Welcome to Koper, Slovenia

Located in a coastal town in southwestern Slovenia situated on the Adriatic Sea, Koper borders Italy and Slovenia and is approximately 1.5 hours from the capital Ljubinia. It has a rich history dating back to ancient times and is the largest port in the country, serving as an essential hub for trade and transportation. The port is the entry point to countries of Central Europe, like Austria, the Czech RepublicHungary, SlovakiaGermany and Poland. Experience the lively ambience of the Port of Koper, where you can witness the dynamic activity of cargo ships and savour the delectable seafood offerings at waterfront restaurants. Engross yourself in the energetic ambience of this vibrant coastal locale.

With its idyllic coastal setting, nestled in the Slovenian Littoral region, this charming city boasts a Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, inviting summers and mild winters, making it an alluring destination throughout the year.

Koper is renowned for its well-preserved medieval old town, where narrow winding streets lead to beautiful squares adorned with Venetian-style architecture. The city offers pristine beaches for sun-seekers, such as Žusterna, where you can bask in the Mediterranean sun and indulge in water sports.

Luckily, we visited Slovenia by cruise ship before Covid-19 and cruised on the Azamara Quest cruise liner that took us on a 7-day tour around the Mediterranean. At that time, Koper was rated the top cruise destination in Europe. 

Click here to see the complete cruise itinerary.

How To Get There

By Air: The closest international airport to Koper is the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), located approximately 120 kilometres northeast of Koper. Opt for a shuttle, taxi, or airport car rental to reach Koper conveniently. Another option is to fly to nearby airports in Italy, such as Trieste Airport (TRS) or Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), and then travel to Koper by bus, train, or taxi.

By Train: Koper has its own train station, making it accessible by train from various cities in Slovenia and neighbouring countries. There are direct train connections from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and other major cities in Slovenia. International trains also connect Koper to nearby countries like Italy and Croatia. The station is near the city centre, allowing easy access to your accommodation.

By Bus: Koper boasts a comprehensive bus network connecting it to various Slovenian towns and cities. Travelling with a centrally located central bus station and frequent bus services is convenient. Stay informed about schedules and book tickets in advance via the official website of the Slovenian national bus company, “Avrigo.”

By Car: If you prefer the flexibility of driving, you can reach Koper by car. The city is well connected to the Slovenian highway network, making it easily accessible from various directions. You can take the A1 highway towards the coast from Ljubljana and then follow the signs to Koper. Remember that there may be tolls on some sections of the roads.

Places Of Interest

Muda Gate (Vrata Muda)

Muda Gate (Vrata Muda)

Step through Koper’s historic Muda Gate, the main gate to the city of Koper and part of the ancient city walls. Immerse yourself in its architectural splendour and centuries-old charm. 

Tito Square

Tito Square

Experience the vibrant heart of Koper at Tito Square, where lively cafes, colourful buildings, and cultural events create an enchanting atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. Surrounded by Venetian-influenced architecture lining the square, you will find five significant sightseeing points: Cathedral of the Assumption, The Bell Tower, Praetorian Palace, Loggia, Armoury and Foresteria Palace, 

Cathedral of the Assumption

Cathedral of the Assumption

Marvel at the stunning Cathedral of the Assumption is a remarkable example of medieval architecture. An 18th-century church with a Gothic exterior next to the Bell Tower (Mestni stolp), where you can climb the 204 stairs for a beautiful view of Koper. Admire its beautiful interior, exquisite frescoes, and climb the bell tower for panoramic city views.

Praetorian Palace

Praetorian Palace

Explore the striking 15th-century Venetian Gothic-style Praetorian Palace located in the heart of the old town. It houses the Koper City Museum, where you can learn about the city’s history and culture through various exhibits. 

Postojna Cave

Postojna Cave

Delve into the mesmerizing underground world of Postojna Cave, a captivating karst cave system renowned for its stunning stalactites and stalagmites, an unforgettable natural spectacle. Book tickets here.

Park Center Koper

Park Center Koper

Unwind and indulge in retail therapy at Park Center Koper, a famous mall featuring an extensive selection of shops, entertainment options, and a pleasant outdoor park for relaxation.

Planet Koper

Planet Koper

Discover a shopper’s paradise at Planet Koper, a modern shopping centre offering a diverse array of shops, boutiques, and eateries for all your retail and dining desires.

Predjama Castle

Behold the dramatic Predjama Castle, a medieval fortress built into a cliff, and be captivated by its architectural marvel, intriguing history, and breathtaking panoramic views. Book tickets here.

Skocjan Caves

Skocjan Caves

Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where colossal underground chambers, roaring rivers, and unique rock formations create a genuinely extraordinary subterranean realm. Book tickets here.

Kidričeva ulica

Kidričeva ulica

This street in Koper was named after Edvard Kardelj, a prominent Slovenian politician and a key figure in the Yugoslav Partisan movement during World War II. It is located in the city centre and is known for its vibrant atmosphere, various shops, cafes, restaurants, 16th-century churches, 18th-century Totto Palace, and Venetian-style houses. 

Where To Stay

Luxury Hotels

Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož: 

A luxurious coastal retreat located approximately 15 kilometres (9 miles) south of Koper, Slovenia. With stunning sea views and a serene atmosphere, it offers a lavish getaway within a reasonable distance from the charming coastal town of Koper.

Mid-Range Hotels

Hotel Bio: 

Hotel Bio offers captivating views and is situated near the picturesque town. It is conveniently located near the famous destination of Koper Old Town, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the historic charm and beauty of the area.

Budget Hotels

Hostel BellaVista:

This budget hotel offers stunning views and is conveniently located near the vibrant town of Koper Old Town, allowing guests to enjoy the area’s rich history and cultural attractions while enjoying budget-friendly accommodations.  

Where To Eat

Koper is known for its Mediterranean cuisine, which is influenced by Italian and Balkan flavours. Seafood is a popular choice, where you can find a variety of fresh fish and seafood dishes in the local restaurants. The region is also known for its excellent olive oil and wines, so be sure to try some local specialties during your visit.

Gostilna Ruj: Situated in the heart of the old town, Gostilna Ruj is a popular choice for traditional Slovenian food. The menu includes hearty dishes like “štruklji” (rolled dumplings) and “žganci” (buckwheat spoonbread), prepared with local ingredients.

Pri Mari: Known for its seafood and fresh fish dishes, Pri Mari offers a charming waterfront location. The restaurant combines traditional flavours with modern culinary techniques, providing an enjoyable dining experience.

Kantina: Kantina is a trendy restaurant and wine bar, perfect for a casual lunch or evening meal. It offers a variety of small plates, salads, and sandwiches, accompanied by a selection of local wines.

Gostilnica Fritolin: Located near Koper’s fish market, Gostilnica Fritolin specializes in seafood and fish delicacies. It offers a cosy atmosphere and a menu featuring fresh catches of the day.

Final Thoughts

We loved Koper in Slovenia for its delightful blend of history, coastal beauty, and vibrant culture, from its well-preserved old town with Venetian architecture to its bustling port and pristine beaches. Enjoy strolling through the old town’s narrow streets, appreciating the coastal ambience, or immersing in local traditions. Koper leaves a lasting impression on all who visit, making it an unforgettable destination.

Recommended Tours

Explore Trips From Koper

Koper is a great starting point for exploring the Istrian Peninsula, which stretches across Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy. You can visit picturesque coastal towns like Piran and Portorož, known for their beautiful beaches and Venetian architecture. The Istrian countryside is also worth exploring, with its rolling hills, vineyards, and charming villages.

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