Rakov Škocjan Valley
Rakov Škocjan Valley
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
A visit to this picturesque karst valley, formed by the sinking and collapsing of a cave ceiling, will not leave you indifferent. Taking a break in the shades of century-old oak trees, enjoying the view of the splendid Big Natural Bridge (Veliki naravni most), travelling back in time at the ruins of the church of St. Cantianus, breathing in the fresh cave air under the slender arch of the Little Natural Bridge (Mali naravni most), or strolling along the soft and maintained trail by the tall-grown firs is an unforgettable experience over and over again... On an afternoon walk, one can observe millions of years of geological processes which shaped this little karst valley. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that it was nominated to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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pinguin89
Antarctica792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
If you have only one day available in Slovenia, it should be spent in this beautiful, magnificent and mysterious karst valley, full of various karst formations. To be more precise, to fully experience it and the contrasts, it should be visited at least twice: once during a dry season and once during a high water season (usually late autumn heavy rains and spring snow melting period). If the Little Natural Arch at the valley’s eastern end can de facto be visited during a dry season only, more options exist around the Large Natural Arch at its western end. In any case, spectacular views into both directions are always possible from the Large Natural Arch’s top.

Even when the Large Natural Arch’s bottom is flooded, it is usually possible to reach the “lake’s” shore east of the arch to take some fine photos. A steep path (luckily too difficult for most tourists; good shoes are essential!) also descends from the arch’s top right to its western base and yet again offers some fantastic views through the arch.

During a dry season when the Rak river usually drains before reaching the arch, it is possible to walk under the Large Natural Arch, enter a magnificent gorge (well, technically speaking this is a collapsed doline) and continue walking the river’s dry bed (watch your step when walking the bed’s rocks) all the way to the “Tkalca jama” (“Weaver’s Cave”) and it is even possible to enter the cave via its main entrance (a flashlight is necessary). You won’t get very far from here. At some point it is possible to turn left, climb a steep rock (shoes with non-slippery soles are essential!), reach the tourist path into the cave (steep, steel line equipped stairway) and exit the cave at the upper “level”.

Needless to say, when possible (i.e. not flooded), walking the trails between both natural arches is also some kind of a must. When it is not possible, you can use less picturesque gravel roads along the valley’s both “edges”.
Written 22 February 2024
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Margerita P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Loved this place. I went there with my family. So far still untouched piece of nature. And no entrace fee yet. Highly recommend.
Written 10 April 2023
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lode5tone
Sheffield, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Went yesterday evening on a lovely guided walk around the Rakek river in the Karst region, and via the amazing natural stone b ridges, organised by the Turistično Društvo Rakek, easy to google. A small group, five of us, easy enough for me (70 and not that fit), in Slovene but they would have spoken English, led by enthusiastic volunteers rightly proud of the region's landscape, history and flora and fauna. Highly recommended for nature lovers and those who want to get a bit below the surface of Slovenia away from Ljubljana and Bled.
Written 31 July 2022
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From_Pula
Pula, Croatia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A breathless nature just a few kilometres from highway Koper - Ljubljana. Attractions that should be addressed are well marked. Along the way are info boards and signposts. In addition, there are info boards with names of plants and animals that reside there. One can easily choose the duration of the tour.
Written 9 October 2019
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mattand
New South Wales, Australia203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We decided to visit this area in our way to visit Skocjan Caves.
With your own car it is easy to locate, there are various clearly marked spots to stop to see natural bridges, but the best spot is the Small Natural Bridge.
This is an easy walk to the area, then there is a walk down to the caves. There are a couple of warnings re showing caution walking down but it is a fairly safe walk if you take your time. The rewards are a fabulous walk along the stream through the caves to the stone bridge and through another cave.
The photo opportunities are endless.
As a rare treat there is no fee to enter NP but note there are no facilities, just you and nature.
Written 6 October 2019
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Samantha Wilson
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great destination for nature lovers! You can spend hours hiking around or just take a short walk and enjoy some amazing views. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 13 July 2019
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Janja K8
Jesenice, Slovenia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Even though it was a bit rainy day the trip was lovely. You can go around the park by car or take a walk for approx. 3 hours. We took the car and visited the galleries, the small natural bridge and the big natural bridge. It's a dog friendly place but the dog must be kept on leash.
Written 27 June 2019
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renzo_p_018
Lodi, Italy1,941 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The path in the woods is good for a long walk but there's not too much to say: it's a quite lonely place!
Written 17 April 2019
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Chooch_anja
Ljubljana, Slovenia199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
There are some places where you can wander around in silence and never feel alone. Visiting Rakov Skocjan is one of destinations you can go with or without company. You can walk around as much as you want, gaze at numerous beauties of nature, enjoy bird singing, look for a deer etc.
Written 2 April 2019
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gord h
Peace River, Canada77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
The hikes here were good. They were marked and somewhat easy to navigate. The terrain is not difficult if you are a hiker. The stops (great natural bridge, witches cave and church ruins) made the trails interesting. You could even start from the hotel and hit the highlights via the road if you cannot home as well but can walk easily.
Written 23 September 2018
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