🇸🇮 Škavnica

Hiking in Slovenia » Vipava Valley » Škavnica

Škavnica is a giant limestone slab in the middle of a pine forest on the west slopes of Nanos plateau. I usually hike there to admire its limestone pavement crisscrossed with deep fissures; the view of Vipava valley, Adriatic sea, and the Italian Alps is just the icing on the cake.

At a Glance

Easy hike with a few steeper sections
734 m
Average time
Ascent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Descent: 1 hour
Total: 3 hours
Elevation gain
490 m
Start: 45.832270,13.971014
Peak: 45.84970,13.98185

Starting point Hiking map

Interactive route Download GPX file

Getting There

  • Hike to Plaz. Take a break and enjoy the view.
  • Follow the waymarks onto a narrow footpath going west from the picnic tables north of the vista point.
  • The footpath slowly turns into a rocky trail – an old dirt road from Vipava valley toward Nanos. Keep to the right following signs for Škavnica.
  • Another sign for Škavnica (or Nanos/Abram) will send you right onto a steeper shortcut.
  • A bit after the point where your path merges with the original trail (which took a wide detour), you’ll notice another sign for Škavnica sending you left onto a narrow muddy1 footpath.
  • In ~15 minutes2, the easy-to-follow well-marked footpath reaches a rocky barrier. A bit further on, you’ll notice an easy ledge that will bring you to the top of the slab.
The view from Škavnica

The view from Škavnica

  1. At least it was muddy every single time I was there. Admittedly I’m hiking around those hills in autumn/winter and not during summer drought. ↩︎

  2. Vipava valley must have a large population of endurance runners – most of the durations I’ve encountered were a bit overly optimistic. Expect to hike a bit longer than that. ↩︎

Map of the Route

The map shows the path we took as recorded by the GPS receiver. Never trust a GPS track wholeheartedly; rely on your senses and maps.