Cyclo tourism

Bicycle path in City of Ivanec - "MEET YOUR WAY" and "YOU CAN'T MISS"... coming to Ivanec, County, ...


Within the European framework, it is estimated that the proportion of trips during which cycling is the main activity or the bicycle is the main means of transport will increase in the next 10 years. According to historical knowledge, Ivanec has a long cycling tradition since 1920.
On the basis of the known knowledge, the Tourist Board of the town of Ivanec has been preparing the route planned for the development of cyclotourism a few years back. The primary part relates to the connection of specific places, settlements and contents in the area of ​​the town of Ivanec. Several models with substrates and future tracks have been made in this direction. The same will be available as a standalone supply segment, but also an integral part of linking with the county model of cyclotourism development.
Ivanec has a beautiful geographical position, mostly infrastructurally designed ideally for the development of: Cycling, Promenade, Educational trails. Ivanec and Ivancica abound with numerous sources of drinking and medicinal water. Water resources with an environment where visitors can enjoy a true natural environment are expressed and arranged.
At the same time, one of the primary interests is the possibility of extending the project to other tourist facilities such as: development of rural tourism, accommodation in households, clients. By creating a content cycle path, all the important contents and potentials of: Historic Sights, Nature, Springs, Opg Economy, Catering, Traditional Production, Viticulture, Education… are highlighted.
Certainly the quality of the implementation contributes to the development of the infrastructure as well as the satisfied technical preconditions. This is supported by the display of brown signage and the satisfaction of the technical preconditions for marking the cycling route itself. We have been realizing the same in certain phases over the past year in the wider area of ​​Ivanec.
cikloturizam11Certainly a big role is played by the first promenade of Ivanec, which runs through the center of Ivanec by the "Tourist Road" and connects to the "Ivančice" project, which covers only the foot and top of Ivančica Mountain. The rich flora and fauna is available on numerous landscaped and marked paths that intersect with the springs with the presence and other unique micro-location features that make this area unique.
The length of the entire planned route is approx. 60 km.
The whole project is planned to cover the following areas:

  1. Radovan
  2. Margečan
  3. Cerje
  4. Stažnjevec
  5. Salinovec
  6. Željeznica
  7. Salinovečki bregi
  8. Punikve
  9. Ivanečka jezera
  10. Prigorec
  11. Ivanec
  12. Ivančica
  13. Kozjak-Risje
  14. Žgano vino
  15. Vuglovec
  16. Kraševec
  17. Bedenec
  18. Spajanje na rutu „Od dvorca do dvorca“

In Ivanec, the Salinovec Sports and Recreation Society is organizing for the eighth time the traditional "Med Skrajski bregi" bicycle. Since 2011, Downhill racing has been organized by BBK Ivanščica for the purpose of mountain biking development.

A more significant market segment for those who during cycling is an important additional activity in the presence of content for the target groups and all others will ultimately be adequately valorized and commercialized.

Ivonjski fasink (carnival)

Fašnik customs of Ivanec area

fasink3Time in church year between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday is marked by special manifestations – carnivals. Fašnik customs in region of Ivanec are celebrated on Tuesday before the Ash Wednesday, and the carnival of Ivanec, called “Ivonjski fašnik” is held on Sunday before Ash Wednesday.

Once there were gomile (gamile) walking through the villages of Ivanec. Gomile are the men masked in mares, covered with white sheet or jute with the mask of the horse on the long stick. Somewhere gomile were on the two legs, and somewhere on the four legs.

Besides gomile, houses were visited by “mačkari”, and the most interesting were “mačkari mladenci” (newlyweds mačkari). They were followed by local “mužikaši” (musicians), and they would dance drmeš or polka in front of every house. Hosts would reward them with donates and the drink.

Ivonjski fašink

Carnival of Ivanec, called “Ivonjski fašink”, gathers great number of participants on the streets of Ivanec every year; those masked, as well as those who are only spectators. Besides many domestic maškare (masked people), many masked guests from the neighboring places, but from all the Croatia and from abroad as well, come to “Fašnik.

Mushrooms Days

gljivarijada11Rich with mushrooms, woods of Ivanec are gladly visited by mushroom collectors from the nearby places and towns, and once a year, society “Maska” organizes traditional Ivanec’s Mushroom games (Gljivarijada), to which the mushroom collectors from all the Croatia come. It is particularly interesting in the evening, when the mushroom collectors come back from the woods with their “catch”, and an exhibition is created from the collected mushrooms. A number of different mushrooms is around 150. Socializing of mushroom collectors is continued with roasted chestnuts and mushroom specialties for which always hospitable hosts form the society “Maska” take care.



Village games in Salinovec


From the year of 1984, there is a kind of “village Olympic games” taking place in Salinovec, which are competition in old sports and games. Village games in Salinovec gather several hundred of competitors who compete in speed, strength and skill.

Disciplines like plug assembling, bikovanje (bull games), walking on crutches, carrying the basket on the head and running in the sack are especially attractive to spectators and besides the skill, all the disciplines involve a lot of laughter. ”Mužikaši”, whom the teams bring with themselves, take care to ensure the good mood and the fun in folk tune.

Visitors of the village games can try quality vines of Ivanec region and domestic specialties.

Trebitva kukuruza (Maize cleaning)

kukuruz 1

Trebitva (komušanje) of corn is an old custom, forgotten today, connected with harvest of corn. After the “trgatva” (harvest) of corn, corn was driven in carts to “škedenj”, chamber or in the similar room. In the evening, all neighborhood would gather by trebitva, especially young men and girls.

With the socializing and song time of komušanje would pass quickly, and young waited the end of komušanje with special eagerness. Afterwards “ezedenje” or rolling would follow and flinging of young on komušina, through which young showed their sympathies. Host would mark the end of “ezdenje” by turning on the lights and he would treat everyone with the chestnuts and mach.

This custom now only lives in occasional arrangements of trebitva which are organized by the Society of Friends of folk customs “Maska”.