Mediterranean city with colourful history
The façades of the buildings and their interiors reveal the millennial history of Koper, once Capris, then Iustinopolis; and evoke the era of the Venetian Republic and the golden age of Gothic style and the Renaissance. Intertwining narrow streets wind towards the main square that boasts the largest cathedral in Slovenia. A diverse palette of cultural experiences enriches the city streets and squares, especially in the summer months.
What to see
Don’t miss Koper’s finest palace on the main square – the Praetorian Palace, today home to city hall. The City Tower now serves as a bell tower and offers a beautiful vantage point.
Now the headquarters of the University of Primorska, the buildings of Foresteria and Armeria date back to the 15th and 16th century.
Built in the 15th century, the Loggia is home today to a café that offers splendid views of the square. Numerous treasures are kept at the Cathedral of the Assumption.
Dip in the sea
Should you wish to take a dip in the sea, Koper and vicinity offers a host of different well-kept beaches. Go to Ankaran, Strunjan or San Simon Bay in Izola, visit numerous beaches with diverse attractions in Portorož or have a swim in Piran.
Sports and recreation
The highly favourable climate here allows you to be active outdoors year round. Hike or cycle to the nearby hills and villages on one of the many designated trails. Perhaps you prefer fishing, windsurfing or tennis; and if you enjoy swimming you can go for a swim in the sea or in one of the many indoor pools and spas.
Istrian dishes are simple, and boiled rather than fried. Restaurants and inns both in Koper and even more so in the neighbouring villages and tourist farms offer typical local Mediterranean fare. Don’t forget to ask for a glass of traditional Istrian wine – Malvazija (white) and Refošk (red) are the best known – and try the local olive oil.
The streets and squares of Koper boast myriad cultural experiences that offer something for everyone. Many of these events have already become traditional and very popular with visitors from all over the world. Especially interesting are the various culinary festivals where you can try the most delectable local dishes and produce.
In the vicinity of Koper and in the valley of the Dragonja River you can visit picturesque clustered villages with rows and rows of traditional grapevines and olive orchards. In the village of Hrastovlje you can admire the oldest frescos, including the well-known and highly impressive Danse Macabre. Continue you journey to the tower in Hrvoje, which marks the highest point in Istria. Explore the picturesque slopes covered with vineyards and olive trees on foot or by bike, and discover the pristine nature of the Dragonja Valley and the Karst Edge.
Koper and surroundings invites you to …
Koper and vicinity offers plenty of hiking opportunities to the nearby hills or down for a dip in the sea. Whatever the season, the Mediterranean will spoil you with its soothing climate.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Cycling and biking
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
Treat yourself to a swim in some of the many thermal spas and swimming pools. In summer, take a dip in the sea, lakes or rivers. Slovenia is rich in natural water resources. Visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj or one of the many natural swimming areas located on the coast.
From the sea to green rolling hills
Set off on a journey across Slovenia. The distances are short and before you know it you will find yourself immersed in hills and mountains, or venture down into the mysterious underworld of the caves.
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