Municipality Bovec is a mountainous region in the Julian Alps, situated in the north-western side of Slovenia. It covers around 1.100 km² with about 3.300 inhabitants. The region has a sub-Mediterranean, Alpine and moderate continental climate, so summers in the valley are pleasantly warm, while winters tend to be mild, compared to other destinations in the Julian Alps. Its central city is Bovec (483 m), which has developed into an important tourism center. Municipality borders to the Italian municipalities Tarvisio, Chiusaforte and Resia, and the Slovenian municipalities Kobarid and Kranjska Gora. Road connections lead through the mountain passes Predil (1156 m), Vršič (1611 m) and Učja (650 m) or down the valley through southern towns Kobarid and Tolmin. The region lies at the crossroads of three major European cultural areas – Slavic, Germanic and Roman.
A large part of the municipality lies inside the Triglav National Park, where nature can be seen in all its glory. It is the only national park in Slovenia, which boasts a number of natural sights, including the Julian Alps with Triglav (2864 m), Slovenia’s highest mountain. The Triglav National Park is famous for its karst water sources, rivers, streams and picturesque glacial lakes and also endemic species of mountain flowers and animal life.
The Soča River springs from a mysterious karst source in Trenta in the heart of the Julian Alps, and, together with complex topography, as a result of glacial transformation, creates typical alpine scenery: deep valleys surrounded by high mountains. The Soča river is famous for its deep emerald colour, groges and brisk rapids in the upstream area. Most popular activities on the river are water sports like kayaking, rafting and riverboarding, as well as international kayaking competitions, and also fishing. Furthermore, several scenes for the Disney film »The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian« were shot on the Soča rapids. The Land of Bovec and the Soča Valley became a »European Destination of Excellence« with the project »Tales of the Soča« in 2008.
The region is well known for variety of options for recreation like paragliding, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, caving, cycling and canyoning. There are also golf, volleyball and tennis court and zip line park. Winter sports include cross-country skiing, guided (night) sledding or snowshoe hiking, ice skating, ice climbing and skiing in the Kanin-Sella Nevea ski resort, which is also popular in the summer, as a great location for discovering mountainous karst features like some of the deepest caves in the world, grooves, pits, clints, and also natural limestone bridge and window.
Rich cultural heritage and history of the valley are reflecting in the museums and private collections, open-air museum Ravelnik, fortress Kluže, churches and monuments. There is also an Ethnological path through Bovec, which links various folkloric characteristics and features of Bovec with a special focus on important events through history.
The region is also well known for its local traditional events like Farm Games, Potato Night, Trenta Fair and The Kluže Festival; and even some international events like Freeride Battle Kanin, Festival of Snow Sculptures, Bovec Outdoor Film Festival and Trenta International Music Forum.
In the field of tourism, the destination has a lot to offer by way of its protected natural values, historical heritage and tradition and several linguistic and culinary specialities like »bovški sir« (Bovec cheese), »bovški krafi« (Bovec pockets) and »čompe in skuta« (potatoes and cottage cheese).
Photography: Archive LTO Bovec - David Štulc Zornik