Bovec - Slovenia
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At the very heart of the Julian Alps, there are hidden valleys combining the Alpine impression with the Mediterranean influence. They are surrounded by steep walls from where hundreds of waterfalls drop down, from very small to surprisingly luxurious ones. Boka Waterfall that is the richest in water reigns among them. What all the waterfalls, streams and rivers of the Bovec Land have in common is not only crystal clear water but also the Soča River that brings them together and takes them to the Adriatic Sea. The emerald Soča River with its flow also attracts nature lovers who are taken with its colour, the adventurers trying its rapids and travellers discovering the natural and cultural beauties along it.
The Soča River begins its journey in the Trenta Valley where it seems the time has stopped. Unspoilt nature in Trenta invites the travellers to take the paths across the pastures full of flowers and rocky slopes. The life, nature and culture of the Julian Alps can be met in Trenta Lodge, the museum and information centre of the Triglav National Park covering more than half of the Bovec area. When the Soča continues its way like many other waters it struggles through extremely narrow necks and deep troughs that are sometimes only a meter-wide.
Then we are taken to Bovec that has kept its old stories, traditional customs and characteristic local cuisine. In Bovec and in the surrounding valleys, many traditional customs are linked to the Bovec sheep. Sheep still graze grass on the mountain pastures and local women still make products of wool whereas the men make delicious Bovec cheese.
Sheep's cheese and cottage cheese can often be found a part of the local cuisine. These tastes stick out when combined with potato in a dish called »čompe with cottage cheese« (potato with cottage cheese) or the »Bovec frika« (potato with cheese and minced lard) with which polenta goes so well. Gourmets get enthusiastic about »Bovec krafi«, a type of dumplings filled with dry pears, applesauce, raisins and walnuts.
The local cuisine of Bovec, culture and folklore are presented to visitors on thematic routes and at various events that diversify summer evenings. The history that shaped the life in the valleys and the slopes of Bovec presents itself in museum collections of the 1313 Society, the Kluže Fortress and numerous monuments. Most of the monuments are related to the battles and in particular to World War I. The walk of Peace takes us to places where the absurd war took so many lives and through the outdoor museum past the military monument and small churches. If the route takes us back to the North through a charming small Alpine valley and through a village of Log pod Mangartom towards the Predel mountain pass, the iron wounded lion commemorating the dead in the fight against the Napoleon army greets us along the way. Now, only a couple of turns prior, we can head for the Mangart Saddle and take a road that is at the highest altitude in Slovenia and when we reach the destination, we are served with a beautiful view of all sides.
The view from the Kanin mountain range is breath-taking. In the winter months, it accompanies us when going down the snow-covered slopes of Kanin where the cableway can also take us in summer. At the top, the view opens up over the winding of the Soča, Bovec and the mountains surrounding it. The Alpine panorama is spiced up by the Adriatic Sea glittering in the distance. One more surprise in the Bovec area. At this very moment that is so inspiring we can really breathe with ease and charge ourselves with the energy that will keep reminding us of the holiday in the Bovec area.
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