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The old town of Piran

The town of Piran lies at the tip of a small peninsula on the coast of Slovenia just over four miles WSW of the harbour of Izola and three miles N of the border with Croatia. Piran is one of the architectural jewels of Slovenia, with beautifully conserved mediaeval buildings, streets and squares and lofty town walls barring the land entrance to the town. Most of the buildings date from the period of Venetian or Austro-Hungarian rule. The town’s original fortifications dated from the Byzantine era, although the walls and four high towers across the neck of the peninsula that survive today date from the 16th century, when the greater use of cannon rendered the older walls vulnerable. Several of the old town entrances, dating back as far as the 13th century, still survive in the narrow streets. One of the town’s most famous sons is the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, whose statue still graces the main square named after him today. The small harbour has space to berth around 20-30 yachts up to 20 metres along its western breakwater in depths of 5.0 - 6.0 metres. It is best visited in settled conditions.


British Admiralty


See Slovenia.


See Slovenia.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


A tall belfry in the town, which is itself in a very conspicuous position on a headland at the NW end of the bay of Portoroz, is a good landmark. The headland should be given a clearance of at least half a mile on the approach from N to avoid rocky shallows. The harbour lies on the SE side of the peninsula and is entered from SSW. The entrance is narrow and a good lookout is needed in case of vessels leaving the harbour. The shelter is good in most conditions, but strong NW winds send in a dangerous surge. In these conditions, Marina Portoroz two miles SE is a safer bet.


Piran is a port of entry for Slovenia. For details see Entrance: Slovenia.


Piran harbour in a thunderstorm

Visiting yachts normally berth stern or bows-to along the western breakwater, where there are laid moorings for around 20-30 yachts of up to 20 metres in depths of 5.0 - 6.0 metres. The berths on the E side of the harbour are for local yachts only.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina Portoroz is two miles SE of Piran.


There are no really sheltered anchorages in the area, although anchoring in the bight immediately N of Marina Portoroz is possible in settled weather.


Water A few water outlets
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins near the harbour
Fuel No fuel dock
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers {None
Repairs In Marina Portoroz
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town


Good provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

  • Many bars and restaurants in the old town
  • Amazing ice-creams at Caffe Teater close to the harbour


  • Frequent buses to Izola, Koper and Trieste, Italy
  • Small airport with some local and charter flights at Portoroz, 10 kilometres S
  • International airport of Ljubljana 135 kilometres
  • Airport of Trieste in Italy 55 kilometers


Piran is a delight to explore, with new sights around almost every corner. The main square of Tartinijev Trg was the inner basin of the harbour until 1894, when it was filled in to create the square. A statue of the town’s most famous son, the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, stands in the centre. The red-painted house with the balcony at the N end of the square is one of the oldest in Piran and legend relates that is was built by a wealthy Venetian merchant to accommodate his mistress (hence the intriguing inscription on its walls: Lassa pur dir, or ‘Let them talk’). The church of St George on the hill at the top of the town has fantastic views over the town and the belltower can be climbed for an even better view. Perhaps the most famous view, however, is from the towers of the 16th century walls at the eastern end of the town, which afford a panoramic view of the roofs of the town and, on a clear day, the Grado peninsula on the Italian coast 12 miles NW.

The inner harbour, Piran
Piran from mediaeval walls
Main square, Piran
Old Venetian house, Piran


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'See Slovenia.


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