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Turist Information Centre Ajdovščina
Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61 A
5270 Ajdovščina

tel.: +386 5 36 59 140

mon - fri: 8.00 - 16.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

mon - fri: 10.00 - 18.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

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The Local Community of Šmarje is located in the southern part of the Vipava Hills. The following villages are joined in this community: Vrtovče, Šmarje and Zavino, together with the hamlets of Potok, Hrastje and Jakulini. The village of Vrtovče has a hamlet known as Lisjaki, from where the view of the whole Vipava Valley, the town of Nova Gorica and the Komen Karst is just wonderful. Today in the Local Community of Šmarje live 525 inhabitants in 131 households. It is a wine-growing area, where you can follow the Vipava Wine Road and visit six famous wine cellars.

The famous preacher Matija Vertovec lived here and in 2001 a monument was erected to him in Šmarje. The Hike down the Vrtovec Paths has become a traditional event in November. The participants (every year there is thousands of them) walk through the several villages, namely Ustje, Planina, Gaberje, Šmarje, Vrtovče and back to the village of Ustje.

Architectural characteristics of the village are narrow streets, called “gase”, which in a semicircle surround the Church of the Holy Name of Mary  situated in the centre of the village and the backyards of old houses with typical arches, called “prtoni”. The center of the village stands under monument protection.

In 2004, the Local Community of Šmarje hosted participants of the Vrtovec hike. In the future the event will be even more pleasant, because works on the retaining wall beside the presbytery will be completed. A part of the wall façade will be made of stone and will nicely surround the centre of the village around the monument of Matija Vertovec.

Local community of Šmarje
Chairman: Mr. Stanislav Marc
Address: Vrtovče 21b, 5295 Branik, Slovenia
Telephone No.: ++386 5 364 86 09
Mobile phone No: ++386 31 732 397
Mobile Telephone No.: ++386 41 279 369