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Trail No. 5

• ‘Stražilovo’ Mountain Lodge – Branko Radičević’s tomb – Velika Remeta – ‘Stražilovo’ Mountain Lodge •

  • From the mountain lodge, you descend through the forest along a footpath marked with a marathon sign (a white circle with a red heart) down to the road that leads through the Stražilovo valley (10 min).
  • When you get off the forest road, go straight to cross the stream and continue for another 200 m along the forest path to the signpost that directs you left, across the stream, and uphill to a hiking trail marked with a marathon sign. The trail climbs steeply to the hilltop (40 min).
  • Here you will find a signpost that directs you 30 m to the right towards a large wooden pergola with benches, where you can take a break or continue for another 100 m to the monument and grave of the poet Branko Radičević. Here you can also have a rest on the benches set up on a paved plateau.
  • From the monument, take a right turn, past the large wooden gazebo along a wide forest road and after 200 m to the left there is a monument to fallen soldiers in World War II. The road takes you slightly uphill until you reach the asphalt ridge road (40 min).
  • Turn left on the asphalt road in about 100 m, then turn left again into the forest and continue down the gently sloping forest track leading to a V-shaped intersection (20 min).
  • Take the left fork somewhat uphill first, then downhill to the asphalt ridge road (20 min).
  • When you arrive to the asphalt ridge road, turn left for about 100 m, and then left again along the forest path which slowly takes you down to the Gusle Recreation Center (20 min).
  • Continue on the path through the forest to the right of the entrance to the Recreation Center (the path follows the left side of the road) and you will soon arrive at the asphalt ridge road (10 min).
  • Follow left on the asphalt road, descending to the first turn onto the gravel road to your right (15 min).
  • Turn left on an asphalt road for about a 100 m walk, and then turn right onto a gravel road that takes you through a community of cottages, then to the village of Velika Remeta (15 min).
  • After getting to the foot of the hill, take the right turn on the asphalt road after about 300 m to reach the Šumski raj Restaurant (5 min). Here you can take a break over a drink or a meal.
  • Continue for another 500 m to the entrance to the monastery yard (5 min). To the left of the entrance, there are interesting wooden huts (‘katun’) that are worth seeing. Walking around the huts, you reach the Monastery of Velika Remeta. After visiting the monastery, we suggest you take a look at the beautifully decorated grounds with water cascades in front of it. Honey and wine produced locally by the residents of the monastery are available for purchase.
  • From the Monastery, take the same way downhill for about 500 m to the Šumski raj Restaurant (10 min).
  • Continue along the road for another 200 m, and then turn left uphill among the cottages, to the exit to the asphalt ridge road (20 min).
  • You turn left on the asphalt road after about 100 m, and then again to the right on the dirt road past cottages, orchards and fields over the Kurjakovac ridge. The path gently descends to the rim of the forest where you should pay attention to the signpost that directs you left onto a narrow hiking trail (40 min).
  • You descend steeply through the forest to the Stražilovo picnic area, and arrive at Brankov čardak Restaurant (15 min).
  • After crossing the stream, continue straight along the forest track through the valley for about 1,000 m to reach a large signpost directing you to the Lodge (10 min).
  • Turn right, head uphill along the hiking trail to ‘Stražilovo’ Mountain Lodge (10 min).

The trail is marked with trail markers and signposts. The time required to cover the trail is 5-6 hours of walking at a leisurely pace.