Bistro Grad Štanjel is located in the centre of the medieval castle in the Karst village of Štanjel. Our dishes always consist of home-made ingredients, authentic aromas and Karst tastes - your tasting buds will remind you of your Nona’s warm hands that cooked for you with those exact thoughts. We pamper you for breakfast, brunch or lunch and you can also enjoy a dinner.
The monument - a signpost built by infantry regiment IR 43 - was erected in honor of the commander of the 7th Austro-Hungarian Corps, Archduke Joseph, and also had a signpost function, as it marks the distance to Lokvica and Kostanjevica. The throne of Borojevic (Cesar's - Borojevic's stone chair) was named after the commander of the 5th Austro-Hungarian army, Svetozar Borojevic von Bojna.
Borut Leban is a younger generation winemaker which treads his own path of producing ecological wines from amphoras. He is further developing the knowledge and experience from the field of classical winemaking, which he was taught by his father Vili, in a completely new direction of orange wines. Ripening of gapes in the vineyards and of the wine in amphoras is dictated solely by nature. And that can be tasted in every drop of the “drink of the gods” which you can taste in his cellar. He invites you into his story by presenting the process of making wine from amphoras and offers you a tasting.
The neatly arranged garden and large plant collection ensure a pleasant horticultural experience. The 150-year-old cedar trees, box trees neatly arranged in circular beds, blooming pergolas and the palm house, a replica of that found in the Schönbrunn Botanical Garden in Vienna, together make a beautiful garden that is protected as a horticultural monument. Its beginnings go back to 1848 when the Scaramangà family from Trieste started building a garden alongside its villa in Sežana, filling it with plants from all over the world. The family expanded the garden and took good care of it up until the end of World War II, when it was nationalised and opened to the public. Today, the garden features a collection of nearly 200 plants from around the world. The most beautiful and valuable trees in the park include the Lebanon cedar, the coffee plant, the Bornmueller Turkish fir, the giant sequoia, the Judas tree, the yew tree, the Osage orange with its unusual big green fruits and the Spanish fir. The garden contains beautiful cactuses and exotic flowers and, among carefully tended foreign species, typical flora of the Karst also grow. The exhibition pavilion features a small natural sciences museum where visitors can see three museum collections and a gallery hosting photograph exhibitions. A multi-visual show presents the park’s history.
Get to know the rich shoemaking history in a small town by the border. Miren in the Goriška region is known for its long shoemaking and leather traditions. Leatherwork was abandoned in the 1970s, and shoemaking still lives on in Mirno today. Smaller shoemaking workshops and later the shoe industry have always operated in the place, so shoemaking has marked the development of the place. The Miren shoemaking association strives to preserve the rich history of shoemaking and pass it on to younger generations. Pavel Petejan, a local, long-time craftsman and shoemaker, founded a leather and shoe museum in Mirno. The oldest objects kept by the museum date back to the 19th century. The museum collection shows the making of shoes over time and also all the support that was needed for it. Of particular interest is the old shoemaking workshop as it was before the introduction of machines. In addition to a rich collection of photographs, visitors can also find a multimedia presentation "Shoe after the old way", which shows the hand-made shoe.
The house of Aljoša and Mitja Kobal is located at the foot of one of the most beautiful, still preserved medieval castles in Slovenia, the Rihember Castle in Branik. In the idyllic environment at the edge of the linden forest, they built an enclosed area in the Karst dry wall style for socialising equipped with a stone grill and a brick oven. You can rent it for private events. Mitja is a master of dry wall construction and holds teaching workshops where you can learn about the construction technique as well as about the mysteries of manual carving of stone pieces.
Between Monfalcone and Trieste there is a spectacular castle overlooking the sea: it is the Castle of Duino that the Princes of the Tower and Tasso, current owners, have recently decided to open to the public. The castle, which dominates the Gulf of Trieste, stands on the ruins of a Roman outpost and was built in 1300; this elegant residence will not fail to amaze you with rich and important masterpieces of art and refined historical relics.
If you love outdoor activities, the Soča Valley is truly the one spot in Slovenia and the Alps that you must visit. Go on incredible water adventures, kayaking and rafting on the River Soča, discover the intact beauty of canyons and fascinating pools, which inspire fishermen and bathers. Those who prefer to go on foot will enjoy the spacious world of the mountains and breathtaking views from the Julian Alps all the way to the Adriatic Sea. Wake up your inner adventurer and discover the pearls of nature and the heritage of the Isonzo Front and head to the marked lowland hiking trails. Cyclists are becoming increasingly more impressed with the incredible nature and cycling possibilities. They can choose between routes with different levels of difficulty. Fans of adrenaline are surely not going to become bored in the Soča Valley. Fly with a paraglider, gather courage to jump from a plane with a parachute, ride the longest zipline in this part of Europe, or raise your heartbeat in one of the many adventure parks. You may choose the right active adventure for you during all seasons of the year. Ski at the international ski resort Kanin – Sella Nevea, indulge in a guided tour of the mountains, organised sledding, or ski touring and ice climbing if you are well-versed in that. Each year you may attend various active events, among which the Soča Outdoor Festival, Bovec Marathon, and Hiking Festival of the Soča Valley stand out the most.
E-BIKE POINT Miren offers rent, free testing and purchase of electric bikes by a high-quality brand Gepid. You can select between women’s, men’s and kid’s models, e-scooters are also available. We share the passion for sports and competency and professionalism in relation to our clients. The offer of the highest-quality products, client satisfaction, ensuring quality of services, innovation and development are the main principles we follow.
The sales gallery also presents an exclusive art collection. The Oskar Kogoj nature design gallery operates in the renovated house of the family of Oskar Kogoj, a versatile artist and researcher. The gallery was officially opened in Mirno in October 1998. They keep a small permanent collection of exhibition exhibits in a pleasant gallery ambience. Here you can buy exclusive art products, which are known in Slovenia and abroad as an excellent choice for protocol, business, promotional and personal gifts. Aesthetically finished products also impress with their message and sophisticated packaging.
Cultural heritage in Brda has intertwined over the centuries: from cultivated landscapes, typical architectures of villages and castles to numerous ethnological attractions, customs, habits and a distinctive dialect. The stamp of the past has undoubtedly left its traces. Brda is mostly cultivated with vineyards and orchards. A nature explorer will discover many interesting things about geological, climatic and botanical features in this unspoiled nature. The hilly Brda landscape is speckled with villages, some clustered like birds’ nests, some elongated and dispersed, with houses spread along the ridges, but all of them surrounded by the greenery of vineyards and orchards with roads, track and paths winding among them.
The Castle of Gorizia, dating back to the 11th century, is the city's ancient heart. Situated on the hill that dominates the city, the hill provides an amazing panoramic view over Gorizia and its surroundings. Today it does not reflect its original aspect; in fact, of the ancient donjon pulled down by the Venetians for defence purposes, only the foundations are visible in the Lanzi courtyard. The castle can be reached through the Porta Leopoldina (Leopold's Gate), built in 1660 in honour of the visit of Emperor Leopold of Habsburg. The Castle reflects the evolution occurred between the 13th and the 16th centuries with the progressive addition of defence structures and buildings. The castle changed owners several times, passing from the counts of Gorizia, Advocates of the Church of Aquileia, to the Habsburg rule, with the short Venetian and Napoleonic periods.
Welcome to the Bric Restaurant where we serve you tradition. In the village of Miren, in the middle of green views of fields and the Vipava River, we pamper you with a diverse seasonal offer of local dishes from Gorica and Goriška Brda. Home-grown vegetables are always included in our menu. In summer months, relax at the blossoming summer garden with a park, while in colder months you can enjoy the warmth of the traditional atmosphere. In addition to authentic Slovenian dishes we also offer dishes from the international cuisine, game, fish and vegetarian dishes and grill dishes. Reservation is favourable.
In Bilje, one of the most dreamy places in Miren Karst, houses and estates are surrounded by vineyards which from the bird’s eye view look like braids on soft hills. In the middle of romantic views of the edges of the village of Bilje, you will find the Kogoj restaurant and inn with a 20-year tradition and a modern ambient which includes details from the past. The Kogoj family draws inspiration for the creations they make in their kitchen from nature. They will pamper you with a rich selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and premium wines from the Karst, Vipava, Goriška Brda and Primorje wine-growing regions
At Makorič Restaurant, you will be greeted by homeliness and a rainbow of local tastes. Its location in the centre of Orehovlje is a guarantee for great-tasting seasonal ingredients which travel the shortest possible distance from the Garden of Goriška (Vrtojba) along the Vipava River to your plates. The reputation of dishes the Markovič family prepares spreads far and wide, as they are known for their authentic local cuisine, typical of the Vipava Valley and Karst. The menu is especially exhilarating in spring when they offer asparagus specialities, from fritatas and soups to more complex dishes. Fish specialities, the Vipava and Karst prosciutto and home-made cottage cheese rolled dumplings are also exceptional. The meal always starts with freshly-baked home-made bread. In May and June, you absolutely must find the time to visit because you will enjoy divine garden crops from Orehovlje and become privy to the secret of the most detoxifying but also an aphrodisiac effect of Miren Kras culinary delights at traditional Asparagus Days. Mandatory reservation for groups exceeding 10 persons.
At the Štirna Restaurant, which is named after a traditional Karst well, the centre of every stone courtyard, they transformed traditional recipes of Karst nonas in a modern way. The tradition of pamepering hungry guests goes back to the time when horse and cart drivers stopped here on their way from Italy. From local seasonal ingredients they create culinary treats which enthrall the tasting buds of gourmet eaters. They recommend typical Karst dishes to hedonists and gourmet eaters which should not leave out the opening board filled with prosciutto and other dry meats. For all of you who like to get full fast they offer delicious pizzas, while delicious desserts also take you on a journey. The table and the atmosphere will improve even further with a bottle from the house cellar. There are also rooms available above the restaurant. Reservation is favourable.
The Museum of Alexandrian Women is located in the village center of Prvačina, right next to the Church of Saint Andrea. The museum collection consists of precious objects which were kept at the attic by nonas and grand nonas as a painful but sometimes also a nice memory of their time spent as servants in Alexandria. The Alexandrian women museum collection consists of authentic photographs and personal artefacts and came to life with the professional help of the Regional Mueum Goriški muzej. Today’s collection and events associated with it which are organised by the Society for perservation of the memory of the Alexandrian women and the Prvačina Women's Society serves to preserve the memory of women which saved their assets and the lives of their loved ones by working as servants, wet nurses and chaperons in Alexandria and Cairo.
The House of Opatje Selo Tradition is now the heart of the lovely village of Opatje Selo. The courtyard of the house carries the typical karst character, since it is paved with stone plates and surrounded with dry-stoned wall. In the middle of the courtyard, we can find a well (“štirna”), the centre of life of every karst house. The house reflects karst character and takes you through the typical crafts in Opatje Selo, where there were 5 major whip production workshops, local people were also distinguished as excellent barrel makers and stone cutters. Janez, a local from Opatje Selo, can show you how whips were made for teaming horses and oxen. He uses bendable nettle tree wood that only grows in Miren Kras and in the Friuli region. He sometimes shows how whips are made on barrels used for making schnapps. Old tools and products collections, video presentations and other presentations show the history of crafts in Opatje Selo.
The Hit Group featuring 11 hotels, 6 gaming and entertainment centres, a camping, a slot hall, and 2 casinos ranges among Europe’s biggest providers of gaming and entertainment. We offer our guests a varied casino experience at a total of over 3,200 slot machines and 200 gaming tables at several renowned tourist destinations. The Hit Group hotels offer accommodation for 2,100 guests, whereas the conference centres have a total seating capacity for 2,500 persons and provide tailor-made events. The rich offer of entertainment and relaxation amenities encompasses also numerous restaurants, bars, event halls, a discotheque, a wine shop, a patisserie, a sports hall and several wellness centres.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Idrija boasts the second largest mercury mine in the world. It is also the birthplace of a distinct lace-making tradition, a specific culinary legacy and unique technical heritage. Discover "klavže" – water barriers that are the Slovenian equivalent of the pyramids in terms of their ingenious design. Set out to visit the UNESCO Geopark. With more than 140 years of history, the Idrija Lace School is the oldest school for lace in continuous operation in the world.
Water is one of the biggest assets of the Vipava Valley. The Vipava River which gave the valley its name, is fed by a number of creeks that spring forth at the foot of high karst plateaus and hills. Virtually every village in the Vipava Valley has its own water spring. The pure and crystal clear water comes from the depths of plateaus which remain unpopulated and almost primordial in their character. The valley folk cherish its water and carefully protect it from pollution. The main springs which are natural sights in their own right on account of their specific features are particularly well protected. Meanwhile, smaller streams create a friendly, almost postcard-like image of the countryside.
The entrance to this 150-metre-long cave is on the northern side of the Pečina Hill. The largest part of the cave, as seen today, is natural in origin but continues into an artificial passage that was dug through the ceiling to the top of the hill, where an observation post was established. This natural cave was used to provide shelter for soldiers in World War I by both armed forces, and in World War II it was used by the partisans. Natural formations from calcareous sinter are clearly visible, although the dripstones and other formations are considerably damaged.
Vilenica is the name of the karst cave near the Lokev village and is the oldest tourist cave in Europe. Nearly 200 years before tourism started in what are today Slovenia’s most famous karst caves, the Vilenica Cave was already a popular destination for travellers. From nearby Trieste, to which they would sail from far and near, already back in 1633 tourists would come to see this natural underground wonder with gigantic dripstones and mysterious energy. Namely, the locals believed the cave was inhabited by good fairies. Its name originates from the word ‘vile’ (fairies). Up to the mid 19th century, Vilenica was praised as the biggest, most beautiful and most visited cave in the traditional Karst, with interest fading away later on, allowing the cave to retain its authenticity. Today, the Vilenica Cave is again open to visitors, offering 450 m of arranged walkways. On Sundays and holidays in several months in the year, you can walk through this mystical cave and become thrilled by its large, interestingly-shaped dripstones. The ‘dance hall’ in this magic cave also serves as a cultural venue where the international ‘Vilenica Literary Award’ is handed out by a jury every year.
Karra is a personal host and creator of special Karst experiences. It unveils Karst in exciting detective games for adults. Gather a group of 2-5 friends (co-workers, family members) and play your first escape room at Karst (Kosovel’s enigma), the only escape room that takes place in a Karst common (Escape from gmajna), an exciting treasure hunt in the mysterious Tomaj (Viktorijina skrivnost) or an exciting treasure hunt in the magical Štanjel (Black cat in Štanjel). Discover Karst with Karra!
The turmoil of World War I also came to the Karst and the rampaging war also left its mark in the karst underground world. All armies which fought in the Karst during World Wars I and II used natural caves as shelters. Regretfully, some caves were permanently destroyed by soldiers. A visit to such caves sheds some light on past warfare methods and helps acknowledge the vulnerability of karst caves that nature has shaped over millions of years.
Na hribu ecological farm is located near the village centre of Prvačina. In addition to experiencing the everyday life on the farm where the rhythm is dictated by caring for pets, pigs, chicken and horses, you can learn about the process of milling the best kamut flour and taste meats dried on the Vipava bora, you can decide to try RIDING SCHOOL and ride pure bred quarter horses in the square pen or at the great outdoors.
Ecological farm On the hill which is located near the village centre of Prvačina offers the perfect experience of everyday at a countryside homestead. The day starts with taking care of farm animals and continues with tasks in the vineyard, in the field and in pastures. They offer riding full blooded quarter horses in a square pen, seasonal dried meats from ecologically bred pigs, various types of homemade flour from certified organically grown grains. Ozana, who is also a veterinarian, and her husband Aland and their four children like to show the style of life that makes them happy.
The Vodopivec family has always been known for its love of the land. Even during times of great changes when farming has proved to be unprofitable and many villagers chose the city life, they kept all their orchards and fields. And mostly devotion to tradition and the family tradition. Today, on an orchard with 250 peach trees and 120 cherry trees, Karmela and Dean produce, with the help of their mom Meri and their son Luka, top quality fruit which they mainly sell while some of it they use to make homemade jams and juices. Despite the fact that today farming is more like a hobby to them and less a source of income, they wish to preserve the tradition and share their passion for the village life also on the visitors. They also happily offer all their guests a tasting of extra virgin olive oil from Hvar, which is produced their niece Eva Maria Čurin and has received top international awards in recent years, even in the US.
The mission of the Kobarid Museum is to protect the national treasure and house museum materials related to and originating from the Isonzo Front within the framework of its heritage protection, with a special emphasis on the presentation activity. The goal of the Museum in the next period is to maintain and further consolidate the role of the Museum as a hub of the Isonzo Front heritage presentation in the Slovenian, European and global context.
The charms of the Lipica Stud Farm are hidden in the unseen, the stories written by the local history. Only when walking on the historical paths we can truly experience the greatness of the local equestrian tradition. The history of the Stud farm and Lipizzan horses is closely intertwined with the Habsburgs who ruled as many as 650 years over an extensive part of baroque Europe. Horses, the Spanish horse was considered an ideal breed, were at the time a crucial strategic advantage and were thus of outstanding importance to the Habsburgs. The soil and climate of the Karst are very similar to that of Spain which is why the Archduke Charles chose to build the royal stud farm in 1578 in the Karst in the abandoned summer residence of the Bishop of Trieste in this area.
Between Gorica and Nova Gorica, on the Slovenian side of the Slovenian-Italian border, there is a 143 m. (470 ft.) hill on which stands the Church of the Annunciation of Mary along with its adjoining Franciscan monastery. This sacred pilgrimage shrine on Kostanjevica, or on Kapela as the local people call it, is rich in history and treasures of the past. For the people living on both sides of the border, this is an oasis of greenery, peace and spirituality.
The Memorial of Redipuglia is Italy's largest and most majestic memorial dedicated to the soldiers who fell in the Great War. Built on the slopes of Mt. Sei Busi and designed by architect Giovanni Greppi and sculptor Giannino Castiglioni, it was opened on 18th September 1938 after ten years of construction. This massive monument, also known as Memorial "of the Hundred Thousands", accommodates the remains of 100.187 soldiers who fell in battle in the surrounding areas; some of them had been initially buried on Colle Sant'Elia nearby. Strongly advocated by the fascist regime, this monument intended to celebrate the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers as well as provide a dignified resting place to those fighters who could not be buried in the cemetery of the Undefeated. It is structured on three levels, symbolising the army descending from the sky, led by its Commander towards the Path of Heroes. On the top, three crosses evoke Mt. Golgotha and the crucifixion of Christ.
The Austro-Hungarian army used to keep its supplies in this cave, mainly potatoes, after which the cave was named (‘krompir’ means potato in Slovenian). In the winter between 1916 and 1917, it was rearranged to accommodate military troops. It was a shelter for 500 soldiers. The cave featured a periscope, a water reservoir, a kitchen, a telephone exchange, an ammunition arsenal, a commander’s room and a toilet. Bunk beds including three or four levels were installed. The space was naturally ventilated. A stone stairway leads to the cave entrance.
It was named ‘Lojzova jama’ during World War I, whereas its earlier name was 'Golobja jama’. In the 1916–1917 period, the Austro-Hungarian army reconstructed it as a shelter for 1,000 soldiers, featuring three storeys. All specialised detachments which participated in the construction are inscribed on a plate mounted near the cave entrance.
The Lazarist Monastery is set atop the elevation over the village of Miren, which came to be referred to as Miren Castle after the one-time castle, next to the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. The earliest written accounts of a church devoted to Mary go back to 1392. Referred to as Our Lady under the Karst, the church was renovated several times up to the 18th century. The present church building was built in the second half of the 19th century. Destroyed during the First World War, the church was built from scratch in the years from 1924 to 1927. However, the Second World War did not spare it. The most recent of the massive restorations was launched in 1958. The entire church interior was furnished with frescoes and sculptures by Tone Kralj. The Lazarists returned to Miren Castle in 1913. Ever since, they have taken it upon themselves to maintain the church, develop the popular pilgrimage centre on Miren Castle, and organize well-received social projects.
Mythical Park, a unique cross-border tourist destination that revives Proto-Slavic and Slavic beliefs through the regions of Trebišće (Mošćenička Draga, Croatia) and Rodik (Hrpelje - Kozina, Slovenia). Information centers in Rodik and Trebišće should be the starting point for learning about ancient traditions and visiting the mythical landscape marked with stone markings. Regardless of whether you have decided to visit the MYTHIC PARK individually or in groups, visit both locations, because the heavenly god of thunder Perun is located in Trebišće, while in Rodik you can find the Proto-Slavic goddess Baba (Mokoš); their love combines the MYTHICAL PARK into a unique experience of culture and nature.
Mmm Beatrice is a trademark of small culinary spells from Karst (29 extra homemade jams, 2 chutneys, salsa), which enthralled selected gourmet diners across Europe and can also be found in top restaurants. In our home in Tomaj in Karst, we will happily host a gourmet company which will enjoy a gourmet tasting of Mmm Beatrice delicacies. You will make sure that small culinary spells go great with a nubmer of of culinary delights. You are also welcome to participate in an original quiz about jams called the Mmm Beatrice Academy. This unique group experience is designed for a group of 4 to 8 persons. We divide guests in two groups which compete in the quiz that takes you through the world jam history. Of course there is also smelling and tasting mmm Mmm Beatrice jams. If season and weather allow, we carry out the tasting and the quiz in the garden, under the one-hundred year oak. Welcome!
After the Second World War, in the summer of 1947, in the wake of the peace treaty in Paris for a newly established border between Yugoslavia and Italy, American troops sacked some of the most insignificant mine. In Mirno, there is a new line of punctuality and someone who, without a bad citizen, for the man, suffered a time with graves. Until the summer of 1975, the herds, which were distributed alive and dead, were redeemed to be covered by the Osimsk Convention. After the Second World War, the peaceful peace of the world was also known as the source of the most mass illegal problems in Italy and, for example, in the growing world, which led to a brighter world. Between 1948 and 1955, when my best warning was received, more than 30,000 people flew from Yugoslavia in Italy in an attempt to illegally stay, more than 20,000 people in the opposite direction. The museum, which is built on the swimming pool in Miren, is consecrated to all those who suffered at the same time, to all those who are given their impoverished masses, which were presented to them by the sweat in the unknown and to all who were killed during the transgression. and also living.
The confluence of the Soča and the Adriatic Sea is located in the Isola della Cona nature reserve near Tržič, or as the Italians call it, Monfalcone. Numerous bilingual inscriptions remind us that Slovenian foreigners still live here. In the central part of the nature park, a good kilometer away from the mouth of the Soča River, there is an excellent circular learning trail, where we can meet and observe many marsh birds, amphibians, insects, as well as some horses that graze freely inside the park. Along the way, there are many bird observatories, where we will be most impressed by the colorful beekeeper. With some luck, we will come across a frightened snake, and in the more overgrown areas of the swamp we will easily observe many colorful dragonflies and frogs. The reserve itself covers about 2400 hectares and is a real paradise for bird lovers, for about three hundred of them reside there permanently or temporarily. We can also walk all the way to the mouth of the Soča River, which winds lazily between many lagoons and swampy islands and bears no resemblance to the vibrant mountain turquoise-colored beauty that visitors to North Primorska remember. Numerous blackboards will also teach us about the rich underwater world of the nature park. The Soča estuary is located in Italy near the Slovenian border, but it will nevertheless be classified in the Primorska and Notranjska regions and in the Obalno-Kraška subregion. Numerous blackboards will also teach us about the rich underwater world of the nature park. The Soča estuary is located in Italy near the Slovenian border, but it will nevertheless be classified in the Primorska and Notranjska regions and in the Obalno-Kraška subregion. Numerous blackboards will also teach us about the rich underwater world of the nature park. The Soča estuary is located in Italy near the Slovenian border, but it will nevertheless be classified in the Primorska and Notranjska regions and in the Obalno-Kraška subregion.
When the first sunrays warm the rocks near Stari jez, the Soča riverbank comes to life with people playing card games, lazing about, swimming on rapids and kayaking. This emerald river has played a decisive role in the lives and consciousness of the inhabitants of Solkan since the beginning of time. Accompanied by your guide, paddle into the story of the Solkan kayaking tradition and see the mighty Solkan Bridge – a global giant, a technical monument and the pride of Solkan – from a different angle, explore the remains of WWI or indulge in culinary delights. The hike to Skalnica will gain a different dimension accompanied by stories told by a local guide and an unforgettable experience of history. We will climb through WWI defense trenches built more than 100 years ago, when Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies battled on the Isonzo Front in this area. The climb through the 266m long tunnel running through the hill is sure to be an unforgettable highlight. When reaching the top, we will be rewarded with views of the Julian and Carnic Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Why not enjoy a lunch with a view at a local restaurant upon your return? Unforgettable experiences brought by wandering and exploring the history, tradition and gastronomy, suffused with the stunningly beautiful landscape, touch the souls of anyone, be it individuals or groups, who are curious, eager to learn and want to get to know the true Goriška. The programs of our trips and events are adapted to the interests, abilities and capabilities of our guests.
Žarko and his son Martin Vižintin belong to the most passionate olive growers in the Vipava Valley. At their olive tree plantation, which they have been taking care of for 17 years, they produce olive oil of top quality which is proved by a number of awards from Slovenia and abroad. At the homestead where they also arranged a tasting area, you can purchase and taste the extra virgin olive oil varieties Nocellara del Belice, Lechin and and Cuve, and oils with additions. You can also taste and purchase bread made in a brick oven from a traditional recipe. In nice weather, you can take a tour of the olive tree plantation and a tasting can be arranged among the olive trees. Guests can also join the Vižintin family for olive picking.
Harvesting Siberian blueberries every year from May to June on 700 bushes. The fruits of Siberian blueberries ripen very early, in late April or early May, and depending on the variety ripen by mid-June, which means that this is the first fruit in your garden. Blueberries are useful fresh, due to their high pectin content, blueberries are very suitable for jams, marmalades, they are also used for juices, sweets, liqueurs, wines or for freezing, etc. They have a sweet, bitter taste, some older varieties are also slightly bitter and have their typical aroma.
Our restaurant is located in the vicinity of Solkan in nature’s embrace as well as the embrace of our beautiful Soča River and a minute away from our great pride - the Solkan bridge. We are surrounded by Sabotin, Sveta gora and Škabrijel, hills which offer marvellous views all the way to Triglav and the seaside. A criss-cross of biking and hiking trails. We always emphasise that we are at the crossroads of the Soča Valley, Vipava Valley, Karst and Goriška Brda. This is why we can “steal” a little something from each of them and pamper our guest in one location with the best that the gastronomy of this area has to offer. In our restaurant, you can eat an excellent Istrian Stew or take your time and enjoy a five course menu which we will prepare according to the season. We utilise what nature offers us. We have a great relationship with neighbouring farmers and we are making a community, including with our guests if that is their wish. We also shouldn’t forget about the excellent wines from our wine region and the winemakers known in Slovenia and abroad.
A magical corner of the Karst world, hidden between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, is bound to dazzle every visitor. A perfect place to stop for a while, look around in wonder and then curiously explore every single corner of it. The Postojna Cave Park is located a mere 49 kilometres from Slovenia's capital Ljubljana and is easily accessible by any means of transport. The first part of your visit will be a tour of the wonderful subterranean kingdom of Postojna Cave with its magnificent halls, a myriad of cave formations and mysterious animals, which will be followed by a visit to the Predjama Castle only a few kilometres away. Perched in the middle of a towering cliff, this medieval marvel has been proudly withstanding the ravages of time for more than eight centuries. But this is where the adventure is only just beginning...
The Škocjan Caves have featured on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List since 1986. Among all the world’s karst caves that are invaluable natural heritage, the Škocjan Caves are truly extraordinary. This is not just because of the planet’s largest underground canyon that astonishes every visitor – the Škocjan Caves Park is very recognisable for several reasons. Visitors can get to know the characteristic karst landscape, unique in the world, featuring the highest concentration of natural wonders and/or natural heritage in a single place, in the form of karst or other phenomena and sights. The distinct and highly diverse flora and fauna in this relatively small space add special value to the Park. The Škocjan Caves Park is located in the far south-east of the traditional Karst, near the town of Divača. The Škocjan Caves system is a broad network of underground caves, passages, collapse dolines, natural bridges and swallow holes. It was created by the Reka River which, after flowing for 50 km on the surface, disappears in this location into the karst underground and reappears in water sources near the Gulf of Trieste. Its underground gorge of extraordinary dimensions is the most familiar part of the Škocjan Caves. This mysterious world has attracted people since prehistoric times. The Park features many important archaeological sites, revealing the area was populated already a few thousand years B.C. The abundance of valuable archaeological finds from different historical periods testify to the spiritual rituals and uses of caves as sacred places. The Škocjan Caves and the entire Park enjoy maximum protection which enables this invaluable natural wealth to be kept intact. In 1986, Škocjan Caves were added to UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites. In 1999, they were entered on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance as an underground wetland. In 2004, the whole Park area was accepted into UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) as the Karst Biosphere Reserve.
Above the Vipava Valley and the sea, on the edge of the Karst plateau, the Monument of peace rises skywards. It features a 25-metre tall monument and observation tower, harbouring precious treasures of history and art. This magnificent architecture is located at the heart of the natural amphitheatre, offering splendid views of all four points of the compass, namely of the Adriatic Sea, the Friuli Plains, the Julian Alps and the Vipava Valley. This monumental seven-storey fort tells the story of Slovenian history, from the Freising Manuscripts (the oldest preserved document in the Slovenian language) through the turbulent times of World War I, which were painted on canvas ‘The Dance of Death and Life’ (also called the Slovenian Guernica) by the Slovenian painter Rudi Španzel, to the period of the anti-fascist movement TIGR and the Slovenian independence war. The observation platform on top of the building symbolises looking out into the future. On the 3th and 4th floors the Peace Memorial hosts exhibitions by renowned artists.
Portopiccolo is a perfect little world. Nestled in the cliffs of the cliffs of the Duino Natural Reserve, where nature has given spectacle in colors and shapes, Portopiccolo embodies all the warmth of the Italian atmosphere and hospitality, the magic typical of seaside villages where the alleys with stone houses winding down to the sea, immersed in the scent of the Mediterranean scrub. Here the vitality and tranquility of an old-fashioned village are combined with comfort, technology and safety for a high-quality lifestyle.
Today, Toni is retired and his hobby, beekeeping, which has always been his second love, right after his wife Anica, has become the most important daily task. In 30 hives, he produces flower, acacia and linden honey of top quality as proved by silver and gold medals from a number of competition in Slovenia and abroad. In addition to the tour of the hives, Toni also likes to present the honey-making process and likes to teach his guests about the universal importance and advantageousness of bees for humankind and the planet.
The turmoil of World War I also came to the Karst and the rampaging war also left its mark in the karst underground world. All armies which fought in the Karst during World Wars I and II used natural caves as shelters. Regretfully, some caves were permanently destroyed by soldiers. A visit to such caves sheds some light on past warfare methods and helps acknowledge the vulnerability of karst caves that nature has shaped over millions of years.
Overlooking the town of Solkan which is in the vicinity of Nova Gorica, Mt. Sabotin (609 m) makes for a popular tourist spot for hikers and cyclists. In the First World War it was the backdrop of the famous Isonzo Front where soldiers of 22 nationalities had shed their blood. Today it is a peace park designed to emphasise the absurdity of war and promote harmony between nations. The entire hillside is perforated with a vast network of caverns. Today, you can hike through them to the other side of the hill. The former guardhouse houses the museum collection Sabotin in the First World War, and also offers tours under professional guidance.
Just a few kilometres from the Nova Gorica city centre, embraced by trees right along the Soča River, there is a versatile adventure park called Soča Fun Park. It caters to anyone seeking adventure and adrenaline fun. Younger and older adults can experience an unforgettable sports adventure. The adventure starts by crossing the Soča River and continues on 5 ranges (orange, yellow, green, blue and red range) of the adventure park with as many as 51 elements. In the end, as Indiana Jones, you descend at a height of 40 m along two Zip line steel cables in a total length of 550 m from one bank of the Soča River to the other. The so-called "descent of courage" will surely drive blood through your veins.
A tour of an old museum prosciutto facility brings the visitors back a century, to the time when the knowledge of drying meats on the Karst bora was being perfected and passed from one generation to the next. At the estate of his ancestors in Kobjeglava Simo, who also manages Bustri Grad Štanjel with his wife Farzila, kept the facilities and the processes he was entrusted with by his grandfather and father. He is happy to explain to the visitors the procedure of traditional drying of prosciutto and making of homemade vinegar in his vinegar facility. During the tour, he lets visitors in on little secrets that set a top quality product from an average one. He also prepares a tasting at the request of the guests.
The pilgrim route to Sveta Gora at 682 metres altitude, steeply rises above the Soča River and Solkan. From the hill, visitors can enjoy the view of picturesque Julian Alps in the north, Trnovski gozd, Škabrijel and Grgar in the east, Gorizia, Solkan, Sabotin, Karst and the Adriatic Sea in the south, and the wine-growing region of Brda, Carnian Alps and the Dolomites in the west. Sveta Gora with its glorious basilica, Franciscan monastery, pilgrim lodge, Tau spiritual and education centre and a restaurant can be seen as a pearl of the European themed trail that connects three pilgrim sanctuaries, including Stara Gora near Cividale del Friuli and Marijino Celje at Kanalski Kolovrat.
The Sveti Jurij ob Ščavnici Tourist Association boasts an exceptional cultural heritage that is presented in exhibitions showing the visitors how the locals used to live and work. The former school building now houses a museum, which exhibits farm and craft tools that were once used by farmers and local craftsmen. The exhibition also features old farmhouse furniture and many other objects. The rich ethnological collection is just one of the attractions offered for sightseeing by the Sveti Jurij ob Ščavnici Tourist Association. Stara Gora, where the information center of Sveti Jurij ob Ščavnici Tourist Association is located, lies at the heart of Slovenske gorice and the town is surrounded by fields, orchards and vineyards. In addition to nature and the museum, the windmill is another attraction well worth seeing. Opposite the museum, you can visit an important cultural and historical monument: the church of the Holy Spirit. Its rich baroque interior is particularly captivating. The church also houses the second oldest organ in Slovenia. The Sveti Jurij ob Ščavnici Tourist Association will be happy to show you all the attractions the municipality has to offer, providing a unique experience. There are several places of interest the immediate vicinity: Bioterme Mala Nedelja, Forest Glamping Resort Blaguš, Žihlava island of love in the old Ščavnica river branches, Bolehnečici ethnological and technical museum, two oil mills and numerous winegrowers who will be happy to offer a taste of the fruits of their labour.
This medieval village is a showpiece of Karst architecture and culture. Štanjel, as one of the oldest settlements in the Karst, first enchants visitors with its unique panoramic views. The village is built on the picturesque terraces of Turn Hill, catching the eye with its famous buildings. The castle complex, the defence walls, the Church of St. Daniel with its lemon-shaped bell-tower, the nucleated village and the Ferrari Garden are the best recognisable architectural heritage of the old settlement, which has been altering its image over the centuries while always retaining the true soul of the Karst. The village was named after the patron, St. Daniel, and in many respects is a unique cultural monument.
At a very young age, Thomas Krpan inherted his father’s farm which has been connected with a love for the vine centuries. However, more than wine, the young master loved olive trees and, today, he produces top quality extra virgin olive oil at his olive tree planatation, in tje house where his nono Binčko was born he created an idyllic area for socialising, complete with a fireplace for a group up to 20 people. Thomas likes to visit this area with his friends, but he also offers it to guests of Open villages which can use it to experience the zeitgeist and the simpleness of the slovenian countryside
Tolmin Museum presents the rich cultural heritage of the Soča region. Located in the former Coronini Manor in the centre of Tolmin, the Tolmin Museum presents the rich cultural heritage of the Soča region. The incredible archeological finds from Most na Soči stand out at the permanent exhibition, entitled The Soča Region Historical Deposits, particularly those from the early iron age. The ethnological-historical part of the exhibition has an attractive display of the dwelling culture in the Tolmin region and the rich history of the area, which includes the fight for the old rights – the Great Tolmin Peasant Revolt of 1713. The museum also includes a gallery, where you may see various temporary exhibitions, a small museum shop and a wedding room.
This family farm with long-standing tradition is located in the vicinity of the Vipava River. All home-grown food, seasonal vegetables, fruit and top-quality wine are for sale and are also an integral part of the incredible culinary offer with which they can also host larger groups of guests. The tourist farm also has its rooms, furnished in cosy rustic style.
Cosy energy hikes for pairs, families or small groups. Tailored to the season, individual and the desired duration. We are part of nature and we should be able to feel a part of it in an honourable manner, connect with it and draw energy which it so selflessly gives us. Nature speaks a language our ancestors knew well. We provide a truly unique experience with knowledge acquired from geomantics, energy medicine, studying religious beliefs of native inhabitants, dowsing, the Touch for health method (Z dotikom do zdravja), the Ivitalis technique and many others.
Damir Zgonik first experienced the love of wine in early childhood when he began learning the secret of vine cultivation in a vineyard and later the secrets of successful wine nurture while it ripens in the cellar. He perfected the approach which is evidenced by numerous international certificated for quality of naturally produced wines. Today, he produces 60% white and 40% red wines from 30,000 vines sprawling on 5 ha of land. Among others, he produces sauvignon, chardonay, malvasia, autochthonous variety rebula and zelen,cabarnet sauvignon and merlot. By prior appointment, their door is always open for lovers of a good drop.
The scenic hillside town will catch your eye from afar. Perched proudly on a hill near Ajdovščina, Vipavski Križ used to be a very important town and the centre of the valley for centuries. The tiny, picture-book town with an impressive wall is one of the finest monuments of cultural history in the country.
The First World War Collection in Opatje selo presents the highlights from the lives of soldiers during the war and a selection of original items that were used on the Isonzo Front by both armies. The reconstruction of a military barracks from WWI is very interesting, because it clearly presents army life on the front. The collection is also constantly complemented with original photos from the times of battles on the Isonzo Front.
A visit at the Rogelja herb farm at Vojščica offers total relaxation in the etheric environment of herbs, with a welcome aperitif, a guided tour of the herb garden, a tasting of five herb snacks and a 15-minute massage/per person. An unforgettable experience for couples! Magda and Tadej also offer boutique experiences for groups, workshops and presentations of herb product preparation processes.