The Karst region is famous for three features - teran wine, pršut ham and the burja north wind – but it is much more than that. You can experience amazing things just walking through the mysterious subterranean world of countless karstic caves, you can get close to nature and the cultural heritage strolling in the open countryside, past sinkholes, abandoned ponds and wind-bent trees, and along the way side tracks through the fields will lead you to villages, old stone houses and the people that live there, who since they were ancient communities have been crafting and shaping life in this part of the world. Visiting the Karst is an experience in any season; but it is in autumn that the region’s plateau is at its finest, lit up with the fiery red of smoketree or sumac and the gaudy leaves of the grapevines, which lend a special magic to the landscape.
In the Karst we offer a fascinating look at the region’s special features, enjoyment of unspoilt nature, relaxation and recharging your spirit as well as unique and diverse tourist services. Tired from travelling and full of experiences, you can finish up your journey in a delightful inn, tourist farm or wine shop or osmica, where the hospitable locals will spoil you with a range of tasty home-made dishes and a glass or two of agreeable Karst teran and other wines produced on the karstic land. Experience the Karst in the Karst way, Pliskovica Youth Hostel – silver Sejalec 2006, Team building programme in Postojna Cave - finalist 2007, Kingdom of Gaia in Postojna Cave – Liberty incentives & Congresses Slovenia – bronze Sejalec 2009.
Visitsguided tour PRICE
: EUR 124/person and includes:
- reception at Pliskovica (folklore + drink)
- half-day programme with stonemason workshop and lunch at Štanjel Castle
- visit to Postojna Cave with special programme and tour of Vivarium
Price is quoted for a minimum group of 45 participants.
With a smaller or greater number of participants, the price is adjusted accordingly. Programme:
Arrival in Pliskovica
Morning arrival in Pliskovica and a surprise with traditional reception and welcome drink. This is followed by a tour of the house, which is a cultural feature of its own. From here we head off towards the picturesque village of Štanjel. Half-day ramble through Štanjel
Given its transport, geographical and strategic position, Štanjel has been important ever since the late Iron Age. The village developed in the Romanesque period and rapidly spread to the woodland above. The rows of houses are laid out around the foot of the 364 m high Tower. The narrow streets open into small squares, in the middle of which the stone wells stand out. The houses are made of stone, with rich masonry features, and are picturesque in the typical local style, with narrow windows, entrance ways, consoles and even stone guttering on the roofs. There are numerous Gothic elements that show how the village was as extensive then as it is today. The Renaissance Baroque castle and Late Gothic Church of St. Daniel give Štanjel a special character. The oldest remnants of the castle date back to the Middle Ages, and its final appearance was provided by the Counts of Cobenzli at the end of the 17th century. They built the Church of St. Daniel to house their crypt. The church was built in the middle of the 15th century and reworked in the 17th century. Outside the village, on a neighbouring hill, the small cemetery Church of St. Gregory was built in the 15th century. The architect Maks Fabjani is buried here. Given the threat of Turkish raids, at the end of the 15th century Štanjel was protected with a wall, which securely surrounded the houses, church and castle. The first houses outside the fortified village only appeared in the 19th century. Still not entirely arranged and also still in ruins, it stands as an imposing memorial to tradition and culture. Despite the ages, this “stubborn Karst dweller” persists, stands out and beckons. That is Štanjel. Stonemason workshop at Štanjel
In premises where once stood the Vale barn, by a famous Karst house, the song of stone is heard again and again. And again and again people come away from the workshop richer for new knowledge, for new experiences and for a fine stone product. Participants at the workshop receive a stone to work with, all the necessary tools and protective gear, and most importantly, guidance from an experienced mason. Visit to Čotar wine cellar and wine tasting
In the beautiful Karst village of Gorjansko near Komen, just 5 km from the sea, stands the Čotar wine cellar. Here the family produces outstanding wines, with their teran and malvasia being especially popular. Čotar wines are an extraordinary expression of the senses of the vintner’s hands, which work ceaselessly to ensure quality. They cultivate their vines in the most nature-friendly way possible, and are orienting their cultivation towards organic farming. The cellar is cut into the living rock, so from the grape to the bottle, the wine gradually moves from floor to floor deeper into the cellar.
Its distinctive colour makes teran look at first rough, but when you taste it, there is a pervasive strength and gentleness given to the wine by its acidity. It is an excellent accompaniment to Karst pršut ham, which is dried in the local burja north wind. The wine is also used in a number of very tasty dishes, such as roast pork in teran sauce, bleki pasta squares, gnocchi or rabbit in cep mushroom sauce. Afternoon visit to Postojna Cave with special programme and tour of Vivarium
From Štanjel we head off towards Postojna Cave. We then enter the cave and enjoy a tour and surprise with the special “Kingdom of Gaia” programme. Dream-like figures will present you with unique little gifts.
The Vivaria in the Gallery of Signatures is inhabited by some of the underground creatures of Postojna Cave, where special attention is focused on the most famous of them all, the olm salamander (Proteus anguinus). This part of the cave also houses a speleobiological laboratory for scientific research.