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The park's main attraction is its cave system that includes the highest cave hall in Europe, a massive gorge, waterfalls and a bridge over the gorge that looks like something out of The Lord of the Rings.  All told, there are eleven chambers that stretch for about six kilometers and the landscape was considered so unique that the caves are listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]].   
 
The park's main attraction is its cave system that includes the highest cave hall in Europe, a massive gorge, waterfalls and a bridge over the gorge that looks like something out of The Lord of the Rings.  All told, there are eleven chambers that stretch for about six kilometers and the landscape was considered so unique that the caves are listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]].   
  
Admission to the caves is by tour only.  It lasts about 90 minutes and takes you through two chambers:  the Silent Cave and the Murmuring Cave.  It's a good idea to bring decent shoes, wear a light coat (it's chilly and drippy inside) and be prepared to walk up and down hills.  Tour costs €11/7.50/4 (adult/seniors and students/children).
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Admission to the caves is by tour only.  It lasts about 90 minutes and takes you through two chambers:  the Silent Cave and the Murmuring Cave.  It's a good idea to bring decent shoes, wear a light coat (it's chilly and drippy inside) and be prepared to walk up and down hills.  Tour costs €14/10/6 (adult/seniors and students/children).
  
 
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Revision as of 08:02, 9 June 2008

Divača [1] is a town and municipality in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia. It is known for the many limestone caves in the area, included the UNESCO listed Škocjan Caves [2].

The exit of the Škocjan Caves

Contents

Understand

Get in

By train

Divača is on the main train line from Ljubljana to Trieste (Italy) and onto Venice.

By car

Divača is on the main A1 highway between Ljubljana and Koper.

Get around

The Škocjan caves are about 4km from the town center and railway station. There is no regular public transport, but there is a spottily signposted footpath (35 min) connecting the two, or you can try to hitch a bus ride to the highway A1 exit near the caves.

See

There are several caves in the area. These include:

  • Divaška
  • Škocjan (see below)
  • Vilenica

Škocjan Caves Regional Park

A few kilometers south of Divača is the Škocjan Caves Regional Park (Slovenian: Regljski park Škocjanske jame), +386 5 763-2840 (fax: +386 5 763-2844, email: psj.info@psj.gov.si), [3]. To get there by car, take the Divača exit from the highway and follow the signs.

The park's main attraction is its cave system that includes the highest cave hall in Europe, a massive gorge, waterfalls and a bridge over the gorge that looks like something out of The Lord of the Rings. All told, there are eleven chambers that stretch for about six kilometers and the landscape was considered so unique that the caves are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Admission to the caves is by tour only. It lasts about 90 minutes and takes you through two chambers: the Silent Cave and the Murmuring Cave. It's a good idea to bring decent shoes, wear a light coat (it's chilly and drippy inside) and be prepared to walk up and down hills. Tour costs €14/10/6 (adult/seniors and students/children).

Do

There is some hiking in the area:

  • Within the regional park, there are a few trails including some that bring you to a view point. The longest is the Škocjan Education Trail, a 2 km trail that passes through forest and around various features of a Karst landscape.
  • The Slovene Mountain Trail passes to the east of town and through the regional park.

Buy

Cave related souvenirs (books, postcards, trinkets, etc.) are available in the gift shop at the Škocjan Caves.

Eat

There are some basic restaurants around the train station, and a cafe/restaurant in the regional park. There are also some restaurants in the village of Lokev, a few kilometers west of Divača.

  • Gostilna s prenočišči Malovec, Kraška cesta 30a, +386 5 763 12 25. Local restaurant that serves Slovenian dishes.

Drink

Sleep

Accommodation within Divača is limited to a couple of small guesthouses. Surrounding villages also have rooms for rent (look for the Sobe or Zimmer sign).

  • Inn Malovec, Kraška cesta 30a, +386 5 763 12 25. checkin: 14.6.2008; checkout: 15.6.2008. Guesthouse with 16 rooms attached to a restaurant. €20-25 per person.
  • Penzion Risnik, Kraška cesta 34, +386 5 763 12 25 (fax: +386 5 763 00 08). Small guesthouse in Divača. €16-20 per person.
  • Motel Kozina Campground, Bazoviška 23, Kozina, +386 5 680 26 11 (, fax: +386 5 680 13 95), [4]. Motel and campground located one exit west of Divača on the A1 highway. €22-27 per person for motel, €6.70 per person for campground (tourist tax not included).

Get out

The following places are all a short ways away from Divača:

  • Lipica, home of the Lipizzaner horses is about seven kilometers to the west
  • Postojna and its cave system is a short drive east on the A1
  • The Slovenian coastal towns of Koper, Izola, Piran and Portorož are 40-60 minutes away by car heading west on the A1.
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