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Koper, Slovenia

Koper, the Old Town at least, is one big sight. From carved grey Istrian limestone to narrow intertwining streets leading to the main square, boasting the largest cathedral in Slovenia, everything in Koper narrates a story of past and present moments. While wandering and mixing with locals, visitors and hoards of day trippers, you are liable to hear Italian spoken as well as Slovenian, and there are Italian signs everywhere.

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Koper, Slovenia

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Koper's main sight of interest is its Venetian-era old city, aptly named Old Town. Its main street, Cevljarska is no more than two or three meters wide in some places and is packed from dawn to dusk. Cevljarska will lead you towards the town's main square, Titov Trg (Tito Square), which is dominated by the bell tower of the St. Mary's of the Assumption Cathedral. Perhaps the most astonishing building on the square is the hacienda-like Praetorian Palace, the seat of the city's governor during the Venetian Republic.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Koper's small pebble beach, Mestno Kopališ?e lacks sand, but it is a lovely place to soak up the sun or to swim in the warm water. You will find it on Kopalisko Nabreze, next to the marina. There are large areas of lawns for sunbathing, and an enclosed swimming area.
  • Head to the beach at the seaside resort of Portoroz, just a 25-minute drive from Koper.
  • Explore the Slovenian Istra, which includes many villages, traditional inns, vineyards, fruit groves, ethnological museums and the regional park of Secovlje.
  • Jogg, cycle or walk along the Parenzana Path, which connects all three coastal towns.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

The town is blessed with some wonderful fish and seafood restaurants. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find anything. Keep a look out for Koper-style fast food, Okrepcevalnica bars; small, Italian-style places which serve great food of the primo, second, piatti variety at lunchtime. You can usually eat very well here for a fraction of the coast of a restaurant.

Shopping for Bargains

Though shopping for tidbits may be the last thing on anybody's mind when visiting the town of Koper, it doesn't mean there are no retail opportunities. If you're on the hunt for the ideal gift or souvenir, stop by Mercator or Supernova, Koper's two big shopping centers. The newly-opened Planet Tus includes high-end shops such as Zara, H&M, C&Q, Intimissimi, Bershka, Promode, Hervis, MEXX, Newyorker, Panyblack and Top Shop.

Local Currency

The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Slovenia. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.

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    Before You Visit

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