Did you know that cycling has become one of the biggest growth sports this decade? Especially for middle aged men. It must be the Tour de France effect! Well, this way you can embark on your own Tour de Žalec. The area caters well for cyclists with main and secondary roads. You’ll very often see lone cyclists or groups peddling along. There are many dedicated bike paths making it a safe past-time. There are around 18 marked cycling routes. On the map, available from the TIC, the routes are marked with numbers indicating different levels of difficulty and lengths. So you can choose between short and flat, to heavy and semi-mountain trails. With its rolling countryside and beautiful scenery, it’s a fantastic place to cycle. One of the ‘must-do’ trails is the Hop Path. It is 14 km long and runs between the Savinja hop gardens and other tourist attractions. It’s a beautiful route, so you can sight-see while you exercise. The path has its roots in the traditional annual event - the Mon Hop march, which takes place on the last Saturday in August. You’ll pass the Ecomuseum Hops and Brewing Slovenia as well as castle Novo Celje, through the hop gardens, past the drying of hops to the Vrbje Pond nature reserve. Also on the route is the Roman necropolis in Šempeter. Another route is the Organic Trail Loznica. Since 1998, the area at the Loznica river has been a protected national monument.