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Bovec is located in northwestern Slovenia, close to border with Italy, 136 kilometres from the capital Ljubljana. The settlement lies in the Bovec Basin of the Soča Valley, below the eastern slopes of Mount Kanin in the Julian Alps, just by Triglav National ParkFrom spring time to autumn there are several bikinghiking and mountaineering trails to be explored, horseback trips to be taken, golf games to be played and a wide array of different white-water sports on the Soča river to choose from. The small sports airfield just by Bovec is interesting for paragliders and gliders all year round.

Bovec was attested in written sources in 1070 as Plecium and Pletium. During the 12th and 13th centuries, the name designated not only the settlement itself, but also the wider Upper Soča region, including the Trenta Valley. In ancient times, the area on the Roman road leading to the Predil Pass was part of the northeastern Venetia et Histria region of the Italia province.


Bovec itself was first mentioned in 1192, it was part of Tolmin County, which was conquered by the Republic of Venice in 1420 and added to the lands of Görz (Gorizia) in the south, which Maximilian had inherited in 1500.

bovec vojasko

In the past for Bovec was important trade route between the port of Triest and Wienna that passed the town. Later, the Bovec area was affected by the first World War battles. Today you can follow the traces from that time on the Walks of Peace.

Bovec soca

In 2007, part of the movie Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was shot close to Bovec.
Today, Bovec attracts especially with a wide array of sports activities, for adrenaline junkies and those who just want to relax in the nature. The town’s upbeat rhythm is maintained by numerous sports agencies, all kinds of events, and the hospitable locals.

bovec canyojing

You can find some unique villages in the land of Bovec: Srpenica, Žaga, Log Čezsoški, Čezsoča, Plužna, Log pod Mangrtom, Kal-Koritnica, Lepena, Soča and Trenta. The valleys arround Bovec are a playground for all kinds of sports all year round. In winter time the main attraction is the Kanin – Canin ski centre, but arround Bovec there are pistes for cross country skiing, and different sports agencies can take you on snow-shoe trips and sledding.


In Bovec, there are several traditional events and festivals. To mention just the bigger and traditional ones:

  • Festival Kluže: Is a festival of performing arts. There are concerts, several drama plays for adults and children. It takes place in July and August in different places arround Bovec, but especially in the Kluže Fortress. The programme of the Festival can be seen here: 
  • Bovec Thursday Evenings and Folklore Evenings begin in July, after the International Folklore Meeting which takes place in late June. On The Thursday Evenings there is a different concert each time and on Folklore Evenings there are singing and dancing performances of the local folklore group. All events take place in Bovec main square. More information: 
  • Čomparska noč can be translated into »potato night«. This is a folklore and entertaining event. Here you can try the local dish čompe an skuta, potatoes with cottage-cheese. The event takes place in Bovec on a weekend nearest to the 15th of August. More information: 
  • - The Eco descent down the Soča river, takes place every year after the main summer season on the Soča river has ended. Everyone can join and help clean the Soča river and it's surroundings to preserve them for the future generations. It normally takes place on one of the weekends in the first part of October. More information on organizer's web page: 
  • Bovec Outdoor Film Festival is all about (extreme) sports and nature. Along with the Film Festival takes place also the Festival of snow sculptures. The festivals usually take place in the last week of December. For more information about the Festivals: 
  • Freeride battle normally takes place in early March on Mt. Kanin ski area, just by the ski slopes. It is a competition of freeride skiers and snowboarders. For more information:  
  • Emaus takes place every Easter Monday on Mt. Kanin ski area. On this day gather old-time skiers from all arround and try to compete between themselves and show their skills in skiing the old way. It is usually very interesting and entertaining. More information: 




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