Slovenia Koper City Aerial
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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