Things to do in Piran

Our most recommended things to do in Piran

Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

1. Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart to explore the Škocjan UNESCO caves and the charming coastal town of Piran, in an air-conditioned minivan. During your roughly 1-hour journey, admire rural Slovenia and enjoy interesting stories about Škocjan UNESCO caves that your guide describes. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the caves and explore multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites. The exceptional volume of the underground canyon is what distinguishes the Škocjan Caves from other caves and places and is easily placed among the most famous underground features in the world. The visit continues to Socerb Castle that offers breathtaking views of the Slovenian coast and Gulf of Trieste. The castle ruin is placed high up above the coastline at the very edge of the Karst Plateau and has been dominating that cliff since the Illyrian times. Continue to explore the coast of Slovenia and the most charming coastal town of Piran. You will soon realize that Piran is a town that is almost impossible not to fall in love with on your first visit. Walk through its narrow medieval streets wedged between beautiful houses, churches and squares, and enjoy the breeze that blows from the sea. Your guide will tell you about the historical part of the town and show you the marvelous Venetian architecture. Take your time to enjoy a cup of coffee, gelato, or some good fresh food. After a well spent day, you will end the tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel.

Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

2. Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

Discover the Slovenian coast and the Karst region on this full-day trip. Your first stop is the Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most fascinating Karstic sites in Europe, where the Reka River runs 200 meters below the surface. Next, stop at a local tavern and taste the famous Karst air-dried prosciutto. It is easy to see why locals believe it to be the best prosciutto in the world, especially when accompanied by a local Teran wine. Head on to Lipica, which is the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – the breed of horse made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Continue through the coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Portoroz to reach everyone’s favorite spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Lose yourself in its narrow, medieval streets and enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. One last stop at Predjama Castle on the way to Ljubljana. Discover the secrets of the largest cave castle (Guinness World Records!), located on a 123-meter high cliff and learn about the local Robin Hood, the legendary knight Erazem.

Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

3. Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

Depart Trieste and journey to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Slovenia. Arrive in Piran and see the bronze statue of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square. Visit the house where he lived and admire one of his violins. Marvel at the majestic buildings that surround the square, such as the Municipal Palace and Maritime Museum. Get panoramic views from the Church of Saint George, and stroll along the narrow streets to encounter pretty fishing nets and compact houses. Continue along the coast to visit the seaside towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper. Hear about their main attractions and learn about the local traditions. Take in the scenic views of the natural salt pans of Sečovlje near Portorož, and sample the local food and wine at a typical village. Learn about the fishing history of Izola and more. 

From Koper: Half-Day Hop-on Hop-off Style Coast Tour

4. From Koper: Half-Day Hop-on Hop-off Style Coast Tour

Join a guided coastline tour that allows you to get off at any of the 4 stops and discover the seaside towns on your own accord. Receive an information package including a map and coupons for tastings of local treats. This is the perfect way to discover the Slovenian coast and the beautiful towns of Koper, Izola, Piran, and Portorož. Meet your guide at the port of Koper and receive your information package with a map of the area and the coupons for free tastings in selected venues in each of the towns. The entire loop takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, with stops in all 4 towns. You can decide on your own if you would like to stay for one hour and get back on the bus or explore one of the cities for longer. The whole tour is about 4 hours long. First, stop in the town of Izola, located 15 min away from Koper. It is a very characteristic town and known for its fisherman tradition. The second stop is the town of Piran, one of the oldest towns in the country. Piran is known for its stunning Venetian architecture and offers a more relaxing visit with many options for sights or things to do. The third stop on the route is the seaside resort of Portorož. This destination offers the largest Slovenian beach and a shopping promenade. Last, return to the town of Koper, where you can walk around the town, use the last of your tasting coupons and enjoy the rest of your day.

Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

5. Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

Enjoy the freedom of a self drive tour. Visit the UNESCO Skocjan Caves, the most important natural heritage site in Slovenia. Take a short drive to Lipica stud farm, a world-famous cradle of the dancing white horses. Get the opportunity to sample the protected air-cured ham “pršut” and teran wine, along with other local delicacies. Travel along the Adriatic coast, to the charming town of Piran. Make a stop at the Predjama castle, a world-famous monument to human ingenuity and resistance. Marvel at the majestic underground canyon system on a 2-hour guided walking tour, that takes you deep into the bosom of Karst to admire the strength of running water. Get additional options in the itinerary, with a wide range of sites and activities in the area. Visit the oldest European Stud Farm, before heading to the idyllic village of Predjama to discover a castle, perched in the middle of a high cliff for over 800 years, famous for its dramatic appearance and setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Go through a maze of stairs, halls, chambers, and other constructional marvels of medieval craftsmanship. Discover an old town built on salt, sitting on a scenic peninsula. Wander through its medieval web of narrow streets and tiny romantic squares.

From Ljubljana: Sunset Group Tour of Piran

6. From Ljubljana: Sunset Group Tour of Piran

Join a group guided tour to take in the sites of the Venetian city of Piran. Admire the sunset as you stroll around this coastal city. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and climb aboard your ride as the afternoon heat drops. Pass through varied landscapes until you reach the sparkling Adriatic Sea and the coastal town of Piran. Enjoy a guided tour of the former Venetian customs port. Learn about its history and how its sea salt made the Republic of Venice rich. Admire the stunning architecture, including Venetian palaces built in Gothic or Renaissance styles. Take a walk along the promenade, where you can try one of the seafront restaurants. Sample the delicious coffee or ice cream on Tartini Square. Explore the romantic narrow streets and watch the sunset in your partner’s arms. See the sun glinting off the Adriatic Sea before disappearing over the horizon, signifying it is time to catch your ride back to your hotel in Ljubljana.

Piran: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

7. Piran: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you can meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the proteus (olm), up close. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, astonishing diversity of karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors. From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his which helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year.

Koper: Piran or Izola Round-trip Transfer with Commentary

8. Koper: Piran or Izola Round-trip Transfer with Commentary

Take a panoramic bus transfer with commentary from your driver. See the main highlights of Slovenian coast and hear about its most important historical facts and traditions. With an entertaining driver, discover the story and history of the Istrian region. The first stop is a scenic spot close to the town of Izola. Take same photos and enjoy the panoramic view of the Golf of Trieste. If you wish to stay here, this is your stop.  The road continues past the valley of Strunjan to the spectacular village of Piran. It is one of the oldest Slovenian towns and one of the best preserved in the country. With its rich cultural heritage, narrow streets and charming Venetian architecture, Piran is considered a museum town, which makes it worth seeing. Whichever town you choose, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore on your own. On your way back to Koper, the bus will take you on a scenic ride through Portorož, one of the biggest tourist resorts in Slovenia with a beautiful beach and many hotels.

Piran: Half-Day Caves and Castles Tour from Portorož

9. Piran: Half-Day Caves and Castles Tour from Portorož

Start your tour at Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world, where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train. Meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the Proteus. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, and the astonishing diversity of karst features await. Move on to the Predjama Castle. This picturesque and impregnable castle has been perched on a 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. The only preserved cave castle in Europe, Predjama offers a unique insight into the building techniques of the Middle Ages. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. Learn about the incredible history of this castle, before you return.

From Koper: Slovenian Coast Private Roundtrip from Port

10. From Koper: Slovenian Coast Private Roundtrip from Port

Take a scenic ride along the Slovenian coast, including the historical cities of Koper, Izola, Piran and most renowned Slovenia tourist resort, Portoroz. The focus of the 4-hour-long coast roundtrip is on the charming Piran, with its medieval Venetian-style narrow streets and piazzas. Get a taste of the old Venetian atmosphere, traditional architecture, colorful old facades, and great views from the top of the majestic Piran walls, overlooking the Adriatic and the Alps from one single angle. Sample itinerary: Pickup at Koper cruise ship port (at the exit of the passengers terminal). Embark on a scenic ride to Koper, Izola, and Portoroz by van with photo stops. Have some free time in Piran with sightseeing. Drop off at Koper port.

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What people are saying about Piran

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 247 reviews

Enjoyed seeing 4 different places on the bus as well as the tasting - coffee, ice-cream, wine and snack. Bus guides were helpful and informative. Only disappointment was to find the chocolate shop closed once our bus arrived in Koper.

Our guide was very kind, knowledgeable and very patient. He guided us incredibly throughout the trip and answered any questions that came up. The experience was very positive and easy going

The Cave is so interesting, and the guides explain everything, bring comfy shoes... and Piran is a very nice city to walk around, our tour guide Nina was amazing!!

Great trip, there were only 3 of us and the guide was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this experience!

Liked. 2nd tour guide (replacement) was outstanding.