Bele Vode is a scarcely populated mountain village with remote homesteads on the western fringe of the Šalek valley. The highlands are curved out with the brooks Ljubija, Hudi potok, Bela voda and Štajerska Kramarica. There is a parish church St. Andreas in the centre of the village. It was built in the gothic style, but it has been several times renovated and it shows nowadays almost a baroque style. According to the census from 2002 there are 240 inhabitants, who live in Bele vode. The majority works in agriculture (stockbreeding, forestry), there are some woodworkers, and lots of them commute to work to the Šalek valley every day. Tourism is in its early stage. The farms Razpodovnik and Napotnik are open door farms, there is an old inn at Grebenšek, and there is the bar Šantl nearby. The sightseeings are the valley Zaloka, the sinkholes on the farm Leskovšek, the gorge Ljubija, the waterfalls of the brook Ljubija, the brook Štajerska Kramarica, the caves Konečka jama and Mornova zijalka, the pilgrim church of Holly Cross.
THE HOLLY CROSS
On the mountain Kriška gora (former Oslovska gora) in Bele Vode there is an old pilgrimage with two churches of the Holly Cross. The wooden hut stood there already at the beginning of 19th century. They built it on the place, where according to the legend an ox kneeled in front of the crucifix that could be seen in a spruce which had two peaks. The number of pilgrims and their religious gifts increased in time. In years 1831–1841 the first church was built. In 1850–1862 another bigger one was built. Beside these two churches there are also holly steps with beautiful frescoes. The bishop Anton Martin Slomšek came on 8th of August, 1862 and consecrated the biggest church of The Holly Cross. He left the place with words “ In the name of God, my dearest, you won’t see me again”. After six weeks he died. During his visit at the church of Omega Globemaster Replica Holly Cross he also wrote his last poem.