LONELY PLANET described Slovenia as “an earthly paradise of snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers and Venetian-style coastline, Slovenia enriches its natural treasures with harmonious architecture, charming rustic culture and sophisticated cuisine”, and we couldn’t agree more.

To get to know this lovely country as best as you can, we prepared selection of FUN FACTS about Slovenia and Slovenes:
  1. Slovenians are full of LOVE. Did you know Slovenia is the only country with the word “love” in it’s name and capital Ljubljana could be translated “the loved one”.

    Foto: Slotrips

  2. More than half of Slovenian territory is covered in forests. Unlike other countries the wooded ares are in Slovenia increasing.
  3. Slovenians are very passionate about music, apparently after their ancestors. In 1995 archaeologists dug up the Divje Babe Flute which was made of the femur of a bear and it’s believed to be 55.000 years old.
  4. Slovenia is the only modern day European country that was occupied both by Fascist Italy in Nazi Germany.
  5. Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. Plus, you can drive from one part of Slovenia to the other in 2 hours, therefore you can enjoy wine-tasting, skiing and swimming all in one day!
  6. Foto: Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije

    Slovenia has the highest number of caves in the world in comparison to its size.

  7. Slovenian caves are also home to olms, called človeška ribica which can be translated into “human fish”. In the past they were often flooded onto fields during rainy days, where farmers feared them, convinced they are baby dragons.
  8. Slovenia is often mistaken for country Slovakia.
  9. Slovenes love wine, in fact there is a vineyard or winery on every 70 people. The world’s oldest vine is 400 years old and is located in Slovenian town Maribor.
  10. The world’s largest ski jump is in Slovenia. It’s called Planica and is home to many world ski jumping records.
  11. Mont Triglav is with 2863m the highest Slovenian mountain and is also represented on Slovenia’s national coat of arms.

    Foto: Aktivni planet

What about Bovec?
  1. Bovec city has 1570 inhabitants.
  2. Bovec is heaven on Earth for nature lovers and outdoor sports, especially on emerald Soča river such as kayaking, rafting etc. https://aktivniplanet.si/en/
  3. Ski slope Kanin (2293 meters above sea level) is the highest Slovenian ski slope and you can ski or snowboard only on a natural snow. The resort on the mountain is also open during summer time and from it you can see all the way to Slovenian coast.
  4. Waterfall Boka it’s the highest waterfall in Slovenia.
  5. Bovec is also home to one of the biggest zipline parks in Europe. You can fly on more than 3km of wires and 200 meters above the floor between the mountains Kanin and Rombon. https://ziplineslovenia.si/en/
  6. Triglav National Park was established in 1981 and is one of the oldest natural

    Foto: Zipline Slovenia

    parks in Europe.

  7. Bovec is located around half hour drive from Italy and Austria.
  8. Locals therefore speak special dialect that is basically combination of Slovenian, German and Italian language. Slovenia has in total more than 48 different dialects.
  9. Bovec valley had rough past. It was a place of combat for Insonzo battle during WWI.
  10. The most recognizable dish are Čompe in skuta (cooked potatoes with cottage cheese)
  11. Emerald Soca river has inspired many filmmakers. The

    Foto: I feel Slovenia

    Cronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was among many that were filmed in Soca valley.

Planning a trip to Bovec, but don’t have a car? Don’t worry. It’s true Bovec is often referred to as being in the middle of nowhere, but that’s also kind of it’s magical feature. 😉
You can check the timetables of public transport on the links bellow.



or https://www.avrigo.si/potniski_prevozi/linijski_promet/vozni_red/


The closest train station is located in Most na Soči and from there on you have to take bus to Bovec.



 Already leaving Bovec? 🙁

Here are timetables for some of the most frequent destinations of our guests after Bovec.



5:20 – 9.00 Operating on schooldays

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6:50 – 10.33 Operating on Saturdays.

6:50 – 10.33 Operating on schooldays.

7:30 – 11.34 Operating everyday from July 1st to August 31st

13:10 – 17.10 Operating everyday

15:05 – 19.15 Operating everyday, except Saturdays from September 1sr to June 30st

18:00 – 21.06 Operating at Sundays and if the next day is a school


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05:20 – 6:25

06:50 – 08:10

06:50 – 08:10

13:10 – 14:40

15:05 – 16:45

18:00 – 19:03



08:13 – 11:01(1 transition in Jesenice)

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11:59 – 14:31(1 transition in Jesenice)

11:59 – 15:31 (1 transition in Jesenice)

15:26 – 18:32 (1 transition in Jesenice)

16:34 – 19:20 (1 transition in Jesenice)

18:01 – 21:52 (1 transition in Jesenice)



7:30 – 10:23 ( operating from 1.7. till 31.08. )



05:20 – 6:25

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06:50 – 08:10

06:50 – 08:10

13:10 – 14:40

15:05 – 16:45

18:00 –19:03


04:07 – 05:12

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06:07 – 07:06

08:13 – 09:23

11:59 – 13:05

15:26 – 16:23

16:34 – 17:46

20:35 – 21:32


6:50 – 7:23 Every workday except Saturday

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9:00 – 8:27 Every workday except Saturday

13:10 – 14:58 Sundays and holidays

13:10 – 15:23 Saturdays

13:10 – 15:23 Everyday

17:20 – 19:18 Sundays and holidays

19:45 – 21:28 Everyday from 1.7. till 31.8.




Take bus to Nova Gorica, cross the border and take the train to Trieste.


6:50 – 7:23           Every workday except Saturday

9:00 – 8:27           Every workday except Saturday

13:10 – 14:58       Every workday except Saturday

13:10 – 15:23       Saturdays

13:10 – 15:23       Everyday

17:20 – 19:18       Sundays and holidays

19:45 – 21:28       Everyday from 1.7. till 31.8.


13:19 – 14:40 (transition Udine)

13:21 – 14:40 (transition Monfalcone and Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado)

13:21 – 14:43 (transition Monfalcone)

14:19 – 15:40 (transition Udine)

14:47 – 15:43 (transition Monfalcone)

16:19 – 17:18 (transition Monfalcone)

16:47 – 17:28 (transition Monfalcone)

16:47 – 17:43 (transition Monfalcone)

17:19 – 17:48 (transition Monfalcone)

17:40 – 18:18 (transition Monfalcone)

Please check again the exact schedule for public transportation on the link at the begging of the blog before your departure, since the schedule might also change.


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.

Foto: Soca-valley

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

Foto: Slovenia times


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.


Foto: City magazine

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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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. 🙂

Foto: Trip advisor



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.


Foto: Trip advisor

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! 

Dober tek!

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! 😉


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! 😉




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! 😉



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:

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:


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 🙂 )

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!

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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 ? 🙂