The Velika Korita Soce, or the Soca Grand Canyon, is one of the most beautiful attractions of River Soca (Slovenia). The river has a total of 4 major limestone canyons, the largest of which is the Velika Korita. The canyon is located in the Triglav National Park, only 10 minutes from Bovec.

The now-iconic location is one of the most beautiful sights in Soca Valley. It is located 6 km from Bovec in the Lepena Valley.

The strait is about 750 m long, and its pools reach a depth of up to 15 m. It is not possible to swim in this part of the emerald green river

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Tip: You can swim in the river higher up towards the car park, where the Soca is wider.

After several days of rain and melting snow in the spring, the water can rise by a few meters. In the canyon of Velika Korita, the otherwise wild alpine Soca calms down a bit to continue its journey quietly and modestly.


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The hidden gorge - Velika Korita Soce
Velika Korita Soca, The Great Canyon, Triglav National Park

Where is Velika Korita?

Address, map, distance, parking

Velika Korita is a canyon on River Soca, in Soca Valley, Triglav National Park. The closest major city is Bovec. The most beautiful, and narrowest parts of the stream can be reached by walking.

It is possible to park next to the road in the designated parking lot. Parking is free.

  • Distance from Bovec: 15 minutes / 10 km
  • Address: Soča 104a, 5232 Soča, Slovenia

Soca Trail

One of the most popular routes in the Triglav National Park is the Soca Trail. Velika Korita is the 6th stop on the route. The starting point of the route is the well-known wooden suspension bridge.

The tour takes you around the Great Canyon in about 1-2 hours.


Hiking to Velika Korita, trail

The riverfront offers beautiful views of this stretch of Soca. From the car park, you can get to the edge of the canyon on easier terrain.

From here, for more experienced hikers, a narrow, unmarked, and sometimes very exposed route leads right next to the gorge. The hike is about 1 hour and offers great views.

  • Starting point: Velika Korita Soce, Soča 104a, 5232 Soča, Slovenia
  • Endpoint: The local road Bovec-Vrsic
  • Elevation: 50 - 450 m
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Hiking distance: 2 km
The terrain is quite slippery. Extreme care is needed because there are no barriers!

Mala Korita Soce - The Small Canyon

The counterpart of the Grand Canyon is the smaller one, Mala Korita, which is only 100 m long. Together with the Grand Canyon, it is a perfect hiking and trekking program. It's the 5th stop of the Soca Trail, next to its "bigger brother".


Opening hours and prices

You can visit the gorge at any time, there are no opening hours. It's also good to know, that it's free.

  • Opening hours: 0:00 - 24:00
  • Admission: free, 0 euros

Velika Korita and Mala Korita are without a doubt some of the most beautiful points on the Soca. It is worth visiting the sights near Bovec, as the water of the river is perhaps the most beautiful here.