Piran
Architecture

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Piran Architecture

Piran: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

1. 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.

...
Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

2. 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.

...
Piran: Private Walking Tour with a Local

3. Piran: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Learn about the rich history of the town through many interesting stories which have developed over the years. The guide also explains the today's essence of Piran and tells you about current events. See Tartini Square, which is dedicated to the most famous citizen of Piran - Giuseppe Tartini. The guide will tell you about Tartini and his birth house and will show you the municipal palace, Venetian and the church of St. Peter. Continue to the Franciscan monastery with its baroque cloister. In the summer, classical music concerts take place here and provide you with an unforgettable experience due to the cloister's great acoustics. Walk by the Church of St. George from the 17th century with its baroque interior, where you can find the interesting statue of St. George in battle with a dragon. One of the greatest treasures of Piran can be found behind the altar. The guide will tell you more about the Piran crucifix which dates back to the 14th century (usually you can see the interior of the church only through a fence. To enter the church, you have to pay admission in the Parish Museum of St George). On a clear day, you can enjoy the great view from the church terrace and see all the way to the Gulf of Trieste, the Julian Alps and even the Dolomites. The guide will walk you to the Church of Our Lady of health, where you can see a preserved part of the town walls and a lighthouse in a neo-gothic style. 

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

4. 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: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

5. From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

Piran is one of the oldest and most beautiful Slovene towns, packed with rich history and culture. Almost 500 years of Venetian influence has given this town an inimitable charm. Giuseppe Tartini, the world-famous composer and violinist was born and raised in Piran and had a great impact on the town. Today, his bronze statue adorns the town’s main square together with Tartini’s house, where visitors can admire one of his original violins. The Tartini Square is surrounded by majestic buildings, such as the Municipal Palace, Tartini Theatre, Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Marine Biological Station, Baroque House and Apollonio Palace. On the hill above the town is the biggest and most important church, the Church of Saint George, which offers a wonderful view. Piran’s town wall, narrow streets, fishermen’s nets, compact houses and of course the beautiful sea will give you the feeling of walking through a painting. On the panoramic trip along the Slovene coast you will also visit the coastal towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper, where a tour guide will tell you about their main attractions, historical facts and local traditions. Portorož, which literally means 'Port of Roses', is a popular tourist destination with hotels, casinos and beautiful beaches. Located nearby are the Sečovlje natural salt pans where salts are extracted from the pure sea water using interesting and traditional methods. On this trip you will also have the chance to admire a typical Istrian village, where you will be able to familiarize yourself with local food and wine. At the end, you will visit Izola, which is known for its fishing history, and Koper, an important European port and the largest city of the Slovene Coast.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Piran

Want to discover all there is to do in Piran? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Piran

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Must see in Slowenia!

It was a great trip with a fantastic, very simpatico tour guide. My teenage son and I were picked up in Piran and during the tour to the caves he told us a lot of very interesting facts about Slovenia. Mauritio if youŕe reading this, kind regards to you from Graz! The caves were really amazing and the cave castle too! But you have to wear warm clothes when you go into the the caves.