Koper, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean and definitely one of the most beautiful cities facing the Adriatic Sea, is according to some sources the oldest city in Slovenia. Founded on a rocky island in the Middle Bronze Age with the Roman name Capris, Koper has developed into a modern and attractive tourist destination. The five-hundred-year-long Venetian domination has left an important mark, and sometimes it feels like walking around a typical italian city. The narrow city streets and imposing palaces are yet another proof of Koper’s past splendour.
Together with its hinterland, Koper offers great opportunities to discover the characteristics of Slovenian Istria. The range of activities could not be more varied and there is definitely something for everybody. Culture lovers will enjoy a visit to the old city centre, hikers will relish one of the thematic walking paths, bikers will choose among different cycling roots and animal experts will expand their knowledge in the nearby nature reserve.
Characteristic of the Istrian landscape are also vineyards and olive groves, which stretch along the rolling hills and disappear into the valleys below. Top quality and world famous wines such as Malvasia and Refosco together with the traditionally produced extra virgin olive oil are an essential part of the Istrian cuisine. A typical Istrian menu consists of fresh and varied seasonal dishes which are unique and difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
Koper is also Slovenia’s only port and an important gateway to Central Europe. It has always been a city of transit, which is probably the reason for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Combine everything with excellent flavours of typical Istrian dishes, top quality wine and olive oil and you get a real unforgettable experience.