This is surely an indispensable choice for any lover of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. It will blow away even the most demanding seekers of good recreation, as the path rises in an even rhythm above the Kolpa river as you pass villages Zilje, Balkovci, and Preloka. But if you are looking for a real peaceful experience among fern areas, you can opt for a beautiful side path, which will take you to the village of Marindol. This path was named after our fellow countryman, poet and writer Oton Župančič, who was born in Vinica and spent his childhood in Dragatuš. The path predominantly crosses the Kolpa and Lahinja Regional Parks.

Technical description

  • Waypoints: Črnomelj-Butoraj-Velika Lahinja-Brdarci-Podlog-Pusti Gradec-Veliki Nerajec-Mala Lahinja-Belčji Vrh-Perudina-Ogulin-Vinica-Zilje-Preloka-Žuniči-Marindol-Adlešiči-Črnomelj
  • Start: TIC Črnomelj
  • Access: - by car: Novo mesto–Metlika-Črnomelj or Ivančna Gorica–Žužemberk–Dolenjske Toplice-Črnomelj - by train: from Metlika or Novo mesto
  • Length: 46 km
  • Time: 2.5 h
  • Highest Point: Žeželj, 300 m
  • Difficulty: easy

Points of interest

Črnomelj old town core (Črnomelj castle, Komenda, Parish Church of St. Peter, Pastoral Centre, Church of the Holy Spirit, Primožičeva house – the house of local craftsmen, Winery and Information Centre of Bela krajina), Lahinja Regional Park (Pusti Gradec and Veliki Nerajec are particularly interesting for visitors), Kolpa Regional Park (protected area from Stari trg ob Kolpi to Dragoše), Žeželj (St. Mary’s Pilgrimage Church), Vinica (Oton Župančič memorial collection), Šokčev dvor in Žuniči (a typical rustic court in villages along Kolpa), a unique Bela krajina beekeeper's learning path in Žuniči, gallery of local cottage industry in Adlešiči and Rim.

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Župančičeva cycling path