The capital of Bela Krajina and its largest town, Črnomelj (pronounced cher-no-ml) is on a promontory in a loop where the Lahinja and Dobličica Rivers meet. This relaxed town is the ‘folk heart’ of Bela Krajina, and its popular Jurjevanje festival attracts hundreds of dancers and singers from the region. There's not a lot to see, but it's a gateway to scenic surrounds.
The 118km-long Kolpa River marks the border with Croatia, and is the warmest and one of the cleanest rivers in the country. As a result, it has become a popular recreational area for swimming, fishing and boating, especially around the villages of Vinica, Adlešiči and, to the west, Stari Trg ob Kolpi. Vinica is the largest village, with facilities like a grocery store.
Metlika Wine Area
The hills to the north and northeast of Metlika are some of the Bela Krajina wine district's most important areas and produce such distinctive wines as Metliška Črnina (the ruby-red ‘Metlika Black’) and a late-maturing sweet ‘ice wine’ called Kolednik Ledeno Vino. They're also superb areas for easy walking.