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Slovenia is a land of little known yet wonderfully impacting nature. The trees, mountains, rivers and canyons are some of the most awesome places in Europe. We have been to the country several times and each time there’s always something new we find that makes a lifetime memory of the impressive nature.
This past visit we spent some great time in Triglav National Park. It is massive, covering the whole NW corner of the country. What may be only 16 miles apart in terms of aerial distance can take four hours of driving to reach because the peaks are so lofty and the roads so narrow.
On this trip we hiked a great many canyons. It is perfect in summer, the rushing water is refreshingly cool and the mountain trails are full of liberating air. We noticed that the Slovenian word for waterfall is ‘Slap’ and so we began to track down these wonders. Here are three which we most thoroughly enjoyed hiking.
The waterfall is set within a very unique enclosed canyon. You almost cannot hear it just a hundred yards away. The trail is narrow and the viewing platform is small, but it is absolutely our favorite for its unique setting, like a real miracle of nature where water has carved out a massive rock bowl and a small stream continues on. It is an easy thirty minute walk from some parking outside the town of Kobarid. There’s no fee to access this area. Its possible to swim at the bottom of the waterfall and it is refreshing.
This is one of the most famous waterfalls in the country because it is really long and comes straight down a slanted cliff face with a beautiful turquoise pool at the base. It costs three Euros to park and three to access the waterfall. The walk take around 25 minutes each way and there are a good amount of stairs but the path is well kept. You can observe it from a distance or up close, and the views of lake Bohinj are worthwhile too. Its just a twenty minute drive from the famous Lake Bled.
There are many pretty gorges in Slovenia but this one takes the cake. The water is crystal clear and has a beautiful blue glow in certain parts. The entry to this gorge is five Euros per person and there are a good number of stairs. It can get a little crowded when tour buses arrive, but be sire to check out the famous caves, the wedged rock and see the hot springs that join the river. There isn’t any real swimming access here, but the place is very photogenic.