The Valley of the Radovna River

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Slovene Alpine Valleys, the Valley of the Radovna River is the meeting point of two glacial valleys, Kot and Krma. The whole area is part of the Triglav National Park natural preserve, which is keeping it shielded from development of mass tourism. The visitors who come to admire its beauty are mostly “the conquerors of the useless world”, longing for peace and fresh air.

The Radovna Valley is surrounded by the Mežaklja and Pokljuka plateaus. Both are covered by mixed forests, the dominant tree species of which is the spruce (Picea abies).

Several springs of the Radovna River stem from under the Jutrova Rock in Zgornja Radovna, the largest settlement in the valley. Barely 17 km long, its path ends by flowing into the Sava Dolinka river near Moste. Its water derives mostly from the Triglav mountain range, where the streams of Kotarica and Krmarica and their tributaries initially disappear underground, to again appear in the daylight as the Radovna River.

One of the most imposing parts of the valley is the wild, 1.6 km long Vintgar Gorge, where the Radovna River has carved its way between the Hom and Boršt hills.

There is a bicycle route running along the Radovna valley from Krnica near Zgornje Gorje to the Pocar Farm Museum at Zgornja Radovna. The route is equipped with over 10 information boards, presenting the visitors with a description of the valley and its attractions. The route  is very popular among cyclists due to its beauty and pristine nature.