Situated along the Soca’s banks, not far from the quaint historical town of Kobarid, rests Kamp Koren. Vast yet chilled, the site is overseen by the passionate Lidija Koren, whose penchant for exploring the needs of camping folk seems peerless.
Lidija’s ‘baby’ was born two decades ago. It was originally started in partnership with her family, though she has been running (and expanding) it solo for the last 10 years. Having developed step by step, bit by bit, the site is subtly divided into sections and is deceptively sprawling. Past the wooden reception, the main camping area caters chiefly for caravans and larger family tents, but skirt left up the bank and you’ll find a charming wooded area made up of trees, fields, terraces and private camping pitches, all interconnected by natural walkways and wooden bridges.
In similarly subtle fashion, the site has incorporated an impressive array of features and facilities: an 8-metre climbing wall (plus a smaller one for little kids); volleyball court; boules pitch and viewing benches (cheekily ensconced in the wooded river bank); and, last but not least, separate loo blocks for the camping area.
Once you’ve snuggled into one of Koren’s cosy camping alcoves, you can start getting to know the local area. The Soca valley, an important trading route for many centuries and the site of some significant World War I frontline action, is today an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. To get an early taste, hike to the Kozjak waterfall (half an hour one way), tackle nearby peaks like Krasji Vrh or Krn (both solid three- to four-hour hikes) or hire a mountain bike and burn some rubber through the forest.
Nearby Kobarid is famous for the decisive battle between the Central Powers and the fascists in 1917, a scene immortalised by Hemingway in A Farewell To Arms. Today it’s a small but pleasant historic town with a smattering of decent eateries, cafés, grocers, a world-class museum on Slovenia’s role in the First World War and several places to arrange adventure sports. History buffs will enjoy the local history trail: a five-hour walk that takes in Roman archeological sites, waterfalls and World War I trenches.
It’s easier to arrange trips via Kamp Koren, however, since the site offers tailored tours for small groups exploring off-the-beatentrack spots such as cave complexes and traditional villages, as well as historic towns like Tolmin. The site can also arrange activities including mountaineering, Alpine climbing and paragliding, plus, of course, river-based shenanigans such as kayaking, rafting and swimming.
You definitely won’t get bored here, though you might get a little tipsy. An hour’s drive from the site will bring you to one of Slovenia’s best-known wine regions, Goriška Brda, which produces some very notable reds. Aim for the main town, Dobrovo, to check out the 17th-century Renaissance castle and its annexed stone-walled enoteca, which sells not only most of the local wine varieties but also the extremely tasty regional cheeses and meats.
Proactive as you might be, however, be warned that you may not get far past reception. This unassuming wooden hut is a marvel of hospitality, where charming Slovenian women cheerfully hand out everything from great coffee and on-tap beer to local information and Internet passwords. They can even order you a kebab from the local takeaway if you can’t be bothered to cook – now that’s Cool Camping.
FacilitiesHot, free, modern showers, spotless toilets, bio food in the kiosk and wi-fi at reception are just some of the top facilities here at Kamp Koren. The site also has play facilities for kids and arranges specially devised tours and trips. There are a couple of climbing walls onsite (plus an instructor daily through summer), as well as volleyball, table tennis and boules. You can also hire bicycles for adults and children onsite and arrange a horse-riding guide.
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes.
NearbyFor family kayaking and rafting try Positive Sport in Kobarid (00 386 4065 44 75; www.positivesport. com). You can also visit the elaborate and world-renowned Postojna Caves 43 miles (70 km) away, which organise treks and tours (00 386 5700 01 00; www.postojnska-jama.si). To some high-octane fun. The Adrenaline Club in Drežnica (00 386 5384 86 10; www.drustvo-adrenalin.si) can arrange tandem-paragliding for you. Or if you like keeping your feet on the ground, stay in a cottage on the mountain Krn (2,248 metres) – see reception.
Food & DrinkThe onsite shop has a good range of organic products. Apart from the (muchpublicised) kebab delivery service, you’ll also find several places to eat in the centre of Kobarid (a 15-minute walk). Above-average Italian ‘slow food’ can be found in Hiša Franko (00 386 5389 41 20; www.hisafranko.com), located in the village of Staro selo 1, less than 3 miles (5 km) from the campsite on the road to Italy.
The Owner Says
Kamp Koren is situated in picturesque valley by the Soča river, only 500m away from the town Kobarid. It is classified as a 4-star campsite and it is friendly to disabled people. There are 90 pitches in the campsite for caravans, motor homes and tents and it can host up to 360 guests. Every pitch has an electric hook up. The campsite has three sanitary blocks, one is heated, washing and drying machine, TV, WiFi, sauna, fitness, congress room, bar and grocery with some eco products. From 2018 you can also stay in our glamping accommodations.
Special atmosphere of the campsite is made by the six wooden chalets. Each has 100m2 living space divided into kitchen, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms. Chalets are fully equipped and ready to rent also in the wintertime as they are heated. A stay in eco chalets is especially comfortable due to the warmth of the wood, which always creates the optimal climate in the rooms, since the wood takes the excess moisture from the air or emits it, when the air in the room is too dry. The wooden walls are coated only with oil, and the floor in the rooms is waxed and coated with linseed oil, which enables the wood to preserve all its natural power.
The picturesque landscape of Koren campsite will reveal to the visitors the most beautiful places of the Soča Valley, such as: the Soča river canyon, waterfall Kozjak, gravel pits, the well-known Napoleon bridge and the restored front line from the World War I. The natural and historical heritage gives a lot of opportunities for different kinds of sports and sightseeing. An interesting way to explore the surroundings can also be possible on the horses back. We organise horse riding for all enthusiasts who want to enjoy the sightseeing in a different way.
Here can anybody find something for his soul and body. The relaxing atmosphere and the sport activities at the campsite and in its surroundings offer families and enthusiastic individuals what they are looking for. The campsite offers volley ball, bowling and pétanque playground, two tables for table tennis. Children can enjoy themselves on the playground with outdoor play equipment, climbing frames, a slide and a climbing wall for children. The climbers, beginners as well professionals, can use an 8-m-high climbing tower. You can also try to climb at the numerous natural climbing walls in the surroundings of Kobarid or in the Triglav National Park. Different natural climbing walls give the opportunity for climbing and mountain climbing in the beautiful nature. In addition, in the campsite we also have adventure park, where kids and adults can have fun. Renting a bike for those who want to do recreation is also available.
Close to the campsite the Soča river is running. Its source is in the heart of the Julian Alps, in the Trenta valley. In the upper stage it is known as one of the five best preserved Alpine rivers, and as such, it is placed at the top of European heritage. Its waters are pure and green in colour like the shimmer of an emerald. In Kobarid, the river wrenches itself from a wild gorge, to calm down and rest at the marvellous white gravel pits. We will provide you all the necessary information regarding water activities on the Soča river and make sure that you will be in safe hands on your adventures. At the reception kayakers can buy kayaking permit for the access points by the river Soča. The campsite organises water sports, such as rafting, kayaking, hydrospeed, tubing or canyoning, on this wild and enchanting river Soča, also a kayak school is possible for those who want to experience the kayak driving for the first time.
At the river Soča, sport fishing enthusiasts will feel like they are in heaven. A fairytale landscape and cunning Soča trout offer such a great experience that any real fisherman dreams about. At the reception you can buy catch or catch-release fishing permits.
Also due to stunning views, Kobarid is regularly visited by many paragliders. Every day, para-taxi can take you from the campsite to the start point. At the camp, you will be given the information regarding the flights and you will be able to come in touch with local paragliding instructors, which are familiar with the weather conditions in this area, landing fields and more. For those who want to experience paragliding for the first time, paragliding in tandem can be arranged.
The campsite offers not only organisation of sky sports but also of hiking tours (The campsite belongs to the chain of biker's and hiker's campsites.), always ready to help with experience and maps. All organised sport activities are guided by experienced professional guides. For all the different sports there are special packages of 3 or 5 days, where more experienced local tourist guides plan your vacation activities, exploring the nature around the campsite. We fill your vacation with the right amount of relaxation, sport activities and adventures, and take care of all the transportation, tickets and equipment that you need. Naturally, we can adapt the programmes to the wishes of our guests – with regard to the contents of the programme, time or the level of difficulty.
The campsite is surrounded with hills and high mountains, with the beautiful mountain Krn above it. This makes the campsite the perfect starting point for hiking and mountaineering. The forest paths are ideal for hiking and also for mountain bikers, who can start their tours from the campsite.
To be also in winter active, we can also arrange ski courses, cross-country skiing courses, walking tours in snow, snow-tubing, snow slide and snow paintball.
The campsite has the Eco label and Ecocamping certificate. Our politics is to do the best to keep the environment clean or at least have minimum effect on it. We try to make also our guests aware of the meaning of ecological way of life and saving the environment.
The proof that this place is great for different activities is also the fact that world and European championships in kayak and paragliding are organised here.
Our animation offer for the guests is diverse. Everyone can find an activity for himself!
Kamp Koren, Kamp Koren, Ladra 1 B, 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
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