Piran, Slovenia

Piran is a beautiful city by the coast of Slovenia with a few quirks that make it an interesting place to spend time in. I haven’t spent any time in Venice but people that have point out that Piran very much reflects the style of Venice. The center of Piran is vibrant with vendors selling amazing gelato, coupled with decent cold brew and fresh seafood. I very much enjoyed Piran, the view at sunset is spectacular and the overall walkable aspect of the city made it a great place to spend time in.

Two Days in Piran, Slovenia

Arriving in Piran, Slovenia

I want to get to something really important as it relates to Piran: Parking. You have to park outside in one of the garages for tourists. If you’re a tourist you can take your car inside the city but parking is something like €20 per hour and to say parking is limited would be an understatement. I couldn’t find a single parking spot when I arrived in Piran. Park outside, it costs €20 for 24 hour parking and they have a free shuttle that you can take from the garage to the city. Walking to the city is about a 15 minute walk but Piran can be really hot during the summer. If you're in Slovenia during the summer, I suggest taking the shuttle.

Center of Piran

★★★★★ — Piran feels very Italian. I loved it.

Center of Piran

The center of Piran is a beautiful place full of shops selling everything from amazing gelato to coffee shops serving decent cold brew. When you’re in the center of Piran, everything that you want to see is only a few minutes away by foot. Walking to the Cathedral is a must if you’re in Piran. I’m not a particularly religious person but I’ve made it a mission to see every cathedral when I’m in a foreign country. Don’t miss the one in Piran, it really is a beauty.

Personal Recommendations

Mestna kavarna

★★★★☆ — Great gelato and decent cold brew. Their pastries are also pretty good.

Pizzeria Petica

★★★☆☆ — Decent pizza. Nothing special.

Fritolin pri cantini

★★★★★ — I had fried calamari at Fritolin. Food was pretty good and the seafood was fresh. If you're in the mood for seafood in Piran, this is the place to try.

Cold brew and gelato

There are many options for gelato and coffee in Piran but I decided to go with Mestna Kavarna because it was the shop that looked busier than the others and they were advertising cold brew. The cold brew was decent. However, the pairing of cold brew with gelato really made for a delicious stop. Mestna Kavarna also sells other items, mainly pastries and if you’re in Piran, try the pastries. They’re incredible and Mestna Kavarna was no exception. The total for cold brew and gelato was somewhere around €6 and they take Visa and MasterCard. Sorry, American Express people, I too was disappointed that I couldn’t use my American Express anywhere in Slovenia.

Amazing views at a walking distace

Incredible views of Piran are only a few minutes away by foot. If you’re in the center of Piran, it will only take about 5 minutes to reach the cathedral and about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the castle. Ideally you want to do both, as each provides something unique to experiencing Piran. The cathedral was built in the 1500s and it’s incredible to see it in the shape that it’s in. The castle costs €2 and it provides incredible views of the city. I would plan your entrance to the castle during golden hour to capture the best photos. Both the castle and the cathedral are things you must do if you’re in Piran.

Walking to Walls of Piran

The castle of Piran is named Walls of Piran and it’s a must do if you’re in Piran. It provides incredible views of the city and it’s only €2. I found the fee to be reasonable, as the castle is well maintained. Walls of Piran is only about a 15 minute walk from the center of Piran and I definitely recommend it.

2nd day

I stayed the night at Adriatic Piran, a well regarded hostel in Piran. Check in was a bit different than other hostels, I had to call the owner and he buzzed me into the hostel. About 10 minutes later he showed up, checked me in and I was good to go. The following morning I had to get breakfast, but breakfast isn’t really a thing in Slovenia and I had to resort to pastries and cappuccinos.

Lake Bled Cream Cake

If you can only have one pastry in Slovenia, you need to have the Lake Bled Cream Cake and you need to have it in Bled. I don’t think I have the words to describe how good this was but you’re going to have to trust this stranger on the internet on this one. While this cake in Piran was good, it was not as good as the ones I had in Bled. Try this, you won’t be disappointed.

Saying goodbye to Piran and heading to Ljubljana

All great things must come to an end. Piran was on my last leg of my trip and it was time to head to Ljubljana, where I would spend another day before heading to the airport and flying back home. Piran was really something special, a beautiful city with a rich history and delicious food. If you’re in Slovenia, Piran is a must.

Concluding thoughts on Piran

I loved Piran and I think you’ll love it too. It’s a beautiful small city with a lot of fresh seafood and an incredible history. The sunsets are spectacular and something everyone should experience. If your time is limited in Slovenia you can dedicate a day to Piran and it will be enough time to do most things.

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Gorizia, Italy & Kanal, Slovenia

Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia, he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal, Slovenia and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!

Slovenia Collection

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the start of my road trip across Slovenia. I spend enough time to see Ljubljana, have breakfast and see the major spots. The cathedral is worth spending time in, as well as the castle. Walking through the center of town is a must and it’s really important to try all of the pastries.

Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and one that hosts the natural beauty of Slovenia. The park it self is home to many natural wonders, including Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall and my favorite, Vršič Pass. My suggestion, if you’re going to Slovenia set a base that you can drive back to at night. Slovenia is really small and you can spend the day in the park, drive back to base and explore the rest of the park the next day.

Bled, Slovenia

Bled is a small town, 40 minutes outside of Ljubljana. Bled is mostly known for Lake Bled, a lake with a church in the center of it. In Bled you can go for a hike and see Lake Bled from above or go to the castle and fork over €10. I decided to skip the castle altogether. The reviews online were not great and people regarded the castle as a tourist trap with nothing interesting to see and mostly a place for overpriced food. I wouldn’t spend more than a day in Bled. There isn’t a lot to do in Bled and parking can be really expensive and hard to come by.

Piran, Slovenia

Piran is a beautiful city by the coast of Slovenia with a few quirks that make it an interesting place to spend time in. I haven’t spent any time in Venice but people that have point out that Piran very much reflects the style of Venice. The center of Piran is vibrant with vendors selling amazing gelato, coupled with decent cold brew and fresh seafood. I very much enjoyed Piran, the view at sunset is spectacular and the overall walkable aspect of the city made it a great place to spend time in.

Gorizia, Italy & Kanal, Slovenia

Visiting Italy was not in the agenda but when a great friend from high school knew I was visiting Slovenia, he messaged me on Facebook and suggested I cross over into Italy to have pizza in his hometown of Gorizia. This was an offer I could not refuse. On this day I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend from high school and chat about life and eat incredible pizza. Pietro, my friend from school showed me around town and we eventually made our way up into the castle of Gorizia where the views of the city were spectacular. To finish the day we drove to Kanal and chatted over a cup of coffee and gelato. Solid day!