Solčava is a harmony of three valleys and at the same time a harmony of exceptional nature and carefully thought-out tourism.
The Solčav region is characterised by high-mountain subsistence farms, which reflect the greatness and generosity of the Solčav people.
The local people have also preserved their identity in their stories and fairy tales, which have become legends in dances, songs and music.
Welcome to Center Rinka
Center Rinka is a multi-purpose facility for the sustainable development of the Solčava region. It connects various activities for the sustainable development of the area and provides new development opportunities. In the basement there is a tourist information point for visitors to the Solčava area. The central cell of Center Rinka is a multi-purpose hall for multimedia presentations, lectures, education, seminars, workshops, guest exhibitions or small cultural events.
The walls around the hall feature a permanent exhibition about the life and nature of the Solčava region, titled ‘Solčava – a walk in the lap of the Alps’, which leads visitors on a walk from an original residence to a house, to wood and sheep in the yard, into the forest, to a stream, a mountain lawn, to rocks and into the mountains. On the ground floor there is an exhibition and sales area of products from the Solčava region and the wider environment.
Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO
For the first time this year, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has organised the Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO, which recognises villages and rural destinations whose tourism activities contribute to the development of the region in which they are located, while preserving its rich natural and cultural heritage. The selection took place at a global level and two Slovenian destinations, Radovljica and Solčava, are among the winners, which is another great recognition for Slovenian tourism.
LAS project: Creation of sport and recreation infrastructure and a tourism programme for an active and quality tomorrow
Exercise, breathe, enjoy
The operation “Establishment of sports and recreation infrastructure and tourist programme for an active and quality tomorrow” or “Swing, breathe and enjoy” is a partnership operation between the Rinka Centre, the Institute for Tourism and Sustainable Development of the Solčava Region, the Municipality of Luče, Dolina avantur d. o. o. and the Luče Pensioners’ Association. The main purpose of the operation is to provide new recreational areas for the inhabitants of the narrower and wider LAS area of the Upper Savinja and Šaleška valleys, as well as for visitors from abroad and Slovenia. The operation will include an outdoor exercise park and an indoor fitness centre in the gallery of the new Luče Sports Hall. The Igla-Rjavčeva jama hiking trail will also be restored, serving both the local population for daily walks and tourists for recreational leisure activities in the area. The landscaped areas will be used for various activities during the operation, ranging from guided training sessions to study tours to make the local population aware of their purpose. A tourism programme will also be prepared for tourists, bringing together different stakeholders from the local environment.
Rural Development Programme projects:
Povzetek: V okviru operacije uvajanja mehke mobilnosti smo izdelali projekt ureditve mirujočega prometa /celostne ureditve urbanega naselja, ki zajema ureditve za invalide, pešce, sprehajalce, kolesarje, možnosti ustavljanja in parkiranja motornih vozil (deloma imamo parkirišča že urejena) ter označitve. The project for the integrated regulation of the Solčava urban settlement includes an expert detailed report on signage. We have purchased bicycles (high quality mountain bikes, and e-bikes), and upgraded the conditions for their use.
By supporting soft mobility for tourists and inhabitants, protected areas can also contribute to the limitation and regulation of energy consumption, and in turn to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Z uvedbo mehke mobilnosti želimo rešiti problem majhnosti trga za okoljski turizem (le cca. 1 % turistov se zavestno odloča za trajnostno obliko počitnikovanja in se trajnostno tudi vede).
Summary: “Excercise, Breathe and Enjoy” is a partnership operation between the Rinka Centre, the Solčavsko Institute for Tourism and Sustainable Development, the Municipality of Luče, Dolina avantur d. o. o. and the Luče Pensioners’ Association. The main purpose of the operation is to acquire new recreational areas for the population of the narrower and wider LAS area of the Upper Savinja and Šaleška Valleys.
Objective of the operation: The objective of the operation is to acquire, through investments and activities, additional recreational areas that will improve the conditions for an active lifestyle of the inhabitants and visitors of the area, and at the same time to spread awareness of the positive importance of recreation, sporting activities and regular exercise in nature. By investing in appropriate sports and exercise areas, we want to create opportunities for quality leisure time, socialising, networking and raising awareness that exercise, sport and recreation are essential for the health of all generations.
Povzetek: Operacija sodelovanja “Priložnost na pragu” – z lastnim potencialom do poslovnega uspeha je namenjena domačim gospodarstvom in posameznikom, da prepoznajo edinstvene prodajne priložnosti v razlikovalnih sposobnostih območja.
Splošni cilji operacije so: Prepoznane priložnosti v lastnem/domačem potencialu (okolje, kultura); Ohranjanje poseljenosti območja; Zagotovljeno dostojno preživetje (ekonomsko socialni vidik); Sobivanje generacij; Prepoznane priložnosti (zelena delovna mesta).
Operacija ˝Za aktivnejši jutri˝ zasleduje tematska področja instrumenta CLLD in sicer Razvoj osnovnih storitev ter Varstvo okolja in ohranjanje narave. Izvajala se bo na celotnem območju LAS Zgornje Savinjske in Šaleške doline. S predvidenimi investicijami bomo prispevali k enakomernejšemu razvoju območja. Glavni cilj operacije je izboljšati kvaliteto življenja lokalnega prebivalstva, razširiti turistično ponudbo in ohraniti oziroma izboljšati stanje okolja in narave. Zadani cilj bo dosežen preko infrastrukturnih in okoljskih investicij, ter nakupa opreme oziroma prenove razstave. V občini Solčava bo Center Rinka prenovil razstavo, ki bo prikazala naravno in kulturno okolje Zgornje Savinjske doline, ter preusmerila turista v majhne kotičke le-te. Obenem bo nastal nov turistični program, ki bo omogočil širitev turistične ponudbe. V občini Luče bodo z nakupom stolov širili kulturno dejavnost in pridobili možnost organizacije večjih kulturnih prireditev. Občine Ljubno, Šmartno ob Paki in Šoštanj bodo vzpostavile nove rekreacijske površine, in sicer zunanji vadbeni park, zunanjo plezalno steno in otroško igrišče. Občine Gornji Grad, Nazarje in Rečica ob Savinji pa bodo obnovile oziroma posodobile obstoječo infrastrukturo, in sicer preko preplastitve športnih igrišč in vgradnjo čistilne naprave. Občina Mozirje bo za potrebe izvajanja društvenih dejavnosti uredila sanitarije v bivši podružnični šoli Lepa Njiva, kar bo popestrilo izvajanje dogodkov v lokalni skupnosti. Z vidika varovanja okolja, ter tudi širitve turistične ponudbe bo Mestna občina Velenje postavila dva ekoremediacijska otoka, ki bosta rešila problem prekomerne količine hranil v Velenjskem jezeru in obenem vzpostavila pogoje za razvoj novega habitata. Kot partner bo Zavod za turizem Šaleške doline poskrbel za ozaveščanje prebivalstva preko izvedbe zelenih promocijskih dni. K ozaveščanju bo pripomogel tudi predstavitveni film ekoremediacijskih otokov. Izvedene aktivnosti bodo posledično prispevale k izboljšanju kvalitete bivanja, preko boljše dostopnosti rekreacijskih površin za vse generacije ter izboljšanje kvalitete naravnega okolja. Skupna operacija vseh občin območja LAS Zgornje Savinjske in Šaleške doline bo prispevala k enakomernemu razvoju območja, upoštevajoč problemov in potreb območja, razvidnih iz SLR LAS ZSŠD.
By supporting soft mobility for tourists and inhabitants, protected areas can also contribute to the limitation and regulation of energy consumption, and in turn to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Upgrading the unique sustainable approach – the use of nature for tourism.
A greater number of sustainably aware visitors and inhabitants.
Increasing the number of stops/stays of otherwise transit traffic in the settlement of Solčava.
Easier management of an increased number of visitors.
Calculating the carbon footprint of visitors as part of making people aware of climate change.
Among them the most well known is Potočka zijalka, an important archaeological cave site from the start of the New Stone Age (Neolithic).
Lead through the pearls of nature with breathtaking views of high summits and sprawling valleys.
Despite Solčava being one of the least populated municipalities in the Republic of Slovenia, it has an exceptional wealth of cultural and ethnological heritage.
In spring, soft grasses emerge from the earth behind the first flowers, larch trees turn green and beech leaves sprout – nature beckons visitors. In summer, the gently green bottom turns into a flowering meadow, flanked by dark green forests, and above them, the sharp rocks of the Savinja Alps, which welcome hillwalkers into the blue of the sky, welcome mountain lovers with a warm welcome. In autumn, when the larches glow among the dark spruces just below the rocks and the beech leaves turn golden a little lower down, it’s the perfect time for quiet walks in the solitude of the forest. On sunny winter days, there’s nothing better than cross-country skiing on glittering snowfields or winding down steep slopes. In tourist farms, hotels, guesthouses, guesthouses or mountain lodges you can find a quiet place to stay for a pleasant exploration of the Solčava region.
HARMONY OF THREE WALLEYS
The Solčava region is made up of the village of Solčava and the village of Podolševa, as well as three parallel Alpine valleys that have been transformed by glaciers and are among the most beautiful in the entire Alpine region. These are the most recognisable and most often depicted Logar Valley and the lesser known, but no less remarkable and unique valleys of Robanov kot and Matkov kot. The Logarska dolina and Robanov kot are specially protected and declared a landscape park due to their exceptional nature, and together with Natura 2000, the protected nature area accounts for 80% of the area of the Solčavský region.
Solčavsko also has an extremely rich cultural and ethnological heritage. The main residential feature is the high mountain subsistence farms, which tell the stories of the greatness and valour of the Solčava people.
The local people have also preserved their identity in their stories, tales that have become legends, dances, songs and music. Another important part of the Solčavsko tradition are the zithers, the pleasant sounds of which can still be heard on many of these farms today.
Solčava is a harmony of three valleys and at the same time a harmony of exceptional nature and carefully thought-out tourism. In 2009, the destination was awarded the title of “European Destination of Excellence” in the field of tourism and protected areas.