Piran Slovenia and the Slovene Riviera is an ideal destination for a relaxing couple of days. Read on to learn more about fun things to do in Piran and find out how to make the most of a 2 day trip (hint: eat all the fresh seafood).
Getting to Piran
It takes about an hour and a half to get from Trieste Italy to Piran on a daily midday bus service. Alternatively, you can take Flixbus to Portorož Slovenia and then connect onward to Piran. We opted for the direct routing for maximum convenience.
Soak in the Sun of the Piran Harbour
Start your visit to Piran with a walk from the bus stop around Piran Harbour. On a sunny day, you'll see the pastel buildings reflected in the placid water.
Get Lost in the Hilly Streets
Piran is small and super-walkable. Forget Google Maps and let yourself get lost on the hilly streets of the town. If you climb high enough, you'll be rewarded with striking views over the red rooftops.
Eat a Plate of Fresh Fish at Fritolin pri Cantini
We enjoyed a "self-service" dinner at Fritolin pri Cantini on First of May Square (Maj trg) in Piran. You order at the counter and then they hang up a little fish with your number on it when your order is ready. Dine al fresco on the square. Wash it all down with a glass of wine. Ordering food is self-service but a waiter or waitress will come around to take your drink order.
Duck Into Tiny Chapels
Piran features a number of tiny chapels particularly along the sea. You can't always go inside but you can easily take a peek through the metal gates at the quaint interiors.
Take a Walk and A Swim on the Adriatic Sea
SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Are you interested in visiting other places along the Adriatic Sea? Take a drive from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Kotor, Montenegro for a day.
Watch the Sun Set Over the Adriatic
Watching the sunset over the Adriatic Sea is a must-do activity in Piran. If there is just enough cloud cover, you may be lucky enough to see the sky light up in an array of oranges and pinks as the sun dips below the horizon.
Eat All the Seafood at Gostišče "Pirat" in Piran
Definitely go hungry to Gostišče "Pirat". Enjoy a late dinner of grilled seafood in Piran prepared simply and served with local Slovenian Malvazija wine and grilled bread. It was so good that we were tempted to come back a second time.
Visit Piran Cathedral
Take the time to climb to Piran Cathedral. Peek inside the ornate interior. The real attraction though is the views over Piran and the sea beyond.
Climb the Piran Cathedral Tower
Walk the Walls of Piran
Piran was once a walled city and portions of the city wall still remain. For just 2.00 EUR, you can enter the turnstile and climb an intact section of the wall. Admire the Piran Cathedral and bell tower below. You can climb steps to a few different towers (watch your head due to the low clearance) and take in more amazing views of the Slovene Riviera.
Drink a Radler on Tartini Square
Descend back to Tartini Square, the heart of Piran, and have a seat at one of the many cafes lining the square. You've definitely earned a frosty beverage after the long hike up to the cathedral and Piran Town Wall. A Union Radler is an ideal low alcohol beverage that is super-refreshing.
Take the Bus to Izola
Take the public bus from Piran to Izola to see another side of the Slovene Riviera. Bring along some bread drizzled in salt from Pekarna Rina near the bus stop in Piran as a snack.
Izola is at most a half-day diversion from Piran.
Gelato for Breakfast in Portorož on the Slovene Riviera
On our final morning on the Slovene Riviera, we took the public bus from Piran to Portorož to catch our onward Flixbus to Rovinj Croatia. We spent 30 minutes walking along the shore before ducking into Cacao for two scoops of delicious gelato for breakfast. This really emphasized just how sweet it was to spend a couple days tucked away in this quiet corner of Slovenia.