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Day of the Soča, a river with a thousand faces

Author: Danila Golob

Date: 14. October 2022

Time to read: 1 min

The Soča is one of Europe’s most beautiful and best-preserved alpine rivers. It is regarded to have an important natural value for Triglav National Park, and, both in Slovenia and across the world, it is well known for its distinct emerald colour. 14 October is the day dedicated to it.

The 137 km-long alpine river with its mysterious Karst spring in the Trenta Valley, at the foot of the mighty Julian Alps, fascinates with its natural beauty.

The Soča River Valley, with its sustainable tourism development, was thus the first place in Slovenia to earn the title of European Destination of Excellence (EDEN).

The Soča River is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, especially kayakers, fishermen, photographers and those just looking for relaxation in nature. Rafting is one of the most popular experiences on the Soča River.

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In recent decades the river has hosted several major international kayaking competitions. In 2007, Disney Studios filmed some scenes of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian on its rapids.

The Soča, a river of memories

The Soča is more than just a river. It connects two countries, two cultures and two nations. It leaves its mark on individuals, landscape and time.

The Soča River Valley also preserves the soul-stirring legacy of the First World War. It was the site of 11 major battles in that war.

Today it is the Path of Peace which reminds us of that time and is a reminder of the urgent need to preserve peace.

The celebration of Day of the Soča encourages the coexistence of all who live in the in the area between its source and its outfall, artistic creation related to the river and life along its banks, and scientific and research studies of the river and raises our awareness of the importance of protecting it and improving its natural state into the future.