The Sevnica Sausage
This cycling route takes us along the borders of The Municipality of Sevnica. The diverse hills of Posavje can be experienced by bike while enjoying the beautiful scenery. The entire circular route is geographically divided into two parts, just like the Sevnica Sausage. The thought of this sausage and its delicious distinctive aroma will accompany us thoughout the entire tour.
The northern sausage runs along the left bank of the Sava River and crosses the valley of Sevnična River while the southern one runs along the right bank and crosses the valley of the Mirna. How do we eat an entire sausage? We cut it into smaller pieces. Just like that we will also do our 100km ride. We recommend a mountain bike but it is also possible to go by trekking bike. The knife to cut the Sevnica sausage into pieces or to split the route into smaller stages is offered by the accommodation providers along the route.
Why is the Sevnica sausage a true queen of sausages? Its production is based on the oral tradition of our grandparents. It is made according to the classic method of processing of pork and beef from animals that grazed on the pristine meadows of Lisca and Bohor and along the Mirna and Sevnica rivers. We will visit all those places on our tour. Choice cuts of meat with dried spices, salt, pepper, garlic, without other additives, stuffed into a natural sausage casing made from pork intestines provide a genuine home-made taste. The finishing and smoking with beech chips, which gives the typical aroma and colour of the Sevnica sausage, are extremely important.
The northern part of the sausage takes us from the bar Trubarjev Hram in Loka to Lovrenc, known for being a natural habitat of gentian (Gentiana clusii). If you want to experience Lovrenc in its full blue beauty, you have to make this tour in late April. Around the top of Kamrica, we head uphill to Lisca, the highest point of the route. In nice weather, the view reaches all the way to the Alps. From here we can also see the entire Sevnica sausage route. Do you feel like eating sausage yet? We ride down the Sunny Road to the right steep ridge of the Sevnična River on which we will ride along a scenic trail. The fields of this area required a lot of hard work not that long ago. Everything from carrying manure to harvesting crops was done with a basket. We continue our path over the western slopes of Bohor to Ajdovski Gradec which is one of the better researched late antique settlements in Slovenia.
We close up our sausage over Žigarski Vrh in Blanca and continue the southern sausage along the valley of the stream Štagine to the slopes of the hills of Dolenjska. The trail will be marked by colourful landscape mosaics of forests, meadows, orchards, and vineyards. The hard working inhabitants of Dolenjska give these places their soul. We must not overlook the natural amphitheatre in Malkovec where Cviček and other quality wines are produced. In Tržišče we cross the Mirna valley and pay homage to a giant flagon. On Vrhek we can find the yellow azalea which blooms in late April. In Šentjanž we can look forward to a hearty meal in the high-end rural restaurant and organic farm Repovž. On their unique menu you can also find the Sevnica sausage. The ascent to the slopes of Orehovski Hrib awards us with a magnificent view of the Mirna River and Sopota Valley and the hill Kum. Is the Špičasti Kamen (Pointy Rock) still concealing a treasure? Through Brunk and Novi Grad, we slowly descend to Loka where we will be greeted by numerous hayracks along the Sava River. Bon appétit and have a fun ride!
Accommodation providers along the route on the right bank of the Sava River:
Tonček Lodge (Tončkov Dom) on Lisca
Grobelnik Tourist Farm (Turistična kmetija Grobelnik) in Podvrh
Restaurant Močivnik (Gostišče Močivnik) in Okroglice
Overnight accommodation providers on the left bank of the Sava River:
Deu Court Garden (Vinorodni dvor Deu) in Malkovec
Celestina Tourist Farm (Turistična kmetija Celestina) in Zgornje Vodale
Guesthouse Repovž (Gostilna s prenočišči Repovž) in Šentjanž
Route elevation profile