The Emerald Beauty – Soca River in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

The Emerald Beauty – Soca River in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

The Soča River, Slovenia. A 138 km (86 mi) long river was also known as Aesontius in Latin. It mainly flows through Slovenia, except for 43 km (27 mi) it runs through Italy, where, in the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps, the source is found. However those who want to experience the wonderful route go to Slovenian part.

The river is obviously famous for its crystal clear turquoise water – its second name is the Emerald Beauty. Not many rivers in the world retain such color through all the length. The natural wonder attracts many adventurers: various water sports are very popular here, mainly kayaking and fishing. The unspoiled nature and canyons also provide great opportunities to hike or even paraglide.

Why to go there?

A truly picturesque site, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, offering various outside activities.

When to go there?

Summer is the best time to go, while winter can be challenging.

How to get there?

There are several towns from which you can reach the river: Trenta in Italy, Nova Gorica or Bovec in Slovenia and Villach in Austria. Get there by car or train.

Lead photo by Reinhard Pantke


Photo by Alan Gorjan


Photo by Andreas Resch


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Photo by Uros Podlogar Photography


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