Places of interest
Nova Gorica, a small town at the border with Italy, has been the heart of the sunny Goriška region for almost six decades. It has grown after the World War II as a substitute town for Gorizia, which remained on the other side of the border. It is a town with a mild climate, green and blooming all year round, young, lively and friendly to the local people and visitors from all over the world. It is to say a younger sister of Gorizia with which it is writing a common future together. As a unique example in Europe, the two towns are located at the border with no border crossings and living in a greater co-existence at all levels.
According to the archaeological finds which date back to the Early Stone Age, to the metal ages, the Roman era and the Early Middle Ages, Solkan is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the Valley of the River Soča. It was first mentioned as castle or as settlement with castle together with Gorica/Gorizia in the Emperor's document on 28th April 1001.
Rožna Dolina is an elongated settlement located at 86 m above sea level, along the 4 km long valley carrying the same name and stretching from Ajševica to the State border. The valley is bounded by the slopes of Stara Gora and Mark’s hill to the south and by Panovec forest to the north.
The first records of “Sannt Michel” date back as far as 1471. Later, in 1485, it was mentioned in the Rihemberk Register of land properties.
The settlement was first mentioned in the 12th century (in the year 1176). The village was part of the Šempas Parish.
The first written evidence of the settlement dates back in the year 1200. Since the late Middle Ages Šempas has preserved the status of a Parish.
Traces of the oldest human settlements in this region were found in Gradišče above Vitovlje. The village was first mentioned in the Land register of the Gorizia counts around the year 1200 and later, in 1361, with the mentioning of the Church of the Assumption.
Osek is a clustered village on the slope of the Plateau of the Trnovo forest where the depression took place in the ancient geological history.
The heart of the village is attached to the gentle hill of Kamno čelo. Prvačina consists of seven parts: Gorenji and Dolenji konec (known as Upper and Lower End), Struga (Riverbed), Cesta (Road), Britof (Graveyard), Frijula and the Lažniva pot (Liar’s Path).
Tabor is a small clustered village overlooking Dornberk with a very interesting and well-preserved architectural heritage. The village was first mentioned in old documents in 1152. When visiting Tabor one should drop by the Šantanela panoramic view – the chapel got its name from St Daniel.
The village lies where the Komen Kras (Karst) sweeps steeply down to the Vipava Valley and where the Branica stream begins to meander peacefully towards the Vipava River.
The winding road ascending from Nova Gorica up to Banjšice will lead you through the circular valley of Grgar, limited by the steep Skalnica (682 m) and Škabrijel (646 m) on one side and by the foothill of the Banjšice plateau on the other side.
Banjšice lies in the heart of the Banjšice plateau at the height of 700 meters above the sea level. The inhabitants are primarily engaged in cattle breeding and the cultivation of land. Banjšice is situated on a plateau from where you can enjoy a wonderful view on the Julian Alps, and from Sleme you can even see the sea.
In the westernmost part of the Banjšice plateau, just near the margin above the valley of Čepovan, there extends the narrow strip of land of the longest Slovene village, i.e. Lokovec, divided into Dolenji (Lower), Srednji (Middle) and Gornji (Upper) Lokovec. In this typically karstic world, where there are a number of hollows, sinkholes and abysses, amongst the predominantly pine and beech wood you will find homesteads almost hidden from view. The houses are surrounded by well-kept gardens, fields, meadows and pastures, which have been lately becoming overgrown.
Set aside from the constant rushing and hidden in the shelter of the surrounding hills there is the valley of Čepovan, an unique place for its genuineness, its beautiful nature, its hidden places, and we hardly look forward to see what is coming after next turn.
The village of Lokve is situated in a valley surrounded by a forestat an altitude of 965 meters in the northwest of the Trnovo Plateau. It is only 20 km away from Nova Gorica and it can be reached from Ajdovščina, Idrija, Čepovan and Most na Soči as well.