Follow the vivid emerald green waters of the river Soča, from the mountains in the north western Julian Alps, through one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys in Europe and on towards Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Explore 40 incredible locations including 130+ inspirational images of the river itself, mountain meadows, steep gorges and spectacular views of towering mountains as you discover Slovenia’s Soča River Valley.
Spring is the best time to come to the Soča valley with waterfalls and rivers at their most impressive, forests lush green and meadows carpeted with alpine flowers. Summer is busy but the weather is reliable and great for hiking. In autumn you will enjoy more quiet moments and incredible autumn colours in the forests. Winter is incredible if you are lucky with snowfall and low temperatures, but it makes it more challenging to get around the area. My advice is to base yourself in Bovec and make short trips to the photo locations. Bovec has everything you need; good rooms, nice restaurants, supermarket and a petrol station. Allow at least three nights in the area. You will be able to cover most of the highlights in this time, but to explore further I would suggest at least five nights. An overnight stay at one of the mountain huts is also recommended. Five unmissable spots are Kozjak waterfall, Korita Soče, Mangart mountain road, the Vršič pass drive and Šunik Water Hurst. But there is so much more than I can describe in this guide!
This is very outdoor-oriented destination and you will need to be reasonably fit in order to get the most out of it. Many of the spots are easily accessible, but some will require some experience or even climbing skills. Make sure you have proper hiking boots and comfortable outdoor wear. It pays to have a warm layer with you at all times as well as a rain jacket. There is an Outdoor Sports shop in Bovec town. Often there will be no mobile signal in the valley (which can be a blessing!), although on most roads and in towns the signal is good, and Bovec has good internet connectivity. There is no border control between Slovenia and Italy so it is very easy to travel between the two countries via the Predel pass.