Koper is an Adriatic port town in southwestern Slovenia. The other Slovenian port towns located along country's 47-km (29-ml) long coastline are Izola, Piran, Portoroz and Ankaran. Kore is located in Istrian Region, approx 5 km (3 ml) from the border with Italy. The town has total area approx 13 km2 (5 ml2) and population around 25,000.
Featuring unique biodiversity and ecology, Koper is considered a major national natural resource. The Port of Koper is the prime contributor to the economy of the whole municipality. With only 1% of Slovenia featuring a coastline, the influence that Port of Koper has on tourism was the factor in Ankaran deciding to leave the municipality and establish its own in a referendum in 2011.
Officially, the city of Koper is bilingual, with both Italian and Slovene as official languages. The main sights in Koper include the 12th-century Carmine Rotunda church, the Cathedral of St Nazarius with a 14th-century tower, and 15th-century Praetorian Palace and Loggia built in Venetian Gothic style.
Koper is among the main road entry points from Italy (which is to the north of the municipality) into Slovenia. The main motorway crossing is to the north of Koper, at Spodnje Skofije. The motorway continues into Trieste and Rabuiese. Koper also features a rail connection with the capital Ljubljana. There is a crossing on the coast at Lazaret into Lazaretto, Muggia municipality (Trieste province). The Italian border crossing is famous as San Bartolomeo. Don't miss the opportunity to see the Postonja Caves, immense subterranean network of chambers and galleries. A small train takes tourists through the well illuminated caverns with their colourful stalagmites and stalactites.
First founded during Roman Empire (27 BC - 1453 AD), port Koper has played a significant role in the development of the region. It is one of the largest and the most important transit routes for shipping Asian goods to central Europe. In contrast with other seaports in Europe, which are usually managed by port authority companies, Port Koper is terminal operator, free zone and port area.
The cruise port is often included in various Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean) itineraries operated by several passenger shipping lines.
- Port's cruising season runs from March through late-November - early-December.
- In 2015, MSC Musica (LOA length 294 m / 965 ft, max capacity 3200 passengers and 990 crew) became the largest cruise liner to visit Koper.
- In 2016, the cruise port handled a total of 65 ship calls.
- In 2018, the port handled 83 ship calls (40% increase over 2017) and around 100,000 passengers. New company for the port was TUI Cruises
- For season 2019 were booked 85 ship calls (10% increase over 2018) with estimated around 110,000 cruise tourists.
In 2019, Port Koper started the construction of new railway tracks to serve the car terminal (located in seaport's north-eastern part) with scheduled completion in early-2020. For the project was contracted the company Kolektor CGP, specializing in production and installation of asphalt, concrete, sand-gravel, surface coatings, construction machinery.
- Part of the 2019-2020 port development project (budgeted EUR 12 million / USD 14m) is also building a new RO-RO (cargo ferry) berth serving car-carriers. The new dock consists of individual fenders (for RO-RO ships to lean on), a concrete loading ramp and a mooring pontoon. The surrounding seabed had to be dredged.
- As of 2019, Port Koper has industrial railway network with total length 35 km (22 ml) interconnecting quays and warehouses. In 2018, the seaport handled 755,000 vehicles. The new railway tracks will speed up units loading and unloading from railway wagons.
Koper cruise terminal
Koper cruise port terminal is located within walking distance from Tito Square (in the Old Town's centre) - a historic site featuring a cathedral, Praetorian Palace (15th century), an arcaded Loggia (15th century), pitcuresque cafes and restaurants.
Port Koper has 2 quays - one for cruise liners and one for multi-use. The port has water depth 10 m (33 ft) and docking capacity 1 vessel at the time (LOA length 350 m / 1148 ft).
Port Koper cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Koper, Slovenia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|11 April, 2019|
|12 April, 2019|
|19 April, 2019|
|20 April, 2019|
|26 April, 2019|
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