The river Kolpa, our longest Slovene riviera, 292 km long, is one of the warmest and cleanest rivers in Slovenia. Kolpa marks about 113 km of state border with the Republic of Croatia.
From natural aspects the river Kolpa offers an intact, picturesque and invaluable source of inner piece. A part of the river, the area from Stari trg to the village Fučkovci, is a protected area of the Regional Park Kolpa. Particular care is given to 16 natural treasures and 41 cultural landmarks, which are placed near the river and around. The river is partitioned by more than 50 dams, which are typically made of stones and are an aftermath of mills, sawmills and blacksmith’s, which are no longer standing. However, some dams still serve their purpose.
Kolpa is rich with flaura and fauna. Many rare, endangered bird species have found their place of living at its vicinity, particularly those birds which are connected to water. Village Miliči hosts around twenty pairs of grey herons. There is also an otter which is one of the most endangered European mammals. Latest researches have discovered as many as 26 autochthon fish species in the river. This indicates that nature is still intact in this area.
The river is attractive all year round. But it is particularly popular in summer months, when it is good for swimming, as the water’s temperature rises even up to 30°C.
If you decide to pay Kolpa a visit, you surely won’t regret it. You can choose among a wide rage of sports and recreational activities all along the river’s stream, such as boating, canoeing, cayacing or rafting. The river is not very demanding and it is suitable even for first-time rowers. Even fishing lovers will get their share from the river.
There are walking routes marked along the river. One of them is the “Southernmost Slovene Footpath”, which extends from village Radenci to Damlje, another one is a “Fair Path”, which runs just by the river. Cycle paths by the river also enable recreational pastime.
If you want to dwell on the river banks a while longer, there are also tourist farms, camps, inns or other accommodation facilities by the river and in its surroundings. You will undoubtedly be offered homemade dishes, good wine and an open heart.
Dear traveller – Are you still resisting the call of the river Kolpa?
Kolpa Natural Park
Tel. : ++386 7 356 52 40
Fax : ++386 7 356 52 41
Web site : www.kp-kolpa.si
Free of charge
GPS Northing (N) : 45,4943
GPS Easting (E) : 15,3633