Trenta Valley

Located in the heart of the Triglav National Park, the Trenta valley is remote from the everyday hustle-and-bustle of city life. The valley is known for its natural beauty and wide choice of adventure activities. It’s a valley where the source of the Soca river is. Soca is considered as one of the most beautiful rivers in Slovenia and the source of the Soca is ranked as one of the most stunning karst springs in Slovenian Alps. It’s a place of unspoiled nature with a healthy if harsh climate. Natural and cultural attractions are located along the entire length of the Trenta valley and you can choose between various points of interest including: the Kugy monument, the source of the Soca river, the Mlinarica trough, the Alpinum Juliana botanical garden, and the Triglav National Park information centre at Log, which features an interesting presentation of Slovenia’s only National Park with an accompanying collection of folk art.

Trenta valley
The Trenta valley is located in the heart of the Triglav National Park in northwestern Slovenia near the border with Italy. Natural and cultural attractions are located along the entire length of the valley.
Address: Tourist Association Soca-Trenta, Trenta 31, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.38036, 13.75264
GPS coordinates: 46° 22′ 49.2960” N     13° 45′ 9.5040” E
Scenic Trenta valley, Slovenia
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Traditional houses in the Trenta valley
Traditional houses in the Trenta valley, Slovenia
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The source of the Soca river
The beginning of one of the most beautiful rivers in Slovenia. A small waterfall which appears out of the mountainside. It’s difficult to see, hard to photograph, but this is the source of the river Soca.
Address: Trenta 72, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.40952, 13.72540
GPS coordinates: 46° 24′ 34.2864” N     13° 43′ 31.4436” E
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Soca river at the Trenta valley
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Soca Gorge is located immediately before the village of Soca (approximately 10 km from Trenta), by the road from Bovec to Trenta. The trough is 750 meters long, 15 meters deep and in sometimes with river banks only 2 meters apart. It could be seen from a footbridge.
Address: Soca 34, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.34138, 13.67687
GPS coordinates: 46° 20′ 28.9716” N     13° 40′ 36.7536” E
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Monument to Dr. Julius Kugy
The bronze figure of Dr. Julius Kugy (1858-1944), explorer of the Slovenian Alps, gazes towards Jalovec and other majestic peaks that rise above Trenta. The monument is situated on the Bovec–Vrsic road at the 49th bend on the Vrsic road.
Address: Trenta 67, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.40385, 13.74234
GPS coordinates: 46° 24′ 13.8600” N     13° 44′ 32.4348” E
Kugy monument in the Trenta valley
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Mlinarica trough
The picturesque Mlinarica gorge with steep high walls is an important natural attraction in the Triglav National Park. The Mlinarica torrential stream has carved a 1 km long and 100 metres deep gorge, which narrows down into breathtaking troughs just before its confluence with the Soca river. One of the most amazing parts of the gorge is the 8 meters high fall to the mouth of the troughs. To access it, park your car in the large parking lot on the left side of the the Bovec–Trenta–Vrsic road about 500 meters before the 49th bend on the Vrsic road. Across the road you will see a marked trail for viewing the lower course of the Mlinarica and the gorge.
Address: Trenta 66a, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.40267, 13.74581
GPS coordinates: 46° 24′ 9.6372” N     13° 44′ 44.9160” E
 Mlinarica troughs in Trenta, Slovenia

 
Alpinum Juliana alpine botanical garden
The Alpinum Juliana alpine botanical garden is Slovenia’s first and only Alpine botanical garden in natural surroundings. It was founded in 1926 by Albert Bois de Chesne. It’s protected as a monument of landscaped nature and a natural treasure of national importance. This stunning botanical garden hosts almost all existing Alpine botanical species (over 600) , including Scabiosa Trenta, the flower to which famous mountaineer from Trieste, Mr. Julius Kugy, dedicated great part of his life. It is located an altitude of some 800 m, covering an area of 2572 m². You can visit the garden via the Bovec-Trenta road. Near the church of the Virgin Mary of Loreto, there is a clearly visible signpost for the garden on the right.
The garden is open from 1st of May till the 30st of September, daily from 8:30 to 18:30. Entrance fee is €3.
Address: Trenta 64, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.39663, 13.74541
GPS coordinates: 46° 23′ 47.8752” N     13° 44′ 43.4760” E
Alpinum Juliana botanical garden in the Trenta valley
(photo: bovec.si)

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Butterflies on a flower at the Alpinum Juliana alpine botanical garden in Trenta
Butterflies on a flower in the Alpinum Juliana alpine botanical garden in Trenta, Slovenia
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Triglav National Park information centre at Log
At the information center you can visit an exhibition on the natural features of the Trenta Valley and the Soča Valley, and in the Trenta Museum you can learn about the rich cultural and ethnological heritage of the region. Open all year except between November 1st to December 26th (from December 27 until April 26 from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14.00; from April 27 until June 30 from 10.00 to 18.00; from July 1 until August 31 from 9.00 to 19.00; from September 1 to October 31 from 10.00 to 18.00). Entrance fee is €5.
Address: Trenta 31, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.38036, 13.75264
GPS coordinates: 46° 22′ 49.2960” N     13° 45′ 9.5040” E
Triglav National Park information centre at Log
Image by Vicente Villamón / CC BY-SA 2.0

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska to the Trenta Valley (drive 55 km, 1 hour 15 minutes)

Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Bled to the Trenta Valley (drive 64 km, 1 hour 18 minutes)

You can also extend your trip and visit the Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin area with some really wonderful natural and cultural attractions, like the beautiful Soca river, the world renowned World War I Museum in Kobarid, the Kozjak waterfall near Kobarid (which is famous for an underground chamber with a pool of emerald water), Tolmin gorges, Boka and Virje Waterfalls near Bovec, Ossuary of Italian Soldiers in Kobarid, and Fort Kluze near Bovec. Click here for more info.

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