The Soča Valley is the leading outdoor destination in Slovenia, it is a valley of action, festivals and discoveries. The emerald green river enables various water sports and numerous thematic trails run along the river that uncover the heritage of the First World War as well as other stories of the valley.
The beauty of this place overwhelmed me, as a director and a tourist. It is gorgeous and the Soča river is the perfect place for filming a fairy tale.
Lonely Planet included the Julian Alps among its ten chosen world destinations for 2018. More
The Walk of Peace is listed on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List. The Soča Valley is a part of the UNESCO MAB Julian Alps area. More
The Soča Valley is a part of the Julian Alps, the most extensive and the highest mountain range in Slovenia. More
The Soča Valley was awarded the title of European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission. More
The emerald River Soča is home to the largest trout in the world (Salmo marmoratus), which can reach over 120 cm in length.
The Soča Valley is a paradise for active outdoor adventures. You can also enjoy exquisite gastronomic delights and musical festivals, discover the history of the valley or simply become re-energised in the picturesque nature.
Adventures on the Rapids of the River Soča
The rapids of the emerald River Soča are an incredible terrain for various water sports, whereas the pools and the calmer parts of the river offer possibilities for relaxation and fishing. In the Soča Valley, there are more than 60 sports agencies with trained and experienced guides, who have been safely guiding visitors to the River Soča and its tributaries for many years. In the past decades the river has hosted several international kayaking competitions.More
Hiking in a paradise garden
Venture on the path from the Alps to the sea. Along the Alpe Adria Trail which connects Austria, Slovenia and Italy, you will find some of the most beautiful stages in the Soča Valley. Take a walk around the Triglav National Park, follow the Soča all the way from its source and admire the emerald pools and hanging bridges. In the higher areas you will encounter wonderful views of the valley and the heritage of the First World War.More
Kanin – Mountain of Adventures
Go skiing in the highest Slovenian ski resort which offers skiing on natural snow up until late spring. In the summer, Mt Kanin transforms into a real mountain of outdoor adventures. Climb a family ferrata to the natural Prestreljeniško okno (Prestreljenik Window). Discover the secrets of the high mountain Karst along the educational trail. The upper station of the cable car offers several possibilities for hikers. From Kanin, you can ride a mountain bike downhill, fly a paraglider or ride a monster roller (mountain scooter with wide tires).More
The longest zipline in Europe
Feel the adrenaline in your veins and take a ride with a zipline in two of Europe’s largest flying foxes parks! Venture down the zipline along the Kanin slopes with a view of the Bovec Basin and the River Soča or discover the natural beauties of the Učje canyon and the Globoški potok stream with a view of the Krn slope.More
Bird’s Eye View
Are you ready for a real adrenaline adventure? Outstanding thermal conditions, the steep slopes of the mountains and unforgettable panoramic views of the Julian Alps – all these things promise unforgettable pleasures to hang-gliders and paragliders. Fly over the Soča Valley in tandem. Do you want to experience free fall for at least a moment? Choose to jump from an aircraft in tandem with an experienced skydiver.More
Discover the Heritage of the First World War
During the First World War, the Soča Valley was a scene of battles. Learn about the legacy of the greatest mountain battle in the military history on The Walk of Peace, which leads hikers along the remnants of war as a reminder. You can discover the entire background of the Isonzo Front in the Kobarid Museum. In the valley of Tolminka River you can visit the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca.More
Traditional Cuisine Becoming Top Gastronomy
Did you know that you can find Ana Roš, the world’s best female chef in 2017, in the Soča Valley? Taste her world-class dishes from local ingredients and drink a toast with a glass of wine from the Hiša Franko wine cellar. Meet the gastronomic tradition of the River Soča and treat yourself to Bovec and Tolminc cheeses, both with protected geographical origin. You may also want to try frika (potato cheese omelette), čompe (boiled potatoes), cottage cheese and trout, and if you have a sweet tooth, you can try kobariški štruklji (sweet dumplings with walnuts and raisins) and bovški krafi (sweet dumplings with dried pears, walnuts and raisins).More
Tolmin is a Town of Festivals
Spend a musically creative summer in the wonderful surroundings of the confluence of the rivers Soča and Tolminka. The most attention-grabbing is the Metaldays festival. At the confluence of the two rivers you will be able to enjoy music festivals, such as Overjam International Reggae Festival, Punk Rock Holiday and MotörCity. Creative souls are attracted by the Sajeta Creative Camp and Halamoye Dance Festival, whereas the Soča Valley Hiking Festival, Bovec Marathon and Soča Outdoor Festival invite sports enthusiasts.More
Explore the beauties of the Triglav National Park and visit the unique natural sights in the Soča Valley. Easy walks by the River Soča, emerald pools and hanging bridges offer relaxation and help you restore your energy. Listen to the powerful burbling sounds of the waterfalls along the valley, such as Boka, Kozjak and Virje. Absorb the beauty of Tolmin Gorge (Tolminska korita) and the Great Gorge of the River Soča as well as the sparkling of the Krn and Križ lakes.More
A Getaway on a Mountain Farm
Relax your mind in an idyllic setting with green pastures and restore your energy. Stop time and stay at tourist farms, where you will experience a genuine connection with nature and hospitable people. Treat yourself to authentic local gastronomic treats. Do not forget to take along your hiking, as most of the farms in the valley of the Soča River lie in higher parts and therefore represent a starting point for wonderful short hiking tours.More
Relax your mind fishing in the Soča River Valley
The depths of the river pools in the valley of the Soča River will enthral you with their serenity, liveliness and varied underwater world. The Soča River and its tributaries are a paradise for fly-fishing and this is the only allowed way of fishing in the valley of the Soča River. You will be enthralled by the famous Soča trout, grayling, brown trout and rainbow trout. You will be able to find the fly-fishing delights on almost 200 km of fishing waters.More
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Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step.
In the summer months, you can discover the hidden spots of the Soča Valley by means of a Hop-On Hop-Off bus and thus contribute to the reduction of traffic in the valley.
The environmentally friendly Camping Koren Kobarid, where everything is organised bearing in mind the nature, is the first Slovenian camping site to boast the European Ecolabel for the environment-friendly campsite.
In the valley of the Soča River, e-bikes are popular as they enable you to explore without using a car and at the same time it is possible to overcome longer ascents and thus see a lot.
Metaldays, one of the largest festivals in Slovenia, which takes place at the confluence of the rivers Soča and Tolminka, boasts the Greener Festival Award.
Kobariški štrukelj (Kobarid dumplings)
In the past, these dumplings were offered as a snack during summer grass cutting and now it is the main desert, both in traditional and more demanding restaurants in the region of Kobarid. Kobarid dumplings are dumplings with a signature, as each housewife in Kobarid prepares them her way and “signs” them with her finger print in the middle of each dumpling.
Soča Valley is Paradise for all outdoor activities.
Rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, paragliding and fishing are only a few of the most popular activities in the valley of the Soča River. And all of this is accompanied by exceptional nature.
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Follow the clear Soča River along its flow towards the Mediterranean all the way to Brda, where idyllic villages dream among vineyards and fruit tree plantations and where you can taste renowned Slovenian wines. Are you tempted to explore the cultural and technical heritage? Approximately one hour away, you can visit Idrija, the sight of UNESCO, and its former mercury mine. Explore other parts of the Julian Alps and take a trip across the picturesque Vršič mountain pass to Kranjska Gora. Sit on the heritage train or the motorail train in Most na Soči and learn about Bohinj, another idyllic Alpine valley with the largest Slovenian lake.
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