Length 20.9 km
Time needed
Time needed 01:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 4 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 3 %
Average slope of the ascent: 3 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.90 km
The lowest point of the route: 380 m
The highest point of the route: 325 m
Difference in altitude: 209 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3052 kJ (729 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2487 kJ (594 kcal)
Difficulty: Less demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Type of bike: Trek bike
Short description

A cycling route, whose name indicates that it isn't very demanding. It's intended for shorter cycling tours, perhaps light recreation. It mostly runs along a plain, and only includes one short and not too steep ascent.


Grosuplje – Hrastje – Paradišče – Šmarje-Sap – Cikava – Brvace – Brezje pri Grosupljem – Gospodarska cona Grosuplje – Malo Mlačevo – Boštanj – Veliko Mlačevo – Gatina – Spodnje Blato – Grosuplje

The route starts at the car park beyond the office building and courthouse in Adamičeva Street . At the exit from the car park, there's a statue of a famous Slovenian writer, Louis Adamič . Across the road, you can notice a mighty library renowned for its exterior and interior architecture . Turn left onto Adamičeva Street from the car park and drive to the crossroads, where you turn left to the motorway towards Ljubljana. Drive through the new part of Grosuplje, past Brinje Elementary School to the roundabout , where you stick to the direction of the motorway towards Ljubljana. At the signpost marked Hrastje, turn left, go past the Kongo Motel and Casino , and slightly ascend to Hrastje . Then descend parallel to the motorway . Next to the board marking the end of Hrastje, there's an information board with information on some starting points if you want to visit the surrounding places. Drive ahead to the crossroads, turn right through an underpass under the motorway and you'll come to Paradišče.

The only ascent
In Paradišče, you'll start to ascend, but it's an easy one and there shouldn't be any problems. While driving through Paradišče, stick to the left, turn right at the crossroads and turn left again after 250 metres. Next up is an ascent to Podgorica. After the village, you can stop at the chapel for a few moments and check out the beautiful vista above Šmarje - Sap and Grosuplje.

Šmarje - Sap
Descend towards Šmarje - Sap . Cross the motorway and you're standing in front of the mighty Church of St. Mary . Turn left at the crossroads and proceed along the main road towards Grosuplje . On your way, you can have a snack at the Brajda Pizza Restaurant in Šmarje - Sap .

Level crossings
Continue towards Cikava past the village of Sela . In Cikava, you'll cross the Ljubljana – Novo mesto railway line , . The crossing is controlled with warning lights which warn you of a train. At the crossroads, turn right towards Grosuplje, and descend past Black & Decker, Mercator, Spar and Hofer. With some luck, you'll get to see storks in the field opposite Black & Decker . When you reach the second, temporary roundabout, turn right and go across a level crossing for the second time . You need to be extra careful at this crossing, as the train coming from Ljubljana can only be noticed moments before it arrives .

Bičje flood water retention basin
Immediately after crossing the railway line for the second time, turn right and you'll arrive at the neighbourhood of Sončni dvori in Brezje pri Grosupljem. Cross the Bičje Stream, which fills up the Bičje flood water retention basin upon heavy downpours. The retention basin justified its construction during the floods in 2010. At the crossroads, turn left, although the cycle lane marked L047 turns right . This time, however, you won't be following it, so make a left turn past the Pr' Atku Inn and HI-PO joinery workshop. At the end of the village where the field starts, asphalt is replaced by macadam , . You're driving parallel to the Bičje Nature Reserve, which is also a flood water retention basin. The meadow is crisscrossed with power lines leading to the nearby distribution station . At the distribution station, turn left onto asphalt again and drive to the Grosuplje commercial zone, where you'll turn right at the crossroads with the transformer station, then left at the next crossroads and right immediately after to across the railway . This crossing is also unguarded but less busy, as the Ljubljana–Ortek (Kočevje) railway line is intended for cargo traffic. Nevertheless, mind the cars on your left which have priority and you won't notice them until you're at the crossroads itself .

A view upwards
When you cross the level crossing, there's a turn on your right which you need to take. Then cross the courtyards of two houses and the beginning of the field signifies the beginning of macadam . Be careful because the path is in bad condition, which gets even worse after each heavy rain. Drive to the crossroads under the power lines. Perhaps it would be better if you crossed the level crossing and continued to the cemetery, and turned right onto the field and macadam there. Also this path will take you to the crossroads located just under the power lines, you'll just put less strain on your bike and buttocks. If you've reached the crossroads along the worse path, go straight on. And if you arrived from the cemetery, turn left. You're back on an asphalt road , driving on a plain with a view of Polževo and Kriška vas on your left, Dobje with Gabrje, Velika and Mala Ilova Gora in front of you, and Spodnja Slivnica on your right. Drive through Malo Mlačevo to the crossroads with the main road. Here, you can stop for a second again and enjoy the view of the remnants of the once mighty Boštanj Castle. On the right below it, there's the Church of St. Martin. This can also be the starting point for the exploration of the Radenci Plain (Radensko polje). Cross the main road and you're in Boštanj, where you can rest in the pleasant shade of the Boštanj Castle Bar.

Louis Adamič
In Boštanj, turn left and descend to Veliko Mlačevo. Turn right onto the main road and left towards Žalna at the crossroads. At the crossroad with a hayrack, turn left onto a macadam road , which will lead you to an underpass under the railway to Gatina. Drive through the village with houses on your right. Just before the densely populated part of the village ends, the path branches off to the left before the playground, which is where you make a turn. You'll drive to the main road to Spodnje Blato. Go left towards Grosuplje. The settlement of Praproče is on your left, where the birthplace of Dr. Franc Adamič, an agronomist and fruit grower , and the writer Louis Adamič is located . The house is reminiscent of a small castle and there's a statue of the writer next to it , , . Worth seeing. The main street and elementary school in Grosuplje are also named after Louis Adamič.

Car park
In Grosuplje, drive across a roundabout towards the motorway to Ljubljana . Ascend the street and there's a car park in front of you, the starting point of today's route.


Bičje Nature Reserve
The Bičje Stream, after which the reserve gets its name, runs along the bottom of the plain west of Grosuplje. The area of the reserve is kind of a natural flood water retention basin, which prevents the surrounding settlements and agricultural land to be flooded. The reserve hosts numerous rare species of plants and animals. Some of the more interesting swamp plants are marsh gentian, various species of orchids and reed. The diverse fauna includes birds, dragonflies, amphibians and European crayfish.

Radenci Plain Landscape Park
The area of the Radenci Plain is a natural and cultural treasure, the biologic diversity of which has been formed during a millennium of interaction between nature and people. The plain stretches across four square kilometres at an altitude of 325 metres and is the smallest of nine distinct karst plains in Slovenia. It's situated in the middle of the Dolenjska karst, three kilometres southeast from Grosuplje, at the outer south-eastern edge of the Grosuplje Basin and about 20 kilometres from Ljubljana.
The plain is surrounded by steep forest slopes all around, except for its north-western edge, which opens towards the Grosuplje Basin with a flat stretch. In the middle of the plain, there are two hills, the Boštanj Hill in the north and a solitary hill called Kopanj in the south, which is the most beautiful sample of a solitary hill in the Dinaric karst plains in Slovenia (Lampič and Smrekar, 1998, Topole 1998, Florjanc and Jernejc-Babič 1999).
The area of the Radenci Plain Landscape Park extends over 16 square kilometres. The Radenci Plain was declared a landscape park in 2012.

Boštanj Castle and Church of St. Martin
The remnants of Boštanj Castle, originally called Zagradec, are located in Boštanja vas. The castle was destroyed in the autumn of 1943 and later only partly renovated. Below, there's the early-Baroque Church of St. Martin; the church which stood here before was mentioned in sources from the 14th century. The church was renovated during the Baroque period. The equipment of the church is of utmost importance – the high black and gold altar from 1716, and both side-altars from the first half of the 18th century. The nave comprises tombs with tombstones of the family of the Blagaj counts, which was then the owner of Boštanj Castle.

Magdalenska gora , ,
Magdalenska gora, one of the most important archaeological sites from the Iron Age in Slovenia, is located on a 504 metre-high hill. The wider area of Magdalenska gora once included a prehistoric settlement with manmade terraces and earthworks.
The neat archaeological promenade running past the visible remnants of the Iron Age fort describes the life of the then inhabitants. A walk lasts for about 40 minutes.

Rich archaeological heritage, excavated from numerous graves joint into huge burial mounds, bears witness that Magdalenska gora was populated for more than one thousand years. The most precious and best preserved findings originate from the Iron Age. The most important findings include the bronze situlas, weapons and other military equipment, various ornamental buckles and jewellery. An ornamental plate in the shape of a four-pointed cross with horses' heads is depicted in the coat of arms of the Municipality of Grosuplje.

Church of Virgin Mary's Birth
The church in Šmarje - Sap was first mentioned in 1228. According to some historians, however, the parish of Šmarje was supposedly established as early as 1058. The church was built in the style of the Roman basilica with three naves. At the end of the 15th century, it got new arches and a presbytery. It comprises Gothic paintings and frescos by Štefan Šubic. The church and its wall were used as an anti-Turk camp, of which only one tower called Turenček was preserved.

Church of St. Michael
It is located on a hill in the centre of Grosuplje. In written sources, it was first mentioned in 1305. Next to it, the first modern church in Slovenia was built in 1972, which is also dedicated to St. Michael. Its exterior is reminiscent of a hull. The peculiarity of the church is a mosaic of Christ the Redeemer made by a priest, Marko Ivan Rupnik.

Šmarje - Sap ,
Šmarje - Sap, the second largest settlement in this municipality, was inhabited in the ancient Roman period, when a Roman road ran past it. Later, Šmarje was the ecclesiastical, cultural and economic centre of the western part of Dolenjska for over 700 years. The Church of Virgin Mary's Birth was first mentioned in 1228 and it is the oldest church in the Grosuplje Basin.

Lunca Inn in Zagradec
If you turn right off the route in Lobček, you'll drive straight to the Lunca Inn in Zagradec. Their menu includes homemade Slovenian dishes, dishes with game meat, fish dishes and seafood, freshwater fish, vegetarian dishes, grilled dishes. They have enough space to organise parties for large closed groups.

Vodičar Inn
The Vodičar Inn is located in the centre of Grosuplje. They offer coffee early in the morning, and daily fresh snacks, which can also be taken away. In the afternoon or evening, you can refresh yourself or warm up with a selected drink in a pleasant company.

Boštanj Castle Bar (Center Grajski vrt Boštanj d. o. o.)
They manage Boštanj Guest House (Prenočišča Boštanj) and co-organise traditional events in the area of the Radenci Plain. They offer guided tours of the Radenci Plain.

Brajda Pizza Restaurant , ,
There's a pizza restaurant with a wide selection of pizzas from a wood-fired oven and tasty salads by the Šmarje - Sap – Grosuplje main road.

Pr´ Atku Inn ,
They offer dishes à la carte, snacks, pizzas, salads. For all gourmets, they also offer dishes prepared on a genuine grill (roštilj). You'll be pampered with selected tastes by an acknowledged Serbian specialities cook.


Hills of Grosuplje were inhabited as early as in the Halstatt period
The excavations from the hills called Koščakov and Cerkveni hrib show that the area of Grosuplje was inhabited as early as in the Halstatt period, approximately 500 years BC. An important road, which connected Aquileia and Sirmium by the lower section of the River Sava in Vojvodina, ran across the northern part of the municipality. The eastern stretch of the motorway called Ilirika now runs almost along the same route.

Middle Ages
Warning fires often burnt on higher hills next to medieval churches and fortresses. These fortresses were used for storing cereals and other crops. Women, children and elderly people, and some food and livestock were hidden in the Ice Hall in the today's Mayor's Cave and other karst caves, and there are plenty of those in this area. Despite some efforts and fortification, castles weren't organised enough to defend the country from Turkish invasions.
In the heart of Carniola, in the hills Škocjan, the region ruled by the mighty von Auersperg family, Primož Trubar was baptised at the Church of St. Cantianus in Škocjan. In this very church, priest Jurij Dalmatin used to serve from 1585 to 1589. The first books in Slovenia, which were printed during the period of Protestantism, signify the beginning of awakening of national consciousness.
On the recommendation of the monks from Stična, a wall was built in 1493 at the Church of St. Nicholas above Cerovo to protect them from the Turks and also several rooms for storing cereals in the fortress. Similar peasant camps were also located in Kopanje pri Veliki Račni, at the church in Šmarje, in Železnica pri Škocjanu, perhaps on Magdalenska gora and other places.


Cycling Marathon of Three Municipalities ,
The marathon simultaneously takes place on three entirely asphalt tracks of 92, 80 and 56 kilometres in length, and is intended for better recreational cyclists (the 92-kilometre track on a very diverse terrain with an ascent to the 600-metre high Korinj), and a track for mountain bike racers which runs along forest paths and is only suitable for mountain bikes.
A family marathon intended mainly for families and less fit cyclists is also being organised. Those who rather walk than cycle can participate in a guided hike to Magdalenska gora.

Easter Fair in Boštanj
At the Easter Fair, you can see the exhibition of Easter dishes, making of clay products, baskets, toothpicks and wood shavings, display of sharpening scythes, making of Palm Sunday bundles etc. Gourmets will also be taken care of by the tasting of Easter ham and other meat products, and Easter pastry.

Spring and autumn hike around the Radenci Plain
You can walk the karst plain on the northern edge of Dolenjska karst south of Grospulje at a spring hike around the Radenci Plain. The plain got its name after the residents of Velika and Mala Račna called Radenci. The hike starts at Grajski vrt Boštanj with a lecture on the cultural heritage of the plain, and then you'll walk to caves called Zatočne jame and back. The trip lasts approximately four hours.

Chestnut Sundays on Magdalenska gora
The Chestnut Sunday event takes place on Magdalenska gora each Sunday in October. The main event is roasting chestnuts; the event is accompanied by activities for children and various tastings.

Prešeren Hiking Trail
The trail runs from Grosuplje through Spodnja Slivnica and Predole to Velika Račna and Kopanj. The asphalt path exchanges with macadam and forest paths. Each year on 8 February, a hike along the Prešern Hiking Trail is organised. In Kopanje, a cultural programme and mass take place.

Events within the 'Cultural Heritage of Šmarje - Sap Trail' project
Tourist events with content regarding the cultural heritage of this settlement and its surroundings.

Cultural Heritage of Šmarje - Sap Trail
The 12-kilometre trail partly runs on an asphalt road and partly on a field path or meadow. Information boards informing about the cultural heritage of the settlement are set up along the trail.