On my recent visit to Slovenia, my first introduction to this stunningly beautiful landscape was the drive from Ljubljana Airport along the valley between the Italian / Slovenian Alps to the west and the Triglav National Park to the east, finally crossing a twisting over mountain pass to town of Bovec.
These jagged mountain peaks, rising high into the clouds above, provide a breathtaking beauty of forested slopes and bare, exposed grey mountain tops blending into the clouds above. The first thing that strikes you is the abundance of natural woodland stretching in every direction as far as the eye could see, broken only in places by small farmsteads and scattered homes, cameos in this green woodland blending into nature perfectly.
The drive to Borec, is about 120km and took roughly one and a half hours. This would be my base for the night in Hotel Mangart. Also set in a valley between the mountains with Rombon Mountain at 2208m to the rear of the hotel pointing skyward in a single peak. It’s resembles Mount Everest has locally earned a a title as the Slovenian Matterhorn. Around the village, farmers were gathering in the hay from the fields and visitors were relaxing outside the bar on the street enjoying the cool evening breeze. Bovec is a center for outdoor activities such as hiking, water sports in the Soča Valley and River, caving, skiing, rafting, trekking to mention a few.
Slovenia, a European Destinations of Excellence
The European Destinations of Excellence project, or EDEN, was designed by the European Commission in accordance with the guidelines of European tourist policy.
Slovenia Tourist Board – https://www.slovenia.info/en