Northwest of Ljubljana, there’s an area of snow capped mountains, lakes, and rivers, known as the Soča Valley (pronounced ‘socha’), which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area is dominated by one of Europe’s most stunning and beautiful rivers which gives the area its name the mighty Soča River. The Soča Valley is located along Slovenia’s border with Italy and the region includes the river Soča and all of its tributaries, from its source it then flows into and through the Nova Gorica flatlands.
The Soca’s distinctive turquoise hue flows for around 100km against a backdrop of high limestone mountains, covered in dense alpine forests and leading to lush meadows with an abundance of wildflowers. The eastern border of the valley runs across the high peaks of the Julian Alps mountain range which separate it from neighboring district of Bohinj. Large amounts of the region are part of the protected Triglavski Narodni Park (Triglav National Park) which is the biggest in Slovenia
The two major towns in the upper valley are Kobarid and Bovec and both popular with overseas property and domestic buyers. Other major towns in the region are Bovec, Kobarid, Tolmin, and Nova Gorica.
The Soča valley is a fly-fishing haven and fishing for the indigenous marble trout is extremely popular, as are a variety of other sports including; Hiking and kayaking and paragliding In the upper reaches of the Soča Valley the town of Bovec offers world class adventure sports and is a major attraction for tourists.
Kobarid is a town where you can learn about the history of the Soca valley. The region is famous from the First World War where the Soca front was the location of one of the most hard fought, vicious, blood mountain battles in history. For those interested in history of the region, Ernest Hemingway wrote about this valley in great detail in his famous book “A Farewell to Arms” bringing the areas beauty vividly to life.
If you are considering buying a property in the Soča Valley, make sure you visit and get a feel for the area and the property that best suits your needs. If you are considering overseas property investment or buying property in Slovenia, yu should definitely take a look at buying a Soča Valley property.