Natural sights

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The Škocjan caves Regional Park

This park has been named after Škocjanske jame, the magnificent network of underground caverns through which the Reka, or Velika Voda, flows.

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Risnik sinkhole

The imposing Risnik sinkhole, which was created through the collapse of the ceiling over a former subterranean cavern. The sheer walls provide shelter for numerous birds, and there is some fascinating flora, not just in the sinkhole, but along the entire trail.

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Senožeče valleys

Diverse landscape around Senožeče

The hilly terrain is a patchwork of forests and extensive meadowlands, where herds of small livestock graze.

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Brkini

The side valley of Padež

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Vremščica

Wonderful slopes of Vremščica

Sunning itself on the bright slopes of the extended backbone of Vremščica is a range of flora decked in every possible colour, and amongst this can be found some unusual examples of Karst fauna. Such is a short-winged meadow insect (Dimorphocoris Saulii) that cannot be found anywhere else but in the meadows of Vremščica. The northern side is covered in thick beech forests.

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The hidden face of the Karst

The Divača cave

In 1884 this cave, which opens out by the road from Divača to Lokev, was discovered by the local Gregor Žiberna, called Tentava, and just three years later it was opened to visitors.

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The Škocjan caves

Škocjanske jame occupy a special place among the more than 7,000 caves in Slovenia, owing to the size of their chambers and the underground gorge. They comprise a network of 11 caves, sinkholes, swallow holes and natural bridges. The exceptionally ramified system of galleries is almost 6 km long.

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Along Velika voda

The gorge of the Reka River

Before it disappears into the Škocjan caves, the Reka flows through the three-kilometre-long picturesque gorge that it created, which begins between Škoflje and Vremski Britof. It begins with the shallow valley plunging into the narrow gorge with its nearly hundred-metre-high sheer walls. The gorge is presumed to have been formed with the collapse of the ceilings of cave passages.

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