Last night I was contemplating pictures from our travels, and noticed that waterfalls are something we tend to favor when making a decision on a new place to visit. For some reason, we’ve never bothered to look for waterfalls around the place where we live. So, I went to google and started to look for waterfalls in Friuli Venezia Giulia; and then Carinthia and Styria (the two south-eastern Austrian states, closest to Italy). None of these really caught my attention, so that I went further and started to also consider nearby Slovenia.
Immediately, I was surprised to notice so many waterfalls. Near and far from the Italian border. As a first experience, we decided to settle for the nearest ones (those in the Goriška region,to be specific). So, early in the afternoon, we left home and headed towards Kobarid, a nice small town (very well known to Italians for historical reasons – see the H. Hemingway novel A Farewell to Arms, if you’re curious) just after the border. It took us about 1h 30 to get there (from Codroipo, where we live); we arrived at about 1:30pm, just the right time to get a quick byte. Desy went for an health peach, whereas I opted for a much tastier (and, obviously fattier) bourek (some kind of sausage roll, which you can have with cheese, meat or) ham. We were then ready to walk towards our first intended destination, the Kozjak waterfalls.
The Kozjak Waterfalls
From the town of Kobarid, it’s very easy to reach the falls (map below can hopefully help you). We parked our car just after the Napoleon Bridge, and started the walk. After a couple hundred meters, the track was splitting. On the left it kept on going flat, whereas there was a stair going uphill on the right. We though this might’ve offered us some better view, so we opted for this one. Soon we’ve found ourselves inside of WWI trenches and walking on those paths which were once bloody battlefields. I’ve just discovered we followed what it’s called the Kobarid Historical Walk.
After several minutes, we joined back the track to the waterfalls, which was now entering the stream bed. We followed the track which runs on the side of it.
After several minutes walking, we saw some kind of cavern getting closer ahead of us. The track was now starting to climb up a little now, and there was a left bend ahead of the wooden pathway we were walking on. As soon as we followed the path’s turn, we found ourselves just in front of a magnificent waterfall, which seemed to originate from a ray of light.
And an emerald pool which had formed below. A picture is probably worth a thousand words here.
After taking a few shots of the waterfall, we decided to get back to the car, since it was getting late, and we were still hoping to be able to see our second intended destination, before dark. So we hurried to the car, picking the flat path this time, and just stopping for a couple of pictures from the cool suspended bridge.
The view from there is definitely fascinating.
We got our car and (after refueling) started to drive towards Bovec, a town a few kilometers north.
The Virje Waterfalls
We reached Bovec at around 4.15 and, following GPS directions, we’ve been able to reach our second destination for the day, the Virje Waterfalls. The GPS has been really handy here, since the waterfalls are a couple of kilometers away from the town of Bovec, in a small village called Plužna. Actually, it’s not that hard to reach them. From the Bovec town center, you need to take the main road going uphill. You then need to take a left, and follow signs for Plužna. Once you reach the village center, you’ll find a fountain, in front of you. Here you need to take a right (again, going uphill). From here, it’s just a couple of more minutes, until the (tiny) parking lot where you can leave your car. A 10 minute downhill path took us to the waterfalls, which looked amazing, especially because there was no one else around.
The atmosphere there was just surreal. Nature at its best.
Of course, it didn’t last long before someone else arrived…
Ater a few pictures, we decided to head back home, following the road towards the Tarvisio border (up north) this time. We wanted to take a different route and see new things (albeit from the car only), since it was starting to get late.
We’ve seen many interesting things, starting from the town of Bovec, which is definitely worth a visit and spending some time there. In the area there’s moreover a dense presence of WWI ruins, such as trenches and even fortresses.
We’ve been satisfied by our day and decided that we need to go back to see some other waterfalls in Slovenia, sooner rather than later. It’s simply ironic to have seen lot of waterfalls around the world, but not those which are just behind our courtyard.