Foodies, welcome to Bovec. This is a place to be!

Are you also among those who like to try local food while on vacations!?
Let us help you out – here is our guide through culinary specialties of Bovec and upper Soča valley region. 😉

In the past locals were mostly living as a farmers, that’s why most of the delicious food is based on few simple ingredients, they could either find in surrounding nature or in their gardens or on the field. The ingredients of some most recognizable dishes might therefore vary. For example: the shepherds were using milk, cheese and cottage cheese as main ingredients for most dishes, while the farmers with orchards used different fruits.

 Čompe in skuta

(potatoes and salted cottage cheese) is probably the most recognizable local dish.

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As you probably guessed by now, it was “developed” by shepherds. Back then, they had to be thankful for the little food

they got and somehow had to make it work. Most of the families were growing potatoes since the plant is not really demanding and difficult to grow, so potatoes were available through the whole year. To add a little bit of taste they then used salted cottage cheese as a spread and the famous Čompe in skuta were born. Nowadays, locals are super grateful for this invention. We are even so proud of this, that we celebrate it with traditional holiday called Čomparska noč (or Night of Potatoes), which takes place every year in August.

Bovški sir

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It’s made from raw sheep’s milk from native Bovec’s sheep breed, occasionally also combined with cows or goats milk. It’s know for it’s distinctive, slightly spicy and intense flavor.

Jota

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is a sauerkraut and bean soup which originates from Italian Trieste, but the western part of Slovenia was during  WWI  as a result London pact, 1915, in case of Triple Entente’s victory  assigned to Italy, which also happened.  Anyways the western Slovenia faced many Italian features in that period, among others we were forced to speak Italian (…) and eat jota.  We didn’t stick to the language, although many people in this region still speaks Italian, but we really loved jota, so it stayed on the plates of locals till this day – if you will try it, you will know why. 😉

 

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Zaseka

is made out of smoked or cooked bacon, which is then sliced into small pieces and covered with melted fat. It’s used as a spread or delicious add to other dishes – for example instead of butter. Zaseka is known through all Slovenia, so it’s worth trying, but in this case forget your summer body. 🙂

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Frika

is a dish with many varieties, but it’s basically an omelet with ingredients such as potatoes, eggs, sheep’s cheese, bacon, onion and salami.

 

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Soča trout

is a delicious freshwater fish. The dish is especially good with roasted almonds.

Bovški krafi

is typical dessert. They are basically dumplings, filled with dried pears. They are cooked in salty water and served, covered with melted butter and bread crumbs. <- This is the version you will get in the restaurants, but shepherd’s families used sweet cottage cheese with raisins for main ingreedient.

 You can find all of the dishes in most of the restaurants in Bovec.

On the main square you can also find wooden cabin Kuhnjca, where they serve exclusively local food! 

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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 🙂 )
http://hostelsocarocks.com/by-the-steps-of-battles-of-the-insonzo-during-world-war-i/

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.
http://hostelsocarocks.com/en/page/2/

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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.