STA, 22 March 2022 - A section of the famous Way of St James, or the Camino de Santiago, that is running through the north-eastern-most part of Slovenia will be revived to attract even more visitors both from home and abroad.
There are three branches of the world's best known pilgrimage route running through Slovenia, including one leading from Kobilje near the border with Hungary via Ptujska Gora and through Tuhinjska Dolina valley to Ljubljana.
One branch takes pilgrims from Slovenska Vas near the Obrežje border crossing with Croatia through Dolenjska and Primorska to Italy's Trieste and one runs from Ljubljana and across the Korensko Sedlo pass (Wurzenpass) to Austria or via Monte Santo di Lussari to Val Canale in Italy and on to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
It is the section of the path linking on to Hungary that local communities and tourism boards in Prekmurje and Prlekija would like to revive, also by involving tourism and hospitality establishments in the effort.
The project was presented in Kobilje on Tuesday with the local tourism official Saša Fras noting that the village was the only spot in Slovenia where two pilgrimages' ways met, the Way of St James and the Way of St Martin.
The Slovenian section of the Way of St James is walked annually by around a thousand people. More are expected in the future as the way through Slovenia is quite beautiful, said Igor Vidmar, the head of the Association of Friends of the Way of St James.
Their project will include a film about the Prekmurje section of the pilgrimage, and a promotional tour for partners and journalists on 19 April between Ljutomer and Jeruzalem along with a presentation of offerings along the way at Jeruzalem Mansion.