ST31 AAT: Šmartno - Cormons
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Village ŠmartnoPhoto: TIC Brda, Alpe-Adria-Trail
In particular the whole of the region north of the towns of Cormons, Capriva and Mossa up to the gates of Gorizia has acquired fame as a traditional wine growing region. The Collio was originally a hilly region where mainly oak trees predominated, but the look of the landscape has changed a great deal: While the forest has been pushed back to the northern slopes, the southern slopes are now covered in extensive vineyards laid out in terraces. The alternating forests and areas prepared to be fertile for grape growing, together with the scattered cherry trees, create charming contrasts. As a result of the trees being cleared, the sandy, marly soils (flysch) that are typical of this region are not very stable, and heavy rainfall in particular can choke them. Keeping this sensitive balance requires constant care by the wine growers.
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But do not worry, this is the last ascent. Afterwards we go downhill for a longer period of time to the former border crossing point at Plešivo, and from there we continue towards Krmin. But we are not in a hurry and can enjoy our last look at the wonderful view of the region, with Brda on our left, bordered by the Sabotin, the Trnovska Plateau behind us and even further away Nanos. Ahead of us lies the karst region, somewhat further away the gulf of Trieste, and the plains of Friuli on our right. When the sky is clear you can see the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps in the distance. Before the last segment of this stage through Brda we recommend taking a break in one of the inns in Medana or Plešivo/Plessiva.
From the Italian-Slovenian border crossing in Plessiva we follow the SR409. As soon as the road bends, we follow the signs for the Plessiva Nature Park. Via a vehicle track through the vineyards we come to the entrance to the park and thus into the woods of Plessiva. We take the path which leads uphill beside a small building (visitor centre). The path crosses a wide vehicle track and then continues uphill. We follow the mule track and keep to the left when the paths fork, to climb further and reach the mountain ridge. We continue along the mule track which runs along the ridge, now ascending less steeply. After a flat section we leave the mountain ridge along a mule track which leads downwards in a southerly direction into the villages of Novali and Montona. Then we go along the narrow asphalt road which leads from the district of “La Subida” along the spine of the Monte Quarin (marked CAI 99). Near the summit there is a car park which can be reached by car from Cormons. In clear weather there is a wonderful view from here. To finish the tour we have to go back down to “La Subida” or Cormons, where the next stage begins.
Book recommendations for this region:
- 9 Waypoints
- 9 Waypoints
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