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When you are in Trieste and that you want to go to Koper, you must know that the road signs will give the road for Capo d'Istria ! If ever you saw a road sign for Zara, do not go, this is Zadar ! Once in Koper/ Capo d'Istria, you will learn that you are coming from Trst ! Be prepared to this little gymnastic, you will have to do it often around the border.

The first photo shows the view on Koper from the south, coming from Croatia and Portorož Koper was built on an island, close to the shore. The island is now a peninsula as the strait has been filled and a dam built in 1825.

In this place, the Greeks built a settlement that they named “Egidia”. The Roman called it "Capris insula" (goats island) which later gave the Slovenian name of "Koper". When it was ruled by the patriarchs of Aquilea (1232), they called it in Latin "Caput Istria" (Head of Istria) which gave under the Venetian "Capo d'Istria", with the same meaning. Koper has long been ruled by Venice and has a very Venetian look.

Slovenia has only 50 km of coast, between Italy (Trieste) in the north and Croatia in the south. As Koper/ Capo d'Istria is the main harbor of Slovenia, it is an industrial city but nevertheless has kept a nice old city center that is worth the visit. The famous small outboard engines Tomos are built in Koper.

  • Last visit to Koper: Jul 1995
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    We hope to be around here in spring and your driving tip for the road signs will be a great help. This is the VT info needed to save the day and see sites instead of driving around. You are the greatest tour guide.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 3:27 AM

    There isn't a cafe anymore inside the loggia. Ciao!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Good that the streets are so narrow, so there is always some shade, even in the summer at midday.

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Useful information on this page!Have been to Koper and enjoyed the city!Greetings

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    Looks like a great historic town! You are giving me some inspiration here; I need to start looking further into visit the region. First I thought of a week during spring, hahaha, but I have a feeling I need a LOT more time then that :-)

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2007 at 5:38 AM

    The view from the hillside on the south side is just stunning.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Slovenia's looking like a possibility for summer this year - all info very welcome! Leyle

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2006 at 4:20 AM

    Nice to see pictures of Koper, im visiting this harbour town for 1 day in July, looks beautiful

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2006 at 3:16 AM

    An interesting looking ancient coastal town! I hope the two of your are enjoying yourselves on your latest trip along this coast!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2006 at 12:02 AM

    Very nice page and beautiful although overcroeded in summer town. And my great kiddy memories ---> my father learned me to swim on the camping south of Koper long time ago :-)

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