Piran was the first stop of a 5-day road trip throughout Slovenia. Piran made sense geographically, but I completely underestimated its beauty and I’d still recommend visiting Piran even if it’s not on the way. This seaside town is a unique spot with Venetian influences, beaches, incredible views and a stunning main square. We had one day in Piran to soak it all in. A day trip from Ljubliana to Piran would be enough to see it all, but you could easily stay a few days in the summer for a relaxing holiday. Here’s how we spent one day in Piran.
We arrived in the evening and checked into Hotel Piran. This beautiful hotel is right in the center of town and has an amazing breakfast served right in their waterfront bar and restaurant. Definitely get a ocean view for a memorable sunrise.
We chose the oceanfront Restaurant Pavel for dinner. Be sure to get local wine and the region’s seafood specialities. If we had more than one day in Piran, Fritolin Pri Cantini also looked like a good place for no frills fresh seafood.
After breakfast, we explored the small town’s alleyways and the port area. Tartini Square is the perfect spot to stop for a coffee or cocktail at an outdoor cafe.
We headed up the hill, making our way to the Piran bell tower. This place wins for its stunning views of Tartini Square and the one euro entrance fee.
We continued up the hill to the walk the town walls (entrance fee only 2 euro). This view would almost have you think you were in Dubrovnik.
There’s also rocky beaches and swimming areas on the north side of town. In the summer, I can picture Europeans on holiday soaking up the sun on the rocks. I might have to return to see it for myself. At least there’s gelato for now…
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