The town of Koper in Slovenia
Koper - the best and cheapest way to enter Slovenia
Slovenia is slowly getting more and more popular due to the beautiful Alpine town of Bled, which boasts the lone island with a majestic monastery right in the middle of the blue lake bearing the same name.
From what I've heard, most of the travelers in Slovenia arrive
We flew to the border town of Trieste in Italy - more budget airlines fly there than to Ljubljana. From Trieste bus station, we took a bus to Koper (for around 3 EUR/3.50 USD) and in around 45 minutes we were is Slovenia. The bus went along the coastline and we could enjoy some great views.
Koper and first impressions of Slovenia
Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia, a communist country so we expected the overall scenery to change drastically after crossing the border. We thought we would see the communist era concrete blocks and the grey, dull architecture.
Surprisingly, not only did we not notice any
What to See in Koper
From Koper, you can easily explore the rest of Slovenia - public transport is very efficient and affordable (unlike food and accommodation, unfortunately, as I mentioned above). But if you have a bit of time, you can spend a day roaming codecoaround this small sea town.
Koper has some cozy little streets and a nice old town which has been carefully preserved and remembers the times of the Venetian Empire. Koper is so small that you wouldn't even need a map - just walk around and I'm sure you'll find all the places featured in this post.
The main things to see are:
- Tito Square - the 15th century center of Koper with beautiful cobblestone street, renovated buildings and the impressive Praetorian Palace
- The Tower Bell - another monument worth visiting at Tito Square - you can climb the tower for only 2 EUR and take some beautiful photos of the red roofed old town houses.
- Cathedral of the Assumption - Romanesque style Cathedral, dating back to the 14th century, also at Tito Square
- Presernov trg - another city square with old town buildings and fountains
- Carpaccio Square - the most picturesque square, in my opinion. It features the house of painter Vittorio Carpaccio, the St. Justine's column and the 15th century well.
- Koper Marina - Carpaccio Square overlooks Marina - it is a nice place for a walk along the seaside, dotted with palm trees, however the sea itself is not too spectacular here nor there are any beaches
Around 10 km (6 miles) west of Koper, lies a little village called Strunjan. You can get there by a public bus that goes along the coast past Izola - which is another beautiful town similar to Koper - if you have time - visit it too! We didn't have too much time so between Izola and Strunjan we chose Strunjan.
The bus from Koper left us at a roundabout and from there, we had to walk around 30 mins to reach the coast and the Strunjan Cross. There's a nice view from the cross - over the blue see and the white cliff. Down, at the bottom of the cliff, there's a long, wild beach - it's quite picturesque but unfortunately it's a pebble beach - so those who love sand will be disappointed. Nevertheless, it's a cool place to enjoy the nature - it's hidden away and shielded from civilization - we were so glad we had found it!
From Strunjan we went down to visit Slovenia's Mediterranean gem - Piran - it's a must see! I will describe it in the next post about Slovenia.
Author: Tom @ Adventurous Travels
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