The village of Nova Vas lies between Cerknica
and Ribnica in a broad high valley below the Bloke plateau. Bloke
was first documented in 1260, and Nova Vas in 1341, the latter growing
to become an important staging post on a busy trade route, as noted
by Valvasor in the 17th century.
The church of St. Michael in the neighbouring village of Fara is
on the pilgrimage route to Nova Štifta, and is approached by an
attractive lane through the village with several well-preserved
wooden houses and unusually large water troughs, as may also be
seen at nearby Velike Bloke.
The Bloke plateau attracted Valvasor's interest not only for its
geography but also because of its skiing, otherwise unknown in Central
and Southern Europe until the end of the 19th century. The origins
of skis and skiing in this area have continued to generate a great
deal of interest, and the art of traditional ski-making is continued
in Nova Vas today.
There is a fascinating collection of unique skiing history in the
village's charming inn.