The picturesque town of Bovec lies between the mountains of the The Slovenian Julian Alps, at the junction of three valleys: Trenta, Bavščica and Koritnica. This little town is the touristic centre in northwest Slovenia that attracts many tourists for skiing in winter and white water rafting in summer and tempts mountaineers throughout the whole year. The unique emerald water of the River Soca offers a great possibility for even the unexperienced beginners to try white water sports. The homely restaurants offer delicious local and Italian food and fantastic wines. Visitors of the Bovec area can explore its rich historical heritage and the priceless natural curiosities. Visitors can find active enjoyment everywhere and the various sights and possibilities for leisure activities satisfy all kinds of interests.
Among the animals living in the Bovec area chamois and ibex are the most common, but marmots can also be seen sometimes, just as ibex, marmots had dissapeared for a while as well.
Reptiles can be found almost everywhere in Slovenia. There are quite a lot of snakes in the Bovec area as well, but they are rarely dangerous and the chance of meeting a lizard is much higher then that of seeing a snake.
The Bovec area lies in the Triglav National Park so it is a preserved area, therefore we can find many rare fish. The most common, of course, are rainbow trout and marmorata or Soca trout. Trout is the favourite dish among fish fans. It is very important to know that fishing without permission is very strictly punished in the area of the Triglav National Par
Trout is the most important speciality in this area and you can have delicious dishes also in Bovec and in Cesoča that is definitly worth trying, but we mustn’t forget about wild meat either. Sausage, dried sausage, smoked ham and minced lard are also local specialities and they are usually served with sauerkraut. It is very interesting that just like in Italy you can have lovely pizza in the Bovec area as it is so close to the Italian.
Apart from the famous local beers, the Union Pivo, Lasko Pivo or Zlatorog Pivo visitors should also try homemade apple, pear and cherry brandy or the well-known Slivovic brandy.
When eating out, don’t forget to give about 10% tip because service is not included in prices.
Towards the Predel Pass, about 1.5 kms from Bovec there is a reconstructed part of the Isonso Front that was a major strategic point during the First World War. The underground bunker is in the forest, about a 10-minute walk away from the road. A military camp kitchen and the officers’ hut is also exhibited here with original plank-beds. The small ’museum’ is maintained by a local group who’s aim is to preserve the traditions and the history of the region.
2 kms from Bovec at the crossroads to Predel and Vršič lays a renovated Austrian Military Cemetery. There are the typical concrete tombstones with a symmetrical cross in a circle. At the crossroads by the cemetery there is an obelisk made of cut stone which is dedicated in German to the memory of the Austrian soldiers who died in the years 1915 – 1917.
On the left side above the Bovec-Kluže Road, at Ravne, the ruins of the Gothic church of St. Leonart can be seen. It was built in the 15th century and it is oriented with its altar section to the east. Before the restoration, the exterior walls of the church displaying the ribbed parts of the ceiling and the characteristic portal with pointed vault have been preserved.
Kluže Fortress stands north of Bovec, at the top of a canyon of Koritnica River between the slopes of Rombon and Izgora. It used to be a control post at the crossing of the river. The time of origin of the older fortress at this site is uncertain, but the medieval fortress was burnt down in 1797 by the French army. The present fortress was built between 1881 and 1882.
Fort hermann is an additional upper fortress above Kluže, which was built in 1906, but this was destroyed by cannon grenades in 1915, and the visitor can only see the ruins of it.
Inside the Kluze Fortress there is a tourist office, an exhibition of the history of the fortress a painting gallery and a wedding hall. There are regular historical performances held here from the period of World War I with with soldiers in uniforms and with the original equipment from the period.
Alpinum Juliana Botanical Garden
The garden was opened in 1926 and it introduces the vegetation of the Alps and the Bovec area.
Passing by the Botanical Garden there is a sign for the path that leads to the Mlinarica gorge. Within 10 minutes we can easily walk to this magnificent wonder of nature. From this place you can see the picturesque small waterfall of the crystal-clear Mlinarica just before it pours into the Soča. The chutes are protected as a natural monument and they are definitely worth visiting.
About 30 kms from Bovec you can reach the spring fr om the lodge Koča pri izviru Soče along a protected path. It is one of the most beautiful springs in the Alps. The water gushes to the surface through a deep fissure below the mountain of Šnita. The path follows the bed of the river that leads us up to the spring. The pleasant walking path gets steeper and steeper as we are approaching the spring, and it ends in a narrow track on a cliff with a wire rope that we can cling to.
Boka is most worth seeing in the late spring when the thick layers of snow melt on Kanin and up to a hundred tons of water per second falls into the depths. The waterfall falls freely 106 m and immediately after that another 30 m in an incline. The waterfall can be clearly seen from the road from Bovec to Kobarid, about 5 kms from Bovec. From the viewing place on the left side of the bridge a marked path branches off to the foot of the waterfall and it takes about 1-2 hours to walk up. The waterfall can be seen all way long on this path. From the curve on the other side of the bridge is the starting point of the path which ends directly above the source and it takes about 2-3 hours intensive climbing to get there. It is also possible to climb up on the rocks of the bed, depending on the level of water but this is not a signed path.
Kozjak Waterfall and Napoleon Bridge
25 kms from Bovec just before we reach Kobarid there is a turnoff to the Kozjak Waterfall soon after the intersection beside the Napoleon Bridge. The old Napoleon Bridge was built in 1750 with a single made of stone and on their way to Predel Pass Napoleon’s troops marched across it. After crossing the bridge it takes about an hour to walk up to Slovenia's most picturesque waterfall.
This amiable little town is situated at the foot of Mountain Krn and it has numerous archeological sites to visit. The Kobarid Museum presents the history of World War I and it was voted Best European Museum in 1993. The story of the town has a very important event related to World War I: during the 12th Soška Battle the Austrian troops managed to break through the front line, with German support.
The Italian Military Chapel
It takes about 30 minutes to reach this Chapel from Kobari d. The chapel was built during Wold War I and it was consecrated in 1696. It was erected close to the first front line in the vicinity of large storage depots, observation posts, a hospital, trenches, bunkers, and gun emplacements. The octagonal peristyle was erected later and inaugurated in 1938 by Mussolini. 7014 soldiers who died during WWI were buried under this peristyle.
Tolminska Korita – Zadlaščiča gorge
About 15 kms from Kobarid you reach the town of Tolmin, about 2 kms from the chutes of Tolminka and Zadlaščica rivers. The chute of the Tolminka River is about two hundred meters long and five to ten meters wide and it is a unique phenomenon in Slovenia. Above the well known Hudičev most ('Devil's Bridge') you can find the entrance to the Zadlaška or Dante Cave and there is a triangular rock called the 'Bear's Head after its characteristic shape is wedged in the narrowest part of the Zadlaščica chute