Soca Valley

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Wim S
Bornem, Belgium158 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Staying in Bovec, we took the 9.30 bus to Trenta to start the Soča trail there. You could start one stage higher up but we heard from other travellers it was not worth the extra kms.
And yes, we had about 25km of mainly descent towards Bovec. No difficult hike (strenuous) but through wood, over rocky paths and in 30gr temperature didn’t make it easy neither. But we rally loved this excellent trail through the valley on the river banks. It took us 7h in total with some short breaks. So it fills up nearly a full day. Is part of the alps adriata trail and well signposted. Must do when you like to take a hike
Written August 3, 2020
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KAW687
London, UK1,943 contributions
Oct 2019
Absolutely lovely place to explore by foot or by car. Had to keep stopping and marveling at so much wonderful scenery. St Joseph's Church is really worth a visit, full of colourful modern anti war paintings.
Written January 9, 2020
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Damien-and-Sonia
Sydney, Australia162 contributions
Feb 2022
I'm Australian. Spectacular scenery has a diffentent meaning to us and there are just not the mountains and views that I saw here. On a Sunday afternoon, we drove the old military roads from Austria through Slovenia and into Tarvisio in Italy. Three countrys in a short afternoon drive. Also not something you can do in Australia.
The Socca valley was towards the end of the trip and we dropped dropped down into it, getting spectacular views at every hairpin. I haven't stopped here to see the attractions and it was Feb when I was there, but even for a drive, it's beauty is spectacular and like som much of Slovenia, it's had minimal development and looks pristine. Hire a car and drive it. I highly reccomend it.
Written April 18, 2022
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Franc C
Portumna, Ireland327 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
We were told in the Triglav National Park information office in Trenta that the entire Soča river trail is 20 km long but as we were tight for time, and on their recommendation, we only did "the best" part of it; 7.5km's starting in the village of Trenta and ending at the bridge just beyond the canyon which itself is just west of the village of Soča. We hitchhiked back.

The trail is well marked (Soška Pot) and is reasonably level. For the first kilometer or so after leaving our starting point in Trenta I found myself regretting choosing this trail. It seemed pretty dull and boring. But as we continued further along the trail the landscape along the river just got better and better (see photos). It turned out to be a really great hike.. and the cherry on top was the breathtaking canyon at the end of our trip.

The entire valley is a real gem and the spectacular circuitous journey through the 50 hairpin bends over the Vršič Pass to get here is in itself worth the trip.
Written November 11, 2016
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Granada100
Washington DC, DC151 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We spent a week hiking through the valley and loved every minute of it. The water is beautifully clear with a blue tinge (and cold). There are many interesting sites to see, especially relating to World War 1. The internationally acclaimed WW1 museum on Kobarid makes a great starting point for a weeks tour. There are circular walks from Kobarid and Bovec that make great 1/2 day hikes passing wonderful waterfalls and WW2 monuments. There are many adventure outfits that make canoeing down the river between towns an easy day excursion. Magical place a little off the beaten path and not ruined by excess tourism. Prices are very modest by European or American standards. And not a McDonalds to be seen anywhere...
Written September 19, 2014
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Erniedog_11
Denver, CO16 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
The Soca river valley runs on the Western side of Slovenia. Mountains soar many thousands of feet on either side. A large national park (Triglav) encompasses much of the land in the Northern section of the valley. The park includes numerous hiking trails leading steeply upward into wild rugged land.

One trail of note leads from the settlement of Lepena to a beautiful series of lakes roughly 2500 higher. There is a delightful refuge whose name I cannot beigin to pronounce (Slovenian being close to Russian) which served delicious soups on a grey chilly September day

There are many other outdoor activities in this valley as well. The quiet town of Bovec, where we overnighted, promoted whitewater rafting on the river. The food is town was local, and wonderful.

It is hard to believe that a landscape so beautiful could be a source of great carnage. But about 100 years ago, a series of major battles took place along this lovely valley during WWI. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers (and civilians) died. There is a remarkable museum in the town of Kobarid which tells this story.

All in all, a landscape of stunning beauty and remarkable history, not to be missed if you are in this part of the world.
Written October 6, 2013
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whipdsv
Dunfermline, UK243 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We walked along the Soca on the more or less well sign posted Soska Pot (Soca trail) from the source to the town of Bovec.
It is a very gentle walk, most of it down hill (obviously) and it passes a few little towns/villages like Trenta and Soca before reaching Bovec. Not much in those places, dont expect anything but Noth have a restaurant to eat in , Trenta has a mini shop and a cash line machine. Quite a few apartments available for accommodation but i am guessing you would need to pre-book them in high season.
Some very interesting scenery and flora along the way like the Milnarica gorge, Alpinum Juliana at the beginning of Trenta, the small gorge of the Soca at the entrance to Soca village, a WW1 cemetery in Soca and another one after you leave the place along the trail an hourish away.
The beautiful and crystal clear emerald green water turned brown and dirty after a good storm over night. Kind of glad we had pictures from the previous days.
Lots of nice campsites along the way.
Plenty of kayaking, rafting and canyoning opportunities.
Really really nice place
Written September 9, 2015
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AL L
11 contributions
A really great fishing region for fly fishing the two indigenous fish specie the Marble trout and Adriatic Grayling that thrives in this river, but come prepare with streamers for Marble trouts in the fast rocky bottom currents and dry flies for Graylings or you will second guess yourself on how well you know fish when it comes to catching these two stubborn specie..a lot of fun and great scenery with plenty of things to do and see in the surrounding areas.
Written August 15, 2014
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Jacques W
Brussels, Belgium123 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
The Soca valley is a must do if you go to Slovenia. The river has an unbelievable color and it is a pleasure to walk along it (even, biking, driving, and of course all the water activities). The Soca trail goes along it (only for hikers, not for biking) and is 20 km long (5-6 hours one way), but you can do it in stretches and even catch a bus for return if you left your car somewhere. The Triglav National Park information office in Trenta is a great place to get recommendations, and they recommended us the upper-most part of the river (the source and the canyons) and the stretch just south of village Soca, with the most impressive canyons. To spend the night with the sound of the river, we recommend pitching your tent in Kamp Triglav at the Southern end of village Trenta.
Written August 26, 2016
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154nigel
South West England, UK11 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Casa Monte... I can't speak highly enough of this hidden gem.. Four of us visited for an evening meal at the end of our holiday in Europe, and I would't have changed it for anywhere else. The location is special, the service was very welcoming and friendly and the food was excellent. I would definitely visit again if I was in the area and strongly recommend anyone to to the same.
Written December 2, 2016
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