in the countryside
Average summer temperature:20 °C
Average winter temperature:-2,5 °C
The village of Šalamenci lies at the point where the flat region of Prekmurje begins to climb up to the first terrace and the hilly region of Goričko can be said to begin. It is just under five kilometres from the municipal centre and 12 kilometres from the regional capital. Šalamenci covers an area of 538 hectares and has around 90 households, with a total population of 350. There are also several dozen weekend cottages or wine cellars whose owners do not live in Šalamenci. The first groups of houses considered to be the basis of the village of Šalamenci stood by the Matulek Well in Grube. Other hamlets began to expand from here: Griže, Bükovšček, Vas, Borovje and Breg. Today these hamlets are neat and well maintained. An asphalt road leads to each of them, paid for to a large extent by the villagers themselves. As well as its two inns or pubs – venues for social activities of various kinds – the village had a shop, a sawmill and a windmill. The lack of premises for social gatherings and activities led to a plan to build a village community centre. In 1981 some new commercial buildings were constructed in the village, along with an ecumenical chapel dedicated to St Peter, for which reason his feast day is celebrated every year. Šalamenci has hosted the carnival event known as Borovo Gostüvanje ("pine wedding") five times: in 1931, 1952, 1957, 1971 and, most recently, 1994. The profits deriving from the event have on each occasion been used for community needs, most notably for the construction of a chapel of rest. An account of all the above, and its depiction in miniatures, may be seen at the home of Mr Štefan Sever. It is thanks to him that we have an antiques museum, located at his home. We also have him to thank for the fire brigade museum in Šalamenci. The volunteer fire brigade is the oldest established society in the village. The people of Šalamenci have long been known for their harmonious work and good results.