Lepena, Great Gorge of the Soča River
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Lepena, Great Gorge of the Soča River

Lepena, Great Gorge of the Soča River

This is one of the MUST visit places in the Soča Valley. If you have never seen Soča before you are probably wondering whether all the photos of it are taken by some enthusiastic Photoshop users. Well many of them were taken on this amazing location so go and see for yourself.


always open

free entry

Great Soča Gorge map
from Bovec take regional road Bovec – Trenta (R1 – 206)
10 km from Bovec turn right in the Soča village at the turning towards Lepena and Great Soča Gorge
park your car on one of the nearby parkings at the river bank
walk back to the bridge

on the left bank of the Gorge there’s a 750m long forest trail


This is where the Soča gorge ends and turbulent rapids caught between rock walls suddenly slow down in pools offering a stunning view. You will be immediately impressed by the palette of water’s deep turquoise shades. The colour of Soča here is indeed magical so make sure you don’t forget your camera.

The site is the most spectacular after some rain has showered our land. The holes carved in rocks get full of rainwater which then forms a silky curtain of tiny waterfalls pouring down the gorge’s steep walls, up to 15 meters high.


On a nice sunny warm summer day you can see people sunbathing on the rocks. Some brave individuals might also be swimming in the pools. If temptation is too big join them, but beware – the water is freezing. To survive this dive without any serious consequences hit up Bovec Rafting Team sports center and we will rent you a neoprene outfit.

Another warning comes to all of you who happen to be passionate paddlers. This part of the river is not suitable to paddle for your own safety. Certain parts of the gorge are very narrow with fast rapids. But you can grab your kayak and paddle from the end of the gorge downstream the Soča river.


On the other hand, you can take a walk upstream exploring the area. The trail on the left bank is marked and undemanding. It takes place a bit away from the gorge so expect to lose sight of it.

But near the Soča village this trail meets a hanging bridge over the part where river enters the gorge. From there a beautiful view of Soča opens again and if you dare set foot on wooden boards you will be rewarded by more great photos.

For additional inspiration read the Legend of the Soča River and learn all about where our emerald princess got her dynamic temper from.