Šentviška Gora Plateau

The Šentviška Gora Plateau comprises a group of small villages in the hilly part of western Slovenia. Its residents (approximately 600) mainly engage in agriculture, especially livestock and crop farming.
The Šentviška Gora Plateau is rich in cultural and natural sites. Cultural and ethnological enthusiasts can visit a church designed by the famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, a reconstructed mill from the 1920s, or a wooden granary dating back to 1778.
Over 40 km of beautifully landscaped trails are available to hikers, runners, and cyclists, with all major intersections properly marked. Hikers can climb up Črv Peak (974 m), the highest peak on the Plateau, or visit the Kostanjevec Gorge and its main section called Žlebi, where speleologists have the opportunity to explore natural karst caves. There is also a winter sports centre featuring a ski slope, a cross-country skiing area and two ski jumping hills.
The people who live and work at the heart of the Plateau also create its everyday life. The products and services offered by the local providers reflect high quality, tradition, and harmony with the natural environment.
Nevertheless, like other rural areas, the Plateau is facing the problems of ageing population and outmigration.
We recognise the Smart Rural 21 project as an important opportunity for achieving the goals we have been pursuing since 2012: to raise the quality of life on the Plateau; prevent outmigration and ageing of the population; attract visitors; and provide additional sources of income for the locals.

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The community (intergenerational) centre of Šentviška Gora Plateau has been renovated some time ago, however, some further actions are needed to plan the architecture and the ‘smart’ community-driven use of the interior. These actions are supported by the SR21 project in the form of a conceptual design/ architectural plan; as well as legal advice to obtain the necessary documentation, plans and permits



Šentviška Gora Plateau from a bird's eye view

Explore the natural, cultural and social richness of the Šentviška Gora Plateau, comprising a group of small villages in western Slovenia.

Resources :

Smart Village Strategy of Šentviška Gora Plateau
Polonca Kavcic , Nives Laharnar - Municipality of Šentviška Gora ( 05/11/2021 )
A presentation given at the 2nd Regional Workshop of the Smart Rural 21 project on the intergenerational centre and other smart activities of Šentviška Gora Plateau, one of the project’s 21 selected villages.
Language : English
Engaging the local community in Šentviška Gora Plateau
Nika Kikelj Maver - Municipality of Šentviška Gora ( 27/10/2020 )
Presentation provided at the 1st Smart Village Academy of the Smart Rural 21 project about the activities of Šentviška Gora Plateau, one of the selected 21 communities.
Language : English
Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Šentviška Gora Plateau (Slovenia)
Municipality of Šentviška Gora ( 12/2020 )
The Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Šentviška Gora Plateau has been developed in the context of the ‘Preparatory Action for Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century’ project funded by the European Commission.
Language : English

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