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Bovec

Bovec

bovec-4The Bovec valley is an oasis in the midst of untouched nature that has something majestic to offer to each visitor. The natural wonders of the valley attract admirers of pristine nature, hikers, mountaineers, cyclists, kayakers, paragliders, skiers and other extreme sports lovers who simply cannot run out ideas and opportunities in Bovec. The Kanin ski resort is a popular tourist destination in the winter, while the summer rhythm of the valley is adhered to our greatest gem – the Soča River.

The Soča River

bovec-3The Soča or Isonzo (in Italian) is a 138km (86mi) long river that flows through western Slovenia (96 kilometres or 60 miles) and northeastern Italy (43 kilometres or 27 miles). An Alpine river in character, its source lies in the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, at an elevation of 950 metres. The river runs past the towns of Bovec, Kobarid, Tolmin, Kanal, Nova Gorica (where it is crossed by the Solkan Bridge), and Gorizia, entering the Adriatic Sea close to the Italian town of Monfalcone.

soca-rafting-bovec-18Due to its emerald-green water, the river is marketed as The Emerald Beauty. It is said to be one of the rare rivers in the world that retain such a colour throughout their length. The Soča inspired the poet Simon Gregorčič to write his best-known poem Soči (To the Soča), one of the masterpieces of Slovene poetry. This region served as a location for the 2008 Disney film Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

The Soča is also well known for its unique trout species Salmo marmoratus (known as the marble trout), which lives in the upper course of the crystal-clear river. This species is endangered due to the introduction of other non-indigenous trout species sometime between World War I and World War II.

The Soča valley was the stage of major military operations including the twelve battles of the Isonzo on the Italian front in World War I between May 1915 and November 1917, in which over 600,000 Austro-Hungarian and Italian soldiers lost their lives.

Today it is possible to organize different sports activities on river Soča. Those are Rafting, Kayaking, Hydrospeed, and Canyoning on its inflows.

Bovec transport connections

DISTANCES

Ljubljana 132 km cca. 2 h
Portorož 174 km cca. 2 h 30min
Postojna 131 km cca. 2 h
Nova Gorica 72 km cca. 1 h 15 min
Tolmin 37 km cca. 40 min

 

AIRPORTS

Letališče Jožeta Pučnika – Ljubljana 112 km cca. 1 h 45 min
Celovec – Klagenfurt 100 km cca. 1 h 15 min
Treviso 190 km cca. 2 h 30 min
Benetke – Venice Marco Polo 180 km cca. 2 h 10 min
Ronchi – Trieste 87 km cca. 1 h 40 min
Zagreb 280 km cca. 3 h 20 min

 

RAILWAY STATIONS

Most na Soči 44 km cca. 45 min
Tarvisio Boscoverde 31 km cca. 35 min
Videm / Udine 65 km cca. 1 h 15 min
Beljak / Villach 60 km cca. 1 h
Jesenice 70 km cca. 1 h 10 min