Introduction

Prekmurje is Slovenia’s ‘forgotten’ corner – for the most part a broad, farmed plain ‘beyond the Mura River’ (as its name describes it). Relatively isolated until the 1920s, Prekmurje has preserved its traditional music, folklore, architecture and a distinct local dialect.

Until the end of WWI, most of Prekmurje belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it still has a small Magyar minority, especially around Lendava. In many ways Prekmurje looks and feels more like Hungary than Slovenia, with its white storks, large thatched farmhouses, substantial Roma population, and the occasional Hungarian-style golaž (goulash) cooked with paprika.

A natural launching pad into Hungary, it's also a fine place for those with time up their sleeve, to road trip between itsy-bitsy villages and indulge in gibanica, a rich local pastry.