spending more than a day in Piran.
Spending more than one day in Piran is also a great idea if you want to have a bit of a relaxing beach holiday. Though most associate this with Croatia, there are some great swimming and sunbathing spots in Slovenia, as well, and if you want to combine this with some sightseeing then you may want to consider spending 2 or 3 days in Piran.
All in all, however, if you just want to see the city and get a taste of Slovenia’s coastline, then one day in Piran is definitely sufficient.
Getting To & Around Piran
Now that we’ve discussed how many days to spend in Piran, now it’s time to figure out how you plan to get to and around Piran. There are a few options available to you in that regard.
The first and easiest option, especially if you’re visiting Piran as part of a longer Slovenia itinerary, is to drive to Piran using a hired car.
Having your own car makes it so much easier to get around the country and there are plenty of car parks outside of Piran that you shouldn’t have an issue. You can browse deals on Rentalcars.com across major providers.
It’s worth noting that the centre of Piran is completely pedestrianised so you cannot drive a car into the city. There are plenty of paid car parks just outside of the city that are within an easy walk (less than 10 minutes) into the centre. Some even offer a free shuttle service directly to Tartini Square.
We parked our car at the Arze Garage, which charges a €15 per day fee, however, it is less expensive if you’re only staying for a few hours. The Fornace Garage has similar pricing and also offers a free shuttle service into the city.
Having your own car is a great option, as well, if you’re spending more than a day in Piran and want to explore some of the surrounding area. Having your own vehicle will make this a lot easier to do this on your own schedule and not be beholden to erratic timetables.
The other option to get to Piran is by the bus. If you’re coming from Ljubljana, there are a number of direct buses that leave each day and the journey time is about one hour and forty-five minutes. The Piran Bus Station is located just outside of the city centre, only about a five to ten-minute walk from Tartini Square.
Once you’re in Piran, you’re going to have to rely on the transport of your own two feet as the centre is completely pedestrianised. Piran is incredibly compact, however, and you never need to walk more than five minutes to get from one place to the other.
What To Do In Piran In One Day
Spending one day in Piran is definitely enough to see the main sites of this small city and to even have some relaxing time, as well. If you’re wondering how you should spend your day, this Piran itinerary should help you out.
Begin your one day in Piran at the city walls. Located on the hill above the city, the walls provide an excellent view of Piran and the Adriatic around it.
Getting to the walls in the morning is the best time for a couple of reasons, first off, you can beat the crowds that will inevitably flock here later in the day and second, the lighting in the morning is great for photographers looking to snap some great shots of the city.
There is only a small stretch of the walls that are still standing and it doesn’t take long to stroll along them, but it is still very much a worthwhile stop. Entry into the walls is €2 per person.
St George’s Parish Church
Make your way down the hill from the city walls before you make it to the defining feature of Piran’s skyline, the St George’s Parish Church.
The church’s spire towers above the rest of the city, giving Piran its iconic look. If you want a different perspective of the city, you can actually climb up the bell tower depending on when you are visiting Piran – entry is €2 per person and it is open at limited hours during the summer season.
If you want to actually go into the church, make sure to pay attention to the artwork here, where you will notice the skyline of Piran in a good portion of the paintings.
Note that hours for entry vary and the timetable for opening hours are posted in the front of the church. If it is not open for viewing, you can still see the interior through the doors.
And, if you want a great view of the coast and of neighbouring Italy and Croatia, be sure to walk around the yard of the church and take in the scenery from there.
Now it’s time to make your way all the way down the hill to the water’s edge and take in the beautiful Punta Lighthouse that sits on the tip of the Pirn peninsula.
This historic lighthouse is an important part of Piran’s history and has stood there, in one form or another, since it was originally constructed in the 13th Century.
You can choose to enter the lighthouse, if you wish, and climb to the top of the tower. Entry is €2 per person – note that hours can vary based on the season.
After visiting the lighthouse, take the time to stroll along the seaside promenade and take in the atmosphere of beautiful Piran. There are countless cafes lining the seaside and swimming spots galore around here too, so now could be a great time to take a dip in the Adriatic if you wish to.
Piran is very small, so even walking along the entire promenade at a leisurely pace will likely only take about twenty to thirty minutes. Make sure to really take the time to enjoy the atmosphere and see if you can spot the sculptures some local artists have carved into the rocks!
Now that you’ve enjoyed the seaside, it’s time to head to Piran’s main gathering point — Tartini Square. named after the composer Giuseppe Tartini (who was born in Piran), this square is absolutely lovely and really the absolute centre of the city.
Tartini Square used to be part of the harbour until it was filled in and turned into the main square in Piran. Today, it is a wide expanse with lots of cafes lining it and a number of benches to sit and relax on. There is also a bank with an ATM just off of the square which is the best place to take out cash, if needed, in the city.
After all of this sightseeing, it’s likely that you’ve worked up quite an appetite. Luckily for you, there are a number of great restaurants in Piran that are sure to hit the spot.
If you’re looking for something quick, casual and affordable, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Ribja kantin’ca PORTO restaurant. This is a casual place with a few tables outside. They churn out a number of fresh seafood dishes at affordable prices — their fried calamari and prawns are particularly delicious!
If there are no seats available at PORTO, then consider heading to Fritolin pri Cantini which is another fish shack in 1 May Square. There are more tables here, but note that you must order at the counter and pick up your order once your number is called. The many is similar to PORTO restaurant and it is also absolutely a fantastic place for fresh local seafood.
Piran Minorite Monastery
After lunch, head over to the beautiful Piran Minorite Monastery. Located just a stone’s throw from Tartini Square, this Roman Catholic Monastery is known for its beautiful courtyard with incredible acoustics. In fact, there are frequent musical concerts put on here for that very reason.
Regardless of if you visit for a musical performance or simply to take in the beauty of this Franciscan Monastery, it is very much worth a visit. Entry is free of charge.
1 May Square
From the Monastery, it’s time to walk over to the other major square in Piran, 1 May Square. In fact, this used to be the main square in Piran before Tartini Square was built.
There are two restaurants in the square; the aforementioned Fritolin pri Cantini and the wonderful Gostilna Rostelin. The latter of these you can even glimpse the cooks making fresh pasta through the windows.
If you want to take home some local gastronomic products, make sure to stop by GourmIstra which is located just off of the square. This shop has everything from local wine, olive oil and truffle products and the shop owner lets you taste everything to see if it’s something you’d want to buy.
You can visit all of these sites and more on the Piran Walking Tour. This small-group tour runs at different frequencies depending on the season and accommodates a maximum of eight people. You can book the tour online and it is absolutely worth doing if you want some great historical context about this beautiful city.
Get Lost in the Side Streets or Go Swimming
After a lot of sightseeing, it’s time to simply let yourself wander around the beautiful streets of Piran. There are so many small alleys and side streets where you can get lost — and the size of Piran means that you are never going to be too far from anything!
This is also a good time to, if the weather allows for it, go for a swim. There are a number of swimming spots along the promenade where you can take a dip in the Adriatic. Some areas even have showers so you can rinse the salt off of you and change into some clean clothes if you’re only on a Piran day trip.
Watch the Sunset
After a lengthy day of sightseeing, now it’s time to enjoy the beauty of Piran at sunset. You can use this time to enjoy a bit of an aperitivo and grab a cocktail at one of the many seaside cafes.
If this doesn’t suit your fancy, you can opt to find a nice bench or a good place on the rocks to watch the sun sink behind the horizon.
If you want a great view, you could head back up to the St George’s Parish Church and watch the sunset from the yard surrounding it.
If you’re planning on spending at least one night in Piran, then you should be able to have time for dinner. And luckily, there are a number of fantastic places for a great meal in the city.
If it’s seafood you’re after, then look no further than Restaurant Pirat. This restaurant has an excellent menu filled with freshly caught seafood at reasonable prices. It’s absolutely one of the best places for fresh fish in Piran.
If you’re more interested in indulging in some Istrian cuisine, then consider heading to Gostilna Rostelin in 1 May Square. Here you can get delicious fresh pasta dishes with local produce (including truffles!) and cooked in traditional ways. You absolutely cannot go wrong with either of these choices.
Have More Time?
If you have more than one day, there are a lot of things to do in Piran and around that can keep you occupied — especially if you have your vehicle.
For instance, you could spend a day exploring the other towns on the Slovene Riviera including lovely Izola or the port city of Koper. A visit to the salt pans just south of Piran is also a popular spot and can give you an insight into the historic industry in this area of the world.
If you want to venture further afield, you can even opt to take a day trip to nearby Trieste, Italy. This city is only about a 45-minute drive from Piran and, because of the Schengen Area, you don’t need to worry about border crossings when visiting there, either.
Where to Stay in Piran
If you’re keen to visit Piran as more than a day trip from Ljubljana, then you’re going to need to find a great place to stay.
As Piran is a popular destination, there are lots of accommodation options available that will appeal to all kinds of travellers. If you’re wondering where to stay in Piran, have a look at these suggestions:
Hotel Piran – If you’re looking for a higher-end hotel that is situated directly on the beautiful Adriatic, then this is a great option for you. They have a number of luxe rooms on offer, an on-site restaurant and bar and an unbeatable location directly on the seaside promenade. Click here to see their availability
Memento B&B – Located in the centre of Piran, this bed and breakfast is an excellent option for those looking for something that is both chic and intimate. They have a number of stylish rooms available (all with air conditioning) and offer breakfast each morning. Click here to see their availability
Apartment Park Piran – If you’d rather have your own place than stay in a hotel or B&B, then this apartment is a fantastic choice for you. Located in the centre of Piran, it has two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and a lovely outdoor terrace. Click here to see its availability
Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Piran hotels!
Planning the perfect day in Piran is not a hard task as the compact town has a lot to do and is very digestible. There is absolutely no denying that this beautiful town on the Slovene Riviera is well worth the visit.
Are you wondering what to do in Piran? Are you considering adding the town to your Slovenia itinerary? Let us know in the comments!
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