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Maribor–Ptuj

Distance:30 km
Percentage of asphalt: 55 % (via Starše)
100 % (via Duplek)
Climb:45 m (via Starše)
228 m (via Duplek)
Drop:75 m (via Starše)
263 m (via Duplek)
Maribor-Ptuj (via Starše)
Maribor-Ptuj (via Duplek)

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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.

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Ekološka turistična kmetija Valentan
Winery

Ekološka turistična kmetija Valentan

Vodole 36, Malečnik

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

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Restaurant Johana
Inn, restaurant

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.
Accommodation

Oddajanje nočitvenih kapacitet Vogrinec Silva s.p.

Spodnja Hajdina 19

+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
Destination

Regional museum Ptuj-Ormož, Ptuj castle

Na gradu 1, 2250 Ptuj

+386 (0)2 748 03 60

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Bed & Breakfast Žiga
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Bed & Breakfast Žiga

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
Winery

Ptuj Wine Cellar

Vinarski trg 1, 2250 Ptuj

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

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Teta Frida Evropa Ptuj
Inn, restaurant

Teta Frida Evropa Ptuj

Mestni trg 2, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 771 02 20

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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
Inn, restaurant

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
AccommodationInn, restaurantCamp

Terme Ptuj - Sava Hotels & Resorts

Pot v toplice 9, Ptuj

+386 (0)2 74 94 506

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Hotel & Restaurant Pomaranča
AccommodationInn, restaurant

Hotel & Restaurant Pomaranča

Ob Dravi 3a, Ptuj

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

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Zavod za turizem Ptuj
Destination

Zavod za turizem Ptuj

Murkova ulica 7, 2250 Ptuj

+386 (0)59 308 335

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Gostilna Slovenski Hram
Inn, restaurant

Gostilna Slovenski Hram

Slovenja vas 51a, 2288 Hajdina

+386 (0)2 783 03 71, +386 (0)41 322 296

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