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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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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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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

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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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If you are far away from being a hiker who loves up and downs you can start to train yourself with SOČA TRAIL hike.

The Soča trail runs along the Soča River from its source to the town of Bovec. It connects all natural wonders in Upper Soča valley which every tourist wants to see.  The trail is popular for its picturesque suspension footbridges.

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The trail is 25 km long and it is part of Alpe-Adria-Trail, an international track connecting the highest summit of Austria with Adriatic sea.  The Soča Trial is considered by many to be the most beautiful section of the entire trail.

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Start your walk down along the river…

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Visit the monument to Dr. Julius Kugy located on the way and enjoy the view great mountaineer loved so much.

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In 1879 Simon Gregorčič, poet from Vrsno village wrote a beautiful song about To the river Soča. Remember his words while walking along its lively stream:

Photo by: Božo Bradaškja For more please visit: http://www.bozobradaskja.com/

Photo by: Božo Bradaškja
For more please visit: http://www.bozobradaskja.com/

 

Your course is lively and gentle
Like the walk of highland girls,
You are serene as the mountain air,
You are loud as the vigorous
Chant of the highland youth –
You are splendid, daughter of the heights.

 

Photo by: Božo Bradaškja For more please visit: http://www.bozobradaskja.com/

2015-08-13 20.51.03 Enjoy great view of some of the highest Slovenian picks and take a short walk offtrack to visit beautiful church from 16th century. The upper course of the Soča river is irregular and lively. The narrow riverbed holds a wealth giant boulders, falls, rapids and river islands.

Stop at Metoja restaurant and treat yourself with a delicious cup of coffee or Bovec traditional lunch menu.

Further down beautiful Soča river gorges are waiting for you:

Small gorge of the Soča river is an amazing place to have a great picnic.

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Big gorge of the Soča river is a great place to try cliff jumping into a cold water, admire natural wanders and try to learn how to kayak.

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Fell like 1st World War solders did and explore the hill full of bunkers above the lively stream of Soča river.

Before reaching the final destination you have just one more MUST stop at “Brjeka” –  Kal Koritnica village… footbridge with a white sandy beach.

LAY DOWN, RELAX & ENJOY THE MOMENT!!

 

V neokrnjeni naravi doline reke Soče leži vas Žaga. V neposredni bližini vasi se nahaja Posestvo Blata, katerega glavna dejavnost je k13151869_217461571973413_4546149790830233840_nonjeništvo. Idila, ki jo ponuja okolje, je lahko s konjskega hrbta pravo doživetje. Posestvo Blata je zaradi bližine reke Soče in mirne okolice popoln kraj zavse, ki se želijo sprostiti in naužiti svežega zraka v družbi konj. Posestvo vam ponuja različne aktivnosti: jahanje ponija za otroke, jahanje velikih konjev za večje otroke, terensko jahanje in celodnevno druženje s konji 

In the heart of Soča valley is located village named Žaga. Posestvo Blata is nearby village and its primary activity are horses. Beautiful surroundings can be unforgetable experience from the horseback. Closeby Soča river and peacefull nature of Posestvo Blata is perfect for everybody who wants to relax in the company of horses. Posestvo offers you different activities: riding pony for children, riding big horses for elder children and adults, trail riding and all day activities with horses. 

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Ne odlašajte z odločitvijo! Rezervirajte nastanitev v hostlu Soča rocks in užite izjemno priložnost v dolini Soče!

Don’t hesitate to call! Book your stay in Hostel Soča rocks and get some unique experience in Soča valley!

Hostel: +386 41 317 777

Horse riding +386 40 274 077  (Greta Štor)

Have you ever tried to HITCHHIKE?11027685-girl-hitchhiking

If your answer is NO we can guarantee you that there is no better place to start your hitchhiking expedition than Soča valley. Not far from Bovec you have some lovely destinations you can reach by car.

  • LAKES OF FUSINE

Lakes of Fusine (Belopeška jezera in Slovenian) are two lakes located under the Italian side of Mangart mountain. A cycling trail from Tarvisio and Kranjska Gora leads to the lakes . If you are in a search of a place to have a nice pic-nic, the lakes of Fusine won’t disappoint you.

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Photo by: A.Frelih

 

Hostel Soča rocks’ tip: Grab a frisbee , some beers & have a nice picnic by the upper lake.

  • KOZJAK WATERFALL

Kozjak waterfall is easily accessible from Kobarid, town 22 km away from Bovec.  The waterfall carved an underground hall. Its bottom is covered by a vast blue and green pool, and its walls are reminiscent of those in the Karst caves.

Hostel Soča rocks’ tip: On the way you will pass Napoleon Bridge and the best pancake place in Soča valley.

  • TOLMINKA GORGE

Medvedova-glava-Tolminska-k_315193The Tolmin gorges are situated at the lowest and the southernmost entry point into the Triglav National park. The main attraction is a the “Bear’s head”, a natural bridge – a large rock which got stuck, who knows when, between the walls of the Zadlaščica canyon.

Hostel Soča rocks’ tip: Dare to look down from Devil’s bridge into deep gorges.

  • RABELJ LAKE (Lago di Predil)8558765-md

The lake is located at an elevation of 969 m (3,179 ft), situated in a high valley of the Julian Alps, north of the Sella Nevea. In the east, the Predil Pass road leads up to the Slovenian border. With a surface area of about 1 km2 (0.39 sq mi), it is the second largest natural lake of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

Due to its picturesque setting beneath the Kanin massif, the lake is a popular tourist destination for hikers and day-trippers.

Hostel Soča rocks’ tip: RENT A STAND UP PADDLE at the Beach bar & cruise the lake 🙂

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  • ČEDAD – Cividale del Friuli

A small town just 40 min away from Hostel Soča rocks, it is a protected UNESCO heritage sight.  The symbol of Cividale del Friuli is the devil’s bridge, which divides the town on two sides. The bridge has been standing here since 15th century and was renovated in 1918. At the end of the bridge are steps, leading down to Natisone River, which offers great views up to the town and river cliffs, where the town was built.

 Hostel Soča rocks’ tip: SIT IN THE MAIN SQUARE & ENJOY GOOD CUP OF ITALIAN COFFEEcividale-del-friuli-italy-travel5cividale-del-friuli-italy-travel3