Stage 3
Maribor–Ptuj

Leaving Maribor, there are some short climbs and drops through Malečnik and Trčovo to Duplek, which lies on the northwestern edge of Slovenian Hills, where the hilly region slopes down to the flatland part of the Drava riverside. We first cycle through Vurberk and Krčevina, and soon reach Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian city.

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We can also cycle from Maribor to Ptuj along an alternate route through Miklavž na Dravskem polju, Starše, and Hajdina. Miklavž na Dravskem polju lies fully on the Drava Field, which is a transitional area between the sub-Pannonic and sub-Alpine north-western Slovenia, where we can find a rich burial ground from the Roman period. The Drava Field borders on Pohorje in the west, on the Drava Valley in the north-west, on Slovenian Hills in the north and east, and slowly transitions to the Ptuj Field in the south.

In the centre of the Drava Field, on the right bank of the river Drava, sprawl Starše. Part of the area lies on Drava terraces, while a part lies low on the flatlands along the river Drava. Here are Natura 2000 and part of the Drava Regional Park, where the old riverbed of the river Drava, with its side meanders and meander cutoffs, flooded forests and meadows, provides a habitat for 250 species of birds, of which 38 are important European species, and, most importantly, a winter habitat for water birds and nesting grounds for some of the most endangered species in Slovenia. A unique location between Maribor and Ptuj.

Hajdina and its surrounding area was one of the largest Roman provincial centres of Mithraism in Europe. Romans left a rich legacy in this region, which includes temples dedicated to Mithras, i.e. Mithraeums. Romans left a strong mark on Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town. The area of the town was settled in the late Stone Age, and a Roman fort of Poetovio was constructed from a military camp in antiquity. The entire central part of Ptuj is protected as heritage. Above the town lies the mighty Ptuj Castle, with a wonderful view of the surrounding area. Ptuj is also famous for Kurentovanje, a folk custom characteristic for Ptuj and its surrounding area, held on Shrove Sunday to chase away winter. Its main feature is the dancing procession of Kurents.

Via Starše

Distance:30 km
Time:2:30
Climb:45 m
Drop:75 m
Percentage of asphalt: 55 %
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Via Duplek

Distance:30 km
Time:2:45
Climb:228 m
Drop:263 m
Percentage of asphalt: 100 %
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Pizzeria Sidro
Inn, restaurant

Pizzeria Sidro

K čolnarni 41, Maribor

+386 (0)2 62 31 101
+386 (0)41 722 165

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Gostišče Sobočan
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Gostišče Sobočan

Celovška cesta 13, Bresternica

+386 (0)2 62 32 313
+386 (0)41 510 140

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Prevozi s kočijo Marko Potočnik
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Prevozi s kočijo Marko Potočnik

Laznica 24, Limbuš

+386 (0)40 771 538

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Vnukec restaurant
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Vnukec restaurant

Ob Blažovnici 86, Limbuš

+386 (0)2 61 42 200
+386 (0)41 339 840

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Čokoladna manufaktura Teta Frida
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Čokoladna manufaktura Teta Frida

Limbuško nabrežje 6, Limbuš

+386 (0)2 80 51 387

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Chocolate Village by the River
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Chocolate Village by the River

Limbuško nabrežje 6, Limbuš

+386 (0)40 639 577

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Drava Center - tourist-recreational centre
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Drava Center - tourist-recreational centre

Limbuško nabrežje 2, Maribor

+386 (0)2 42 00 750
+386 (0)70 337 114

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Accommodation Jurič
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Accommodation Jurič

Naveršnikova ulica 4, Maribor

+386 (0)31 627 995
+386 (0)31 665 033

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Prenočišča Pri gondoli
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Prenočišča Pri gondoli

Naveršnikova ulica 30, Maribor

+386 (0)2 614 15 00
+386 (0)41 640 101

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Draš center
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Draš center

Pohorska ulica, Maribor

+386 (0)59 076 600

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Autocamp Kekec
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Autocamp Kekec

Pohorska ulica 35c, Maribor

+386 (0)40 665 732

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Prenočišča Pohorska kavarna (B&B)
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Prenočišča Pohorska kavarna (B&B)

Ob ribniku 1, Maribor

+386 (0)2 614 15 00
+386 (0)41 640 101

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Adventure park Betnava Maribor
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Adventure park Betnava Maribor

Ljubljanska ulica 128, Maribor

+386 (0)31 787 425

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Hotel Tabor
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Hotel Tabor

Ulica heroja Zidanška 18, Slovenija

+386 (0)2 42 16 410
+386 (0)41 311 457

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Hostel Pekarna
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Hostel Pekarna

Ob železnici 16, Maribor

+386 (0)59 180 880

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Q Tabor
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Q Tabor

Gorkega ulica 45, Maribor

+386 (0)2 80 51 390

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Bike Center Maribor
Bicycle rental, bicycle repair

Bike Center Maribor

Erjavčeva ulica 5, Maribor

+386 (0)2 42 01 836
+386 (0)40 208 335

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Hotel Bau
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Hotel Bau

Limbuška cesta 85, Maribor

+386 (0)51 265 768

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City Map B&B Hotel
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City Map B&B Hotel

Obrežna ulica 33, Maribor

+386 (0)2 614 55 66
+386 (0)41 674 527

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Student Dormitories Maribor
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Student Dormitories Maribor

Gosposvetska cesta 83, Maribor

+386 (0)2 22 84 200
+386 (0)31 659 980

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Old Vine House
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Old Vine House

Vojašniška ulica 8, Maribor

+386 (0)2 25 15 100

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Fani & Rozi
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Fani & Rozi

Pristan 6-8, Maribor

+386 (0)40 387 478

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Maribor Art Gallery
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Maribor Art Gallery

Strossmayerjeva ulica 6, Maribor

+386 (0)2 229 58 60

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Romantic apartments Sweet Baci
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Romantic apartments Sweet Baci

Poštna ulica 6, Maribor

+386 (0)40 639 577

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Ibis Styles Maribor City Centre
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Ibis Styles Maribor City Centre

Volkmerjev prehod 7, Maribor

+386 (0)2 234 43 33
+386 (0)2 250 67 00

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Q Slovenska
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Q Slovenska

Slovenska ulica 9, Maribor

+386 (0)2 235 02 90

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Center mobilnosti Maribor
Bicycle rental, bicycle repair

Center mobilnosti Maribor

Partizanska cesta 21, Maribor

+386 (0)59 178 577
+386 (0)40 556 459

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Ekološka turistična kmetija Valentan
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Ekološka turistična kmetija Valentan

Vodole 36, Malečnik

+386 (0)41 571 761
+386 (0)41 520 549

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Restaurant Johana
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Restaurant Johana

Dvorjane 92a, Spodnji Duplek

+386 (0)2 68 10 023
+386 (0)40 476 802

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Adventure park Vurberk
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Adventure park Vurberk

Vurberk 85, Spodnji Duplek

+386 (0)68 136 320

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Oddajanje nočitvenih kapacitet Vogrinec Silva s.p.
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Oddajanje nočitvenih kapacitet Vogrinec Silva s.p.

Spodnja Hajdina 19, Hajdina

+386 (0)31 392 514

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Panorama B&B
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Panorama B&B

Maistrova ulica 19, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 78 77 570
+386 (0)41 987 743

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Regional museum Ptuj-Ormož, Ptuj castle
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Regional museum Ptuj-Ormož, Ptuj castle

Na gradu 1, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 748 03 60

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Hiša Divino
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Hiša Divino

Panonska ulica 1, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 74 81 683
+386 (0)51 305 112

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Hotel Poetovio
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Hotel Poetovio

Vinarski trg 5, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 77 98 211
+386 (0)70 141 366

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Ptuj Wine Cellar
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Ptuj Wine Cellar

Vinarski trg 1, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 787 98 10
+386 (0)41 486 258

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Teta Frida Evropa Ptuj
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Teta Frida Evropa Ptuj

Mestni trg 2, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 771 02 20

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TIC Ptuj
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TIC Ptuj

Slovenski trg 5, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 779 60 11

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MuziKafe
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MuziKafe

Vrazov trg 1, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 78 78 860

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Hotel Mitra
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Hotel Mitra

Prešernova 6, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 78 77 455
+386 (0)51 603 069

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B&B Šilak
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B&B Šilak

Dravska ulica 13, Ptuj

+386 (0)31 597 361

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Gostilna Ribič
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Gostilna Ribič

Dravska ulica 9, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 79 95 435
+386 (0)41 808 449

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Terme Ptuj - Sava Hotels & Resorts
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Terme Ptuj - Sava Hotels & Resorts

Pot v toplice 9, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 74 94 506

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Hotel & Restaurant Pomaranča
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Hotel & Restaurant Pomaranča

Ob Dravi 3a, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 78 80 012
+386 (0)41 332 000

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Ranca Ptuj
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Ranca Ptuj

K jezeru, Ptuj

+386 (0)40 274 691

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