By bike – a family sacral route

Head to this unique cycling route through the Lipik region, which will get you to know the beauties of the area in a different way. It is a place where the landscape inspires, and the time spent here transforms you. In addition to the natural beauties, this healthy physical activity will help you to get to know the sacral heritage of the Lipik surroundings. The route will strengthen your body and renew your spirit.

This cycling route is intended for everyone, from families with children, to the elderly.

You start from the centre of Lipik, in front of the church of St. Francis of Assisi, and ride towards Dobrovac. The first stop is in front of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Route continues towards Lake Pjeskara, where you will be able to take a break from pedalling. After the break cyclists head back to Lipik. You end up at the same place you started from, in the centre of Lipik.

Bicycle route with sacral heritage elements suited for families

Technical description of the route
Lipik - Dobrovac - lake Pjeskara - Lipik

11 km

Height difference (max)
5 m

2 hours

Place of departure and end

Asphalt and macadam

Route difficulty

Spiritual guidelines - By bike – a family sacral route

Jesus called them together and said: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—   just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt 20: 25-28)

When St. Francis decided to dedicate his life completely to God and live the gospel radically, he did not initially expect anyone to join him, even a little surprised, but seeing in which direction God wanted to lead his life, he soon exclaimed joyfully: “The Lord has given me brothers!” He recognized in the newcomers the gift of God, the fraternal life of the Franciscan community and today they consider it extremely important and fundamental to their charism. Often, we speak of Franciscan communities as a Franciscan family. If we look at our own families as well, we can notice that no matter how much we may have been planning, choosing or been open, our own family is still a surprise to us, its members by type and number are something we should consider as gift. Unfortunately, every real family has its difficulties, sometimes they can be painful and challenging. What kept Francis' large family together?

While obtaining papal permission to permanently grant complete forgiveness in the small church of Porziuncola, St. Francis exclaimed to the gathered people and to his brothers: “I want to send you all to heaven!”. St. Francis understood that God had a special plan with each of his brothers and even with his entire order, even when things began to unfold during his lifetime that he himself did not expect or want. St. Francis, although he was the spiritual father of his large family, still considered himself simply a little brother to everyone. He took Jesus' call to repair his Church seriously, and thus the whole world. Church - that's us. The church is also our immediate family. We need to start from our hearts. Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, make our hearts according to your heart!

Do we experience our own family as a gift? Do we allow each member to live the fullness of her/his mission? Do we always look selflessly at the true kindness of others? When we want to change something within our family, do we start from ourselves first?

Parish Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Lipik - Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Dobrovac (3 km) - Lake Pjeskara (2 km) - Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Lipik (6 km)

TOTAL – 11 km