Geotourism

The Idrija Geopark is an area with exceptional geological features and other natural and cultural heritage, unique to Slovenia.

The uniqueness of the region of Idrija bases on the second largest mercury mine in the world according to the amount of mercury produced and the cinnabar ore deposit that makes Idrija best known throughout the world. The territory the geopark covers has a very motley morphology, deep and narrow gorges and ravines and extensive karstic plateaus, which is all a consequence of the passage between the Alps and the Karst. Geopark Idrija has an immense amount of natural values and many different types of rock, from carbon to recent rocks, fossils, minerals, tectonic structures, Karst phenomena, flora, fauna and cultural heritage that, together with the mercury ore deposit form a unique story and doubtlessly presents a feature of universal significance.

The 22 theme trails that originate in natural and cultural heritage connect various tourism providers and present the majority of the tourist offer in the countryside. Theme trails, which show all the variety of natural and cultural heritage of Geopark Idrija in a way to cover the entire area of the Geopark are designed as cycling or as hiking trails.

All of them are also marked on the Geopark Idrija Map.

Check out the image catalogue "IDRIJA - DISCOVER THE CITY OF UNESCO HERITAGE"

 

More about hiking in Idrija Geopark and in Slovenia you can find in catalogue "HIKING in Slovenia"

Entrance to Anthony's Main Road (Photo: Idrija Mercury Mine)

 

In anthony's Main road there is an opportunity to see droplets of native mercury (Photo: Robert Zabukovec)

 

Miners at work sometimes teased mine dwarf Perkmandeljc (Photo: Idrija Mercury Mine)

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