Nova Gorica and the Vipava Valley are the intersection of two worlds and different cultures. The wine growing region inspires with its gastronomy, and the city offers entertainment with its casinos.

“The valley is green and beautiful, the food and wine are of superior quality. A perfect destination for a relaxed and at the same time active vacation.”

Anna Tyler, Lonely Planet, London

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Explore interesting remains of the past from the Roman area to World War I. Experience the beauty of the landscape covered with vineyards and orchards from above. Taste the wealth of the Vipava Valley, which is integrated in the top gastronomic creations.

Gastronomic Pampering at Zemono Manor House

The Renaissance Zemono Manor House in Vipava is a temple of Vipava gastronomy. At the Manor, there is the restaurant Gostilna pri Lojzetu, which is managed by the famous chef Tomaž Kavčič. Every spring they host a large festival Tastes of Vipava Valley (“Okusi Vipavske”) and numerous cultural events. You will also find top culinary treats in the near Majerija House and at the restaurants of Pikol and Dam in Nova Gorica.

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Discover the Uniqueness of Vipava Wines

Discover the Uniqueness of Vipava Wines

Did you know that the highest number of indigenous wine varieties in Slovenia thrive in the Vipava Valley? Set out on a journey of wine tasting. You will find the well-stocked Vipava Wine Shop (“Vinoteka Vipava”) on Vipava Square. In Ajdovščina, there is a wine bar called Faladur in the renewed Roman tower and in Nova Gorica you will be pampered in the modern wine shop of Solum. Taste the uniqueness and take home a bottle of wine as a souvenir.

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Walking along the Peace Trails 100 years after the war

Walking along the Peace Trails 100 years after the war

Where the worst clashes took place in World War I, the trails of peace nowadays run. Visit the hill Sabotin rising above Nova Gorica, where you will be taken to military caverns along the trails of the Park. In the museum collections at Sabotin and in Solkan you can learn about all the dimensions of wars. You can also climb to Škabrijel along the trail of peace. Cerje with the largest reminder of wars offers the best views.

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Following the trails of the Roman Empire

Following the trails of the Roman Empire

Discover the interesting heritage of the Romans. Visit the only completely preserved Roman wall in Slovenia and the Roman baths. Not far away, the historic battle at Frigid took place. The remains of the Romans who brought vines to the valley can also be seen in Hrušica and Vrtovin, where a Roman water tower still stands. Along the hiking trails, you will come across the remains of the Roman road, which connected Aquileia and Emona.

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At the Crossroads of Cultures

At the Crossroads of Cultures

Feel the interweaving of different cultures that mark Nova Gorica and the Vipava Valley. Visit the Pilon Gallery in Ajdovščina, which knocks you off your feet with superb examples of expressionist painting. At Kromberk Castle, you can see the ethnological and other collections of the Gorica Museum. In the summer, visit the high-profile open-air events, such as Opera Nights in Vipava, Lakeness music festival and Summer Scene in Nova Gorica.

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Adrenaline adventures, all year round

The steep slopes of the high plateaus above the Vipava Valley challenge the most courageous. All year round they offer excellent conditions for freeflying. From the Lijak and Kovk takeoff points, you can go paragliding or hang-gliding. Transportation is available to take you all the way to the registered takeoff points, and you can also fly in a tandem. Experience the steep slopes of Nanos, Gora, Trstelj and Cerje with your bike, even in the winter. You can go kayaking and canoeing down the Soča River in Solkan.

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Hiking for hedonists

Hiking for hedonists

A diverse and picturesque landscape between Vipava and Nova Gorica offers true hiking delights all year round. Go on a hike on Nanos, discover the natural attraction of Otlica Natural Window or Skozno, and have a look at the sea from the Trnovo Plateau or Cerje. Climb to Trstelj, Škabrijel or Sveta Gora with its pilgrimage basilica. Choose the trails between the villages of the Vipava Hills and the Karst. Take advantage of your hike to taste the local delicacies.

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Cycling among Vineyards and Castles

Cycling among Vineyards and Castles

Cycling in the Vipava Valley is a special experience. Begin your cycling day in front of the Lanthierij Mansion in Vipava. Drive by the Zemono Manor to the historical Vipavski Križ and go down the vineyard hills to Branik with its Rihemberk Castle. Cycle along the state border with Italy by the Kromberk Castle to the Mirna Castle and further on toward the Karst. You can also drive along the picturesque Solkan route along the Soča River.

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Sense the Homeliness of Tourist Farms

The hills and slopes of the Vipava Valley covered with vines are laced with picturesque villages that have preserved their authenticity. Visit any of the hospitable farms, where they will offer you excellent wine straight from the barrel, Vipava prosciutto, home-made meat products, a bowl of jota or any other home-made dishes. In the spring or in the autumn, visit the traditional "osmica" wineries, where you can taste or buy wine, local dishes and home-grown crops.

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Kostanjevica, gem of the Nova Gorica heritage

Kostanjevica, gem of the Nova Gorica heritage

On a hill above Nova Gorica, there is a Franciscan monastery worth visiting, which is famous for the tomb of Bourbons, where the last French king together with the members of his lineage was buried. In the monastery, you will be enthralled by the Škrabec Library which holds a valuable collection of very old books. Take a walk in the park, where there is one of the world’s largest collections of roses from the group of Bourbon roses. The rose is also a symbol of Nova Gorica.

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Green Shades of Trnovo and the Banjšice Plateau

Green Shades of Trnovo and the Banjšice Plateau

Only a few kilometres away from the urban world and only a few hundred metres higher, the new world of Banjšice Plateau opens up above Nova Gorica. Go on a walk on the paths and car tracks into the world of infinite meadows and sinkholes. In the east of the plateau, you will cross the dry Čepovan Valley and find yourself in the wooded expanses of the Trnovo Plateau. Here you can find the valleys with temperature inversion and a large ice cave.

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Green facts

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

Decanter magazine recognised three traditionally produced wines from the Vipava Valley as the best natural wines in the world.

More than two thirds of the nature in the area of the Vipava Valley and Nova Gorica is protected and a large part of it falls within Natura 2000.

The Vipava Valley is famous for the year-round supply of fruit and vegetables. From the garden to the table is the motto of the local cuisine which focuses on seasonal dishes.

Numerous water springs, an abundance of drinking water and clean rivers are a true luxury of the Vipava Valley. Waters abundant with fish attract many fishermen.

Vipava Jota with Turnip Fermented in Pomace

Traditional Vipava jota interweaves all the characteristic flavours of the valley, grapes, crops and meat products. Grapes? Of course. It is prepared from turnip fermented in grape pomace. Dried meat or a sausage adds character to the dish. You will be served Vipava jota on farms, in inns and in restaurants.

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Vipava Valley – Uniquely Different. Any Time of the Year.

The Vipava Valley, shaped by the sun and the bora wind. Experience its homeliness and hospitality. Choose your favourite activities in nature, taste the traditional cuisine. Any Time of the Year.

Awakening beauty between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea

Below the high Karst plateaus lies the Vipava Valley, the beauty caught between the Alpine, Karst and the Mediterranean world, which basks in the sun. This is where the fine tastes of special wines mature, where the luscious smell of the maturing fruit spreads and where picturesque villages shimmer among the green hills. 

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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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Kamp Vrhpolje

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Turistična kmetija Na hribu

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Gostišče Šterk

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Perla, Casinò & Hotel

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Turistična kmetija Abram

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Park, Casinò & Hotel

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Hotel Siesta

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Hostel Nova Gorica (Dijaški dom NG)

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Prenočišče Pertout

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Nearby destinations

Embark on a journey to explore other destinations. From Nova Gorica, follow the Soča River upstream and first take a turn to cross the Solkan bridge and reach a little more than 15 km distant Brda. An idyllic landscape covered with vineyards and fruit trees will charm you with its top-class wines and culinary treats. In the upper stream of the emerald Soča River, in the heart of the Julian Alps – but only 40 km from Nova Gorica, you can taste a diverse range of active experiences in the open air. From the Vipava Valley, you can go to the Karst, where only 15 km away underground wonders and remarkable Karst phenomena on the surface await. Drive for another 60 km and you will reach the capital city of Ljubljana, where you can walk among its architectural gems and immerse yourself in the lively city flow.

Brda

Sun-Kissed Wine Country between the Alps and the Mediterranean

Brda

Brda

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Soča Valley

Escape on an active break in the picturesque world of the Julian Alps, the Triglav National Park and the emerald River Soča.

Soča Valley

Soča Valley

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Karst

The world of underground wonders, stunning natural phenomena and unique tastes.

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Karst

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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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More details about Nova Gorica and the Vipava Valley

For more information visit the Nova Gorica and Vipava Valley websites.

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