Škofja Loka and the Selca Valley and the Poljane Valley is the picturesque medieval set of the Škofja Loka Passion Play, which is on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. One Loka (meadow), two valleys, three mountain ranges provide countless stories of all types of creativity: from artistic and handicraft to culinary.

Among Slovenia’s mountains, Mt Blegoš is no giant!/…/Yet, despite this, because of its modesty, it repays you a hundred fold for the difficult journey one must walk to its grassy roof.

Ivan Tavčar, an author from Škofja Loka, who wrote the novel Cvetje v jeseni (Flowers in Autumn), which was adapted into a legendary Slovenian film.

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Start actively exploring the historical, cultural, and natural sights in Škofja Loka and its surrounding area. May you be charmed by the idyllic environment of the Škofja Loka Hills, filled with artistic inspiration, where you can experience authentic contact with nature and local cuisine.

Hiking in the Škofja Loka region

Put on your hiking boots and visit the nearby peaks with unforgettable views. The Škofja Loka Hills, embraced by the Cerkno and Idrija Hills, is criss-crossed with many well-maintained and marked hiking trails, which are suitable for families, those seeking recreation, or even more advanced hikers. Have some rest in beautifully maintained mountain cabins and huts and enjoy home-made specialities and flavours.

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A cycling trip on the Loka Cycle Route

A cycling trip on the Loka Cycle Route

Explore the dynamic Škofja Loka Hills and the Sora Plain by bicycle. You will find well-maintained and well-marked cycling trails, making up the Loka Cycle Route, which covers a total of 390 km. It is divided into 13 stages, some shorter and less difficult, some better suited for cyclists who are in better shape. The Loka Cycle Route takes you past cultural monuments, inns, tourist farms, and mountain cabins. 

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A descent into the mysterious underground of the Rupnik Line.

A descent into the mysterious underground of the Rupnik Line.

Go down into the mysterious interior of the military and historical construction heritage from the period prior to World War II – the Rupnik Line. This system of fortifications, which once separated two nations, now connects those researching history and other visitors. You can also learn about the Rupnik Line on two themed trails – a shorter, circular trail, and a longer one for more advanced hikers.

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The underground wealth of the Škofja Loka region

The underground wealth of the Škofja Loka region

Why should the wonderful underground world be hidden from the eyes of non-speleologists? If you like adrenaline-filled adventures and have the time and the inclination, we recommend that you tour Mary’s Chasm, Lubnik Cave, and Kevderc Cave, where you can feast your eyes on underground beauty.

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A winter fairy-tale at the Stari Vrh Ski Resort and Soriška Planina Ski Resort

A winter fairy-tale at the Stari Vrh Ski Resort and Soriška Planina Ski Resort

In the Škofja Loka region, find active winter adventures at the Stari Vrh and Soriška Planina ski resorts. Skiers and snowboardesr can experience a winter wonderland on well-maintained slopes, and other lovers of winter recreation can enjoy well-maintained cross-country skiing courses, sledding slopes, and a snow park.

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Romuald's Path

By taking a walk on the interactive Romuald's (Passion Play) Path, you can learn about the main attractions of Škofja Loka and its greatest asset, the Škofja Loka Passion Play, which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can see this unique performance on the streets of the old town centre every six years, the next performance being held in 2021.

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In love with creativity

In love with creativity

Find your own inspirations in preserved tradition! Learn about the work of blacksmiths and lacemakers, linen weavers, hat makers, comb makers and masters of other traditional crafts. Learn how to make Škofja Loka small breads and Dražgoše honey breads. Visit the Art & Craft Centre of Škofja Loka.

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Colourful Loka – a colourful event

Colourful Loka – a colourful event

Learn about the activities that take place in the Škofja Loka countryside at the events during Countryside Week, the 'It's Really Lovely in the Countryside’ Festival, and the Harvest Festival.  Travel through the history of Škofja Loka at the Historial Festival too. Admire skills with bobbins at the Lacemaking Days in Železniki. Charcoal burners, flax scutchers, and masters of other traditional crafts show their skills at ethnological events as well. To experience the modern vibe of Škofja Loka, visit the Colourful Loka festival.

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Natural bathing areas beckon

On hot summer days, the River Sora invites you to get refreshed in its pools. Get refreshed in the well-maintained Puštal and Pustotnik on bathing areas the River Poljanska Sora. Do you prefer swimming in warmer water?  The Kopačnica pool is supplied by a warm water source with a temperature of more than 23 degrees Celsius. In a nearby log cabin, you can find refreshing beverages, snacks, as well as local products from the farms in the area. 

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A getaway on a tourist farm

A getaway on a tourist farm

Take time for a countryside getaway, far from the everyday hustle and bustle, and enjoy some peace and quiet. Tourist farms, nestled on the hillsides above the rivers Poljanska Sora and Selška Sora, allow you to experience contact with nature and a countryside lifestyle, but also enjoy modern comfort. These farms are a great starting point for actively exploring the green surroundings. Here, you can also taste true local specialities.

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Tastes of the Loka countryside

Tastes of the Loka countryside

The Škofja Loka region also hides many culinary treasures.  The best culinary masterpieces were found in our grandmothers’ cookbooks and adapted to the tastes of modern times. Try them in selected restaurants, which work together with local farmers. This way, you will be able to taste the special features of the Škofja Loka region with every bite and feel a connection with the places nestled between two rivers and two valleys.

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Green Facts

Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step.

n the Škofja Loka region, there are three rivers for fishing with a total length of 84 km, and due to the abundance of life in them, they are a true paradise for fishermen.

The Škofja Loka region is extremely abundant in water sources. Water flows onto the surface in the form of waterfalls, such as Sovpat Waterfall, Slatuška Falls, Skočnik Waterfall, and Lom Waterfall.

You can also explore hidden corners of the Škofja Loka region by electric bicycle.

The Godešič Meadows, an area included in the Natura 2000 network, are a natural asset with alluvial forests, preserved gravel bars, and incredible biodiversity.

The Visoko roast

The Visoko roast originates in the village of Visoko in the Poljane Valley in the immediate vicinity of Škofja Loka. It was once prepared at the Visoko Manor according to its own recipe, but it is now often served in local restaurants. The taste of the tied-up piece of pork chop, filled with carrots and laden with lemon slices, garlic, parsley, and bay leaves, will certainly leave you speechless.

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Visit the Škofja Loka region

The Škofja Loka region invites you to test and exceed your own limits: with creative inspiration, physical exercise in nature, and tasting typical specialities. Watch and choose your inspiration!

Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest

Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.

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Cvetje v jeseni

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Gostišče Kveder

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Hotel Garni Paleta

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Turizem Loka

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Mini hotel

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Apartma Nejc

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Kmetija Zakrašnik

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Turistična kmetija Podmlačan

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Turistična kmetija Pr' Ožbet

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Nearby destinations

Hop on a train or coach and take a ride to Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, which is just about 20 km from Škofja Loka. Explore the medieval town of Kamnik or visit the Velika Planina plateau known for the life of herdsmen. On the other side of the Škofja Loka Hills, discover Idrija, a charming UNESCO heritage town, which has been marked by mercury mining and lace-making. On the other side of Soriška Planina Ski Resort, head for a short trip to the wonderful Alpine valley of Bohinj, where you can find the largest lake in Slovenia.

Ljubljana

A lively green city combining the charm of a small capital and the self-confidence of large European cities.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana

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Kamnik

A charming medieval town nestled in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

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Kamnik

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Idrija

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Idrija boasts the second largest mercury mine in the world.

Idrija

Idrija

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Bohinj

An oasis of peace and pristine nature in the Julian Alps and in the Triglav National Park.

Bohinj

Bohinj

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More details about Škofja Loka

For more information visit the Škofja Loka website.

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