The Soča River - Gallery
In one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys in Europe, the Soča (pronounced So-cha) river springs from limestone mountains in the north western part of the Julian Alps. Flowing majestically alongside mountain meadows, through steep gorges and under towering mountains until it reaches Italy, becoming the Isonzo then ending its lengthy journey into the Adriatic sea. Apart from its setting, what makes this river so amazing and memorable is its vivid emerald green colour and gin clear water.
So unique and extraordinary is this area that is was awarded the ‘European Destination of Excellence’ in 2008 by the European commission. The first of four areas (Kolpa River, Idrija and Solčavsko Region) here in Slovenia. The diversity and culture of the river and valley is reflected in the amount of things to see and do. There is something for everybody whether you like fly-fishing, mountain biking, a quiet stroll alongside meadows and rivers or hiking in the mountains. Or if you prefer something to get the adrenaline going there is white water rafting, kayaking, Paragliding, canyoning, and much more.
If you like history the Soča Valley has it in abundance. You can explore the 'Walk of Peace' which follows the heritage of the First World War and the outdoor museums. Also the award winning Kobarid museum will guide you through the history of the area.
The Soča (in Slovene) or Isonzo (in Italian) (other names Friulian: Lusinç, archaic German: Sontig, Latin: Aesontius or Sontius) is a 140 km long river that flows through western Slovenia and northeastern Italy. An Alpine river in character, its source lies in the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, at an elevation of around 1,100 metres. The river runs past Slovenia's highest peak, Triglav (2,864 m) before heading south past the towns of Bovec, Kobarid, Tolmin, Kanal ob Soči, Nova Gorica (where it is crossed by the Solkan Bridge) and Gorizia, entering the Adriatic Sea close to the Italian town of Monfalcone.
Whatever you do in the Soča Valley you will never be far from stunning views of the Emarald River.