Explore Soča Valley
The Soča Valley is the leading outdoor destination in Slovenia, it is a valley of action, festivals and discoveries. The emerald green river enables various water sports and numerous thematic trails run along the river that uncover the heritage of the First World War as well as other stories of the valley.
We advise all festival goers to plan some extra time for exploring. Here are some recommendations for Butik Festival goers.
The memorial church of the Holy Spirit stands in an exceptional natural environment of the Julian Alps, above the alp Polog. Today, is not only a unique artistic jewel, but it has also preserved the symbolic mission of peace. It reminds visitors of the horrors of the war and at the same time it also calls for reconciliation and for inner and everlasting peace. In the year 2007 the church received the European Heritage Label.
Even if you are not very into history or churches do not miss a chance to visit this place. The surroundings are unreal! Javorca is also a great starting point for visiting the source of Tolminka river. It’s an easy hike, but it takes approximately 1.5h, so make sure you have enough time.
Getting there: There is a shuttle for 1€ running from Tolmin town to Javorca, see this link for more information.
3. Water sports
Water sports are what the valley is best known for. Try rafting on Soča river or canyonning if you are more of an adrenaline junkie. There are many sport agencies in Soča Valley, but the closest to the festival is Maya.
You will need half-day for these activities so we advise you to book an extra night or two before the festival!
4. SUPing on Most na Soči lake
SUP or stand up paddle is also a water sport but we wanted to put it separately because:
- you only need a couple of hours for this activity
- you can SUP at the festival ground because lake Most na Soči stretches all the way up to the festival beach.
You can rent a SUP and find more info here.
A cross-border museum with an amazing view of the Soča Valley, preserves the memory of the third defence line of the Italian Army during the Isonzo Front.
It is a 13 km scenic drive from Tolmin. If you have your own vehicle, enjoy some history and magnificent views – go for it!
…and much more!
These are just some ideas for things to do and see near the festival. If you have more time, head up the valley and explore a bit more.
Click here fore more activities and sights or see video below to get inspired.