Start: Solkan bus stop
The Gorica Circle of Peace connects the northern and southern trails to Mt Sabotin. The starting point is at the bus stop at the road bridge in Solkan. First, the trail crosses the road bridge. It starts out easy and winds northwards on the cycling trail along the Soča River, past the impressive Solkan Bridge. At Štmaver’s – a former railway guardhouse – it turns left and uphill for a steep ascent all the way to the top. The trail runs along the shady northern side of the mountain, and passes many wartime vestiges. Located atop Mt Sabotin is the Visitor Centre with a multimedia museum, info point and a shop. Book a guide to visit the Sabotin Outdoor Museum – Peace Park which includes a tour of the military caverns. Next to the Visitor Centre, in a former Italian guardhouse, there is an eatery for hikers to grab a snack or a drink.
From here, the trail continues along the ridge of Mt Sabotin, which is also the national border with Italy. At this point, the trail reaches its highest elevation of 609 m, and continues along the ridge to the ruins of the 14th century Gothic church of St Valentine. A steep descent on a mule track, a rock path and finally over a staircase will get you back to the start. In addition to the area’s rich cultural and natural heritage, the trail affords sweeping south views over both Nova Gorica and Gorizia, the Friulian Plain, and even the Adriatic Sea, whereas its north views reach to Mt Sveta Gora and the Banjšice Plateau beyond it.
There are some rather challenging sections on the trail; appropriate footwear, a torch and a helmet are required.
Length: 3,3 km
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Ascent: 505 m
Descent: 505 m