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The Valley of the Emerald Soča River

The River Soča, which has a distinct emerald green colour, is considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe.

Its water flows across waterfalls, small waterfalls, and cascades as well as through narrow rocky gorges, and along the way it has carved surprising canyons and pools. The river and its tributaries excite the lovers of natural beauty and seekers of adventurous water sports , such as wildwater kayaking, rafting, canyoning etc. A renowned fish lives in the River Soča – the Soča Trout, which attracts fishermen from all over the world. The mountainous landscape above the River Soča was the scene of the largest mountain battle in history during World War I. The Soča Valley was the first destination in Slovenia to earn the title European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) due to its sustainable development of tourism. Part of the reason for this is due to its stories of peace along the Path of Peace. Learn about all of the EDEN destinations in Slovenia.

If you begin exploring the valley at the picturesque source of the River Soča, the first town of some size is Bovec. Its surrounding area is known for breaking natural records. Nearby, there is the Boka Waterfall, the waterfall that has the most abundant flow of water in Slovenia. It is 144 m high. The Trenta Valley is the home of the Triglav National Park information Centre, named after Mt. Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia. Mountain trails also take you to Lake Krn, the largest high-elevation mountain lake in Slovenia. The cheese made from the milk of the indigenous Bovec sheep that graze in the surrounding mountain pastures can be tasted on your way to Mt. Mangart, which you can reach by taking the highest mountain road in Slovenia. The Bovec area is a paradise for water sports, hiking, biking, paragliding, and other activities in nature.