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Soča Valley is situated on the northwestern part of Slovenia.


Soča Valley is well known for its sport activities, nature and for the rich natural and cultural heritage. The valley is named after Soča River, which starts its path in Triglav National Park and continues to nearby three small Alpine towns Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin. Parts of the river are famous for their unnaturally blue colour.

Get in

The Soča Valley is easily reached from elsewhere in Slovenia or Italy. Up to 10 trains [1] a day run to parts of the valley from Ljubljana (via Jessenice and Bled) and from Noca Gorica on the Slovenian-Italian border. Alight at stations like Kanal or Most na Soči to reach the most visited areas.

Get around


Popular towns in the area include Bovec, Kobarid, Tolmin, Kanal and Most na Soči. With the exceptions of the first two towns none of these settlements have more than around 1,000 residents so don't expect big cities. You will find bars, restaurants and a few shops in all of them though. Bovec is popular with those seeking adventure sports.


A walking trail in the Soča Valley

The Soca River is paradise for people who love nature. Visitors and locals can choose between short, easy walks nearby the river, quiet fly-fishing or adrenaline water sports as are rafting, kayak, hydrospeed. Kayaking on white water is well known all over the Europe.

  • Soca Rider, +386 41 596-104, . Focusing on small group trips and nice familiar atmosphere. Offers whitewater kayak courses from beginner to advance level, easy kayak trips for beginners, and family rafting trips for families with small kids from the age of 4. The "half day" adventures have 1½ hour on the river, but time is needed for transfers etc. From €40–45 (half day i.e. 1½ hours), two-day kayak course €120.






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