The 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
The 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.
Due 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.
Bovec transport connections
|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|
|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|
|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|