Map 5 — Red route
Jastrebarsko – Petrovina – Slavetić – Gorica Svetojanska – Prodin Dol – Malunje
The route begins in the centre of Jastrebarsko 1 on the western side of the town park. After 2.5 km of riding, you will enter into Örnilovec. At the entrance into the village, there is a slight uphill section 2 . After approximately 5 km from the starting point, you will enter into Miladini. In Miladini, turn left at the intersection in the direction of Srednjak, and at the next intersection at point 3 turn towards Belčići. After the downhill section, you will arrive at a t intersection and point 4 . Turn left here in the direction of Brezari and Petrovina. In Brezari you will see the equestrian club on the left hand side of the road. At the next intersection 5 , 9.8 km from the route starting point, you will pass by the turnoff to the right for the village of Rastoki, well known for its pottery. The route continues left along the main road towards Petrovina. At the chapel at the y intersection, with roads heading for Petrovina and Slavetić, continue along the left fork for Petrovina. In the settlement of Petrovina is the very valuable Church of St. Peter, a unique cultural monument of the highest value in the Jaska region. Its late Gothic frescos from the mid 15th century, old Gothic ribs in the sanctuary, the bell tower and the altar – the finest example of early Mannerist altars from the mid 17th century in northwestern Croatia – make this church one of the most significant sacral structures in this part of Croatia. 6 A steady uphill climb along the paved road through a lovely pine wood. At the top of the climb is the entrance to the settlement of Brebrovac and an intersection, continue straight on downhill. After the descent, you will arrive at an intersection 13.6 km from the route starting point and point 7 . After the climb, 600 m from the chapel, continue along the paved road until it meets up with the main road Petrovina – Slavetić. Drive along the ridge and enjoy the magnificent views of the entire region. At the chapel situated at the intersection, turn left towards Slavetić, and take the steep uphill along the paved road all the way to the Church of St. Anton the Hermit and the parish office, which comprises a harmonic complex that dominates this part of the Plešivica region and gives it a special view. From the plateau next to the church, 16.3 km from the route starting point, you can enjoy spectacular vistas, and this is an excellent spot for a short and well deserved break. The Slavetić estate was first mentioned back in 1249, and since that time changed owners many times until 1486 when it came into the possession of the Oršić family as a gift by the King Matija Korvin. In the second half of the 17th century, the Oršić family took up constant residence in the Slavetić fortress, which became the centre of their vast manor. They also initiated the establishment of the parish in Slavetić, which was established in 1661. Continue on straight along the road through the settlement to the Oršić castle. Take a break by the castle, as an especially lovely view of the entire Slavetić-Krašić region awaits you. Here pay attention to the possibility of turning off onto route a from Slavetić through Dol and Pribić to Krašić and the possibility of connecting this map no. 5 with the cycling routes on the map no. 4 and the ride through the area of Krašić and Vivodina, as well as some parts of Žumberak area. 8 The settlement of Slavetić is well known for its well preserved autochthonous wooden homes, especially on this part of the route. At house number 35, turn right and head downhill. Hiking trail markings continue on straight towards Žumberak and the village of Tihočaj. After the downhill section, there is a left turn and a steep uphill climb, which will take you to the gravel road passing through the forest, a pleasant ride. In the town of Goljak continue along the paved road. At house no. 7, pay attention as there is a sharp right turn heading into a steep downhill section 9 . Caution, the downhill section is demanding, with a sharp left turn 10 . After the downhill section, you will arrive at the intersection with the chapel “Saint Anne pray for us” (1995), and continue riding straight along the chapel and house no. 35. You will arrive at the top of the hill where a downhill descent begins. At the next intersection, turn left downhill. The right hand road leads to the Chapel of St. Vitus. After the descent to point 11 near the chapel in the town of Hrašća, built in the second half of the 19th century, turn right. At the intersection with the main road, turn left at point 12 . In Draga Svetojanska near the Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity 13 turn right and head uphill. After taking the half-turn to the left at point 14 continue alongside the school through Gorica Svetojanska towards Ivančići. We recommend you take a look at the ethnography collection of the Sveta Jana region, situated in the District elementary school (visitation by appointment, see blue route). At the next intersection, turn left uphill off the main road for Malunje and Jastrebarsko in the direction of Ivančići and Šumski dvor. 15 The uphill climb is a steady one, and so it is good to take a rest and relax in the restaurant Šumski dvor situated on the plateau under Japetić (about a one hour walk up the hiking trails marked from the restaurant will take you to the highest peak of the Samobor mountains at 870 m). Šumski dvor is an excellent viewing point. Continue riding in the direction of Prodin Dol and follow the signs for the restaurant and excursion point Klet Jana. At Prodin Dol, turn right off the main road and head downhill 16 and follow the course of the creek Malunja. The route continues along a gravel road. The region is fantastic and you are surrounded by many vineyards and details of nature which will long remain in your memory. Klet Jana is a good place for rest and refreshment. From Klet Jana, the route continues along the gravel road to the intersection with the road from Gorica Svetojanska, where you will again come onto a paved road in the village of Malunje. Caution is required, as you are entering onto the main road Gorica Svetojanska – Jastrebarsko! The main road passes through Malunje Donje and continues alongside the Chapel of the Mother of God of the Holy Rosary. Continue on towards Jastrebarskom through Malunje Gornje with its Chapel of the Holy Cross. There is one winery suitable for a rest and purchase of some wine before the end of the route in Hrastje Plešivičko (S. Kolarić,www.vino-kolaric.hr). 17 At the intersection at point 18 turn right along the military barracks complex, and then left to return to the route starting point.
Cultural-historical values on the route:
- Erdödy Castle, Jastrebarsko (see blue route)
- Church of St. Peter, Petrovina – the parish was first mentioned in the list of parishes in 1334. The original Gothic medieval structure was adapted and added on to in the 17th century when the church received its characteristic Baroque sacral architecture. The church contains very valuable late Gothic frescos from the middle of the 15th century, which were uncovered during the restoration works in 1980, showing scenes of the Passion of Christ, the only example of its kind in northern Croatia. Preserved in the nave are the early Mannerist altars from the 17th century of Michael the Archangel and the Sorrowful Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the loveliest in northwestern Croatia, the late Mannerist altar from the 17-18th century of St. Anton in the side chapel, the wooden pulpit and the organ from 1821.
- Church of St. Anton the Hermit, Slavetić – built in about 1600, and the parish was established in 1661. Situated under the walled plateau of the hill just opposite the old town Oršić surrounded by a low stone wall. Together with the parish manor and other buildings, this forms a unique monument. In 1671, the large sanctuary and bell tower were built and the Chapel of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was added when the church was consecrated. In 1735, the Chapel of St. Anne was added on next to the sanctuary and the church was painted. In 1837, the bell tower was erected and the choir section was added.
- Oršić Castle, Slavetić – first mentioned in 1249 as part of the foothill region parish, and after changing owners several times, it came into possession of the Oršić family in 1468 who held the estate until 1869 when it came under the ownership of Levin Rauch. It was originally constructed as a medieval burg with a Gothic town core, guard tower and palace, while adaptations and additions from the 16–18th centuries turned the burg into a spacious castle. The greatest works took place in 1639 (date engraved on the castle entrance gates) and in 1763 (date engraved on the right side of the building).
- Chapel of St. Vitus, Hrašća – this chapel is situated above the village and the Svetojanske toplice spa on the hill among the vineyards and was first mentioned in 1264. In 1448, the Oršić family gave the land for the chapel and the new walled chapel was erected from 1741–1744. The main altar of St. Vitus, with its original appearance from 1753 and its central motif of the Passion of St. Vitus, is preserved within the chapel.
- Šumski dvor Manor, Gorica Svetojanska – a free standing one-story structure, constructed in 1656, situated on the slopes of the hill above Sveta Jana, a restaurant.