Slovenia Coastal Town Koper Historic Aerial
Where Slovenia Meets the Sea

Crociera per Koper, Slovenia

Tiny Slovenia may only have about 29 miles of coastline but the Slovenian Riviera — and particularly its jewel, the historic city of Koper — packs a big punch. Whether you explore 700 years of architecture, delve into the Slovenian wine scene or simply sun yourself on the pristine Adriatic, Koper is sure to be one of the most memorable stops on your next cruise. That's even before you consider the delicious fresh-caught seafood rizota (Slovenian risotto) and shopping for Slovenian handicrafts like handmade Idrija lace.
Lingua nazionale Slovenian
Valuta accettata Europ (EUR)

Things To Do in Koper

Slovenia Koper City Aerial

See an Alternate Version of Venice

Slovenia Koper City Aerial

Slovenia Koper City Aerial

See an Alternate Version of Venice

Ever wondered what Venice would look like without canals (and hordes of tourists)? Many structures in Koper, including the 15th-century Praetorian Palace and Da Ponte Fountain, were built during the time when the Republic of Venice controlled the city, so the resemblance can be uncanny. Other historical Koper architecture worth seeing includes the Cathedral of St. Mary's Assumption and Tito Square, which is a popular meeting point for locals.

Slovenia Koper Sea View Landscape

Make the Most of the Coast

Slovenia Koper Sea View Landscape

Slovenia Koper Sea View Landscape

Make the Most of the Coast

Koper may offer fewer beaches than other cities you've visited, with just two — Mestna Plaza in the city center and Plaza Zusterna about a mile to the west — near town. But both are perfect if you're seeking a day of sun and surf. Plant yourself under one of the colorful umbrellas (and between locals) for a fun afternoon and take a dip in the crystal-clear water.

Slovenia Malvasia Wine Vineyards
Slovenia Malvasia Wine Vineyards

Beat the Heat Inside a Wine Cellar

Is it a rainy day or so warm that it's best to take a break from the beach? Head to Vinakoper, a local wine cellar that spotlights Slovenian-made wines. Pair traditional Slovenia fare with flights of dry white rebula or slightly sour cvicek red or simply order glasses (or bottles) individually. Just as Piran itself evokes an alternative version of Venice, Slovenian wine is like Italian wine's quirky cousin.

Slovenia Risotto Shrimp Mussels
Slovenia Risotto Shrimp Mussels

Local Cuisine

Take advantage of Koper's seaside location and enjoy fresh Slovenian seafood. Be sure to try some cooked in rizota, which is the country's take on risotto. You can also enjoy other Slovenian favorites like sweet and savory kranjska klobasa sausage or kraški pršut, a locally-made version of prosciutto.

Slovenia Handmade Craft Lace Making
Slovenia Handmade Craft Lace Making

Shopping

Shopping in Koper involves more malls and supermarkets than at other Adriatic ports but you can still find local goods. In addition to bringing home a bottle (or a case!) from Vinakoper, you can shop for Slovenian handicrafts like Idrija lace or Slovenian honey, which has become famous throughout Europe in recent years because of the fantastic taste that comes from the country's long history of beekeeping.

Consigli dello staff
Consigli dello staff
1 Credit cards are accepted just about everywhere in Slovenia but take some euro cash with you when you venture out just in case.
2 Many visitors to Koper also want to take a day trip to nearby Piran but make sure you have six to eight hours free if you want to enjoy this adjacent paradisiacal port.

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