INFORMATION ABOUT CIRO
The historic narrow-gauge railway with a steam locomotive runs from Mostar along the Neretva River, through Čapljina, Popovo polje, Ravno, and near Ivanica, crossing the border with Croatia all the way to Dubrovnik. Construction of the railway began in 1898 and ended in 1901. During its existence, Ćiro connected places in Herzegovina and brought them life, and today the railway has been reconstructed into a bicycle path.
The Austro-Hungarian monarchy, which ruled the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, built a network of narrow-gauge railways (track width 0.76 m). The railways were built primarily as strategic military facilities and they connected the southern Adriatic ports with cities in the hinterland and with Central Europe. The railways in Herzegovina were built as part of the Southern Railway, and the first section of that railway from Metković to Mostar, with a length of 42.4 km , was put into circulation on June 13, 1885. year, while the line from Gabela to Zelenika in Boka Kotorska (Montenegro) is 155.5 km long, with branches from Hum to Trebinje (16.7 km) and Uskoplje to Gruž in Dubrovnik in the Republic of Croatia (16.5 km). , put into operation in 1901. The narrow-gauge railway served people, connecting countries, regions, peoples and cultures. For the peoples from these areas, they were lifelines, they enabled them to have a better life and all kinds of progress, and they left a trace of civilization in the places through which Ćiro drove, roared, beat, whistled and let off steam for decades. he called the trains pulled by a steam locomotive gemišteri (mixed trains), šnelczug (fast trains) and personal (passenger trains). The nickname Ćiro was imposed before the very abolition of the narrow-gauge railways, but it remains recognizable among the people even today.
The narrow-gauge railway or narrow-gauge railway Gabel - Zelenika was discontinued in 1976. During its existence, the narrow-gauge railway changed five state regulations.
SHORT INFO DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
The excursion starts in the small tourist town of Trebinje and regardless of whether you have been to Trebinje once or more, you can always see and hear something new about this fairytale town. The journey starts from the old town of Trebinjn, through the local streets towards the City of the Sun, from where we continue towards Duži. It is important to say that in the town of Duži there is also a monastery of the same name, Duži, which is definitely worth visiting for its beauty. In Duži, we join the original Ćiro trail and continue cycling towards Hum, where there are the remains of the beautiful Ćiro station, and we recommend a short break for a tour and a photo. From the town of Hum, we head towards Ivanica, i.e. the Ivanica border crossing, but before you cross the border, we recommend that you refresh yourself at the local Bike Friendly facility.El Paso". After a break and crossing the border, there is a descent all the way to the City of Dubrovnik.
Welcome to Dubrovnik, a city that rests on the Adriatic Sea and whose beauty enchants the whole world. A city that attracts many guests, it is a place of rich historical heritage, and the most valuable part of this legacy is the imposing walls of Dubrovnik. Whether you love antiquity or not, Dubrovnik will not leave you indifferent!
WHAT TO VISIT
- Ciro station Hum
- Duži Monastery
- Ciro station in Trebinje and the Ciro train
- The old town of Trebinje
- Tvrdoš Monastery
- Aqua Park Trebinje
- Guesthouse Zavala
- Restaurant Ognjište, Trebinja
- Restaurant Kolo
Although the trail mostly takes us through populated areas, on the section from Zavala to Ljubovo you drive through sparsely uninhabited areas, so we recommend that you stock up on sufficient water in Zavala. This is especially important in summer days. We always think that it is necessary to bring a mini tool and a tool for patching inner tires. Due to the length of the tour, it is recommended to inform family or friends about your cycling plans before going on the ride.
More information, photos, overview and download of the Ciro Heritage GPX track can be found at HerzegovinaBike web stranici.