The characteristic housing in the
Solčava region is the traditional Alpine farm, telling the story of the
grandeur and strength of the Solčava locals. The
locals have always lived in harmony with nature, providing them with every
necessity for survival. Even today, they are mostly engaged in wood, wood as
well as food production.
The identities of the locals also persevered through stories and tales
developing into legends, as well as dance, song and music. Also an important
element of the tradition in the Solčava region is the zither, the instrument
which has remained popular at many such Alpine farms until the present day.
In the Solčava region, there remains 50 active solitary farms. Of these
fifty, 18 are engaged in tourism and 26 in other complementary activities.
About a third rely on organic, and the rest on environmentally-friendly farming
methods. About half of the farms lie at elevations above 1,000m, while Bukovec
at the elevation of 1,327m is the highest Alpine farm in Slovenia. Here, the
atmosphere surrounding the solitary Alpine farms in the Solčava region is truly
peaceful and characterised by a primal attitude towards nature, fellow man and
The farmers in the region are famous for their
peculiar names preserved throughout centuries: at Gradiš, below Kočno, at
Matkovo, at Perkovo, at Žibovče, at Covc, at Šumeče, at Ložek, at Pastirkovo,
at Klemenča, at Strevčovo, at Plodrovo, at Rogarjevo, at Potok, at Macesen, at
Podolševa, at Štiftarjevo, at Prod, at Rob, at Osojnica, at Bukovec, at Majdač,
at Ramšia, at Podbreg, at Ivanija, at Plesta and at Log. Today, there are 50
active traditional farms in the Solčava region.