KOPER, SLOVENIA
 
An ancient Mediterranean town, Koper lies on the northern coast of the Istrian peninsula, where the Adriatic Sea cuts most deeply into the heart of Central Europe.
 
Koper's rich Venetian renaissance tradition is very well preserved with many beautiful squares, monuments and townhouses... The cruise terminal is just a minutes walk,
from the central square with its Cathedral, Venetian Praetorian Palace and Loggia, as well as old town cafes and restaurants. Given its proximity to three international airports offering European and longhaul connections, Koper is ideal for home porting as well as a transit stop. The port offers many services like pilotage, towing, fresh water, bunkering, provisioning and waste removal as well as all necessary infrastructure and service provision for achieving a rapid turnaround. Slovenia offers a variety of pre- and post- cruise packages and excursions.
Slovenia offers a patchwork of landscapes: high mountains with lake districts, wooded uplands, verdant green valleys and a slice of Adriatic coastline. Only an hour away by road it is possible to experience amazing contrasts like a swim in the Adriatic with the Mediterranean climate, the midst of Alpine mountains with a marvellous winter idyll, or an untouched green nature in the Slovenia hinterland. All shore excursions can be combined with the enjoyment of gastronomical and oenological (wine) specialities of the region.
 

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

 
Koper, a combination of styles
 
Just one look is sufficient to recognize the influence of the Venetian Republic on the history and architecture of this city, originally a rocky island that was joined to the coast around the middle of the nineteenth century, further to intense reclamation work. After the Romans, the Byzantines and the Patriarchs of Aquileia, the Venetians ruled the city from 1279 to 1797, developing trade but also the cultural life. There is a blend of styles, from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque to the Middle Ages, which, in spite of industrial development still survive in the old town. The characteristics of the lagoon town stand out above all, mainly in the historic centre, with alleys, fields, arcades and porticos, and the coats of arms and the lions of the Serenissima can still be seen on the facades of the buildings and houses.
 
In Tito Square, located in the exact center of the city, there is the fifteenth century Loggia, in Venetian Gothic style, the Praetorian Palace, seat of the municipality and the city’s symbol, the Armeria (Armory), a former munitions depot that now houses the University of the Coast and the Cathedral of the Assumption of Maria, with its 36 meter tall bell tower, also known as the Civic Tower. Of note, among the most picturesque streets of the town of Cevljarska Ulica, which leads down the stone steps at the end of the street to the Palace Almerigogna, one of the most beautiful Venetian Gothic buildings in Koper?
 
Continue for about 200 meters you will reach France Prešeren Square, where you can find the Da Ponte Fountain (which owes its name to the Italian patron who had it built in the seventeenth century), and the Door of Muda, the only survivor of the 12 there were. Before leaving Koper, the visitor can walk along the port, where is the Taverna, an antique salt warehouse that has been renovated and converted into a multipurpose centre that hosts events, concerts and cultural events of various kinds.

 
Must see tourist attractions
 
 
Lipica Stud Farm (45km)
 
The old town of Piran and salt plains (15km)
 
 
Postojna caves and Predjama castle (55km)
 
Ljubljana the Capital and Slovenia’s tradition (100km)
 
The lake of Bled with the castle (135km)
 

Tourist Info
Local Population: 50000
Time (GMT+/-): +1
First language:
Slovenian
Second language: Italian
Currency:
Euro
Banking hours (morning): From 8:00 to 17:00
Banking hours (afternoon): From to
Credit cards: Almost all
Accepts Travellers Cheques: Yes
Shopping hours (morning): From 8:00 to 20:00
Shopping hours (afternoon): From to
Public holidays: 1st January; 8th February; Easter and Easter Monday; 27th April; 1st and 2nd May; 25th June; 15th August; 31st October; 1st November; 25th and 26th December
Shops are open on Saturdays: Yes
Shops are open on Sundays: Yes
Tourist Office Tourist organization Koper
Contact Name:  
Address: Verdijeva 10
Tel. No.: +(386) 5 664 62 16
Fax No.: +(386)5 627 16 02
Email: obcina@koper.si
Website: www.koper.si
Tourist Office Slovenian tourist board
Contact Name:  
Address: Dimičeva 13, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel. No.: +(386) 1 58 98 550
Fax No.: +(386)1 58 98 560
Email: info@slovenia.info
Website: www.slovenia.info/board

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