LENGTH: 49 km
TYPE: CIRCULAR ROUTE
Recommended direction: Kostanjevac – Oštrc – Reštovo – Sošice – Kordići Žumberački – Balići – Radina Vas – Petruš vrh – Dvorište Vivodinsko – Lović Prekriški – Kučer – Krašić – Pribić – Medven Draga – Kostanjevac
This is another circular route connecting the Zagreb and Karlovac counties. It has the greatest length in this part of the country, stretching from through the foothills of the Žumberačko gorje, from Kostanjevac to Lović, and then back, through Krašić and over the Slapnica confluence, in the 49 km long circle. In comparison to the Routes 12 and 13, with which it partly overlaps, this route calls for good physical shape, due to some really demanding climbs, especially the 800 m one before Kordići Žumberački. As both the starting and final points of the route, we recommend the very center of the Žumberak municipality, the village of Kostanjevac, founded by the stockbreeders who came there around 1550. Lovers of freshwater fish can taste the top-quality trout here, prepared by the welcoming Deško family. Apart from specializing in fish dishes, they also organize regular angling trips to their fishpond. The road to Sošice will take you near Gornji and Donji Oštrc, beneath the eponymous peak in the middle of the Samoborsko gorje. Its Alpine-like slopes offer beautiful views of broad vistas. A marked trail from Donji Oštrc can to take you to Jezerane. In this way the long-distance route can be divided and shortened. Still, if you did not enjoy the cycling quite enough, continue to the Kamanje municipality, as the route then takes you through Reštovo, the birth place of the ‘Croatian Herodotus’, Tadija Smičiklas, all the way to the Sošice plain. The oldest name of this village, Sussiz, was first mentioned in 1249, in a document signed by one Bernard, the owner of the nearby fort of Sichelberg. The village is dominated by two churches, the Greek Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul, and the Roman Catholic Chapel of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Once a historic center of the whole area, today this is one the most visited tourist places on Žumberak. A short stop at one of the restaurants or cafés, visiting the ethnographic collection from the area at the Basilian Sisters monastery, or the nearby Jazovka pit and the Sopot waterfall, will surely renew your strength before continuing along this hilly trail. The greatest ascent is now behind you and you are in the village of Kordići Žumberački, which marks the beginning of the descent to Balići, Dančulovići and Radina Vas, with chapels in their centers.
Entering the Vivodina area, you’ll be able to see the little St. Cross church, on top of the Lović Prekriški hill. From there, you’ll be able to see all the way to Samobor and Žumberak hills, as well as to Slunjska brda near Karlovac. The forest trail leading to Krašić overlaps with a part of the Route 12, but in the opposite direction. Returning to the starting point, you’ll pass Pribić and the confluence of the Slapnica, which flows into the Kupčina river at Medven Draga. Cutting through the dolomite stone in its valley, the Slapnica forms a protected canyon full of waterfalls, caves and karst wells. The final point of this interesting and demanding cycling tour offers a host of hidden landscapes in pristine nature that you’ll probably want to capture in the best possible light.