In 1964, the Bavski Potok river was dammed to prevent it from flooding, creating the Vanganel Reservoir, which is a peaceful and secluded spot popular with fly fishers, just outside of Koper.
You can park at the village of Vanganel and take a short walk through the woods to come up on the dramatic wall of the dam. There is ostensibly a trail right around the lake, but this is somewhat overgrown and quite steep and exposed in parts, so be careful with kids! It’s easier to walk across the top of the dam for views across the lake. You might also meet some local wildlife:
After this short but pleasant excursion (around 1 hour) I highly recommend Gostilna Nimis in Vanganel for a spot of lunch. Tell them Ingrid sent you, and maybe I’ll get mine for free next time!
Stay tuned for more Postcards from Slovenia! As ever, you can find more images from my travels on Instagram. I hope to explore a bit further afield now the travel restrictions are slowly being lifted…