Divača

Travel Guide Europe Slovenia Divača

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Introduction

Divača 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.

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Sights and Activities

The Škocjan Caves are one of the highlights of the country. The Skocjan caves are a fantastic system of limestone caves and forms some 6 kilometres of underground passages with a total depth of more than 200 metres. To add, there are many waterfalls and one of the world's largest underground chambers. The site is located in the Kras region (which basically means karst) and is probably one of the best in the world for the study of karstic phenomena. For this reason, it is the only place in Slovenia which is placed on the Unesco World Heritage List.

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Getting There

By Train

Divača is on the main train line from Ljubljana to Trieste (Italy) and onto Venice. There are quite frequent trains between Ljubljana and Sezana (on the Italian border) but trains through to Trieste are less frequent. If travelling from Trieste or elsewhere in Italy it's best to take a bus from Trieste to Sezana (about 20 minutes, €1) and then a connecting train to Divača. Hikers or those who fancy a walk could simply to a bus to Bazovica in Italy and walk from there (about 7 kilometres).

By Car

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

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Getting 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 minutes) connecting the two, or you can try to hitch a bus ride to the highway A1 exit near the caves. During the summer months it is possible to hire bicycles from a store near Divača train station which will allow you easy access to the caves and other areas in this part of Slovenia and Italy.

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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.

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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).

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Keep Connected

Internet

Slovenia is generally well covered by inexpensive broadband internet due to fierce competition between multiple companies. Internet cafes are thus common in cities and internet access is offered by most hotels and hostels.

A free wireless internet network is also being set up in some cities by volunteers (Ljubljana, Maribor, Nova Gorica). You can use it if you have a computer or a WiFi enabled phone.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Slovenia is 386, and the prefix for international calls is 00; the area code prefix is 0. Some number blocks are reserved for special use: 080 are toll-free numbers and 090 are commercial services, which are usually expensive.

Mobile networks use the common European frequencies (900 and 1800 MHz for GSM/LTE and 2100 MHz for 3G; 800 MHz is planned for LTE). Two major Slovenian mobile companies, Mobitel and Simobil, provide an excellent coverage in GSM and 3G, but 3G can be unavailable in mountainous regions. Roaming between European phone companies is becoming cheaper due to the EU regulation setting a maximum of 0.29€ per minute for calls made and 0.09€ for calls received, while calls to or from non-EU providers remain expensive. Slovenian pre-paid SIM cards are also available in supermarkets and gas stations.

Telekom Slovenije operates around 3500 phone booths. They unfortunately do not accept coins but require the use of cards costing 3-15€.

Post

Posta Slovenije is the national postal service of Slovenia. It has relatively fast and reliable services. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Only the larger central post offices keep longer hours and/or are open on Sundays. You can also use them for money transfers and some other simple banking services. Stamps are available here or at newspaper stands/kiosks. Domestic rates for sending postcards/standard letters start at €0.29. International rates start at €0.39 for postcards and €0.44 for standard letters. Parcels start at around €16 for delivery to other Europena Union Members. You can also use companies like UPS, TNT or DHL to send parcels, as they offer comparable prices and fast services.

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