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Pastirkovo lookout point

The tradition of Slovenian high-altitude farms

Krištof the shepherd boy likes to stop at Pastirkovo to play with his sheep because not only can you admire the beauty of the mountains, but also the residences of the people that have named these places and shaped them in harmony with nature as these residences have been here for centuries. The highland farms have dotted the region ever since Lintver, the ancient dragon, was on the lookout for their flocks. No violent storm, great flood or not even fires could scare these hardworking and brave people away from their homesteads.

On the Pastirkovo farm

The Pastirkovo Lookout Point offers hikers the vista of the most architectural characteristic of the region. Namely, the traditional subsistence alpine farms, telling stories of the greatness and vigour 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 are 50 active high-altitude  farms. Of those, 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 luxuries.

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