Exploring trails around Žiri will leave you speechless.
Our second choice is the wide valley surrounded by a ring of hills which offer an abundance of opportunities for recreation. The numerous forest paths in the surrounding hills and valleys have become targets for many cyclists. Together they form circular cycle route Žiri.
The circular cycle route Žiri runs mostly along forest macadam trails and is suitable for mountain bikes. The length of the entire trail is 54km. There is no need to worry about getting lost as the entire route is well marked with orientation posts.
This trail could be one of the best surprises you can get, because of its views. Even among local cyclists, this trail has a reputation of being one of the most beautiful rides.
Škofja Loka to Gorenja Vas trail
Spectacular view from Sveti Ožbolt.
Starting from the medieval town of Škofja Loka, the path leads you through the valley of Hrastnica to Sveti Ožbolt, where you receive a spectacular view. From there on the most beautiful part of the cycling trail begins. Trail winds through mountain villages with views of Polhov Gradec and Škofja Loka hills, all the way to the Julian Alps.
Especially unique is the last part of the route along Žirovski vrh, where the Rupnik defensive line is located. The system of bunkers and fortifications brings special stories written by history.
A very pleasant part of the route is when you ride along the river Poljanska Sora through the Visoko mansion. All these, are the reasons why this route is chosen as one of the best cycling trails of Škofja Loka.
This 60km trail is not marked, so the best way to experience it is to book a tour with our local bike guide.
What type of bike is best for cycling in the Škofja Loka region?
In the region of Škofja Loka, you can find all kinds of roads and trails. From asphalt and macadam roads to single trails. This means that any kind of bike (road bike, trekking bike, gravel bike, or MTB) can be a good choice. But because of its hilly landscape, we recommend using MTB or gravel bike, as these two bikes will let you see and ride the most.
Electric mountain bikes are a great tool to discover the cycling trails of Škofja Loka.
Are you skeptical about your physical condition? Don’t worry, the best way to discover the cycling trails of Škofja Loka is with an electric mountain bike (e-MTB). You can easily rent an e-bike in Škofja Loka and that way even gets extra tips from local experts.
Why you should choose Škofja Loka as your next cycling destination?
There are so many good cycling regions in Europe and even in other parts of Slovenia, so why Škofja Loka?
Škofja Loka hills with endless possibilities for cycling.
Here is the list of things you should consider:
- Bike trails – there are so many of them and there are options suitable for everyone.
- Nature – it is beautiful and those breath-taking views.
- Local culinary – Restaurants, tourist Farms, or local shops, you can still get food that’s made in the traditional way with ecological ingredients.
- Kind-hearted people – whenever you will need help or just a quick tip they will be more than happy to help you.
- Uncrowded – so many places surrounded only by nature.
- No traffic – you will need to be lucky to meet some cars during your ride.
- Accommodation – many nice, family-run hotels and bed&breakfasts.