Kobarid and Soča river
Kobarid is a small village near Soča river, where people nowadays try to connect sustainable agriculture with nature conservation as well as they can. This village has a big historical meaning since it was strongly connected to one of the most bloody sites during the world war I (Battle of the Isonzo). In the present time, there is a museum opened in Kobarid for this matter.
Soča river (or Isonzo river) is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. It is well known for its beautiful color due to chemical reactions of the rocky river bed and its low temperatures. On this river, there are some sports allowed (canyoning, rafting etc.) as well as fishing, but a fishing allowance must be purchased before. There are a lot of rangers around the area, that have control over fishermen, so not buying the allowance would not be a smart idea. There is also a possibility for people who like to hike to visit the source of the river; the path is short but a bit steep at the very end. Downstream of this beautiful site there is a bridge, that crosses Soča river where jumping competition is held every year. The bridge has 23,6 meters of height and every year there are a lot of visitors loudly cheering for the people, brave enough to do the jump.
The valley was discovered in the end of 19th century, and because of its touristic potential, wooden bridges were built along 1,6 km of the valley. When walking on these bridges you can experience the strength of water curving its way through rocks and slowly taking them with it. In case there is a lot of rain water the gorge is closed for tourism for safety reasons, so be sure to check, before you decide to visit.
Bohinj and Bled lakes
Both lakes were formed around 10 000 years ago when glacier, covering the valley thawed away.
Bled is the smaller of two lakes, that attracts more tourists because of its idyllical sight in all seasons. The lake has a small island in the middle of the lake, with stairs coming up to a church, where weddings take place. The only way to actually get to this island is a boat or kayak, which you can rent or you can pay someone to take you there. There is also a road, leading around the lake, which you can make by walking, cycling or driving in a horse carriage. Along the road, be sure to look up on the highest hill where you will see the Bled’s castle. There are a lot of other things you can do here as well. In summer time swimming is allowed in some parts of the lake, so be sure to keep an eye out for the signs. The water here gets really warm since there are only small streams that provide it with water and one output stream. In the summer time, you can of course also take a hike to some of the nearby hills or go sledding. This is also possible to do in the winter season, as well as skiing.
Bled’s cream cake
Along the way around the lake, you will pass a lot of restaurants and bars, where the most common thing they will serve will be this cream cake. Actually, this is a traditional cake, that can be bought everywhere in Slovenia, but the best are made at Bled. In case you are in a hurry and you do not wish to leave without this cake, you can also go to a drive in to buy it! In case you are feeling up to experimentation, I have found a recipe, but either way is sure to try the traditional one as well.
Bohinj lake and Savica waterfall
Savica waterfall is a waterfall you can reach after a short hike, following a well marked and unproblematic path. At the top, there is a wooden house, from where you can observe the waterfall and in case the water level is low enough and there is no danger, you can also get closer to the waterfall, feeling the drops of water being sprayed on your skin.
This stream then continues it’s way and flows into Bohinj lake, which is the biggest permanent lake in Slovenia. There are fewer tourists here than at lake Bled, so this is a must visit, when you want to feel one with nature. The reason behind this is the fact that water temperature is lower here as it is at Bled. There is also less to do. The only attractions here are a church, a bridge and a camping site at the other side of the lake. There are no many parking spots along the road and there are no restaurants and bars around.
On this location, I recommend kayaking or hiking on mountains surrounding the lake. Be sure to enjoy the silence and the look on one of the most beautiful U-shaped valleys that the glacier left behind in Europe!