recommends Soca Rafting
and we have negotiated a 10% discount there for all our guests.
However, the following information is an unbiased "sales free"
introduction to Bovec.
is a (google) map centred on Klanc, Bovec. Rose Cottage is in Klanc
and you can see our house if you press 'Sat' and zoom in (click '+' 14
times!). Rose Cottage is the 3rd building to the left of the "A":
'capital' of the upper Soca Valley has a great deal to offer
adventure-sport enthusiasts. With the Julian Alps above, the Soca river
below and Triglav National Park at the back door, you would spend a week
hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and in winter, skiing at Slovenia's
highest ski station without ever doing the same thing twice.”
Lonely Planet - Slovenia
kayaking, hydrospeeding and canoeing on the Soca River attract visitors
worldwide. There is a 10% to 40% gradient which provides rapids Grades I
to IV – which we are told accommodates all levels. The season lasts
from April to October. There are plenty of courses that you can go on or
just enjoy a day trip or hire the equipment and go on your own provided
you know what you‟re doing! Rob has also enjoyed canyoning in which you
descend through gorges and jump down water falls up to 13m high.
is crisscrossed with trails, paths and roads that are great for
mountain bikers. The mountain bike season starts in late March and
continues until November. There are a number of well marked bike tracks
of varying difficulty including Kanin Mountain Bike Park. The cable car
runs throughout the year so that you can take your bikes up and enjoy a
free run down! Buy a tourist map of Bovec at the Tourist Information
Centre which shows all biking routes. You can also hire a guide to save
your map reading!
are plenty of walks from the house across meadows perfect for picnics.
It is well worth a walk to the pretty village of Czesoca from Bovec
(about 45 mins). There is an exhilarating walk up to Boka Waterfall.
Sunflower Guides does some fantastic walks ranging in difficulty (and
car tours) around Slovenia (there is a copy at the house for you to
use). There are plenty of marked walks in and around Bovec, along
rivers, through forests and in the mountains. Take the easy way up the
mountain in the cable car and then enjoy walks to some amazing natural
features such as the Prestreljenik window and the high mountain lake
basins. In Bovec, you are near to the Trenta Valley where you can enjoy a
guided walk from the source of the river Soca. Triglav National Park is
of course also wonderful for walking.
the more adventurous, you can go hiking in the mountains and climbing
up frozen waterfalls. There are a number of mountain huts that you can
use if you enjoy staying in the mountains overnight. You can arrange
can enjoy solo or tandem paragliding in the winter and summer. You can
paraglide from the top of the Kanin cable car, 2000m above the valley
floor. Paragliding is best from the Mangrt Saddle (2072m) between June
and September. You can also go gliding from the airfield in Bovec often
seeing mountain birds of prey above the ever-present turquoise Soca and
the green forests on sheer mountainsides.
would be a lovely way to enjoy the Soca River, Trenta Valley and Bovec
surroundings, dipping into the river and being close to nature.
You‟ll need a permit to try your hand at catching the famous Soca trout. The season lasts from April to October.
wandering and driving around Bovec, you will see traditional Slovenia
with the hay and wheat drying over wooden hayracks (kozolec). You will
also see the kranji bee hives with their colourfully painted panels and
drawers, where the local honey is made. About 10 mins up the road is
Kluze Fort and a short drive from here you can see a typical bee hive
with the painted panels. There is a great deal of military history in
this area regarding the World Wars and the Soca Front. The Kobarid
Museum is meant to be excellent with a multi-vision presentation as well
as photos, diaries, military charts etc. There is also a 5km historical
walk around Kobarid. You can pick up a free pamphlet from the museum.
Eating and Drinking
course there is a fully functioning kitchen in the house. Mercator is
the supermarket where you will get most things. However if you fancy a
night off there are lots of restaurants in town. Prices are very
reasonable and the food is tasty with an Italian influence. Our
favourite is Letni Vrt which has a huge selection of food including
"Bear Paw‟. They will also provide anything on the menu as a take away -
great if you haven't got a babysitter! Stari Kovac is a great pizzeria
but only takes cash.
Half an hour away in Kobarid is a restaurant
called Topli Val at the Hotel Hvala. It is renowned for its seafood and
is "probably Slovenia‟s finest restaurant‟. Apparently it is hoping to
be the first restaurant in Slovenia to get a Michelin star! A good wine
to try here is the Goriska Chardonnay Sauvignon. www.topli-val-sp.si.
Fish from the rivers and coast is excellent, accompanied by delicious
local wines, which like most things in Slovenia is excellent value.
Beer, wine and coffee is not to be missed. It is all superb quality and a
fraction of UK prices. Our favourite beer is “Lasko” (green label). The
large word on the front of the bottle “Zlatorog” means 'goat' (but is
not the name of the beer). The Pink Panter is a pub worth mentioning.
For young children
Bovec there is a children‟s playground, swimming pool at Hotel Kanin,
short walks past farm animals in fields, meadows for playing and
picnicking, cable car up Mt Kanin for mountain trips, airstrip to watch
small planes and paragliders fly.