Koper Travel Guide

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Koper Things to Do

  • Bell tower

    Once part of a Roman fortification this tower was transformed to be used for liturgical purposes in the 15Th century. If you risk to climb its 204 steps, you will have a nice view, 43 meters high, wit the tower reaching 54 meters at all.

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  • Loggia

    The only preserved Gothic loggia in Slovenia is located facing the Praetor's palace, in the main square. It was built in 1462, with a second storey added in 1698. It houses a cafe, and a gallery in the first floor.

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  • Praetor's palace

    The most outstanding building in Koper is a palace from the 13Th century, with a Venetian look but mixing late Gothic and Renaissance styles. The cogged top is an addition from the 17Th century.Nowadays it houses the tourist information center, and it is free to visit, even the areas used by the city council.

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  • Visit the Regional Museum.

    The Belgramoni-Tacco Palace dating from the early 17th century houses the Regional Museum of Koper.Inside you can see an archaeological collection with things found in Istria, moreover there are wooden statues, paintings and various furniture.This palace has a nice garden with lots of ancient statues.Don't miss the beautiful door knocker of the...

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  • Walking Tour of Koper

    I signed up with the ship to do a walking tour of Koper called 'Koper Impressions'. A local guide came to meet us at the port and we all made our way to Koper Old Town. We began learning about the history of Koper and Slovenia. Secondly, we made our way to the main sqaure where saw the Koper Loggia, Foresteria and Armeria, the Bell Tower and...

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  • Da Pointe Fountain

    Koper's biggest fountain was reproduced after the Rialto Bridge in Venice in 1666. It was commissioned by Lorenzo da Ponte, a Podesta, and there are notable sculptures on the fountain relating to the city's history and mythology.The fountain served spring water for the locals until the late 19th Century and the fountain was restored around 1990.

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  • The Catherdral Church of Mary's...

    This Gothic and Renaissance style cathedral is housed at the location of a former Roman Basilica and goes back since the 1100s. The cathedral has a number of notable treasures: The 'Madonna with Chilo on the Throne and Saints' painting at the alter; the stone Sarcophagus of St Nazarius; Zanchi's painting in the cathedral's presbytery and other...

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  • Taverna - former salt warehouse

    This warehouse was used for storing salt until the early 20th Century. Today the Taverna is used as multi purpose space for various events.

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  • Totto ex Gavardo Palace

    This Palace dates back to the 18th Century for its Baroque appearance. The exterior is noted for its bright colour appearance with the Venetian Lion relief which served as a city's protection.

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  • The Bell Tower

    You can climb up 204 steps to the top for great views of the old town down below and the surrounding coastline. The Bell Tower is 54 m wide and was originally part of the Roman fortifications from the 15th to the 17th Century and was used for religious purposes. It cost me 3 Euros (May 2011) to climb up the tower.

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  • Praetorian Palace

    Praetorian Palace was the administration centre for the Podesta, the Grand Council, captains and other important administrative personnel over the centuries. Today it is the offices for the Municipal Council and also the city's tourist information centre. It's worth having a look inside the building where there are treasures and possessions...

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  • Koper Loggia

    This Gothic Koper loggia is situated on Kotor's main square and opposite Praetorian Palace. This dates back to the 15th Century and was decorated with heraldic features including the coat of arms and seats for townsment and noblemen. Nowadays it houses a gallery and a cafe downstairs.

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Koper Hotels

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  • Casino Hotel Carnevale

    Spodnje Skofije 259, Koper, 6281, Slovenia

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Bio

    Vanganelska cesta 2, Koper, 6000, Slovenia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Vodisek Hotel

    This 3* hotel is located about half way between the train station and the Old Town and is part of a...

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Koper Restaurants

  • A simple restaurant inside an old...

    This restaurant is located inside the 15th century Almerigogna Palace. It has a small dining room with simple wooden furniture and a outside (small) terrace.Here you can have dishes as pasta (noodles) served with various toppings, gnocchi (dumplings with potatoes and flour). Fish and seafood. On their menu there is a good variety of meat dishes...

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  • Food & Drinks

    Along this street, there are a few bars and restaurants to have a meal or drink while enjoying a fantastic sunset.

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  • Typical pizzeria

    I didn’t stop here but went inside to have a look at the menu and it’s just a typical pizzeria and all they sell is pizza’s which is what I didn’t want! It’s located just across from the Marina near the Skipper restaurant which I did go and eat in. Open: Midday-11pm.

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Koper Nightlife

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  • Koper has a large student...

    Koper has a large student population, and there are plenty of bars around...if only I had been given a bed on the 20+ ward, and I might have been able to find out a bit more! As it was, I had to be content with watching the passeggiata through Titov trg down to the seafront...the loggia kavarna is a good place to watch it from, then head to the...

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  • There is no nightlife in...

    There is no nightlife in Koper! Move at least to Zusterna, that is only a rew minutes out of Koper, where you can find a place either if you are a old ricker or a young dancer! And you can find drinks there for reasonable prices.

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Koper Transportation

  • By bus.

    There are several buses that operate from Portorose or Piran to Koper every day. There is a bus stop not very far from the town center; ask the driver where you should stop.The bus terminal is a large bus station. It is some 1 km from the town center. Thus I' d suggest to take a bus to the center of Koper from there. This station has a vending...

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  • Cruise

    It is a good solution for the next visit - a cruise. You just have to check the Mediterranean lines to choose a program that crosses the Adriatic. I think that for me it will mean a second (at least) visit to most places, but it is a different approach, and Fernanda never seemed so enthusiastic with the idea. Who knows?

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  • Train

    There is a train station that connects Koper with Ljubljana and other cities, as well. See the time table on the web

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Koper Shopping

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    by JLBG Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    The city market of Koper is set in a low building that opens on the large parking lot staying at the entrance of the city. The fish market is especially knowledgeable. Besides the usual fishes and seafood found in other Istrian markets, this is the only one where I found locust lobster (Scyllarus arctus), cicadella in Italian. I have found the name neither in Slovenian nor in Croat.

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Koper Local Customs

  • Ice cream

    I seldom buy ice creams but I found that especially in Koper, the shops that sell ice creams are strongly mouthwatering for ice cream lovers! Look at this one! If I had not restrained myself, I might have taken dozens of such photos but one is enough!

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  • Enjoy the Sunset

    I really don't know if it is a local custom or not, but if you happen to visit Koper (as I did), don't miss the sunset, at least, the one I was lucky to see was fantastic.

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  • drink cappuccino or wine

    just sit in a bar by the coast an have a tiny cappuccino - served in a glass - Koper got this from Trieste, don't search fot it in Ljubljana...an alternative is have a cup of nice local wine - the region is well known for the red wine refošk/refosko, and the white one "malvazija". you can have it in all bars, but for special ones i suggest the...

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Koper Warnings and Dangers

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 30, 2006

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    I arrived in Koper on the train late in the afternoon and in the evening spent quite some time walking around the Old Town seeing what in the way of restaurants there was. I came up with the conclusion that there’s a lack of food available in Koper, (especially if you want to get away from pizza), which is a bit strange and a bit of a mystery as there’s plenty of small squares that would make ideal places to sit outside and dine. Take a look at my restaurants tips to find out what I did find.

    Was shut at the weekend!

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Koper Off The Beaten Path

  • Medieval houses.

    On Kidriceva ulica at n. 33 you can see a block of Medieval houses with protruding upper storeys (so called houses "a gheffo").It seems they are not inhabited. Surely they are in need of some restoration.

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  • socerb

    Socerb castle stands on the Kraški rob (the Karst ridge) which comes here closest to the sea. Here is a marvellous view to the bay of Trieste and countryside.

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  • Don't restrict yourself to the...

    Don't restrict yourself to the main streets of the old town...head into the back alleys and narrow lanes. Some of the streets reminded me of Damascus, although that sounds a little crazy now.

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Koper Favorites

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  • Titov trg.

    Titov trg is the main square in Koper. It is bordered by several buildings. Here you can visit the Cathedral of the Assumption. It was rebuilt in the XVIII century and is dedicated to Saint Nazarius; Koper's patron saint. Beside the church there is the a belltower that was originally separated from the church. They say it is a good lookout...

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  • Backstreets.

    Have a stroll on the back streets in Koper. You will bump into several old palaces, but now and then you' ll have the feeling to be in a village more than in a town.

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  • Carpaccio trg.

    This square takes its name from Vittore Carpaccio (1460-1525); a famous painter. Here you can see the house where he was born. Probably his son Benedetto lived there. On this square there is also a column built in the1571 to commemorate the battle of Lepanto and a salt warehouse built in the 17th century. Today it is used as an exposition site.

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