"My home is joyous. When the Semič hills
become gilded in the Autumn sun
they are as beautiful as the queens from fairy tales
prepared for a large feast.''
This is how our renowned poet Lojze Krakar celebrated Semič in a verse of a few words. Semič or Šokarija as it is called by the inhabitants of Bela Krajina, covers an area of 147 km2. It spreads to the north, to the sunny edge of Bela Krajina and the foothills of Kočevski Rog and to the slopes of the Gorjanci Hills. Other municipalities here include Črnomelj and Metlika. It takes its name from the family of Semenič, who lived here in the Middle Ages. Today the famous hill Smuk, which is one of the starting points for tourists' exploration of the area, together with Mirna gora, Planina and the Bela ski centre, stands a little beneath the original residence of the Semenič family.
In the middle of Semič is the Church of St. Stephen (Sv. Štefan) which was first mentioned in the year 1228, while Semič itself was first mentioned in the beginning of the 13th century when Henrik Adeški was ruler in Bela Krajina. From Semič there is a most beautiful view of the Semič mountains planted with vines. In the spring, when the sun casts away snow from the sunny slopes, the peaks (Smuk, Mirna gora...) are donned with a green cap.
Semič is famous for its production of good wine, rich cultural heritage and the Peasant wedding which is organised every year in July, and for its culinary offer, which is another reason for you to visit Semič, interwoven with vineyards and white birches.