Stunning mountain scenery and world-class hiking, cycling, fly-fishing and adrenaline adventures - rafting, kayak and canyoning. Must be part of any tour to Slovenia!
Soča river valley travel highlights:
- Outdoor adventures and magnificent scenery
- Adrenaline activities: rafting, canyoning, hydrospeed or kayaking
- Kobarid Museum, dedicated to the Soča Front battlefield of the Great War
The source of Soča river is a Karst spring which gushes up from a deep pool below Vršič mountain pass, at 1611 metres the highest road pass in Slovenia. Soča river runs for 136 kilometres, flows into Italy as Isonzo and empties into the Adriatic sea.
Active holidays - Bovec and Soča valley outdoor activities
Soča river valley lies in the western Julian Alps and it is a great place for one or multi-day hiking trips. Here is one of the main access points for tours to Mount Triglav, at 2864 meters (9396-foot) Slovenia’s highest peak. Mount Triglav is best tackled in a 2-day tour.
Soča valley is also great for cycling, with stunning scenery and excellent cycling road. There are also great mountain biking trails, and even a designated MTB park on Mount Kanin.
Fly fishing on Soča river is a special treat, as Soča trout (also called Marble trout) is world-famous.
Soča river adrenaline adventures
Bovec is considered the adrenaline capital of Slovenia and Soča river is one of Europe’s top whitewater destinations. The Soča rapids grades range from I to VI. The river is the most powerful during mountain snow melts in April and May.
Main watersports activities on Soča river include kayaking, whitewater rafting and hydrospeed/riverboarding, and secluded canyons around Soča are perfect for canyoning.
Soča Front – the battlefield of Ernest Hemingway
Having served as an ambulance driver on the Soča Front during the First World War, Ernest Hemingway portrayed his experiences in his famous novel A Farewell to Arms.
The Soča Front was one of the major battlefields of the Great War. Known as The Battles of the Isonzo (Italian for Soča), The Soča Front was a series of twelve battles between the Austrian-Hungarian and the Italian armies. The most famous officer in the German army, which aided the Austrian-Hungarian army, was Erwin Rommel.
As one of the best museums in Slovenia, the Kobarid Museum received the Council of Europe Museum Award. It portrays the Soča Front in general, and the Battle of Kobarid in detail. The Battle of Kobarid (Caporetto in Italian and Karfreit in German) was the twelfth, final battle of the Soča Front, when German and Austrian-Hungarian armies drove the Italian forces back to river Piave.