in the countryside
Average summer temperature:20 °C
Average winter temperature:-2,5 °C
Martinje lies on the Gornji Petrovci-Kuzma road in the far north of the hilly Goričko area, close to the Hungarian border. In 1992 an international border crossing between Slovenia and Hungary was opened here and represents the shortest route from the Pomurje region of Slovenia to the Slovensko Porabje/Vendvidék region of Hungary. Martinje lies near the source of a tributary of the Merak stream, to the south of the rounded hill of Srebrni Breg (404 metres). The inhabitants are no longer intensively involved in agriculture. The village consists of the hamlets of Kotarje (2 houses), Löv (18 houses), Srebrni Breg, also known as Srački (or Šankin) Rob (7 houses), Vreje (11 houses) and Kovačerje (6 houses). The last of these is also the centre of the village. Some of these houses are today unoccupied. Martinje belongs to the local administrative community of Šulinci, in the municipality of Gornji Petrovci. There are two theories about the origin of the name of the village: it is named after either St Martina of Rome, a martyr whose feast day is celebrated on 30 January, or St Martin of Tours, whose feast day falls on 11 November. It is not precisely known when the name of the village first appeared in historical records, nor when the settlement was founded, since details are difficult to come by. A volunteer fire brigade has been operating in the village since 1946. Since 1998 there has also been a women's section. The Srebrni Breg Sports Club was founded in 1984. The club has its own five-a-side football team and includes members from the neighbouring villages. Cultural activities in the village are organised under the auspices of the Srebrni Breg-Martinje Cultural Association, founded in 1998. The association includes several different sections. Particularly notable in the musical sphere are the Martinje Male Quartet (founded in 1992) and the church choir, which has existed for as long as the inhabitants of the village have been attending divine service.