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Strunjan Nature Reserve, situated between Izola and Piran, is the largest coastal natural reserve in Slovenia, offering an eclectic blend of pristine coastline, Mediterranean flora and fauna, cliff formations, and unique salt pans.

Getting There

Strunjan is well-connected by road. From Piran, a short 10-minute drive leads to the Nature Reserve. There’s a car park at the Reserve entrance. The area offers beautiful hiking and biking trails, making it also accessible via the Slovenian coastal walking path.


Strunjan Cliff: The longest coastal cliff in the eastern Adriatic, this geological marvel provides spectacular views of the coastline.

Moon Bay Beach: Known for its signature crescent shape, this beautiful pebble beach offers clear water for swimming and snorkeling.

Stjuža Lagoon: This is the northernmost, periodically flooded, and precipitation-fed coastal lagoon in the Mediterranean, offering diverse habitats for aquatic birds.

Salt Pans: Traditional salt production methods are still used in the salt pans of Strunjan, now a cultural monument of national importance.

Visiting Hours

The Reserve is open to visitors all year, 24 hours a day.

Tickets & Pricing

Public access to the nature reserve is free, but charges apply for particular guided tours and workshops.

Shopping & Dining

While there are no eating or shopping facilities within the reserve, the nearby towns of Strunjan and Piran offer a range of restaurants, cafes and stores.


  • Bring your binoculars for bird watching at Stjuža Lagoon.
  • Wear comfortable footwear suitable for walking on the trails and pebble beach.
  • Swimming in the lagoon is prohibited to protect its fragile ecosystem.
  • If you’re visiting in summer, carry sun protection.

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