Soča, a valley for memories
In addition to a wealth of natural beauty, the valley of the most beautiful Slovenian river also preserves the shocking heritage of World War I.
Here, you can make unforgettable holiday memories by experiencing nature, and you can explore the heritage of conflict and thus be reminded to preserve peace.
The first EDEN destination in Slovenia
The Soča Valley was the first destination in Slovenia to earn the title European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) due to its sustainable development of tourism. Part of the reason for this is due to its stories of peace along the Path of Peace. Learn about all of the EDEN destinations in Slovenia
Fly fishing on the Soča
The River Soča and its tributaries are known for being a unique destination for fly fishing, which is the only permitted form of fishing on this river. Experts have a high regard for the river, and fishermen experience true satisfaction when they catch the indigenous Soča trout.
The special features of the River Soča through the eyes of experts
The authentic nature of the Soča is drawing the attention of renowned magazines and critics throughout the world. See what was written about fishing in the River Soča in the British magazine Trout&Salmon!
Bovec: record-breaking town under Mt. Triglav
If you begin exploring the valley at the picturesque source of the River Soča, the first town of some size is Bovec. Its surrounding area is known for breaking natural records. Nearby, there is the Boka Waterfall, the waterfall that has the most abundant flow of water in Slovenia. It is 144 m high. The Trenta Valley is the home of the Triglav National Park information Centre, named after Mt. Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia. Mountain trails also take you to Lake Krn, the largest high-elevation mountain lake in Slovenia. The cheese made from the milk of the indigenous Bovec sheep that graze in the surrounding mountain pastures can be tasted on your way to Mt. Mangart, which you can reach by taking the highest mountain road in Slovenia. The Bovec area is a paradise for water sports, hiking, biking, paragliding, and other activities in nature.
The largest area of protected nature in Slovenia
Among unique areas, special attention is paid to the Trenta Valley, which is wholly within the Triglav National Park. The valley begins at the source of the River Soča, with the Julijana Alpine Botanical Gardens and the famous gorge of the Soča nearby. At the information centre in Trenta Valley, you can arrange a guided tour to Mt. Triglav.
Kobarid: the town of remembrance of World War I
The Path of Peace takes you from the Alps to the Adriatic following points of interest above the Soča Valley. It connects the remains of the Isonzo (Soča) Front, the scene of the largest mountain battle in human history. The story of World War I is best shown by the multiple award winning Kobarid Museum. Kobarid history goes back even further: to antique times evident from archaeological findings, to the Napoleon Bridge in the narrowest part of the Soča Gorge, the Kozjak Waterfall and pool, and finally to the Cheese-Making Museum. Kobarid is also special due to an incredible number of world-class restaurants in such a small area. They are a part of the Kobarid Gastronomic Circle. Here you will also find Hiša Franko, the home restaurant of this year’s world’s best female chef, Ana Roš. Local delicacies are also offered at the Jestival Festival in October.
Take a journey on a historical train
In addition to the Kobarid Museum, the Kluže Fortress is also among the more important memorials keeping the memory of the Isonzo Front alive. There, war stories are re-enacted at special events. A museum train occasionally brings visitors to this historical area on the famous Bohinj railway line, with its many tunnels, bridges and galleries.
Tolmin: Alpine Town of 2016
Tolmin, named the Alpine Town of 2016, is the largest town in the Soča Valley. It is located in the picturesque confluence of the Soča and the Tolminka. In its vicinity, you can find the Tolmin Gorges, the lowest entry point to the Triglav National Park . Trails carved into rocks lead visitors to the gorges. Nearby, you can visit Javorca and its wooden church, dedicated to those who fell on the Isonzo (Soča) Front. As the most beautiful World War I memorial, it holds the European Cultural Heritage label. Tolmin is known for excellent festivals, such as the international Metaldays, Overjam International Reggae Days,Sajeta and others.