Swimming and sunbathing Relaxation and rest Coastal climate and air Walks at sunset Exploration of the
coastal towns Fun in Portoroz Culture and Arts Recreation Fishing Casinos Massage Sightseeing Seashore Trips with boats at sea Music and dance Trips to the coast or
abroad Open space imagination
Municipality of Koper-Capodistria
is a central municipality of the coastal region in south
western Slovenia. One of eleven urban municipalities, it
covers a total area of 311 square kilometres and has a
population of 46,757 people (2002) living in 105 settlements.
This historic city is located only 20 kilometres south of
Trieste, Italy and about 30 kilometres north of the Croatian
The population of Koper is mainly Slovene, but there is also
an active Italian minority. Due to the official bilingual
policy in the area, the Italian language and all other
cultural values of the Italian national minority are
preserved. Koper is not only a trade and industrial centre
of Slovene Istria, but in many ways also a cultural centre.
The town has many schools, ranging from elementary and
secondary schools to higher education institutions and
faculties such as the University of Primorska, which was
established in 2003.
Koper occupies an island close to the shore which has
variously been called Kozji otok (Goat's island), Justinian
town and, by Slovenes, Koper. The city enjoyed an important
position within the Venetian Republic, hence its clear
Italian architectural influences (eg Almerigogna Square, one
of the most magnificent Venetian Gothic places in Koper).
The town has been linked to the mainland since 1825. The
newer part of the town has the air of a modern urban
settlement with apartment blocks, contrasting with the
typical coastal town appearance of the 'island' part.
There are numerous
architectural monuments in the old part of the town - from
the Rotunda, with its typical Romanesque exterior, to the
Praetorian Palace with the town's coat of arms and busts of
Koper's important citizens. In the central square are a
loggia, which has preserved the charm and character of its
15th-century origins, and the cathedral (the Diocesan seat)
with a sarcophagus of St Nazarus and paintings by Vittorio
Carpacci. The Belgramoni-Tocco Palace houses the Koper
Koper is a member of the Slovene Association of Historic
The Social Activities Office of Koper-Capodistria Urban
Municipality acts as a governance and professional body
responsible for education, culture, sport, research, health
and social care and the prevention of drug addiction. It
oversees the activities of cultural public institutes and
prepares acts regulating their status and organisation.
Operating alongside Koper-Capodistria’s municipal
institutions are a number of important national cultural
institutions, including the Regional Archives Koper.