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Koper

Koper, Slovenia, is located on the Adriatic Sea and enjoys the typical Mediterranean climate influenced by the weather deeper in the country. With mild winters and warm, dry summers, the city gets to feel the sirocco from Africa on a nice day. There are plenty of places to stay in the city, from hotels to hostels to self-catering establishments, and this city is filled with plenty of historical sites and museums.  

As you enter the city you will see 19 Istrian limestone blocks that are the remains of the ancient city wall. The streets intertwine to lead to the square and you will immediately see the largest cathedral in Slovenia dominating the landscape. The city was once known as Iustinopolis, a remnant of the Venetian Republic. Indeed, the facades of the city’s buildings show the varying types of architecture that have built up the city over the years.

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Why visit Koper ?


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Located on the Adriatic Sea

Enjoys the typical Mediterranean climate influenced by the weather deeper in the country

Visitors to the city of Koper in the summer can enjoy the Yellow night. This is the longest and largest night of fireworks and there are open-air events that accompany it. This national festival includes theatre performances, bazaars, traditional food, fish dishes, local wines and more, all within the walls of Koper.  

The city is filled with castles and they extend from Socerb all the way to Karst. This fortified line once bordered Koper breaking the Venetian Republic from the Austrian region. You will be able to see ancient frescoes and can climb to the highest point in the area in Istria. Hikers, cyclists, and horse riders can use Koper as a base for their excursions that will allow them to see beautiful waterfalls, rapids, and the pools of the Dragorijia River.  

This coastal town is the largest commercial port in Slovenia and its population is bilingual, speaking Slovene and Italian as their official language. In addition to the other sites that have been mentioned, Koper is also the home of the Praetorian Palace, the Carmine Rotunda Church, and the Cathedral of St Nazarius.  

The Aquapark Hotel Zusterna is a great place for families visiting Koper. It is a 1,200 square metre indoor and outdoor water park that includes slides, a wave pool, children’s pool complete with play equipment, a pool with underwater massage, whirlpools and more. There is also a wellness centre joined to the Aquapark that offers visitors a healthy option during their stay.  

Not far from Koper is the Postojna Cave system. This is the largest cave system in the country and it has some of the most interesting formations of stalactites and stalagmites with water characteristics. The tours are guided and guests can enjoy visiting the caves and learning about the formations. This is an excellent activity to do with the kids, and when you are done going through the caves, you can enjoy the gift shop and snack bar before taking the electric train back into Koper. The trip takes about an hour and a half via the electric train system and it is well worth the visit.

Photo copyright: ©Jošt Gantar
Photo credit: http://www.slovenia.info

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