Known as the Emerald Beauty thanks to its sparkling green waters, the Soca River in western Slovenia is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Flowing from the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps, the river connects 12 cities as it makes it way to the Adriatic Sea. The river is best known for water sports, including kayaking, paddle boarding, rafting and fly-fishing. The fly-fishing season stars in April and rafting is popular April through October. The valley surrounding the Soca River offers a wealth of activities for visitors, from hiking and mountain biking to paragliding and canyoning. It is also home to the Walk of Peace, a well-marked hiking trail that follows the heritage of World War I and includes stops at several outdoor museums along the way.
One of the most popular towns along the Soca River is Bovec, which has been called the adrenaline capital of Slovenia. It is the perfect jumping off point for your active vacation in the mountains, but especially white water rafting, kayaking, paragliding and hiking.
Buses run from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana to Bovec twice a day on weekdays and the journey takes about three and a half hours and costs 14 Euro one-way. Buses also run between Bovec and Nova Gorica, as well as to Kranjska Gora and Bled in the summer.