The remote cycling routes of the Polhov Gradec Hills lead through some of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Slovenia. Despite the vicinity of bigger towns, the route is rather distant and a real adventure awaits biking enthusiasts. Surrounded with exceptional nature and countryside breathtaking views and even more so from a hilltop. Škofja Loka and Medvode can be reached through the scenic valley, from where cycling can be extended towards Kranj or Ljubljana.


Source: Archive of BSC Kranj

Tavčar Manor in Visoko

A mighty country manor from the 17th century and the manor’s former owners were the source of inspiration for Slovenian writer Ivan Tavčar for his historic novel Visoška Kronika. By the edge of the forest surrounding the manor, there is the family tomb, where Tavčar is buried.

Source: Archive of Občina Medvode and Javni zavod Sotočje Medvode

Sora natural bath in Goričane

A small lake on the Sora river has a beautiful riverbank covered with grass and it is a popular tourist spot and the perfect place to refresh oneself on a hot summer day or simply for a quick stop and rest with a view of beautiful nature.

Photo: Robert Marolt, Source: Turizem Ljubljana

Katarina above Ljubljana

On top of the hill above Ljubljana, stands the small church of St Katarina. Its history began in the early 13th century, when at first there was only a chapel. The church enjoys stunning views to Mt Krim and Polhov Gradec Dolomites. The four-kilometre-long ascending road leading to the top is a challenge many bike enthusiasts like to take.

Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik, Source: STO

Polhov Gradec Mansion

Polhov Gradec Mansion dates back to the 13th century and it acquired most of its present look in the baroque period during the 19th century, while Count Blagaj, a botanist after whom the protected plant Blagajev volčin (spurge laurel) is named, lived there. The mansion has a beautiful garden surrounded by walls. A statue of Neptune, four nymphs and the Polhogradec lords’ coat of arms embellish the Neptune well in the courtyard, made in the second half of the 17th century. Nowadays, the mansion hosts the Technical Museum of Slovenia.