|Region||Gorizia Statistical Region|
|Starting point||“Okrepčevalnica Tolminska korita” Restaurant parking lot Address: Zatolmin 66 a, 5220 Tolmin|
|Route length||5 km (3.18 miles)|
|route duration||2 h|
|Best time to visit||summer, spring, early autumn|
|Appropriate for||Baby Strollers , Baby Carriers , 1-3 years of age , 3-6 years of age , 6+ years of age , Dandy Horses, Bikes|
|Level of difficulty||Moderately demanding route|
The Tolmin Gorges are the lowest and probably the most beautiful entry point into the Triglav National Park. They include the gorges of both Tolminka and Zadlaščica rivers, which are one of the most magnificent natural sights around here. The circular path goes through the gorges of Tolminka and Zadlaščica riverbeds. The biggest attractions here are the large wedged rock called “Medvedova glava” (The Bear’s Head), the Devil's Bridge (which stretches 60 m/196 feet high over the Tolminka River) and the Zadlaška Cave/Dante's Cave (which is a thermal spring).
In summer, Slovenians like to visit the gorgeous Soča River. Get to know this emerald beauty a little better and read a few interesting facts.
1. SOČA RIVER SOURCE: The Emerald Soča is formed by water that accumulates in the area of Jalovec, Šite, Travnik and Mojstrovka springs from a cave with a small subterranean lake and flows through a narrow gorge, which soon opens up. (Source: soca-valley.com)
2. OLD NAMES: The upper part of the Soča is also known by the old name of Šnita. The river was recorded in antiquity as Aesontius, Sontius, and Isontius. The Slovene name Soča is derived from the form *Sǫťa, which was borrowed from Latin (and Romance) Sontius. In turn, this is probably based on the substrate name *Aisontia, presumably derived from the PIE root *Hei̯s- 'swift, rushing', referring to a quickly moving river. (Source: en.wikipedia.org website)
3. TRIBUTARIES: Soča has many beautiful tributaries. Its main ones are Koritnica, Tolminka, Idrijca and Vipava in Slovenia; and Torre in Italy.
4. SOČA RIVER TEMPERATURES: Only the brave or those who wear wetsuits can bathe in the Soča River. In the years 2004–2010, it had an average temperature of 10.5 ° C (50.9 °F) in the bathing season. The highest recorded temperature ever was 13.8 ° C (56.8 °F), in Tolmin 12.0 ° C/ 53.6 °F (highest 15.1 ° C/59.1 °F), in Kanal 15.3 ° C/59.5 °F (highest 21.3 ° C/70.3 °F) and in Solkan 14.3 ° C/57.7 °F (highest 18.8 ° C/65.84 °F). Low water temperatures are mainly due to the supply of the river from many karst springs in the entire course up to the town of Solkan.
5. WAR: Between 1915 and 1917, the Soča/Isonzo Front ran through the Soča Valley and the surrounding mountains above it, claiming more than 300,000 lives of Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers.
6. SOČA RIVER AS AN INSPIRATION: Soča inspired the Slovenian poet Simon Gregorčič to dedicate his most famous patriotic poem titled To the Soča River. Here is the first stanza:
You are splendid, limpid daughter of the heights,
You are graceful in your natural beauty,
When your transparent depths
Are not disturbed by the
Wrath of darksome storms,
You are splendid, limpid daughter of the heights!
7. TROUGHS: The deep and narrow troughs carved into the lively valley are a special feature of the Soča River. They appeared due to a certain change in the environment (e.g. glacial retreat, tectonic movement, etc.). The most beautiful are the Mala korita Troughs just before the mouth of the Vrsnik Stream and the Velika korita Troughs before the mouth of Lepenjica Stream. The Soča Troughs (Korita Soče pri Kršovcu) are just as amazing to look at.
8. A SPORTS PARADISE: The upper course of the Soča RIver is ideal for kayakers, canoeists, rafters, canyoning… The surrounding peaks are ideal for hikers and mountain bikers. From the Soča Valley, many mountain trails lead to the surrounding 2,000-meter (6,561 feet) peaks (Kriške pode, Triglav, Bavški Grintavec, Kanin, Krn, Rombon ...) and other mountaintops: Svinjak, Kobariški Stol, Matajur ... You can walk the 20-kilometre (12-mile) long Soča Trail which starts at the Soča River Source.
9. WATERFALLS: Numerous beautiful waterfalls grace the Soča River surroundings, namely Kozjak Waterfall, Virje Waterfall, Kaludrica Stream, Fratarica Stream, Predarica Stream with waterfalls, Globoški Stream with waterfalls, Zapotoški Waterfalls, Šunikov vodni gaj Nature Reserve, etc. Let us not forget the Boka Waterfall, located near the town of Bovec, which is the the most powerful Slovenian waterfall with a total height of 144 m (472 feet) and a width of 18 m (59 feet).
10. HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS ON THE SOČA RIVER: Soča River has seven large dams, with four of them in Italy and three of them (hydroelectric power plants) in Slovenia. The website of SENG (Soške elektrarne Nova Gorica/Soča hydroelectric power plant Nova Gorica) states that their long-term plan is to build dams on the upper Soča and Učja rivers, which would mean the destruction of our great pearl. Fortunately, individuals and movements like the Balkan Rivers Defense are committed to preserving our beautiful emerald.
Okrepčevalnica Tolminska korita Restaurant
The restaurant serves both local and traditional dishes. It is located near the troughs, so it is perfect for a short stop for lunch or dinner after visiting the Tolmin Gorges.
00386 41 916 152
Vita, Olja and Juna Recommend
You should definitely try out how cold the Soča River is (with your finger at least). No one will blame you for not bathing in it. Brrrrr. Guess how many degrees it has. The answer lies in the Interesting Facts section above.