Ljubljana (Koper), Slovenia

Slovenia's largest port possesses a long and colorful history. Over the course of two millennia, the city has been ruled by the Roman Empire, the Republic of Venice, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and Yugoslavia. Koper's history has been well-preserved in its city center, which boasts well-preserved medieval squares, a 15th century Venetian palace and Slovenia's largest cathedral.

Koper is also your gateway to Slovenia proper. Ljubljana, the nation's capital, is a mere 90-minute drive away. The political and cultural heart of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a graceful city of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and bridges. The region surrounding Koper is also home to Slovenia's largest cave and the Lipica Stud Farm, home of the legendary Lipizzaner horses.

Slovenia is a seismically active country. In 1511 and 1895, Ljubljana was devastated by massive earthquakes. Rebuilding resulted in the city's distinctive architecture.

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Points of Interest

  • Ljubljana and Open Air Market
  • Piran
  • Tito's Square and Praetorian Palace
  • Lipica Stud Farm
  • Postojna Cave
  • Predjama Castle
  • Padna
  • Bled

More about Ljubljana (Koper), Slovenia Points of Interest

  • Ljubljana and Open Air Market

    Slovenia's capital city is home to a picturesque central open-air market. Designed by the famous architect Joze Plecnik, the market sells all kinds of food, including Slovenian specialties.

  • Piran

    From the 13th century to the end of the 8th, Piran was part of the Venetian empire. Today, this ancient port is probably the most beautiful of Slovenia's coastal towns.

  • Tito's Square and Praetorian Palace

    Tito Square (Titov trg) is the centre of the old town, and houses the Koper city government, a wedding hall and the impressive Praetorian Palace, a 14th-century Venetian Gothic palace.

  • Lipica Stud Farm

    Just minutes from the Slovenian-Italian border is the Lipica Stud Farm. Founded in 1580, the estate is a private breeding preserve of the noble Lipizzan horse.

  • Postojna Cave

    As the longest cave system in the country, Postojna Cave is a network of passages, galleries and chambers with a wealth of calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites.

  • Predjama Castle

    Predjama Castle is just six miles from Postojna Cave, and considered one of the most picturesque wonders of human history. Perched atop a cliff, it was the hideout for a rebellious knight.

  • Padna

    Hilltop village located between the coast and the Julian Alps, and famed for its olive oil.

  • Bled

    Lakeside resort nestled in the Alpine Forest.

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Koper Walking Tour

2 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 3 8 5

Take in Koper, the ancient capital of Istria, with its distinctive Venetian-era architecture and old-world atmosphere, on a guided walking tour through its old town. Explore picturesque Titov Square, walk down narrow ÄŚevljarska ulica and stroll under the arch of the Praetorian Palace. Explore the Koper Regional Museum and enjoy a light refreshment.

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Koper - Tito's Square & Praetorian Palace

2.5 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 3 8 0

Take in Koper, the ancient capital of Istria, with its distinctive Venetian-era architecture and old-world atmosphere, on a guided walking tour through its old town. Explore picturesque Titov Square, walk down narrow ÄŚevljarska ulica and stroll under the arch of the Praetorian Palace. Explore the Koper Regional Museum and enjoy a light refreshment.

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Medieval Piran

4 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 2 1 0
  • Piran

This half-day, walking tour unveils a rich classical history. You'll explore the historical city center as you make your way on well-preserved medieval streets to the 14th century Church of St. Francis, Venetian Palace and Jewish Square. The saltpans are the last stop on your itinerary.

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Ljubjana On Your Own

6 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 1 8 5
  • Ljubljana and Open Air Market

Explore the dazzling capital of Ljubljana. A scenic ride brings you into the heart of the city where a full day of independent sightseeing awaits. Behold a treasure trove of charming buildings, stroll the city's iconic bridges, visit a museum or shop - the choice is yours.

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Lipica Stud Farm & Hrastovlje Village

4.5 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 2 0 5
  • Lipica Stud Farm

The legendary Lipica Stud Farm invites you on a tour of the farm and at an exclusive horse show. This half-day tour includes a visit to the Church of the Holy Trinity.

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Koper Biking Adventure

4.5 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 4 4 0

Peddle your way along a coastal route following the Parenzana narrow­gauge railroad track that has been converted for cyclists. This route takes you on a picturesque course through charming villages, along salt fields and through olive groves before concluding in the village of Portoroz, where you'll stop for refreshments.

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Villages & Farmer's Market

4.25 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 2 9 0
  • Piran
  • Padna

Explore ancient Istria from seaside to hilltop. Visit Piran, one of the three oldest villages in Slovenia, and take a guided walking tour of this ancient port. Travel to the hilltop village of Padna, famed for its olive oil, and sample a number of traditional Slovenian dishes during your visit.

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Lake Bled

7.5 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 1 1 5
  • Bled

Sail across the crystalline waters of Lake Bled aboard a traditional wooden boat to Bled Island, home to a charming Baroque church. Framed by the majestic Alps and verdant forest, the lake is noted for the brooding medieval castle that stands high on a cliff on the town's north shore.

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Best of Ljubljana

7 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 1 0 0
  • Ljubljana and Open Air Market

Explore the historic city center on a half-day, guided walking tour. You'll take note of Ljubljana's superb mix of architecture, and view the breathtaking Art Nouveau-style Triple Bridge. Your tour caps off with a lunch at a local restaurant and free time in the open-air market.

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Postojna Cave

5.5 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 2 1 5
  • Predjama Castle
  • Postojna Cave

Venture into the Karst region rich with streams and caves on this half-day tour. Witness an ancient castle frequented by a "robber baron," and "go deep" on a cave train in Slovenia's largest cavern.

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Truffles and Wine

5.75 hours | Ljubljana (Koper) | K O 1 - 3 1 0
  • Piran

Epicurean delights abound when you travel to Piran for a panoramic walking tour followed by a visit to an exclusive winery estate, where a truffle expert and his dogs will lead you on a hunt for this precious ingredient. Enjoy the fruits of your labors at lunch accompanied by a wine tasting.

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