Natural sights of interest

 

Experience nature's creations

On seeing the sights of interest in the two valleys and three mountain ranges, discover inspiring stories of nature. Climb ever higher, descend even deeper, pause by special green or stone features. You will discover why it was here that impressionists have found light and writers have been inspired by declarations of love with flowers. Enjoy the views from the hills and highlands, experience rivers, waterfalls, caves and chasms.

Waterfalls

The hilly Škofja Loka area and good water levels are factors that have created a series of natural waterfalls. Among the best known and visited are:

  • The Sovpat WaterFalls
  • The Skočnik Waterfall in Davča
  • The Lom Waterfall in Jesenovec
  • The Seven Slatuški Waterfalls

Mary's Chasm

The cave is a labyrinth of, in places, very narrow tunnels. It consists of several caverns which extend 275 metres below the surface and spread west from Škofja Loka Castle. The largest area, known as the 'Great Collapse Hall' is 130 metres long, up to 30 metres side and 13 metres high. During daytime a large colony of bats live in the cave, therefore the entrance is closed and visits are only possible upon prior arrangement with the cavers.

Lubnik Cave and Kevdrc

The most famous of Loka's caves is Kevderc, where it is possible to observe various interesting wildlife. At the entrance to the caves there is an opening into a short side tunnel which leads into the Lubnik cave. It is also an area of archeological finds, where objects have been found such as handmade clay dishes with a special ornamental style (known as 'Lubnik type’), stone tools such as axes, grindstones, blades, scratchers, arrowheads and quern-stones for grinding. Tools from animal bones include daggers, awls, chisels, small spades and polishing tools. Tools made from horn include pick-axes, awls and daggers, and others made from pig tusks.

Godešič Meadows

Beneath Godešič there is an area of meadows with alluvial forests and preserved gravel bars, which form a rich habitat with particular flora and fauna. Rare forestcommunities, related to the floodplains, appear. The Godešič meadows are considered among zoological and forest natural heritage.

Matjaž's Cave

This once active water cave, which was formed by the Sora river, has six entrances. There is a labyrinth of tunnels with a total length of approximately 500 metres. The tunnels are only accessible on the south side and only when accompanied by an experienced caver.

When the cave was excavated, bones of cave bears, bison, wolves and deer were found. Locals mainly used the cave as a shelter for fire-making and stone tools, which were used in the Stone Age. The finds in Sovra, which is halfway between Logatec and Žiri, are around 50,000 years old and are to this day the oldest archaelogical finds in the Gorenjska region.

The Stone Table

This natural stone table lies in a sinkhole, hidden in the forest, a little outside of the village of Ravne pri Žireh. One rock sits atop the other in the shape of a table, which is around 3-4 metres tall and around 5 metres wide.

Raceva Lake (Račevsko jezero)

The Račeva Lake lies at the transition from the Alpine to the Dinaric world and is one of Slovenia's smaller lakes. It is oval-shaped and has three bays which were formed by lake tributaries. It is characterised by the significant fluctuation in the water level throughout the year. The lake is situated close to the Logatec – Žiri road and, due to its wonderful views and pristine nature, it is a popular excursion destination.