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The path of peace

http://www.visitkras.info/images/stories/cards/pastirska_hiska.jpgThe paths of peace lead across the tranquil and pure areas of the Karst plateau to the most interesting monuments and other sights that belong to the variegated heritage of the First World War. These paths lead far away from the main roads and involve the existing cart-tracks, footpaths and former military roads.

The Town Learning Trail

altFrom the beginning of the 18th century, with the renovation of the imperial road from Vienna to Trieste, Sežana has been an important rest station for furmani (owners of draught animals used to transport goods), with more than twenty inns, some of which are still operating. Many wealthy citizens of Trieste started building their villas in Sežana to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Among these was the Greek merchant family of Scaramanga, which at the time of Austro-Hungarian Empire had the most beautiful park, now the botanical gardens. Today the park spreads over one hectare and is a typical horticultural monument. Its plant collection includes 198 different tree species and more than hundred different species of exotic pot plants.

In Sežana, there is a military cemetery next to the civilian one, where soldiers who were killed in World War I are buried. There are also two memorials erected in their memory. Along the trail you can observe genuine karst architecture. In the centre of Sežana there is Stari Grad, where there is a fountain dedicated to an important gain for the entire Sežana Karst – the construction of the 34-km-long Brestovica pipeline. The fresh air and pine trees of Sežana gave many Italians the idea of building their holiday homes at the foot of the Tabor Hill. During World War II, one building was modified into a hospital,still open to this day. Behind the hospital, German soldiers began digging out a large shelter, where today speleotherapy for asthma patients is carried out.

The Tabor Forest Learning Trail

altThe Tabor Hill (484m) rises above the western part of Sežana and offers a beautiful view of the entire Karst region, Vrhi and Nanos. The learning trail encircles the hill and ascends to its summit. It provides visitors with opportunities for relaxation and recreation in nature and at the same time it is used as a forest classroom intended for self-directed learning about the forest and experiencing nature.

Reach the learning trail by turning right from the main road leading to Sežana (from the northeast) at the old bus station (the municipal building), passing by the Vinakras building and reaching the car park in front of the Sežana market, where you can leave your car. The forest learning trail starts at the car park in front of the Vinakras building, where a signboard with a squirrel, mounted on the wall of a house, directs you to the starting point of the trail. The trail starts with a big information board mounted on a stone, explaining the basic characteristics of the trail and proper conduct in the forest. The trail will bring you closer to the Karst forest. You will get to know more than 30 different tree species, test you knowledge in a quiz about the forest, listen to birds singing and maybe see some of the forest animals.


Fun fact: Along the 2.9 km trail there are 14 themed boards explaining various natural phenomena and aspects of cultural heritage, with signs of tree and shrub species, all leading visitors into the rich diversity of the Karst region. Along the trail, there is also a hunting lookout tower, a viewing point and a forest classroom.

Source: Pot miru

A Learning Trail Pliska – Pliskovica

altThe Pliskovica Trail is a Karst learning trail leading through the plateau in the heart of Karst, with the starting point in the village of Pliskovica. The trail offers a nice walk along cart tracks and footpaths trapped between long stone walls. Along the trail you can observe how nature shapes Karst landscapes and how people complement it.

Pitch making, shepherds huts, games, sheepfolds and the remains of the World War I chapel are only a small fragment of what in stone engraved sheep named Pliska who can be seen on information boards represents (besides typical karst phenomena). The Pliskovica Trail is situated in the heart of the Natura 2000 Kras area. Therefore you will be accomppanied by numerous bird species.

Trail lenght: 6 km Duration: 2–3 hours

Teranova krožna pot

http://www.visitkras.info/images/stories/dozivetja/pohodnistvo/tranovapot/5.jpgTeran's circular route starts in Dutovlje, on the main square in front of Bunčetova farmhouse. Building with long tradition where you can also find turist office and they will provide you all further information. Brochure

The Srečko Kosovel Trail

altThe trail runs along cart tracks and footpaths through karst pine woods and heavily overgrown karst landscape, passing the vineyards from which the famous Teran wine is produced. It is suitable for people of all ages and especially for school excursions. The entire trail takes two and a half hours at a moderate pace.

The trail begins by the memorial tablet dedicated to poet Srečko Kosovel, in front of his house at Bazoviška Cesta 9. The trail runs along Partizanska street to the building of the Vinakras company, where it joins the forest learning trail. It continues along the footpath around the Tabor Hill (approximately 900 metres) and then descends to the path above the Ljubljana–Fernetiči motorway. From the hill you have a magnificent view of the lower Karst, with Vrhi and Nanos to the west and the Kaninski Podi mountain range and other nearby peaks to the northwest. Turn left on the road that runs parallel to the motorway fence. After seeing the beginning of the motorway tunnel beneath you, walk another 250 metres and then turn right onto a cart track. Following the cart track you will come to the macadamised road connecting Sežana (by the cemetery) with the Sežana–Vrhpolje asphalt road. Continue left, along the macadamised road to a crossroads. Walk down to the right towards Šmarje, under a railway bridge, and after approximately 150 metres turn right and downhill. more

You will see the village of Šmarje in front of you. Follow the marked trail leading through the village and then turn left and downhill. The trail soon begins to ascend and, when you reach a pipeline, after approximately 50 metres, turn sharp right and continue walking to the slope leading to the village of Križ. At the electricity box, turn onto the cart track a little bit away from the pipeline, and after 450 metres you will come to a forest road connecting Križ and the Sežana–Vrhovlje apshalt road. Turn left onto the cart track and after approximately 200 metres, in the immediate vicinity of the footpath (approximately 80 metres), there is an interesting and easily accessible cave called Pustov hram. To visit the cave, you will need a torch. The trail is marked.

Walk another 100 metres to the right, then turn right again and you will reach the pipeline again. Cross the line and follow a slightly ascending path that leads to the Križ–Kreplje macadamised road. At the crossroads turn right and then, after 100 metres, turn left, taking the cart track towards Tomaj. After approximately 800 metres you will reach the terraced Tomaj vineyards, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of Tomaj. When you reach the Sežana–Nova Gorica road, turn left and follow the road all the way to the Kosovel house.

Igor's Trail from Kal to Kal – Pliskovica

altAlong the circular Pliskovica trail, there are 18 kals that once (and some of them still today) were used for watering animals and water supply. The trail starts in the village, under the trellis of European friendship, from where you turn south into a large dry valley. Here you can see a totally different world – due to the less permeable dolomitic soil, this area is more humid and therefore very rich with kals.

Continue walking along the bottom of the dry valley of Bukovje, passing by a chasm, to the kal called Mlačna. The Mlačna kal is not steep-sided, as it was once intended mainly for watering animals. It is also the largest kal, at 50 metres long, 30 metres wide and up to 2 metres deep. In their struggle for each raindrop, Karst people also built wells and pools for household purposes. A good example of a village well can be seen on the way back to the village. From the Mlačna kal, the trail joins the Milkmaids’ Trail (Karst women once made a daily trek to Trieste to sell milk) for a few metres and then turns back towards the village. After leaving the coolness of the valley, the trail climbs to a plateau – a stony karst landscape in which water has left its mark in the form of karrens, solution runnels, solution pans and other features. Here dry meadows, pine trees and sumac shrubs compete with each other with their aromatic scents. Before reaching the village, you can also visit the remains of lime-kilns along the dry walls, which are now filled with water. The trail is unmarked, so hiring a guide is advisable.

The Karst Marathon Trail

altIn the spring, Karst people participate in the Karst marathon. At that time of the year the weather is neither too hot or too cold – just perfect for a nice run. But you can also run the marathon course on your own at any time of the year. The trail starts in Sežana, from where you run approximately 5 kilometres in the direction of Lipica. Do not stop in Lipica, but continue running towards the village of Lokev. If you want to take a rest, why not visit the Karst sights in the village or have a drink in one of the local taverns before you continue running? Since the Karst also stretches to Italy, you cross the former border crossing near Lipica and run through a beautiful tree-lined alley towards Bazovica. When you reach Bazovica, turn towards Trebče and back towards Slovenia to the village of Orlek. Return to Sežana where, pleasantly tired, you can taste some of the Karst specialities.

Source: Kras

Hill of St. Michael

altOn the hill of St. Michael you can see the remains of a Bronze Age hill fort. The well preserved walls are still high up to 8 metres, and the stones are scattered up to 15 metres from the fortification. The church of St. Michael is in ruins. It was built at least in 1296, but it was closed down by the Emperor Joseph II in 1784. The church had an alter which was later transferred to Kazlje.

Stari tabor

altStari tabor is a 603 m high lookout hill, surrounded by the settlements Povir, Divača, Lokev and Vilenica. The altitude difference between its top and the Povir village is 193 m. At the top of the hill you can not only find a box with a stamp and registration book, you are also greeted by beautiful view of the surrounding landscape, all to the distant peaks of the Vipava Valley. Locals have built a shelter on top and decorated it as a manger.

A hike to Kokoš

altKokoš is one of the summits in the range of hills that divides the Sežana Karst (more accurately Lokavsko Polje) from the Gulf of Trieste. These hills are criss-crossed with hiking paths and cycling and horse-riding tracks, which make it ideal for spring and autumn walks (you will probably avoid going in the height of summer because of the heat). The paths take you from Lipica and practically as far as the Škocjan Caves. Judging by the excellently arranged paths and the many benches and tables placed beside them, Kokoš and the nearby Vroče spring are obviously popular destinations with local mountaineers, trekkers and other visitors.

From the top, when the sky is clear, you can see Triglav and its neighbouring mountains, the Kanin mountain range, Karst mountains (Nanos, Vremščica and Slavnik) and Čičarija with Učka in the background. You can also catch a view of part of Slovenian coast. At the summit, above the former border crossing, you can admire the view of part of the Gulf of Trieste and the Italian coast towards Tržič (Monfalcone). On clear days, you can also see the Dolomites in the background.

The Walking and Running Trail – Lipica

altThe marked walking and running trail starts at the signpost for the Valley of Our Lady of Lourdes and runs past a small chapel at the southernmost part of the Lipica Stud Farm (in the direction of Sežana). After approximately 2 km the trail turns right, through a quiet forest and by a golf course, and then runs past the Srnjak Valley (by the 9th hole) to the main road and towards the Klub Hotel – the end (and also the starting) point of the trail. The entire trail is marked (with signs every 500 metres) and suitable for trekkers, runners, horse riders, carriages, mountain bikers and all those who enjoy pleasure trips.

Source: Kras

Karst cultural ring

altSežana – Lipica – Lokev – Divača – Sežana – Križ – Avber – Ponikve – Kobdilj – Štanjel – Tomačevica – Škrbina – Sveto – Komen – Gorjansko – Pliskovica – Dutovlje – Tomaj – Sežana

The karst landscape, barren and rocky but very rich, has always attracted the interest of artists. Follow in the footsteps of the poet Srečko Kosovel, of the author of children’s books Branka Jurca, discover the graphic work of Lojze Spacal, the architecture of Max Fabiani, the expressionist paintings by Tone Kralj. Immerse yourself in the realm of the famous Lipizzaner horses, discover the painter Avgust Černigoj, the linguist Karel Štrekelj, the actor Gojmir Lešnjak - Gojc, the quadriplegic painter Albert Zafred, the Museum of Slovenian Film Actors in Divača, the poet Ciril Zlobec ... And enter into the ambiance of the verses by Oton Župančič: “my soul is in a good mood as if it had drunk the Karst’s teran wine”.

Up and down from Divača to Štanjel

altDivača – Pared – Rodik – Slope – Tublje pri Hrpeljah – Artviže – Ostrovnica – Barka – Škoflje – Matavun – Škocjanske jame – Vremščica – Senožeče – Dolenja vas – Veliko polje – Vrabče – Raša – Kodreti – Podlasi – Štanjel

The path winds in the hilly area of the Brkini, dominated by the flysch, where every climb is amply rewarded by wonderful views. In spring the terraced apple and plum trees blossom and they offer an unforgettable sight. The route continues through Vremščica, where indigenous sheep graze on the karst meadows, the area of Senožeško Podolje to reach the peaks again dominated by the flysch, perched between the Vipava Valley and the tectonic fracture which coincides with the river Raša, known for a high quality wine production. The scenic route ends in Štanjel, a village of great architectural beauty, from where you can go back to Divača by train.

Source: Kras

Hors riding club Kras Sežana

http://www.slovenia.info/pictures/horseback_riding/1/2008/filip%C3%84%C5%A4je_brdo,_konjeni%C4%B9%CB%87ki_klub_se%C4%B9%C4%BEana_158158.JPGClub gathers horse lovers and riding enthusiasts of all disciplines. But above all, they dedicate ourselves to jumping over obstacles, dressage and riding in nature.

Offer: dressage and jumping lessons, beginner riding lessons

Visits: guided tour

They also breed their horses at the club for recreation as for contests. The club is constantly cooperating with the Slovenian Horse Riding Association.

Source: slovenia.info

 

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