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Piran, Slovenia: Don’t Forget To Add The Coast To Your Slovenian Itinerary

I loved the vibes in this small coastal town in Slovenia. I don’t have many tips to give but still wanted to tell you about this town because not only was it beautiful but Piran, Slovenia surprised me. I actually didn’t know there was a coast in Slovenia before I booked this trip. The coast is tiny (just 46 km long) but they sure do make the most of it. 

Piran, Slovenia

piran slovenia travel guide

You can’t help but have your camera out at all times in Piran, at least I couldn’t. Everything was so photogenic. I was traveling with my friend, Helen, who is a photographer, and took loads as well. 

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

I go to Europe every year but usually just Austria and London. Then, there was Finland and Latvia, but overall I don’t get many Europe vibes. So, to be here brought me back in time to Italy and Croatia years ago. It really did look similar and they even have signs in Italian!

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

The food was delicious. Pasta with truffle, grilled sea bass, and tasty cakes! We never stopped eating. I didn’t see a lot of street food or pizza shops, though. It was mostly sit down restaurants and cafes. 

There was a promenade with all the shops and cafes. It was really windy on one side of the peninsula, then really calm on the other. On the windy side, there were many people out kitesurfing. 

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

jeans are abercrombie, see similar below

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

see similar dress here

The pretty courtyard above and balcony below were from the Kempinski hotel where I stayed. Technically, it is in PortoRoz which is the village next to Piran. But, they are both such small “beach towns” you can just walk along the beach from one to the next. 


piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

The sunset over the sea was gorgeous. We saw a nice couple having drinks with their adorable dog. Helen was deadset on going over to say hello, so we did. I’m usually not that brave to go up to strangers! But, they were so nice and so was their dog, Dexter.

piran slovenia travel guide

piran slovenia travel guide

I loved taking photos here and thought it was a cute town. I’m sorry I don’t have “tips” for you but really it’s so small, you don’t need them. Just wander around, look at how lovely the town is, and eat! 

I don’t know if there are many activities here. If you want a tour here, you can get in touch with Kristina at seca113@yahoo.com. She’s a guide, I met her, and she’s really nice!

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HAVE YOU BEEN TO PIRAN? If so, leave some tips in the comments!


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Sophie Nadeau June 13, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness: how beautiful is Piran! (And all of those photos!) :)

    • Rachel Jones June 13, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Thanks Soph! It was my favorite part of Slovenia for sure.

  2. Greg June 14, 2017 at 2:14 am - Reply

    love the pics Rachel. thx and safe travels.

  3. Mao June 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    The photos are gorgeous! I have only been to Trieste Italy, which is very close to Piran. Gotta check it out next time.

  4. Ryan Biddulph June 16, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    You take such excellent shots. Absolutely love your work. And love Dexter too.What a handsome bully breed dog. Piran looks awesome, with its classic port feel and beautiful overall vibe. Thanks for sharing :)


    • Rachel Jones June 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Ryan! Appreciate it :) Yes, this dog was the cutest – he started to get really excited after a little bit of time and I had to back away because he was really strong and I was afraid he’d knock me over lol

  5. Nico @ yumsome June 21, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Lovely post, and gorgeous photos!

    Piran was Venetian for 500 years which is why it feels like Venezia, especially in the side streets, and why has il leone di San Marco everywhere!

    Did you get a chance to go up to the citadel and climb the walls? Best part of Piran, IMO. You can see the entire peninsula from up there. Fabulous view!

    The maritime museum is a lot of fun too; when I was last there (last year – I live in Slovenia each year, Dec-Jun), they had a great exhibition of old Venetian poems and sea-shanties. Some of them were quite moving, some pretty humorous. They’ve also got a lovely archaeological room with a glass floor, which requires you to remove your shoes, and wear the world’s most enormous slippers! https://www.instagram.com/p/BGB_e8Kq5bS/

    I haven’t read your other posts on Slovenia yet but I’m guessing you’ve really enjoyed your time there! It’s hard not to love the country, especially the mountains. If you’re still there, I recommend going up the Vršič Pass, and stopping at a little place called Tonkina Koča (Tonka’s Hut), and have lunch there. It’s a completely fairytale place!

    If you want other recommendations, shoot me an email! xx

    • Rachel Jones June 22, 2017 at 5:10 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing all your tips! Lucky you, that you get to be in Slovenia so much of the year! Yes, I have more posts coming up! I hope you like them – feel free to add tips to those too :)

  6. thebritishberliner June 22, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Stunning photography Rachel. I just got back from Slovenia and had a most wonderful time there.
    p.s. You look enormously cute. Nice one! :D

    • Rachel Jones June 22, 2017 at 5:10 am - Reply

      So glad you had fun! Hope it wasn’t rainy the rest of your trip :)

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