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Cycling Trail

The Branica Valley

This is one of the most popular cycling trails among local recreational cyclists. The mostly flat trail through vineyards and orchards, and through the car-free Branica Valley, does offer some small climbs. Just enough to get your heart pumping.

Starting point: in the heart of the town of Vipava.

The trail begins in the old city center, adorned as it is by the baroque Lanthieri mansion. Starting on the main road, the first part heads east towards Podnanos. After a while on flat terrain you will come across an intersection, which you will take right towards Štanjel. Once in the village of Manče you will have a brief climb leading up to the turnoff for Goče, and if you will like it, you can leave the trail to climb further up to this village. Goče is one of the oldest and one of the most picturesque villages in Vipava, home to more than 60 stone wine cellars. After the turnoff for Goče you will start your descent toward the Branica Valley. Right after Trebižani the road veers right towards Branik. Follow the main, quiet road past orchards, vineyards, and fields until you get to the Štanjel–Branik road, which you will take towards Branik. Soon Rihemberk castle comes into view, one of the biggest and most well-preserved castles in this part of Slovenia, built above the village of Branik. Continue along to Dornberk, where you will take a right towards Ajdovščina. Cross the Vipava River before you get to Zalošče, where a short and undemanding climb will put you at the top of the village. Selo is your next milestone, where you will get back onto the main road from Nova Gorica to Ajdovščina. We recommend driving through the center of Ajdovščina, where among other attractions you will enjoy the well-preserved ruins of the Roman fortress Castra. After leaving Ajdovščina your next stop will be Budanje, home to the pilgrimage church of Mary Our Lady of Consolation. The Zemono Manor House is also found a little bit further ahead, elevated above the main road and located at the end of a paved promenade. Zemono is also home to the well-known restaurant “Pri Lojzetu”. You can take a walk around the manor house and treat yourself to a beautiful view of the upper Vipava Valley. From Zemono you’ll head down a back road leading to Vipava, where your cycling journey will have come to an end.

Info

Difficulty: easy
Length: 46,8 km
Duration: 2h 30 min
Ascent: 504 m
Descent: 504 m
Lowest point asl.: 57 m
Highest point asl.: 237 m