The Soča Valley, our first European Destination of Excellence from 2008, has always been popular among active vacationers, who love spending time in the water or the air, or on a bike or hiking trails. However, one of the most beautiful Alpine rivers is also popular among those who want peace and quiet.
The Soča Valley, our first European Destination of Excellence from 2008, has always been popular among active vacationers, who love spending time in the water or the air, or on a bike or hiking trails. However, one of the most beautiful Alpine rivers is also popular among those who want peace and quiet. Here you can relax in many camps or glamping facilities near the Soča river and visit a summer festival in the midst of mountains.
Into the water and up to the mountains
What if you spend this summer in the Alps, not just anywhere but right along the emerald beauty? With its exceptional colour, unspoiled nature, hidden patholes and lively rapids, the Soča river invites to be explored. Rafting and kayaking are the most popular sports in the valley. Here, you will meet both the best rowers as well as beginners who come to release the adrenaline. Besides, one can take a safer river ride with an experienced guide. The Soča river tributaries allowed the development of canyonning, the immensely fun activity of discovering narrow gorges and jumping into mysterious patholes. The most popular are the Sušec and Kozjak streams. If you want to feel the Soča river in its full power, a guide will instruct you how to hurtle down the river on a hydrospeed.
Once venue to the Isonzo Front battles, a peaceful valley today
The mighty Julian Alps rising above the Soča Valley are full of hiking and cycling trails. Are you among those daring hikers who are tempted to conquer the peaks and difficult trails more than anything else? Or do you prefer to indulge in the lure of the mountains, where you can be served with fresh sour milk and freshly ripened cheese? In the Soča Valley, you can have it both ways. In many places, visitors can come upon the remains of the Isonzo Front from World War I, fully preserved bunkers, shafts and mule tracks (supply routes). At a place where the largest man fought battle in the mountains took place a century ago, only tranquillity can be felt today. Follow the Walk of Peace trail leading from the Alps to the Adriatic. Two long distance hiking trails called the Alpe Adria Trail and the Soča River Trail are also among the favourites.
Fishing rod and parachute
The Soča river is a fisher`s paradise. Peace, tranquillity, beautiful nature and the river impress even the most demanding of fishermen. The Soča river tributaries are the valley`s hidden gems and the only method of fishing permitted here is the environmentally friendly fly fishing (catch and release). Try it and you might just catch the famous marble trout.
Tempted to try skydiving? The Soča Valley is one of the best skydiving destinations in the world. Exceptional thermals, steep mountain slopes and unforgettable scenic views might just make you want to glide for hours on end. If you lack experience, you can always fly over the Soča Valley in a tandem.
A festival filled summer
Numerous music festivals are held in the Soča Valley throughout the summer. End of July, the town of Tolmin becomes an international metal music stage at the MetalDays festival, then overflown with punk in August, and later in the summer also with reggae music. The Sajeta Creative Camp offers electronic music, jazz, rock, classic, ethnic and experimental music all on the same stage, with creativity as a common denominator – an energy driven by the Soča river.