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Circular cycling tour to Mt. Vodice

A circular tour where you can explore the hidden world in the rear of Mt. Vodice, visit another strategically important Isonzo front battle position with caverns, memorial and mausoleum, and enjoy in the view of Mt. Sveta gora.

The trail will take you from the village of Plave past the village of Paljevo towards the hamlet of Baske and later into the valley of the Slatna Stream and across the Preški vrh pass to Mt. Vodice. Between Paljevo and Baske, you will cycle in the shade of the forest along a rocky cart track with occasional views of the Soča Valley and Mt. Krn in the background. In the spring time, the forest grounds are covered with a green carpet of wild garlic decorating the environment with its distinctive smell and beautiful white flowers. Descend form Baske into the hidden valley of the Slatna Stream where, during the summer months, you can refresh yourself in the pool and take a rest on a couple of benches and tables. On Mt. Vodice, you can visit the caverns, the memorial and the General Gonzaga Mausoleum. On the top, you can take a rest on one of the benches and enjoy in the view. Descend to the village of Paljevo past the hamlet of Vodice just beneath the top of the mountain. If you turn right at the junction in Paljevo, you arrive to the Church of St. Quirinus on the ridge above Paljevo, where you can also notice the markings of the Walk of Peace leading to Mt. Prižnica (observation point 383, Prižnica memorial park). On Mt. Prižnica, you can visit the numerous caverns or the remnants of buildings where the injured soldiers were being taken care of. If you turn to the left on the main road Nova Gorica–Tolmin and descend to the Soča River along the gravel road to the right, you arrive to the Chapel of St. Aloysius which used to be surrounded by a large military cemetery. If you continue along the gravel road back to the main road, you arrive to the Gostilna Dermota Inn, which is renowned for its grilled dishes, or you can return to the village of Plave and visit the Gostilna Pri mostu Inn which is renowned for its delicious trout.

During the summer months, it can get pretty hot if you cycle along the short ascent from the village of Plave to the village of Paljevo in the afternoon, however, the heat is soon replaced by the freshness of the forests from the village of Paljevo to the hamlet of Baske where the trail is routed beneath Mt. Kuk. Because there are no catering providers along the trail, you should bring a sufficient amount of food and drinks.

Sights along the trail: St. John the Baptist in  Prižnica memorial park, outdoor museum Vodice (trenches and multilevel caves, mausoleum erected in honour of Genearl Gonzaga), viewpoint Vodice, Walk of Peace

​(Foto: Srečko Križnič)

23,9 km
3h 40min