The emerald Soča River is the most beautiful river in Slovenia. Its headwaters spring up in the heart of Triglav National Park, under the steep peaks of the Julian Alps. Over countless centuries, it has carved its way through deep gorges and valleys nestled amongst the Alpine peaks. It weaves through subalpine country, along the vineyard-spotted Brda Hills, to the plains of the Goriška Region where it eventually reaches the Adriatic Sea. The Soča Valley is primarily an untouched natural environment. Throughout the river valley, one can find only a few small, friendly and hospitable towns (Bovec, Kobarid, Tolmin and Kanal). There are also many picturesque mountain villages and an endless variety of natural wonders, the ruins of the paradise garden of mythical Zlatorog (Gold Horn). The first major town centre is Nova Gorica, which is situated at the end of the valley. Due to its rich natural features, the Soča Valley remains a key destination for active visitors who are looking to get a little exercise, relax their minds, and open their hearts.
The Soča Valley, an area at the primal cusp of the high mountains and the littoral, surprises with its rich and green tourist offer. Here, not only nature and the sustainable tourism offer is green, but also the valley’s greatest peculiarity, a beauty that flows with vivid emerald shades, Soča, one of the most beautiful European rivers. Simon Gregorčič, one of Slovenia’s most prominent poets, called it the »Clear daughter of the mountains«. The diverse landscape offers almost unlimited opportunities for cultural and historical experiences, for sports activities and relaxation. Friendly locals know how to make their guests feel at home with their excellent local cuisine.
The Soča Valley is a young and quickly growing tourist destination, the range of offers and the variety of accommodation options is rising from day to day. Lovers of nature can choose between the lightness of campsites or the hospitality of tourist farms and the excellence of their home-made food. In the summer time, hikers are given shelter by mountain huts. Young people can meet visitors from all over the world in youth hotels and hostels. Cottages, apartments and private rooms offer the right measure of domesticity, privacy and comfort. The same is true for hotels and boarding houses – they are small and friendly, with an excellent culinary and other offer.