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Miriam Trip, Stage 5: Travel Guide Spiš - Gelnica

Another hard, but scenic route day. It is getting wilder, less touristy and less visited. From Spišská Nová Ves, cycle up through Bindt (former mining location) to Závadka village. The route is scenic, with great views. Závadka is your first place where you can stop to buy some refreshments at local grocery store. 

Another scenic section takes you through the highest point of your journey today (957 metres above sea level) to Poráč village. There is also a local pub in the village, but consider continuing down to Poráč Park with a restaurant.

Poráč valley is moist and picturesque. You will need to cross a stream at one point, but the water level should be rather low. Expedition! After reaching Slovinky village, the last challenge of today starts. 400 metres elevation gain at 4 kilometres at gravel surface makes it a challenging experience, but it is doable. 

After reaching the pass, enjoy downhill along Thurzo spa to a sleepy medieval mining town Gelnica, where you stay for tonight.

53 kilometres


+ 1110 metres

Elevation gain



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Miriam Route Stage 5: Spiš – Gelnica

Pubs and restaurants

Where to eat and drink along the way?

Závadka / 17 km

First option to get calories from local grocery store in this authentic small village.

Poráč Park / 32 km

This small resorts is a perfect option for lunch in the middle of the day.


For dinner, head to Biergarten restaurant in Gelnica (15 minutes walk from your accommodation). Open until 10pm, but order meals until 7:30pm.

Bed and Breakfast

Where will you stay for the night?

Penzión Pod Hradom, Gelnica

Centrally located guest house in a sleepy unexplored town.


Address: Banícke námestie 43, Gelnica

Telephone: +421 903 646 046


What to see

Interesting locations to explore

Poráč Valley

Scenic narrow valley with wet climate and impressive hills above. Feel adventure!

Turzo Spa

Forgotten open-air spa lake with abandoned resort buildings, possible to swim.

Gelnica Castle Ruins

Hidden in the forest above the town, mysterious ruins of a former castle. Walking distance from your guest house.