Vineyards, small towns and beautiful little hills. This Slovenia’s region of Goriska Brda is Europe’s next Provence or Tuscany. The land is world famous for its quality wine, cherries, peaches and apricots. If you just want a taste of the Goriska Brda, a day trip will suffice, but it can easily be extended into a few day trip.

So let’s see what you can see around here:

Gonjace:

This small town is mostly known for the view it offers. It has a 23 meters high tower, 144 steps lead to the top and you’ll be amazed by the view. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view of the Julian and Carnian Alps, the Dolomites to the North, the Friulian plain to the West, the Trieste Gulf, the Karst to the South and the Vipava Valley to the east. Near to the tower stands the monument dedicated to the 315 citizens of Brda who gave their lives in II World War.

Smartno:

Smartno the geographical center of Brda, it’s a small village where the houses are packed together. The center of the village is the baroque Church of St. Martin. Get lost in the narrow streets, enjoy a cup of coffee and explore the Gothic house.

Dobrovo Castle:

This beautiful castle, built in the 17th century, now renovated, holds the exhibition Hall of Knights on the first floor. You can discover possessions of aristocratic families who lived here. There is also an art gallery, which contains graphic works of the artist Zoran Music and a collection of paintings of the last owner – Bagueri.  The restaurant is on the ground floor where you can try delicious local food and wine.

Opening hours:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 15.00
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays: from 13.00 to 17.00

Take a wine tour:

Take a wine tour when you’re wondering in Goriska Brda since that’s what it’s known for. You will be able to sample a wide range of red and white wines from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Also if that’s not enough, the region offers some lesser-known grape varieties for you to try like Rebula, Pinela, Malvasia (whites) and Barbera, Teran, Refosk (reds).

Solkan Bridge:

On your way stop by this beauty the Solkan Bridge. A 721 feet/219 metres high bridge over the Soca River, built between the years 1900-1905. You’ll be amazed by the turquoise water and a magnificent stone bridge. The arch span of the Solkan Bridge is 297 feet/ 85 meters, which makes it the longest stone bridge among train bridges built of stone blocks. Get right to it by parking at the restaurant Ošterija Žogica and walking the rest of the way.

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