Koper is a town of a hundred suns which adorn the medieval Venetian palaces. The sun warms up the lagoon of the Škocjanski Zatok Nature Reserve with hundreds of birds, the Karst Edge and world famous climbing areas. Istrian cuisine draws you to numerous events. 

Koper is an extraordinarily charming and dynamic city with incredibly branched tourist trails in the city and the outskirts. It is a city with a special charm.

John Tercek, Vice-President of the world-famous shipowner of Royal Caribbean Cruises

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Discover the rich cultural and historical heritage of Koper and explore the tastes of its surrounding area.

Experiences of Historical Koper

Visit the greatest cultural treasures of Koper and explore its history with Koper Card. Visit the Praetorian palace, Koper Regional Museum and Carpaccio House. Climb up to the bell tower and enjoy the view. Watch the ships set out from Luka Koper. Round up your tour of the city with vintage wines of Istria and delicious Istrian deserts.

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Along the Hrastovlje Heritage Path

Along the Hrastovlje Heritage Path

Visit the picturesque village of Hrastovlje. Go in the 12th century church from the which is famous for its fresco of the Dance of Death. Visit the gallery of Jože Pohlen, an Istrian artist, the war equipment, weapons and old objects collected by Gorazd Pohlen. Make a stop at the Park of Indigenous Istrian Plants and Animals. Treat yourself to the authentic tastes of the green Istrian countryside.

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365 Days of Sunny Events

365 Days of Sunny Events

Experience the social side of sunny Koper and its surroundings! Taste the delicacies of the local cuisine at the September Sweet Istria event and the October Days of Agriculture of Slovenian Istria. Events such as Koper in Your Hand, the Refosco Festival in Marezige, Scent of Istria in Krkavče and St Martin's Feast Koper also enthral with their gastronomic delights and local traditions. Indulge in the lively events of Magical December. 

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Spending Time with Šavrinkas

Spending Time with Šavrinkas

Embark on the trail of the Istrian women called Šavrinke and learn about the typical homesteads of the Koper countryside. Visit the Bardinc house in Lopar and have a look at the old wine cellar with the oldest Istrian wine press. In front of the Marezige Kanava (wine cellar and sanctuary of wine), which is a tidy old stone farmhouse, grows the offspring of the oldest vine in the world from Lent in Maribor. Experience the past at the Vrešje House in Krkavče.

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Deserve Your Happiness

Deserve Your Happiness

To experience unforgettable family adventures, visit the pool complex of the Hotel Žusterna Aquapark which offers water fun on 1,200 m2 of indoor and outdoor pools filled with healthy sea and fresh water. Try your luck in 200 casino games at the Casinò Hotel Carnevale Wellness & Spa, where you can also treat yourself to relaxation with a massage or in themed saunas and massage pools. 

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Experiences by the Adriatic Sea

On the tidy beaches of Koper, Žusterna and all the way to Izola, you will find an abundance of opportunities for summer refreshment. In Žusterna there is the Active Koper water sports park. Rent a kayak or an SUP, catch the wind in the surf sail, dive into the depths of the sea and find the shipwreck of the legendary sunken transoceanic ship Rex, or rent a bike and ride along the beach.

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Climbing paradise on the Karst Edge

Climbing paradise on the Karst Edge

The Karst Edge, central Slovenian climbing area, offers more than half of the climbing routes of different difficulties in Slovenia. The most popular one among climbers is the wall in Osp, the oldest Slovenian village. You can also find a number of routes at Črni Kal and Črnotiče. In addition to climbing, you can also explore the natural and cultural characteristics of the Karst Edge on biking and hiking trails. 

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With a Bike Through the Land of Refošk Wine

With a Bike Through the Land of Refošk Wine

Explore the picturesque villages of the Land of Refošk wine, such as Marezige, Montinjan, lopar, Popetre, Boršt, Turške and St Anton by bike and enjoy the wonderful views. You can make a stop in one of the numerous wine cellars and in the autumn in an osmica inn, where you will restore your energy with some vintage wines and home-made delicacies.

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Olive Oil – A Taste of Istrian Gold

The countryside of Koper is also given its characteristic colour by the vast plantations of olive trees stretching on the sunny slopes of the Istrian hills. Olive oil with the protected geographical indication of Slovenian Istria is one of the highest quality oils in the world. Koper olive farmers have received the highest awards at a global level. Rest your soul by going for a walk through the beautifully arranged olive plantations and taste the aromatic olive oil.

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Relaxation at the Škocjan Zatok Nature Reserve

Relaxation at the Škocjan Zatok Nature Reserve

Relax at the Škocjan Zatok Nature Reserve, which is only a step away from the bustle of the city. Observe numerous species of birds and other interesting animal and plant species. You can also learn about the wealth of the nature reserve while riding Camargue horses along the education trail.

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The Noble Taste of Istrian Wines

The Noble Taste of Istrian Wines

Due to its sunny location and mild climate, the Primorska wine-growing region can boast excellent wines receiving the highest awards at various competitions. Visit the Land of Refošk wine, where the winemakers produce the native red wine variety – Refošk. Visit one of the largest wine cellars in Slovenia, Vinakoper, where you can see what is the largest barrel in Slovenia and one of the largest in Europe.

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Green facts

Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step.

Destination Koper is the richest Slovenian tourist destination as regards the number of olive tree plantations.

The Škocjan Zatok Nature Park is the largest partly salty marsh in Slovenia which spreads over 122 hectares of land and boasts as many as 245 species of birds.

The area of Karst Edge which represents the natural border between the typical Karst surface and flysch, Istria is known around the world as an outstanding climbing destination with over 800 routes.

The houses of Slovenian Istria, the green accommodation options of the countryside carrying the label of Travelife Gold and Slovenia Green Accommodation in the midst of vineyards, offer a view of the Koper and Trieste gulfs.

Fritaja with Wild Asparagus on Olive Oil

Destination Koper with the largest number of olive oil farmers and olive tree plantations in Slovenia is considered the Slovenian mecca of olive oil.  Istrian olive oils are among the most valued oils in the world. Golden olive oil should serve as the basis for the preparation of fritaja with wild asparagus, as it hides inside the power of the sun which also makes the wild asparagus in the Istrian countryside sprout.

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Koper. Active. Authentic. Exceptional.

In Koper the sun invites you to be active and it warms the lively event facilities all year round. Follow the sun’s rays in activities in nature, where you will get energy from the sun trapped in the tasty Istrian dishes, wines and olive oils.

Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest

Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.

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Hostel Museum

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Youth hostel Histria

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Garni hotel Pristan

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Hotel Vodišek

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Turistične sobe Lisjak

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Hotel Bio

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Hotel Koper

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Prenočišča Prisoje

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Apartma Sanja

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Experience Koper and its inland areas

The coastal town of Koper glows in its rich cultural heritage, which can be found in its inland areas too. It is cultural tourism that gave Koper the title of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). A walk through the town itself, which is also considered to be the centre of the coast and Slovenia's seaside window onto the world, reveals architectural heritage, on which the Venetians left the greatest mark. You can also say goodbye to the town and head to the countryside. Explore beautiful Istrian villages and their special features and taste the delicacies made from the gifts of the Istrian soil.

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Nearby destinations

Explore Slovenian Istria. Take a ride to Izola, the fishing centre of Slovenian Istria, which is a few kilometres away, or experience romantic moments in captivating Piran. On your way inland, you can explore the beauties of the Karst – make a stop in Lipica, where 300 white Lipizzaner horses await you, explore the breath-taking underground world of the Škocjan Caves and Postojna Cave and visit the idyllic Karst villages. You can take a train or a bus to Ljubljana, where you can feel the upbeat urban vibe along the Ljubljanica River and among the architectural gems of Jože Plečnik. If you decide to go by car, it will take you approximately one hour.

Piran and salt pans

Piran, the most beautiful town of Mediterranean Slovenia.

Piran and salt pans

Piran and salt pans

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Karst

Nature’s hidden gem

Karst

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Lipica

Lipica is an important cradle of Lipizzaner horses on a Europe-wide level.

Lipica

Lipica

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Ljubljana

The capital of Slovenia and European Green Capital 2016. This charming and vibrant city will captivate and fascinate anyone keen to explore it.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana

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More details on Koper

For more information visit Koper website.

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