Bela krajina

Nature and diligent human handiwork have come together in Bela krajina to form a picturesque cultural landscape. Bela krajina has a predominately karstic topography and therefore features a variety of karstic phenomena. The hilly area of Gorjanci and Kočevski rog gradually descends to the Kolpa river below. As much as 46% of Bela krajina is included in Natura 2000, which is itself a testament to how exceptionally varied and well preserved this living space is.

Bela krajina is situated at the southeasternmost part of Slovenia and boasts with the southernmost point of the country, the village Kot near Vinica. Upon entering Bela krajina one is instantly swept away by the view of the lively karst flatland, surrounded by higher karst units: Gorjanci, Kočevski Rog, and Poljanska gora. If one looks upon the region's flat area from higher edges, it appears as a monotonous landscape, with isolated hills in the distance. However, driving through Bela krajina one can immediately notice its great variety. The region covers 596 square kilometres of land and is situated at a height of approximately 232.3m above sea level. Bela krajina has 226 settlements with somewhat more than 26,000 inhabitants. Thanks to its relatively warm climate Bela krajina has a relatively high precipitation, but the quantities within the region vary considerably. It has a continental climate with long, warm summers and cold winters, with the Mediterranean Sea exerting its influence. The average yearly temperature is 10.5°C, whereas the average highest temperature is 15.7°C and the average lowest temperature is 5.9°C.

Firn areas are a typical phenomenon of Bela krajina; these areas alternate with cultural and forest areas, white birch, and juniper. Another attractive natural phenomenon of the region is the vineyards, which are usually situated some 200 - 350m above sea level, above the limit of heat inversion.

The following industries were of major importance in the past: metal processing, wood processing, food, and textile industries. In addition to the total economic development, Bela krajina has also taken a turn towards the development of tourism. Tourism serves as a metaphor for life, because it makes the best out of acknowledged hospitality and frankness of local people, which make tourism more available to groups and individuals.

Bela krajina has a rich cultural heritage, which nourishes many folk dances, customs, and rituals, which are brought to life on various traditional events. In this respect it is worth mentioning in particular cottage industry and folk tradition, which are still preserved and nurtured by certain individuals and associations. Painted Easter eggs called “belokranjske pisanice” are famous far and wide, as well as “drsanke” and embroidery work of Bela krajina, which give extra value to the region’s art treasury. Cottage industry products and souvenirs can also be bought on various locations throughout Bela krajina, as well as on all three Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in the region.

BELA KRAJINA vineyards and flatland in the heart of the vibrant countryside, the embrace of mighty white birch trees, and the allure of the intact river Kolpa create a perfect place, where you can forget your daily worries and relax – GOOD FOR BOTH…