Vipava

We started our biketrip in the small town of Vipava, which is one of the centers of this wine region. It is located on the banks of the river of the same name. The lushing river and stone houses give the town a nice atmosphere. It is a pity that tourists are not so interested in this place.

Vipava

We did not stay for a long time and set out through the vineyards and villages of Duplje and Log to another center of the region, the town of Ajdovčina. Here we passed the ruins of the Roman fortress of Castro and continued through the city center to the church of St. John the Baptist, where we turned right. There are narrow streets and nice squares here and is worth a visit, if you are somewhere near.

Ajdovčina

At the pool complex, the road turns to the left, leaves the main road and continues on well-maintained gravel trail out of Ajdovčina. We rode along Lokavšček creek, crossed the bridge and we reached the village of Lokavec. Here you can visit the church of St. Lawrence from the 17th-century and see the black marble altar, oil paintings by the local Baroque painter Anton Cebe, or the sculptures of local master Mihael Cusso. Lokavec is also known for its large cherry production.

Trail from Ajdovčina

Lokavšček stream

Bridge over Lokavčšek stream

Church of St. Lawrence

From Lokavec, we continued to the village of Cesta, where we crossed the main road of Ajdovščina - Nova Gorica and headed East to the railway crossing. Then we rode uphill to the picturesque village of Vipavski Kriz, the old town with a Franciscan monastery. Vipavski Križ is one of the most beautiful historical and cultural monuments in Slovenia. Architecture is influenced by Italy, which is close.

The town is historically divided into two parts. Gase represents the old and poor part of the Vipavski Kriz. It is near the parish church and consists of one-story colorful houses with small windows. The inhabitants were called "gasarji". While "placarji" were called rich people, artisans, or traders who lived near the castle. Their houses were bigger and nicer. The newly paved streets point out of this division. White cobbled streets lead from the castle to a rich part of the city, while the black-clad streets lead to the gase.

We sat down from the bikes and enjoyed this magical place for a moment. There are no shops or restaurants, so there is a divine peace. There are about 200 inhabitants here, and there is a school in the castle, which is partly ruined. Below the town, there are of course wine cellars.

Rich part of Vipavski Križ

Rich part of Vipavski Križ

Castle in Vipavski Križ

Gase part in Vipavski Križ

Gase part Vipavski Križ

Church in Vipavski Križ

Gase part in Vipavski Križ

Gase part in Vipavski Križ

We made a downhill ride to Male Žablje. Before the village of Velike Žablje, we crossed the Vipava river and by the chapel we turned to fruit orchards and corn fields. Who would resist to taste it, right? I love the small corns right out of the field!

It was hot, so we stopped at the river Vipava to relax in the shade and breathe in the fresh air that was there. Michal tried to teach Ella how to throw a stone to make it jump on the water and she did it a few times. We relaxed so much that it was hard to ride again.

Vipava river

Fruit orchards and cornfields replaced the hills with vineyards and did not last long, and we found ourselves at the stone Napoleon Bridge that leads over the Vipava river.

Napoleon bridge over Vipava river

Vineyards are everywhere. The gravel road continued for a while along the Vipava river, and then rolled into the hills among the endless vineyards. Red and white wines are popular here. The red is the local variety of Barber, or the red Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in the white are the famous local varieties of Zelen and Pinela.

Vipava wineyards

Through the village of Slap and Lože we returned back to Vipava. Due to the hot weather, we were quite exhausted. The terrain of this 35km trail is not difficult, the route leads mostly on the gravel or the county roads through the vineyards and the orchards, only on the short part close to Vipava and Ajdovčina, we had to ride on the main road. What surprised us, however, was the absence of signs, even though the route is well done on the official Vipava website. You will not find a single sign on the trail. Maybe if we did not have to stop so often to read the map, we would enjoy Vipava more. Anyway, we are happy to know the other part of Slovenia that is not so popular by tourists.

Biketrip map