Piran is a town in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town is known for its medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. Piran is the administrative seat of the Municipality of Piran and one of Slovenia’s major tourist attractions. Until the mid-20th century, Italian was the dominant language, but it was replaced by Slovene as demographics shifted.

Country Slovenia
 • MayorĐenio Zadković
 • Total44.6 km  (17.2 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2018)
 • Total17,613
 • Density390/km  (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)

Culture and education

Giuseppe Tartini’s statue of the sculptor with St. George’s Cathedral in the background

Piran is the birthplace of the composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini, who played an important role in shaping its cultural heritage. The town’s main square, Tartini Square (Slovene: Tartinijev trg, Italian: Piazza Tartini), is named after him. In 1892, the 200th anniversary of his birth, a monument to Tartini was erected in Piran. Venetian artist Antonio Dal Zotto was commissioned to create a larger-than-life bronze statue, which was mounted on its pedestal in 1896. The statue dominates the square, overlooked by the Cathedral of Saint George. The painter Cesare Dell’Acqua was also born in Piran.

Piran is the seat of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Slovenia (EMUNI), founded in 2008 as one of the cultural projects of the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean. The Piran Coastal Galleries, a public institution encompassing a group of six public contemporary art galleries, is based in Piran.

Cultural events

Musical evenings have taken place for decades in the Greyfriars Franciscan monastery’s atrium, one of the most beautiful cloister atriums in the Slovenian Littoral, which has good acoustics.

The municipality’s festival is 15 October, which celebrates the foundation of the first Slovenian partisan naval detachment, named Koper, in 1944.

Geography and climate

To the east of the town, along the northern coastline (in the direction to Strunjan) there is a small tourist settlement named Fiesa. Piran and Fiesa are connected by a promenade along the beach. Piran has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and cool rainy winters. Snow is rare (usually 3 days per year, almost always in traces). There are 22 days a year with maximum temperatures of 30 °C (86 °F) or higher; on one day a year the temperature does not exceed 0 °C (32 °F). Fog appears about 4 days per year, mainly in winter.


Piran town hall

Communications and transport

There is an international airport and a marina in the vicinity of the town. The medium-wave transmitter of Radio Koper is in Piran. It transmits on 1170 kHz and has a 123.6-metre-tall guyed mast with cage antenna. The town is connected with Koper, Izola, Portorož (the location of the airport), Sečovlje and Lucija by a cheap bus line. The lines of other coastal settlements operate mostly during the tourist season.

The first trolleybus line in the Balkans entered public service on 24 October 1909 in Piran, then part of Austria-Hungary. It ran from Tartini Square along the coast and the shipyard to Portorož and Lucija. The town authorities bought five trolleybuses manufactured by Austrian company Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. In 1912, it was replaced by a tram system that operated until 1953, when it was superseded by buses.


Vodja kabineta, Niko Mally
05 671 03 09 niko.mally@piran.si
Svetovalec župana, Bruno Kuzmin
05 671 03 15 bruno.kuzmin@piran.si
Poslovna sekretarka, Moira Mahnič
05 671 03 15 moira.mahnic@piran.si
Strokovna sodelavka, Erika Čok
05 6710 314 erika.cok@piran.si
Strokovna sodelavka, Ariana Buzleta
05 6710 310 ariana.buzleta@piran.si


Občina Piran - Pirano
Tartinijev trg 2 / Piazza Tartini 2 6330 Piran/Pirano
05 671 03 00