PiranCoast and Karst region of Slovenia.
By planeThere is a small airport located 15km away in Portorož, called Portorož international Airport. Although it is an international airport, there are relatively few flights from foreign states.
There is no train service to Piran. Nearest station is in Koper.
By busFrequent buses connect Piran to Izola, Koper (20 minutes), and Trieste (1 hour), and there is a free shuttle service to the adjacent resort of Portoroz. From Ljubljana, there are buses roughly hourly, taking 2-2.5 hours for the journey depending on route. Schedules are available online.
Buses also connect Piran with Bernardin and Lucija every 15 minutes.
Boat service is also available regularly from Venice.
During the summer there are 3-4 boats per day between Piran and Trieste. The journey time is around 1 hour.
By footPiran is very small and it takes 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other.
By carCars are generally not allowed in the old town and even when they are it is not a lot of fun since the streets are very narrow and parking costs €24 per day. There is parking available outside the town center. The biggest lot is along the waterfront at Fornače, but reserved only for local inhabitants and busses. At Fornače there is also a parking house with the same name, which costs about €17 per day; another parking house is Arze and costs €12 per day . The city provides a free shuttle bus to and from the parking lot Fornače and Tartinijev trg roughly every 15 minutes (in Slovene) (in Italian).
Tartinijev trgthe beautiful oval-shaped main square, with a statue of the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini. This was once the marina, but after it silted up it was paved over with white stone.
Venetian HouseThe red building on Tartinijev trg, is a fantastic example of gothic Venetian architecture and the oldest building on the square. Built by a rich Venetian merchant to house his mistress, spot the inscription between the upper windows: it says Lassa pur dir, or "let them talk".
phone: +386 5 671-0040address: Cankerjevo nab 3Has several exhibits that tell the story of Piran's maritime history and culture.
Church of St. George (Cerkev sv. Jurija)The inside is quite beautiful. Nice view of the city and harbour from the belltower.
Watch the SunsetPreferably from a bar on the waterfront with an aperitivo in hand.
SwimThere is no beach, but you can swim in the sea from the many piers scattered about.
Diving Schoolexplore the clear Adriatic Sea.
Climb to the top of the city wallstake in the view of the peninsula
Walk along the coastal path from the Church of St. George to Fiesaabout one kilometer each way
Many of Piran's restaurants are located along the waterfront (Prešernovo nabrežje), with open air seating and great views. The food and service is generally good, but many of the restaurants tend to have similar menus (meat, fish, mixed grills, etc.) and similar prices. Restaurants away from the main waterfront area can be a bit cheaper. There are also a number of pizzerias and gelato shops scattered around the town. If you want fresh produce, there is sometimes a market behind the municipal building off Tartinjev trg.
Fontanaphone: +386 5 673-1200address: Gallusova ulica 2A small restaurant with a veranda that serves seafood and Slovenian dishes.
Gostilnicaphone: +386 5 673-2226address: Prešernovo nabrežjeWide selection of seafood dishes.
Neptunphone: +386 5 673-4111address: Župančičeva ulica 7A small restaurant one street back from the harbour that specializes in seafood.
Pavelphone: +386 5 674-7101 and +386 5 674-7102address: Prešernovo nabrežjeOn the waterfront with tables indoors and outdoors. Serves a variety of meat and fish dishes.
Pizzeria Batanaphone: +386 5 676-2517address: Kidričevo nabrežje 4Pizzeria on the inner harbour.
Pri Mariphone: +386 5 673-4735address: Dantejeva 17Small restaurant that specializes in seafood.
Restaurant Miralondaphone: +386 5 676-2514address: Stjenkova 1Mixed menu with seating along the waterfront.
Restaurant Rivaphone: +386 5 673-2225address: Gregorčičeva 43Serves a variety of meat and fish dishes.
Tri Vdovephone: +386 5 673-0290address: Prešernovo nabrežje 4Waterfront restaurant with a mix of meat and fish dishes.
For clubbing, it is better to go to Koper or Portorož.
Tri papigephone: +386 5 673 24 49address: Kidričevo nabrežje 4Night Club
With a shortage of hotel accommodation the best option can be to take a 'private room', (rent out a room in a local's house). Several local tourist agencies keep lists of such rooms and will book them for you. Don't expect the owners to speak English, but they are generally very helpful and are experienced in hospitality. Standards vary: sometimes you'll get towels for a shower, sometimes not. But regardless, it will certainly be an experience and a chance to meet some locals.
phone: +386 5 673-2555address: Gregorčičeva 38aOpen year-round, this hostel has 22 rooms with 2, 3, and 4 beds per room.
Youth Hostel Piranphone: +386 40-752660address: Vodopivceva 9Situated on a pedestrian area, right in the heart of the old part of town. All rooms have a TV. The bathroom and the kitchen is shared between 4 rooms.
phone: +386 5 617-9000address: Fiesa 68Air-con, 6 Superior rooms, 36 Plus rooms, all with balcony overlooking the sea/lake, phone, satellite TV, minibar, WC and shower.
phone: +386 51 44 55 11address: Tomšičeva 23Completely renovated B&B with 12 tastefully decorated double and twin rooms. All rooms have a satellite TV, WC and shower. Free WiFi access and bike rental.
phone: +386 5 673-3436address: Ulica IX.Korpusa 26A small hotel with just 6 double rooms. All rooms have a TV, bathroom and shower.
phone: +386 5 676-25024-star hotel with 80 rooms and 10 suites, Internet room and WiFi access.
phone: +386 5 671-1665address: Tartinijev trg 15There are 43 rooms, many which look out at the square or the sea.