Were you planing your perfect holiday in Bovec but got caught by a surprise by the rain?

No problem at all. It’s true that Bovec is mostly known for its outdoorsy activities, but there are still some interesting places to visit and things to do despite bad weather.

So don’t worry about the rain, just be the sunshine and make yourself a rainbow! 🙂

Here are some of our TOP things to do on rainy days in Bovec area:
 Do water activities

There is nothing more fun and exciting than water activities in the rain. You get wet during rafting/kayaking/canyoning anyway, so why wouldn’t you do it on the rainy days and perhaps spend the sunny ones hiking!? It’s a win-win decision! 😉

Rafting

Classic rafting tour takes place on 10km Soča river route from Boka to Trnovo. Rafting is especially fun during or after rain, since the level of the water gets higher and so do the rapids! 😉

 

 

Kayaking

If you prefer more individual sports, than kayaking on Soča river is the right choice. On kayak trip you will learn how to maneuver kayak on your own and paddle the rapids like a pro! 😉

 

Canyoning

And for the most adventurous ones there is canyoning! Walk, climb, jump, upseil and swim in the most pristine waters that Bovec valley has to offer!

There are plenty of canyons in the valley, suitable for all generation and level of experiences!

 

 

 

Please notice: For safety reasons take part in this activities in guided tours only. We highly recommend agency Aktivni planet on the main square of Bovec with more than 20 years of experiences!

You can check their offer also on the link bellow:
https://aktivniplanet.si/en/

Visit museums
The Kobarid museum of World War I

 

Kobarid museum displays exhibits on the events that occurred during World War I on the Isonzo Front.

General informations:

Opening hours:

April – September:every day 9.00 – 18.00

October – March: every day 10.00 – 17.00

Ticket price: 6€ adults / 4€ students / 2,5€ children

No car!? No problem! You can take the bus to Kobarid several times per day from the main bus station which is located less than a minute walk from our hostel. You can check the timetables on the link bellow:

https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/explore-the-region/visitor-information/practical-information/avtobusna-postaja-ljubljana-ljubljana-bus-station/

Fortress Kluže

Fortess Kluže is located 4 km from Bovec towards the mountain pass Predel. The first wooden fortress was built in the 15th Century and was used for protection from the Turks. During the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte it was burned and demolished. The latest version of the fortress was built by Austro-Hungarians in 1881-1882. It was designed as a control point between Bovec valley and pass Predel. Today it serves as a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions it also serves as a place for summer events.

Opening hours:

Maj & October: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 – 17.00

June & September: Sunday – Friday 10.00 -17.00; Saturday 10.00 – 18.00

July & August: Every day 9.00 – 20.00

Ticket price: 3€ adults / Students 2€

If you are interested in history, there are also some open-door museums in Bovec you might want to visit (on a sunny day or perhaps with rain jacket 🙂 )
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Try local food

You didn’t experienced a place you visited until you tasted the local food!

Čompe in skuta

(cooked potatoes with cottage cheese)

Foto: Soča valley

Soča trout

Foto: Trip advisor

 

 

 Bovški krafi

(special dumplings filled young pears)

Foto: Soča valley

 

 

 

 

Hope this blog will help you make an unforgettable stay in Bovec despite bad weather!

For more information on what to do in Bovec follow us also on Instagram (hostelsocarocks) and Facebook ( Hostel Soca rocks)!

 

The reason why Bovec is on your bucket list of traveling Slovenia is for sure the emerald Soča river. The best way to experience some of its magnificentness is kayaking down the current while enjoying the river landscape and intact nature.

You want to spend the day outdoors and challenge yourself trying something new? Then kayaking is the answer without doubt!  🙂

When you finally decide to try kayaking, you are ready for big adventure! Our trip starts in our sport agency – AKTIVNI PLANET.

With your pulse racing and your heart in your throat you are waiting for the guide who is going to take you on the river. Full of energy and excitement to paddle again on Soča river, he comes in – tells a couple of jokes and off you go!

First our drivers take you to out ‘base’ where they give you all the equipment and there you are –  on the way to the start point – boka Waterfall.

As already mentioned in a lot of our posts Boka waterfall is the highest waterfall in Slovenia. You can admire it while dressing up the neoprene suit and thinking about what spray deck is meant for?! 😀

First we jump into the ice cold water to fresh up, then it’s time for safety talk. Our guides explain to you how to act in a kayak, how to paddle left, right and straight down the current. Also what to do when the river plays with you and flips you over and you have to swim out of the kayak.

Now the fun starts! 

Once you have learned all the basics from our amazing guides, it’s time to overcome your fear and start to paddle.

First nervous, but after the first flip the river shows you how much fun is going to be. After a couple of currents, with smile on your face you stop to relax and learn some new things. Now you are almost like a pro. What a feeling! 😀

Kayaking is all about being on the river and having fun. Doesn’t matter if there are strangers or friends with you, in the end it never gets old and you’re always keen to go back. Always. What more could you want ? 🙂

BOOK YOUR KAYAKING ADVENTURE HERE

We sure have some beautiful mountains in Bovec!

If you seek one with a beautiful view, here are some of our favourites:

Svinjak
Difficulty: Medium-hard marked way

Time required: 2h 30min
Equipment: Hiking boots

The trail up to Svinjak starts on the main road in the village Kal Koritnica. When you come to the village pass the restaurant Hedvika, you will find gravel parkingplace 50m down the road. There’s also inscription and sign for Svinjak. Follow the sign and you will soon find water source. The path continues up where you will have to pass a few gates. In first 15 minutes the path wil divide. You can either continue directly straight on – up to the Svinjak peak – or you can turn left and follow the sign for Čelo – opendoor museum with remains from WWI. The path from Čelo then rejoins the main trail which you will follow through the forrest up to the top.
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Svinjak – view from the valley; Foto: Slovenia trips

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Svinjak – view from the top; Foto: Slovenia trips

Goričica-Čukla-Rombon
Difficulty: medium-hard marked way
Time required to Goričica: 2h
Goričica – Čukla: 1h
Čukla – Rombon: 2h
Equipment: Mountain boots

In the center of Bovec follow the road that passes the church and continue on untill you come to a crossroad – continue straight on and on the next one turn right (follow the inscription for Rombon) towards Rombon. Follow the road untill you come to water fountain. There starts the marked trail to Rombon peak. You can eather hike only up to Goričica where you will find a hunters hut, or continue up to Čukla or even all the way up to Rombon peak.

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Čukla; Foto: Teo Žagar

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Čukla; Foto: Teo Žagar

Krn lake
Difficulty: Easy marked way
Time required: 2.15h
Equipment: Sports shoes or mountain boots

Trail to Krn lake starts at the end of Lepena valley where you will find mountain hut Dom dr. Klementa Juga. Park your car there and follow the marked trail. On the way to the lake you will find also Hut by the Krn Lakes which is open in the summer season and offers food, drinks and accomodation.

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Krn lake; Foto: Ana Pogačar

Kota 1313-Rombon
Difficulty: Easy-medium marked way
Time required to Kota 1313: 2.20h
Kota 1313 – Rombon: 3.40h
Equipment: Sports shoes to Kota 1313; Mountain boots for Rombon

Kota 1313 is the position of Austro-Hungarian artillery observatory during WWI. The trail up to 1313 begins beside parking space of Fort Kluže where you have to cross the tunnel first. In the next 20 min you will come upon Fort Hermann, build between 1897-1900 for the purpose of control the Bovec valley with the heavy guns. Continue the trail up to Kota 1313 where you will find remains of the observatory.
If you want you can also continue the trail up to Rombon peak.

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Kota 1313; Foto: Teo Žagar

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Kota 1313; Foto: Teo Žagar

SAFETY TIPS:
Before the hike – consider weather conditions and check the forecast
Wear appropriate sport or mountain shoes
Take enough water + snack(s) with you

+Please keep the nature clean and bring everything back to the valley!

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HAVE A GREAT HIKE!

There are few places left on this planet with such an unsoiled nature as our beautiful Soča valley, nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Bovec area is a perfect destination for all nature lovers. High mountains, countless waterfalls, deep caves, crustal clear rivers in combination with adventure sport activities. All that surrounds Hostel Soča Rocks.

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Photo by: David Štulc Zornik

Soča valley not only is one of the must see destination to visit in Slovenia, it is also a place full of delightful things to do. Here is a comprehensive list of the 10 musts things to do or see in Bovec:

1. Go RAFTING & explore the river in a good company

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Rafting is the most popular sport activity in Soča valley. There is no way you can say you’ve been in Bovec without trying to raft down the Sočas’ rapids. BOOK RAFTING

2. CLIFF JUMPING into Soča river

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Photo by: Tony Demarco

 

Soča gorge is one of the most beautiful natural sights in the valley and an important natural treasure in the Triglav National Park. The beautifully carved gorge is 750 long, just a few metres wide and 15 m deep. It boasts mysterious emerald pools perfect for a nice cliff jump!

3. Take a selfie with BOKA WATERFALL at the back

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Photo by: fattytomato.blogspot.com

boka

Photo by: www.boka-bovec.si

Boka with its 106 m is the most powerful Slovenian waterfall. During the rainy seasons and when the snow on Mt. Kanin is melting, Boka is truly magnificent! There are 2 options to visit the waterfall: you can climb the right hand side wall till the source or you can decide for the easier left hand side trail up to the viewpoint.

 

4. Rappel FRATARICA CANYON

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Fratarica is one of the hundreds streams in Log valley. Is a beautiful canyon: mysterious and challenging enough to set you on the edge. BOOK CANYONING

5. Try ČOMPE & SKUTA (potato & cottage cheese dish)

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Cooked potato with albumin curd (cottage cheese) is a daily meal at Bovec. Sheep curd is a quality source of protein and contains many beneficial microorganisms. Salty curd aged between 10 days to 30 days to deliver the best potatoes. It applies to most often present the dish on the plate in Bovec.    -For more info: http://boveccuisine.blogspot.si

6. Fly like a bird -ZIPLINING

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Have you ever thought how the birds feel? If you did, you should try to fly 200m off the ground and 70 km/h between the mountains. Zip line challenge can be an unforgettable experience during the day and crazy adventure during the night.  BOOK ZIPLINE

7. BIKE till the view point

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Albert Einstein — ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.’

 

8. PARTY on Black Sheep’s dance floor

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Black Sheep bar is the D bar to go in Bovec. Is a place to play tennis, beach-volley and climb during the day & party hard during the night. Check it out: great value for money.

9. Hike up to VIRJE WATERFALL

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3 km easy hike from Bovec will bring you to the waterfall Virje -place where you can try Cold Water dip, practice yoga or just relax and catch some sun.

 

10. have a PICNIC at Bovec’s BEACH

Photo by: David Štulc Zornik

Photo by: David Štulc Zornik

That’s the spot where in 2008 movie THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA was shot.  Can you imagine yourself having a great afternoon picnic on the river shore with a view like that… ??!! WELCOME TO NARNIA -FANTASY WORLD OF MAGIC.

Is it worth to come to Soča valley if you only have a day? The answer is definitely YES!

Some people say that it’s journey not the destination that matters & journey to Bovec is for sure one of the most scenic rides in the Alps you can experiment … even if it is only for a day you should not miss it.

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6 am

Believe me, even if requires a lot of energy to crawl out of the bed when is still completely dark outside, sunrise from Boka waterfall view point pays it all off.  One of the most scenic Slovenian waterfall is located 6 km away from Bovec town offering great overview of the whole Bovec basin. Sun comes up right behind Svinjak mountain, known as Slovenian Matterhorn. On a clear day is easy to spot Triglav mountain from the same platform by the waterfall as well.

8 am

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On the way back to Bovec, stop at the bakery and treat yourself with a nice “Balkan” breakfast. Even though Burek is traditional Bosnian food Slovenians love it. Enjoy eating cheese or meat burek in a good company on hostel Soča rocks’ terrace. Girls at the bar will make a great coffee for you to boost up your energy.

10 am

Is time for some action: 3, 2, 1 …. go RFTING!! Our driver will come to pick you up. Before heading down the Soča river you’ll meet your guides (best guys in town) and you’ll receive the equipment. Just don’t forget to bring a swimwear and a towel with you. On a raft you’ll have a chance to explore most beautiful parts of the river and to have endless fun sliding the raft down from a “penguin” rock!

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Lunchtime! Go to Sovdat restaurant and order great homemade food. With hostel’s “sleep with me” wristband you get 10% off on all delicious dishes they prepare for you. Dare to order “ljubljanski” stake … it is bigger than a normal size plate is. They also serve Bovec traditional dessert called “krafi“… so leave some room in your stomach for it 😛

3 pm

Grab the bike and head towards Trenta valley. On the way up you’ll pass the monument of the fallen soldiers of the 1st World War. Cycling by the Soča river rewards you with amazing views of some of the highest Slovenian picks. The main attraction is a great gorge of the Soča river 10 km away from the hostel. Be brave …  jump down the cliff & post your jumping photo on our facebook page.

7 pm

Hostel Soča rocks

 

Stop at the grocery store, buy your dinner and make a great barbecue with friends on the hostel’s terrace. There is no great dinner without greatest schnapps called Pelinkovec. Is quite bitter buy i suggest you –  give it a try & fell like locals do -although is just for a day :).

 

10 pm

Black sheep is a place to be if you want to  party and hang out with people from all over the world. Is going on till 3am!!

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At 6:30 am when your alarm clock will start to ring you’ll feel glad bus (leaving at 6:50) needs a while before reaching your next travel destination.

 

 

See you next time 🙂

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