A Taste of Piran 😍

Situated along the stunning Adriatic coastline, you’ll find Piran, one of Slovenia’s most beautiful and enchanting seaside towns. A real gem 💎. Piran, with its picturesque architecture, Mediterranean ambiance, and scenic panoramic views, is not merely a town; it’s an experience 💥.

Nestled on a small peninsula, Piran is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture. It is apparent in the labyrinth of narrow streets winding up the hill to the magnificent St. George’s Church. From its bell tower, a breathtaking view of the city and coast unfolds, leaving visitors in awe.

The perfect place to lose track of time and find peace of mind.

Waves of Piran: A Town to Love

If beauty had a geographical location, it would undoubtedly reside in Piran ❤️. Casually placed on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast, Piran is a perfect scene for those looking to capture enchanting scenes. This historically rich town with a Venetian flair bewitches at every step, making it a real paradise for photography lovers and enthusiastic visitors.

Each alley, each square, and each building in Piran tells its own story that calls for documentation 📸. Tartini Square, the vibrant heart of the city, the Church of St. George reigning proudly atop the town, and the old city walls offering a panoramic view of the entire Piran peninsula are some of the points that deserve a place on your ‘must-see list 😀.

But Piran is not just for catching through the lens; it’s also a place for experiencing and enjoying. A place to hang out with friends over a glass of local wine, sitting by the coast, and listening to the gentle sound of waves. To watch magical sunsets and sunrises that spread like magnificent paintings before your eyes. A place to wander through narrow streets radiating with historical authenticity and to admire the countless architectural details that form the unique face of the city 😊.

Sunset in Piran
Every sunset in Piran is an enchanting tale of the day’s journey towards night.

A small town with big picturesque qualities and an even bigger soul

Piran is an incredibly photogenic city, waiting like a large canvas for you to fill with colors, shapes, and stories using your camera. But remember, Piran is also a place for living, for sensory experiences, and for memories that you will not only capture in photos but carry in your heart. And in the warmth. The warmth of experiences, the sparkle in your eyes, precious moments 🔥…

Whether your photo is black and white or colored, taken in the morning or evening, from every angle or just one, each will capture a piece of the soul of this beautiful town. And that’s the magic of photography in Piran. No matter when or how you take it, it will always preserve a piece of unforgettable memory that can be shared and revisited.

Every photo is like a small bottle in which we’ve captured a moment in time 😍.

And when you finally put down your camera, you’ll experience Piran in a whole new way. Its narrow streets will invite you for an afternoon stroll; its cafes and restaurants will entice your appetite; and its sunsets and sunrises will create indelible memories.

So come to Piran. Discover its true essence hidden behind the lens. Fill your heart with memories that will last a lifetime. And then, once you’ve done that, lift your lens and capture those moments in time. Because that’s the real charm of Piran. It’s beautiful when viewed through the lens, but even more so when experienced with all your senses 🍷.

Piran from the st. George's tower
Every photo is like a small bottle in which we’ve captured a moment in time.

The Unique History and Architecture of Piran

Rooted on the Adriatic coast, Piran is a charming city shaped by influences over the centuries. From Romans to Venetians, every era has left its mark, making the city a visual feast, especially for photographers. Layers of history, visible in the architecture, provide a unique perspective and opportunity to capture images that tell a story.

The heart of Piran is a beautiful canvas of Venetian Gothic architecture. The medieval layout of the city, narrow winding streets, astonishing squares, and picturesque buildings provide endless opportunities to create remarkable photos. The color palette alone, with terracotta tones and soft pastel shades, adds special character to your images.

Piran is also the birthplace of the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who left the city as an important center for music and art. His monument beautifies the city’s main square, which also bears his name.

Always remember that Piran is a city with a story. Your goal as a photographer is not only to capture its architecture but also to narrate stories through your images. Be ready to capture unanticipated moments and allow this small town’s richness to surprise you.

Tartini square's view
Walking through Piran is like turning the pages of a beloved storybook.

What is a ‘must visit’ in Piran?

Nika’s Tiny House

Nika's tiny house
Nika’s Tiny House is not just a shop. It’s also a studio where visitors can see how these small masterpieces are made.

Nika’s Tiny House is a lovely shop and workspace located in this picturesque town. The brand is run by the charming and charismatic Nika Stegel, a recognized artist who has been passionately creating in her studio, built in the heart of Piran, since 2015.

She specializes in creating one-of-a-kind works of art from driftwood that the sea has brought ashore in Piran. From her hands come miniature replicas of city scenes such as Tartini Square, Punta, the church, and other landmarks that the residents and visitors of Piran know so well.

In this way, Nika lovingly and meticulously transforms a piece of treated wood into a beautiful miniature house without overlooking a single detail. Her art reflects the authenticity and rustic charm of Piran, with each piece carrying a story about the sea, wind, and sun that shaped that piece of wood.

She’s amazing

Nika’s creativity stems from her love of her hometown and passion for art. Walks around Tartini’s town and drawing inspiration from Piran’s architectural features and varied coastal landscape give each house a special soul.
Nika’s Tiny House is not just a shop. It’s a studio where visitors can see how these small masterpieces are made. They can learn how driftwood becomes a timeless memory of the magical city of Piran.
Nika does not only offer unique souvenirs but also allows visitors to take home a piece of the true spirit of Piran. Her store is a paradise for lovers of handmade goods.
If you visit Piran, be sure to stop by Nika’s Tiny House! Not only will you find the perfect memento of your visit to this beautiful city. You will also support local craft and art. Nika’s Tiny House is truly the heart of Piran, which can be felt in every piece of wood.

Nika Stegel in her studio
If you visit Piran, be sure to stop by Nika’s Tiny House!
Driftwood sign
She specializes in creating one-of-a-kind works of art from driftwood.
Tiny houses made of driftwood
Each piece is carrying a story about the sea, wind, and sun that shaped that piece of wood.

Church of St. George

The Church of St. George is one of the most noticeable landmarks of Piran. It occupies a dominant position on a hilltop, from which a spectacular view of the city and the Adriatic Sea unfolds. This impressive church, built in the Venetian Gothic style, dates back to the 14th century, although extensive Baroque renovation work was carried out in the 17th century.
The viewing tower of St. George’s Church is one of the highest points in the city, from where visitors can enjoy breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Piran, its city walls, the nearby Adriatic Sea, and the surrounding Slovenian coast. In clear weather, you can see all the way to Trieste and the hills of inner Istria. The tower also houses an old bell, which was installed in 1609. The tower is excellent for photography, especially at sunrise or sunset, when the light spills over the old town and coast, creating a truly magical atmosphere.

Church of st. George
The Church of St. George is a symbol of faith, resilience, and timeless beauty.

Cape Madona and The Mermaid

This beautiful area extends towards the open sea, offering a unique perspective of the Adriatic Sea and the coast of Piran. Cape Madona is also known for its statue of a mermaid, one of the most characteristic landmarks of this seaside town.

The mermaid statue, located on the coast, is the work of the sculptor Zvonko Cara. Numerous pictures and postcards of the statue show that it is one of the city’s most well-known and recognizable symbols.

This legendary figure is a symbol of the mystery and beauty of the sea. The expression of nostalgia and longing carved into her face reflects the close connection of the city of Piran with the sea. The statue has become a symbol of the city and an indispensable motif for photographers.

Visitors to Cape Madona can, in addition to admiring the statue, also enjoy exceptional sea views. Here, at sunset, endless possibilities for beautiful photographs open up. Moreover, the Cape is also a great place to watch ships coming in and out of the port of Piran.

Without a doubt, Cape Madona, with its mermaid, is an essential stop on your visit to Piran. It offers you not only a story and a legend but also endless opportunities for beautiful and unique photographs.

Statue of Mermaid
The statue of The Mermaid has become a symbol of the city and an indispensable motif for photographers.
Cape Madona
Without a doubt, Cape Madona, with its mermaid, is an essential stop on your visit to Piran.

Interesting Events in Piran 2023

Chats with Winemakers

“Chats with Winemakers” are weekly events held every Friday night at the Wine Bar of Hotel Piran. These events give visitors the chance to meet top Slovenian winemakers personally, chat with them, and learn more about the local wine culture and the secrets of winemaking. Each event is dedicated to a different winemaker, allowing visitors to explore a diverse range of Slovenian wines.
In addition to the chat and wine tasting, visitors can also indulge in other local products, such as spirits, olive oils, salts, and truffles. An additional feature of Hotel Piran’s Wine Bar is the wine vending machine. It allows for independent wine tasting at any time during the bar’s opening hours.
“Chats with Winemakers” runs from May to September, with each event showcasing a different winemaker. These are ideal evenings for all wine lovers and those wishing to expand their knowledge of wine culture.

Photo Exhibition: My Home

Welcome to the Herman Pečarič Gallery in Piran. It’s a town that was more than just a home to the exceptional photographer, Martin Bobič.
The “My Home” exhibition showcases a selection of Martin’s photographs that reflect his love for this town. And the people who live in it. He moved to Piran in 1995. As a founding member of the Portorož Photo Club, Martin documented life in Piran with incredible attention to detail and deep respect for his subjects.
The pictures you see today at the exhibition range from portraits of Piran residents to lively scenes of city events, animals, and characteristic buildings that adorn the town. Each picture carries a piece of Martin’s soul, his passion, and his admiration for the simplicity and beauty of everyday life.

Not Everything is as It seems

We invite you to a world where perception is questioned and reality is skillfully distorted at the intriguing exhibition “Not Everything is as It Seems.” This unique event features the works of 21 diverse artists active both domestically and on the international art scene.
“Not Everything is as It Seems” highlights works that guide you beyond the boundaries of the normally visible and reveal the mechanisms controlling social fabric. The works were chosen for their ability to fascinate and deceive, directing the gaze towards various historical, technological, and sociopolitical questions.
The artists exploit the potential of the visual arts to examine various themes that invite viewers to further contemplation. The artworks are a tool for emancipation from the visual strategies and political ideologies employed by contemporary market mechanisms in dealing with culture and art.
The group exhibition was curated by Mara Ambrožič Verderber, director of the Coastal Galleries in Piran. The message of the exhibition is that artistic imagination can be understood as a space of resistance. As a medium that has the potential to challenge our beliefs about the world. And awaken a sense that it is possible to imagine entirely different forms of reality.
Admission to the event is 3 euros. I am convinced that the exhibition will excite, surprise, and perhaps even change your view of the world around you.

Yellow fishing boat
Piran is not just a town, it’s a feeling.

Ethnographic Museums and Cultural Festivals

Piran is known for its rich cultural and historical heritage. It hosts numerous ethnographic museums and cultural festivals that are crucial for preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of this coastal town. Ethnographic museums, such as the Sergej Mašera – Maritime Museum Piran, offer visitors an insight into the traditional customs, crafts, and lifestyle of the local population. It also bearing witness to the historical events and development of the town.
Cultural festivals, held throughout the year, also significantly contribute to reviving and preserving Piran’s culture. The emphasis is on music, arts, literature, and theater, with each festival celebrating a specific part of Piran’s cultural identity.

Music Heritage: Giuseppe Tartini

At the heart of Piran’s music heritage stands the statue of Giuseppe Tartini, a world-renowned Baroque composer and violinist who was born in Piran. Tartini’s contribution to music is endless, and his home and monument are important landmarks of the town. Tartini Square, considered the central hub of Piran, is named in his honor. Additionally, Tartini Days, a music festival that celebrates his musical legacy, takes place in Piran every year.

Tartini Square
Tartini Square, considered the central hub of Piran, is named in his honor.

Local Cuisine

Istrian cuisine is known for its freshness, seasonality, and simplicity, with predominant flavors of the Mediterranean. Piran is a paradise for food lovers, offering a wide range of traditional dishes characterized by fresh ingredients. These include locally caught fish, seafood, olive oil, truffles, and wines. Numerous taverns and restaurants in the town allow visitors to taste traditional Istrian dishes, and let’s not forget the delicious Istrian desserts such as fritule and kroštule. The local cuisine is a true reflection of Piran’s culture and heritage, offering visitors a delicious experience of Piran.

Podlanica Restaurant

Podlanica restaurant
The unique feature of this restaurant is that it’s located on a ship, creating a rustic and unforgettable backdrop for each meal.

Podlanica Restaurant is a recognized culinary harbor in idyllic Piran, Slovenia. The unique feature of this restaurant is that it’s located on a ship, creating a rustic and unforgettable backdrop for each meal. The ship serving as the restaurant was built in 1935. It has provided a unique setting for culinary experiences for guests since 2008.
The restaurant is run by Katarina and her husband, Rok, who together create a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Rok is responsible for the fresh catch and preparation of dishes, while Katarina focuses on the guests and their orders, ensuring a warm and friendly service.
The Podlanica Ship’s menu features a wide range of dishes, including freshly caught seafood and local ingredients. Starters include marinated sardines, bacalao, and salted fillets. Main courses encompass spaghetti with clams, mussels in buzara, and various categories of fresh fish. Of course, every meal can be rounded off with a seasonal salad and freshly baked bread.
The restaurant is open from 12.30 PM to 3.00 PM and from 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays, and on Wednesdays, it opens its doors only in the evening, from 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM. The restaurant’s location at the harbor allows guests to enjoy a wonderful view of the Adriatic Sea and the old town during their meal.
To visit Podlanica Restaurant, a reservation is required, which can be made by calling +386 41 338 612. Every visitor is assured of a warm welcome and the culinary delights that this unique restaurant offers.

Where to park?

Why park a car in Piran when you can park a sailboat?

If you arrive by yacht or any other vessel, I’m afraid I can’t be of much assistance 😉. However, if you’re driving in by car, I would recommend the following. As a visitor, you have a few parking options:

Fornače Garage, Fornače 23, 6330 Piran

This is a large parking garage located in the eastern part of town. When you pay for parking, you have free bus transportation. It runs every few minutes from the garage to the central part of the city (Tartini Square). This is the best option if you want to leave your car and enjoy a day or more in Piran.

Arze Garage, Arze 1b, 6330 Piran

If you plan to visit Piran for a shorter period, you can use this parking lot, which is a bit closer to the city, but it can get full during the summer months.

– There are also parking meters in Piran, which charge by the hour, but parking at these spots is usually limited to 1-2 hours.

My accommodation in Piran

Max Piran

Max Piran is an accommodation situated in a carefully renovated house from the 1700s. There, I could experience the unique pulse of Piran. The house offers six double rooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, toilet, LCD SAT TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe, air conditioning, and heating. From my room (Francesca), I could enjoy a wonderful view of St. George’s Church, the city walls, and the sea.
The host was very pleasant and attentive and wouldn’t let me carry my luggage to the room myself. Moreover, breakfast was also included in the price. The accommodation was very clean, comfortable, and elegantly furnished.
The location was also ideal, as Max Piran is located in close proximity to the beach and the city center. This allowed me easy access to the main attractions. And the best part? Coffee was made to my order.

Zoom Blur in Piran

As a lover of photography tips and techniques, I decided to venture into experimenting with the Zoom Blur technique in Piran. Sure, there’s still plenty of practice ahead of me, but the technique itself is very entertaining😁.

Zoom Blur is a fascinating photographic technique that allows you to add a dynamic and artistic note to your photos. This method creates motion blur that extends from the center to the edges of the image, creating an impression of speed or movement. This effect can give your photos a unique, almost dreamlike feeling.

How does it work? In short, while your camera is set to a long exposure, you twist the zoom ring on your lens. This means that you change the focal length during the exposure. The result is an image that looks like it’s moving from the center to the edges.

To successfully execute this technique, follow these tips:

  1. Use a tripod: Stability is key as the Zoom Blur technique requires a long exposure. Use a tripod to reduce shaking or unnecessary movements.
  2. Long exposure: Start with a long exposure. This can be from half a second to a few seconds, depending on the light conditions and the speed with which the zoom ring moves.
  3. Start with focus at one end of the zoom. Before you start the exposure, decide whether you want to start with the smallest or maximum zoom. When you trigger the shutter, start twisting the zoom ring.
  4. Experiment: In photography, practice often makes perfect. Adjust the speed of the zoom ring twist, the length of exposure, brightness, and other parameters until you achieve the desired effect.

As always in photography, the key to success is experimentation. Zoom Blur is an extremely creative technique that can help you express your artistic view of the world and add a unique signature to your photos.

Zoom blur of Tartini square in Piran
Zoom Blur is a fascinating photographic technique that allows you to add a dynamic and artistic note to your photos.
Zoom blur in Piran
Adding zoom blur to Piran is like pouring a glass of fine wine: it just enhances the experience.
Piran's zoom blur
Adding an artistic touch to a masterpiece…


Piran is a city that hides a real wealth of experiences for every visitor. From historical attractions to beautiful views, cultural events, and exceptional cuisine. However, the peculiarity of Piran lies in the small details. In the feeling of cobbled streets under your feet and in the smell of the sea that blends with the aroma of nearby cafes and restaurants.
And when your path leads you back to Tartini Square through the labyrinth of narrow streets, we invite you to take a moment and visit Nika’s Tiny House studio. There, a cute little shop awaits you. There you can admire small houses made from driftwood. Each house is unique, handcrafted, and painted with picturesque images of Piran. They reflect the spirit of the city and the rhythm of Piran’s life.
At the end of your visit to Piran, you might wonder if you really experienced everything this pearl of the Slovenian coast offers. The answer is simple. Piran is always worth a repeat visit! Each season, each event, and indeed every experience here is something special. See you at the next sunset. Happy shooting 📸.

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World of Nika's tiny house
There’s a world of charm packed into each corner of Nika’s Tiny House 😍.
Old windows in Piran
Through the charming windows of Piran, one sees more than a view.
Piran walls
A stroll through Piran is a rendezvous with the past.
very old fishing boat in Piran
“Who would argue that Piran doesn’t hide abandoned treasures? I have hidden gems that prove otherwise.”



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