When somebody says adventure, most people immediately think of bungee jumping in New Zealand or whitewater rafting in the Swiss Alps and of course…no wait. Slovenia? Where is that? What do you know about Slovenia? Did you know it is one of the greenest countries in the world? Did you know there’s a small town in Slovenia with less than 1700 people, known as the adventure capital of Europe?
Surrounded by mountain peaks over 2000m, Bovec is situated in the heart of the Soča valley, just outside of the Triglav National Park. Being a summer and winter resort, Bovec attracts adventure and adrenaline lovers all year long. Let’s talk about this place. Here’s 5 best things to do in Bovec, Slovenia
Enjoy an Amazing Sunset (or Sunrise) at the Mangart Saddle
Drive up the highest mountain road in Slovenia in the heart of Triglav National Park, all the way up to 2072m above sea level, sit at the edge of a 200m cliff (just be careful) and enjoy the views of the Slovenian Julian Alps on one side and Laghi di Fusine lakes on the Italian side.
The mountain road is 12km long and quite narrow in some places. You should expect about 1 hour drive from Bovec to the saddle. Fun fact: for adrenaline lovers, there’s an alternative way down, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s paragliding. The Mangart saddle is a very popular staring point for paragliders. You will see why. The views are amazing and very dramatic.
Whitewater Rafting Down the Soča River
This is a big one. Whitewater rafting is definitely the most popular adventure activity in the Soča valley. I think adrenaline and adventure aren’t even the main reason people decide to do rafting here. The beauty of the river is definitely the main reason. The color of the water and the fact that the water is so clear you can see every stone and fish in the river is someting you don’t see every day.
As far as adrenaline goes, if you’re looking for a really adventurous rafting tour, you must visit Bovec when the water level of the river is high, that is generally from April till the end of June, when the snow is melting, or anytime after a heavy rainfall. In the summer time (July, August) the water level usually drops a bit and therefore rafting becomes possible also for less adventurous people, as well as families with young kids. I advise you to contact us first to make sure the conditions are right for you.
Canyoning Trips in Bovec
If adventure and adrenaline is the main purpose of your travel, you can’t afford not to go canyoning, especially because Bovec is one of the best places in the world to do that! Now what is canyoning? It’s a fairly new sport, so many people don’t know about it, but everyone falls in love with it as soon as the try it.
Canyoning is basically exploring the numerous canyons of small rivers – the tributaries of the Soča river. In these stunning canyons you will come across waterfalls and you will feel like you’re in a natural waterpark. You will slide and jump down most of the waterfalls, but on the higher ones you will use rope to decend down – in some canyons the waterfalls are up to 45m high! Find out more about canyoning here.
Enjoy your ride with the Kanin cable car
Bovec is home to the highest ski resort in Slovenia – Kanin ski resort. It is a paradise for skiers (especially off piste skiers) in the winter time and hikers and mountain bikers in the summer time. The 6 kilometer cable car takes you all the way from Bovec (460m above the sea level) to the ski slopes located at 2300m above the sea level. On a clear day, the view goes all the way to the Adriatic sea.
So there is a list of our favorite things to do in Bovec, Slovenia. There is so much more to do here and we could go on and on with the list, but we don’t want to give it all away just yet. 😉
Have you been to Bovec yet? We’d love to hear about it. What was you favorite activity? Let us know in the comments.