We start the tour by taking roads with less traffic, slowly making our way due East. Once we get out of Skopje we head South-East passing several villages and many agriculture fields. After 25 km of flat road we get to village Katlanovo, where we have a chance to smell and try a mineral water rich in iron and sulfur. It is considered healthy, if you can survive the smell. Then we head towards Brezica village. There the road starts with the ascent, going up on Gradištanska Mountain. We make stops here and there to rest if needed, but more, because the view in the back looking over Skopje fields is magnificent. In spring it is mostly red due to the poppy fields. The whole road is constantly asphalt with one tiny section of cobblestones.
Once in Brezica village, we are at half of the ascent. We make a pause to refill water and to see the local monastery. Then we head up on a road that used to be asphalt. And after some moments we see the antennas. We pass the antennas and head to the old military compound. It used to be missile base of the ex Yugoslavian army. From this point we enjoy the views.
We then take the same way back. For the daredevils, there is an option to take a steep dirt road that heads down very fast. The road was built just for the army base, but got degraded over time. It requires very good technical skills so it is not advised for just anyone. But if you are up for it, it is good adrenalin rush.
6 - 7 hours
5 hours ride
March - October
713 m ascent to destination
219 m descent to destination
774 m.a.s.l. highest point
231 m.a.s.l. lowest point
80 km round trip
- Some snacks and extra water bottle is advised.
- There is a 25 km straight forward road that we have to pass, that may become monotonous after some time.
Options, duration may increase and extra expenses may occur:
- For the daredevils, there is an option to take a steep dirt road that heads down very fast. The road was built just for the army base, but got degraded over time. It requires very good technical skills so it is not advised for just anyone. But if you are up for it, it is a good adrenaline rush. This option will make an increase in difficulty and duration.
- Self guided bicycle tour is possible. GPS track and a map at availability.
The recommended time for departure is 9 am.
This tour is on request only, by booking one day in advance.
Package: guide, hardtail bicycle and helmet
Options and customization: transport, full suspension bicycle, change of difficulty, and duration.
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