Spring walk a little different
Pavlovské vrchy form an elongated ridge between Pavlov and Mikulov and are the most conspicuous part of the Pálava Protected Landscape Area. White Jurassic limestones form attractive rock cliffs in some places. The area is frequently visited by tourists. However, it is possible to find places that are beautiful and much quieter. This is a movement partly on unmarked trails, so the trip cannot be recommended to families with children and those who do not have the necessary security of movement in open terrain.
In the vineyards
We start the ascent in Horní Věstonice. We climb along the green tourist sign and after the so-called Ovčárna we reach the vineyards after a short turn, from where there is a beautiful view of the Nové Mlýny reservoir.
We continue along the green mark, which leads us to the beautiful limestone walls.
Between the rocks
I really like this place. These are the walls of the Martinka and Špunt rocks. There is an interesting narrow rock gorge and a large boulder, wedged between limestone walls. Once a narrow chained path led from here, along which it was possible to climb to the top of the rock. But that is a thing of the past. But there is one possibility…
Oak hornbeam forest
We continue up the green together with the blue tourist sign through the spring forest, through which there is a view of the surroundings and the main ridge.
Spring in bloom
In the spring, there are carpets of smoke and other flowers in the forest. When the path reaches the top of its ascent in the forest, we must not overlook a very narrow path, turning right upwards. From here we continue on an unmarked path.
On the top
The path is well defined and will lead us quite reliably to the rock peaks. There is a fantastic view of the Pálava landscape from the higher Martinka and the lower Špunt.
A little to the south is another distinctive rock formation Trún. Just be careful, I would not recommend this trip to those who are prone to dizziness.
We return about 50 meters and continue along a well-marked path up to the unforested peak of Obora (483 m above sea level). Even from here there is a beautiful view and the most interesting is the untraditional view of the neighboring highest peak Děvín (554 m above sea level) with a transmitter.
Road through the woods
The next procedure is somewhat difficult to navigate. The trail disappears in the vegetation and so we proceed SE towards more or less open terrain. The goal is another peak above the village Klentnice (elevation 462 m above sea level).
In some places, a challenging journey through the top forested terrain rewards us with another peak above Klentnice. Below us is the village of Perná to the west, the Holy Hill above Mikulov can be seen to the south.
We're lucky it's wonderful visibility. You can also see the Small and White Carpathians and other mountains in the NE direction.
Klentnice, like all the villages in this region, is surrounded by vineyards. Loess and clay soils on a limestone subsoil, together with a warm climate and higher altitudes, provide excellent conditions for Riesling.
We pass Klentnice and now we follow the red tourist sign to Sirotčí hrádek. Here, too, the views of the surroundings do not really disappoint us. The whole main ridge of Pavlovské vrchy is here in the palm of our hand, we can see another dominant feature, the ruins of the Děvičky castle (Dívčí hrady). From Klentnice you can use the bus to travel back to Horní Věstonice, or as needed to other places.
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