Height difference: 560m
Time needed: 4h to 5h
The road is asphalted all around the valley. Although 100km long, if you don't go too fast, not too demanding. It starts in Požega towards Brestovac towards Pasikovci. From Pasikovci there is a gradual ascent towards Oljasi and Toranj. In Toranj we turn towards Biškupci, over a wavy road at the foot of Papuk towards Velika. This road has its ups and downs, from Velika towards Kaptol, then Vetovo on a straight road. It goes all the way till Kutjevo where you can see the southern slopes of Papuk ideal for vineyards. The wavy road continues up to Čaglin and Ruševo where you can turn to see the famous Sovsko Lake. From Ruševo the road takes you mostly through a forest till Pleternica. From Pleternica it goes towards Požega on a busy road opposite of the flow of the river Orljava.
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The Holy Trinity Square
As early as in the 19. century was Požega called „the Athens in Slavonia“ because of its culture, and the Holy Trinity Square in a baroque style is the town centre and an important cultural monument. Požega is the so-called town-monument because of its heritage and a rich „Golden Valley“ history.
The Holy Trinity Square with its irregular triangle shape, bolts and a baroque column takes a special place. On the Square there is also a Franciscan monastery and the Church of the Holy Spirit from the 13. century, St. Lawrence Church with murals from the 14. century, a building of the Jesuits' collegiat body built in 1711., the first Grammar School from 1726., the Old Town Hall and the museum.
Wine Cellar in Kutjevo
From the former Jesuitical residence which included the church, out-houses and gardens, the famous wine cellar only remained. The wine cellar is the oldest in Croatia and has the tradition of almost 800 years. It came into existence by construction of the cistercian cellar in 1232. which is even today one of the symbols of Croatian continenetal wine culture. There is a legend connected to it, about a secret love affair between the empress Maria Theresia and baron Trenk. They had allegedly met at night and would spend up to seven days together in the cellar without coming out. Throughout history the conquerors and owners have changed but the wine tradition has been kept till now, which is confirmed in numerous medals and certificates.
The Church of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kutjevo
In 1232. in Kutjevo the Croatian-hungarian king Andrew II had sent cistercians to found a monastery-abbey. After their arrival they built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in gothic style. During the Ottoman rule the church was destroyed and not renovated until the 18. century by Jesuits in a baroque style. The new church came into existence as a baroque interpretation of the medieval cistercian church. Therefore, the church in Kutjevo shows the full meaning and value of this cistercian architecture, withour the original one being preserved. Today's church with its park, gardens and the castle makes a unique monumental heritage.There are as many as 12 objects protected as valuable examples of art. The picture of the Miraculous Lady of Kutjevo or Mary with a Child from the 16. century is worth mentioning as a very rare late rennessaince monument. The medieval church in Kutjevo represents a special place in the Croatian heritage and is the key of the gothic architecture in Slavonia. .
Medieval Town Kaptol
Right in the centre of Kaptol, founded by Pečuj diocese there is a medieval fortress.
It is the landmark of Kaptol and one of the biggest and best preserved monuments left. The fortress was devastated, rebuilt and changed its aim in the past. The hexagonal fortress with round half-towers and a square entrance was built in a renaissance way and was surrounded by a ditch filled with water. The remains today are a part of the church property of St. Peter's Zborni Kaptol, and inside the fortress there was evidence of the former gothic church. Inside the northern wall, in the 18.century, a partly preserved baroque church of St. George with a bell-tower was built. In the 19. century after its owner had changed, the church was converted into granary. The fortress was conquered by the Ottomans, and was even the residence of the conqueror Dizdar-aga.
Today this fortress represents one of the best preserved fortresses from the pre-Ottoman time, it has been renovated and is on its way to be brought back to life by the diocese of Požega.
St Theresia's Cathedral
Nobody has ever found out who was the constructor of this extraordinary late baroque cathedral, but it is known that the ground-plan was sent by the empress Maria Theresia herself. The foundation stone was put in June 1756., and the conctruction lasted seven years. There is a stone board on which are Maria Theresia and bishop Thauzy engraved and mentioned as beneficiaries for the construction of the church. The board from 1763. is situated above the portal. The interior is in the late baroque and rococo style. The main altar with its monumentality dominates and represents a rare example of the baroque and rococo unity. It was given by the bishop Franjo Thauzy at the consecration of the church. The beauty of the church is enhanced by paintings from 1898.and 1899. made by famous Croatian painters Celestin Medović and Oton Iveković.
Sightseeing and tourism
Restaurant – Inn „Ribarska kuća“
Ribarska kuća stands for a traditional family catering for longer than half a century. Among the traditional specialties typical for Slavonia, fresh-water fish as well as salt-water fish is served fresh on daily basis, as well as traditional home-made desserts. You can also try calamaris filled with ham and cheese as the ideal mixture of slavonic and dalmatian cuisine. Only the best quality wines from this area are offered.
Wine producer Petar Majetić in Venje has an excursion site with a Wine house, cellar as well as wine tasting. There are only home-made products offered.
The wine house offers 13 different kinds of cheeses, kulen (a paprika-flavored salami) from one of best producers of kulen in this area Vjenceslav Hruška, a meat from a native black hog. In a very pleasant atmosphere you can enjoy home-made specialties and dishes from under a lid made according to old recepies. You can spend the night in ten double rooms called after varieties of wine offered at Vinska kuća Majetić, like Graševina, Rajnski riesling, Chardonnay or Pinot. Also children can enjoy the private playground.
Schön Blick Restaurant
The restaurant in Vetovo has a long-standing tradition of preparing specialties from Slavonia. Beside the rich offer of slavonic food, all kinds of fresh-water fish, game, a la carte dishes, grill dishes, there is also a great variety of wines from vineyards around Kutjevo at one's disposal. The specialty of the house is „A Drunk Carp“. There are also quarters for the night in five bungalows with a terrace above the lake. Additional places of interest are two tennis courts for both playing during the day or at night, volleyball pitch and football ground, and for the youngest guests there is a mini zoo. Visitors can enjoy and take a rest actively by three small lakes, on a riding track, a wandering path or riding a bike through vineyards. The Tourist Association of the Požeško-slavonska county conducted a project called „A Green Flower“ in 2011. and this restaurant was chosen as the best arranged tour destination in the area.
In the Krauthaker wine cellar all sorts of grapes – from the Late harvest to the Dry berry selection - are maintained, matured and transformed into wine. Thanks to the suitable climate and soil the world-famous grape sorts can be cultivated as well. The vineyards are situated on the 45,3 parallel heading west connects the world famous wine areas like Piemont, Val du Rhone, Bordeaux and Oregon. As many as 25 different quality wines are produced by Krauthaker. For the soil cultivation and vineyards the hundred-year-old techniques have been used.
The wines are world-famous and their quality is sealed by numerous medals and certificates of the trade. The most awarded is Graševina, also Chardonnay from Mitrovac is worth mentioning especially as the gold medal winner on the competition Chardonnay du Monde in 2002., and the Sauvignon from 2005. was chosen as the only Croatian wine served in the first class on Lufthansa flights.
Hotel Grgin dol
The hotel was opened in December 1961. after the renovation of the former archery. In the beautiful and natural surroundings, in the part of town known for ages as Grgin dol, named after a certain Grga, today's hotel exists under the same name and offers a pleasant and good accommodation in three pavilions connected to the reception and the restaurant. In the vicinity of the town centre,in the middle of the abundant greenery, at the foot of Požeška gora, it is a guarantee for a pleasant stay and pleasure in extraordinary cuisine. Among many well chosen delights of the slavonic and international cuisine, the specialty of the house is the famous „Barun Trenk steak“, their pride and joy. A great selection of wines comes from all wine producers of the region.
The villa offers high quality accommodation and food, they are also specialised in dental tourism. The restaurant offers continental and international dishes. There are also 23 completely equipped rooms and a conference suite where they organise wine tasting of the local wine producers very often. Their own bakery produces a variety of bread, the bread Slavonac is among the most popular ones. It is made by an old recipe with no additives or supplements. Among all delights from the bakery, loaves with poppy seeds and walnuts (makovnjača i orehnjača) take a special place.
Pizza Bolte Lounge Bar
Pizza Bolte Lounge Bar situated in the town centre is modern and suits everyone's taste. They offer around ten types of pizzas nad sandwiches, a great variety of wines and spirits. Visitors can enjoy live tamburitza players at weekends.