In today's AMT Story, we will talk about our home country, Slovenia, more precisely about Bovec, an alpine town in the north western part of Slovenia.
Before we focus on Bovec just a few words about Slovenia. As we Slovenians like to say, it has it all: Alpine twisties, Tuscany-like wine growing areas, picture perfect lakes, dense forests, high mountains, Adriatic coastline, medieval towns and castles, a perfect capital city with a castle overlooking the old town and the river, excellent wine, delicious food and friendly local people. Slovenia covers only a small patch of the European map, but it is rich in natural resources and cultural diversity, and it offers countless roads from your motorcycle wish list. You'll be pleasantly surprised and you'll wish you could stay longer.
Bovec is a part of very beautiful north-west Slovenia, home to the Soča Valley and Triglav National Park. Bovec is a small alpine town surrounded by high mountains, located alongside the turquoise and fairy-tale Soča River. It's a superb outdoor center for water sports, hiking, and other adrenaline-pumping activities. If we have a rest day in Bovec, we often go zip-lining in Učja Canyon, the biggest zipline park in Europe, and are rewarded with unique views of the Bovec Basin and the peaks of the Julian Alps. The whole area is amazing, and the views are spectacular. And so is the riding to, from, and around Bovec, amidst high alpine peaks. It's sometimes difficult to stay focused on the road and not look around! The area is also historically and culturally rich, as this area of peace and tranquility was the site of the infamous "Isonzo Front" during the WWI.
English speaking readers - and others - would love to know that near Bovec was the sight of an important battle where famous American Nobel Prize-winning author, Ernest Hemingway, drove an ambulance and found inspiration for "A Farewell to Arms".
Two of our tours will take you to Bovec. On our 9-day sLOVEnia tour you'll spend one night in Bovec, while on our 15 day long Alps Adriatic Adventure you'll enjoy a rest day in Bovec, allowing you to explore the Soča Valley or relax, admiring the high mountains and enjoying the local specialty – Soča trout, the largest trout in the world (Salmo marmoratus)!
TOP 5 list by AMT
1. Visit a WWI museum in Kobarid. Very sad, but must see exhibition of the Isonzo Front, the backdrop and inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms."
2. Go rafting or kayaking on the emerald green Soca River.
3. Ride to Mangart Saddle, the highest road in Slovenia
4. Visit beautiful Kozjak waterfall, the most picturesque waterfall in Slovenia.
5. Taste Soča trout, "frika", "krafi", "frtalja" and other untranslatable dishes.