🇸🇮 Rock Shelters in Veli Badin

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The cliffs at the boundary between limestone and clay parts of Slovenian Istria end with enormous rock shelters – a must-see for every hiker visiting these parts of Slovenia.

At a Glance

Easy hike
410 m
Average time
2 h
Elevation gain
300 m
Start: 45.463854,13.896891
Peak: 45.454250,13.924210

Starting point Hiking map

Interactive route Download GPX file


  • Most visitors park near the church of Sveti Kvirik (Saint Quiricus). That was discouraged in Ye Olde Days, so I always try to park near Gostilna Sočerga (starting coordinates).
  • If you decide to park at the church, follow the signs for Krog onto a well-marked wide footpath, we’ll be with you in a minute. Alternatively, you could walk back to the main road and be with us the whole way.
  • Still here? Cross the road and follow the signs for Olika onto a descending dirt trail.
  • At the next junction, take the left trail.
  • Just before getting back to the asphalt road, take another left trail ascending toward the ridge of Veli Badin (follow a yellow arrow).
  • When you reach the marked footpath, turn right (if you parked at the church, now’s a good time to continue reading).
  • You’ll be able to enjoy the fantastic views until you enter a sparse forest. Take a left turn and follow the waymarks onto a descending footpath that eventually brings you to an old abandoned gravel road.
  • Turn right onto a footpath just before the trail hits the road, and you’ll get to the natural bridge and the rock shelters. Enjoy!
  • Want to take a on the way back shortcut? After leaving the rock shelters, follow a yellow arrow onto a narrow ascending rocky footpath that runs along the ridge and eventually merges with the waymarked trail.
  • In any case, follow the waymarks all the way to the church of Sveti Kvirik. If you haven’t parked there, descend along the asphalt road to get back to your car.

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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.