Piran: five reasons why you should visit this Slovenian gem

Piran, one of the three main cities of the Slovenian Istria region, situated on the Gulf of Piran, is a medieval coastal city known for its narrow streets, architecture, great food, and traditional salt production. Although the peninsula was once an integral part of the Roman Empire, the first records of Piran date back to the 7th century.


Due to its unique blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty, Piran has become a top destination for tourists. If you’re planning on visiting this city, here are five good reasons why you should, and what should you check out!



Piran, Photo: Mediaspeed, Jan Godec, www.slovenia.info



Throughout its history, Piran was ruled by various authorities, and it was highly valued for its thriving economy and salt preserves, which is still the case today. Its first official “independence” was granted after the collapse of the Venetian Republic in 1797.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Piran was predominantly inhabited by Italians, with only around 15% of the population being Slovenian. Consequently, after World War I, it became a part of Italy along with Trieste. Later, in 1954, it was annexed by Tito as part of Yugoslavia. However, Piran regained its independence as part of Slovenia in 1991.

All these influences impacted the city itself and left behind places such as the Walls of Piran; the walls of the city dating back to the 7th century, the Municipal Palace; a town hall built by the Venetians at the end of the 13th century, Benečanka; the most famous house in Piran dating from mid 15th century. In addition, there is also the baroque church of St. George from 1637.


Piran, Photo: Jacob Riglin, Beautiful Destinations, www.slovenia.info



The cobbled narrow streets and architecture are just a glimpse of what will capture your attention the moment you step into the city.

Tartini Square, the largest and main square in Piran, is surrounded by historic Venetian buildings and is the hub of activity. It’s a place where you’ll likely spend many evenings enjoying delicious food, drinks, and events. The square features impressive monuments and places such as Casa Tartini, Gallery Lera, Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, and more.

Adjacent to Tartini Square, the Piran promenade along the sea invites exploration, offering a taste of the Adriatic breeze. From there, you can wander through the small narrow streets and discover more historic gems.


Piran, Photo: Michael Matti, www.slovenia.info



Famous for its salt production, Piran invites you to explore its salt pans, where traditional salt production has been ongoing since 804. The salt pans include those in the area of today’s marina, Strunjan Salt Pans, and Sečovlje Salt Pans. Visitors can enjoy guided tours explaining the production process, visit the Museum of Salt-Making, or indulge in thalassotherapy in the Sečovlje Salt Pans area.

In the Strunjan Landscape Park, situated at the Gulf of Trieste, you can explore Stjuža, the only sea lagoon in Slovenia, or the Cliff of Strunjan (Moon Bay), which is the highest in the Adriatic.

Beyond swimming, the city and parks offer numerous hiking, biking, and horse trails for outdoor enthusiasts.


Piran – Moon Bay, Photo: Mediaspeed, Jan Godec, www.slovenia.info



The city of Piran comes alive during summer nights with events such as the Tartini Festival, dedicated to the renowned violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, after whom the main square is named. The festivities continue with the celebration of the final harvest and the Saltern Festival, where families involved in the production of the Sečovlje salt pans gather to showcase and celebrate the longevity of this tradition.

Throughout the rest of the year, Piran hosts various gastronomic and cultural events and festivals, providing visitors with a vibrant experience.


Piran solana, Photo: Dražen Štader, Produkcija Studio, www.slovenia.info



In Piran, the fusion of Italian and Slovenian cultures creates a delightful culinary experience. Influenced by the Mediterranean climate and lifestyle, you can savor a variety of dishes featuring fried fish and seafood, known as fritolin, as well as buzara with mussels. Sea fish like bass, sardines, and cod are expertly prepared, complemented by the perfect local wines such as Malvazija or Refošk.

Your taste buds are in for a treat with these delectable combinations.


Piran, Photo: Julia Wesely, archive Tourist Association Portorož, www.slovenia.info


A great adventure awaits in every aspect and we hope you enjoy all that this picturesque coastal city has to offer!





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