This is the first (or last) stage of the red trail Via Alpina that enters into Slovenia. The stage passes Lipica where the magnificent Lipizzaner horses are bred.
One only gets a proper perspective of the Karst plateau after the descent to Lipica (from Kokoš). This stunning green oasis in the middle of a stony Karstic landscape has been home to the Lipica stud farm for four centuries. Not far from the stables is another jewel of the Karst with an equally venerable history. The Vilenica cave has the longest tradition of speleological tourism in Europe (it began receiving visitors as early as 1633).
The neighbouring village of Lokev, one of the biggest in the Karst, also has a notable history. The tower once formed part of region's defences against Ottoman incursions and today houses a military museum. The village is also renowned for its Karstic prosciutto, ham cured in the Karst's Bora fall wind. It is sliced wafer-thin and served with Teran, a blood-red Karstic wine. The Škocijan caves, carved out of the rock by the Reka river, is one of the jewels of Slovene and European natural heritage.