Activities

Bicycling

There are six attractive cycling trails passing through Papuk, including gravel trails and forest paths. They include many viewpoints providing vistas of mountain ridges, quarries and valleys. Some trails also lead to the Jankovac water source – according to many, the most beautiful site in the Nature Park.

Cycling trail Graševina

Cycling trail Graševina is a loop trail 19.2 kilometers long. Approximately one half of this trail is asphalted, and one half is a gravel trail, i.e. a wine road leading from Kutjevo to Venje. The trail starts from Venje in the direction of Kutjevo along the wine road, just like Labrusca and Vinea trails. In Donji Mitrovac, we depart from trails 1 and 2, and continue straight along the wine road towards Kutjevo.

After slightly over 1.5 kilometers, we reach Kutjevo. Following the signposts, we pass next to the Kutjevo Castle and enter a small forest, moving uphill towards the grapevine area of Vinkomir. At the very peak, there is a viewpoint offering picturesque views of the valley of Požega. What follows is a kilometer-long steep descent to the asphalt road, and that is where we enter Kutjevo again. Turning right, we continue riding along the asphalt road, turning right again at the gas station westwards towards Vetovo. We continue along a straight road for around 6.5 kilometers, and then we turn right to a gravel road, just before the entrance to Vetovo. After passing Vetovo, we continue riding along a gravel (wine) road eastwards in the direction of Venje. On the way towards the end of the trail in Venje, we pass through Lukač and Hrnjevac, where the Graševina trail connects with trails 1 and 2.

Trail length: 19.2 km

Elevation difference: 113 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel, forest path, asphalt

Cycling trail Labrusca

Cycling trail Labrusca is a loop trail 11 kilometers long. The trail is predominantly gravel trail (forest road and vineyard road), and only a minor part of it is asphalt road passing through villages. The trail starts from the center of Venje (at the chapel) and proceeds eastwards in the direction of Kutjevo. After 300 meters of cycling on asphalt, we reach the gravel part of the trail and continue onwards in the direction of Gornji Mitrovac.

After another kilometer of cycling, we enter Donji Mitrovac where we turn left (northwards). Once we pass through the village, we turn to a trail branch proceeding to the left and enter the forest. What follows is a climb along the forest road. After 1.5 kilometers, we reach a crossing where we need to take a sharp left turn. For the next three kilometers, we ride along a mildly curving forest road, after which we leave that road and turn left towards the south to a trail leading to the vineyards. What follows is a steep descent through the vineyards, where it is important to pay attention to signposts. We reach Hrnjevci and the wine road where the Labrusca trail meets the trails 2 and 3. We continue eastwards in the direction of Venje. Once we enter Venje, we turn left and cycle to the chapel, where the trail ends.

Trail length: 10.9 km

Elevation difference: 155 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel, forest path

Cycling trail Vinea

Cycling trail Vinea is a loop trail 12.4 kilometers long. Its configuration is similar to the Labrusca trail (trail 1), and it is predominantly a gravel trail (forest road and vineyard road). There are only several shorter asphalt sections along parts of the route passing through villages. The trail starts at the chapel in the center of Venje. For the first 3.5 kilometers, Vinea trail follows the identical route as trail 1 - we pass through Gornji Mitrovac, and then turn left in Donji Mitrovac.

After entering the forest and riding for about 1.5 kilometers, we depart from the route of trail 1. We continue to climb for around 600 meters cycling along a forest road that follows the course of the Ilidžanski creek. What follows is a 3.5-kilometer ride with very mild climbs and descents. When we reach the turning point, which is also the highest point on the trail (500 m.a.s.l.), we turn southwards to the left onto a forest path. There is a steep descent through the forest for 600 meters, until we reach the vineyard. At the very exit from the forest, cyclists can enjoy an unforgettable view of the vineyards and the wider area. We continue along a rather steep descent through the vineyards for the next two kilometers, after which we reach Hrnjevac and connect back to the Labrusca and Graševina trails. We continue along the wine road eastwards towards Venje. After entering the village, we turn left and complete our tour at the chapel.

Trail length: 12.4 km

Elevation difference: 250 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel, forest path

Velika – Sokoline – Mališćak – Velika

Trail 1 is a loop trail 18.5 kilometers long. The first half of the trail is marked by a climb from 276 meters above sea level to the highest point at 720 meters above sea level, followed by a descent towards Velika. Most of the trail (16 kilometers) consists of gravel and forest trails, with a shorter asphalt road section (2.5 kilometers). The beginning of the trail is in the settlement of Velika, at the church of St. Augustine (276 m.a.s.l.). Starting along the asphalt road towards Jankovac, we turn left onto a gravel trail after one kilometer.

We continue cycling on the gravel trail for almost 6 kilometers, all the way to the turning point in the forest. Halfway there, to the right, there is the Sokolina rock equipped for sports climbing. At the turning point we turn right to a forest path (direction north-nothwest). What follows is a steep climb around 800 meters long, from 560 m.a.s.l. to 690 m.a.s.l. at Mališćak ridge. After climbing on the ridge, we descend southwards for approximately one kilometer, and then turn left (by continuing straight along the ridge, we would reach the Mališćak mountain shelter at 720 m.a.s.l. with a wonderful view of the ridge of Papuk, a vista worth seeing). We descend from the ridge to Šimića put along a steep trail approx. 150 meters long. We turn left again, cycling northwards for around 1.2 kilometers until we get to the intersection with the Velika – Jankovac road. From there, we continue descending along the road towards Velika. Just before entering Velika, we pass next to a quarry, where we reach the asphalt road again, leading back to the church.

Trail length: 18.5 km

Elevation difference: 440 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel, forest path

Velika – Duboka – Velika

Trail 2 is a loop trail 20.8 kilometers long. Most of the trail (17 kilometers) is gravel trail, with a shorter asphalt road section (3.8 kilometers). Our starting point is the church of St. Augustine in Velika, where we turn to the right, cycling through the valley of Dubočanka towards the pools. After 2.4 kilometers of asphalt road, with meadows and resting places to our left, we reach the gravel section. We continue for 1.3 kilometers, where we turn left to the forest path. What follows is a ride along a winding forest path approximately 10 kilometers long. The first 5-kilometer section is marked by a difficult climb, followed by approximately 5 kilometers of mostly flat terrain. On that latter section, we come across a signpost towards the Lapjak viewpoint (1.5 kilometers away from the trail).

After 13.5 kilometers of cycling, the forest path merges with the Velika – Jankovac gravel road, where we turn left. We continue descending for around 7 kilometers to Velika. After passing the quarry, we cycle along the asphalt road for the final 1.4 kilometers of the trail.

Trail length: 20.8 km

Elevation difference: 400 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel, forest path

Velika – Jezerce – Jankovac – Velika

Trail 3 is a loop trail 23.8 kilometers long. Most of the trail (20 kilometers) is gravel trail, and there is also a short asphalted section (3.8 kilometers). The starting point is the church of St. Augustine in Velika, where we turn to the right, cycling through the valley of Dubočanka towards the pools. After 2.4 kilometers of asphalt road, with meadows and resting places to our left, we reach the gravel section. We continue for 1.6 kilometers, where we turn left; there is a barrier on that place, and if it is down, we will have to go around it.

We continue with our ride for one kilometer, and then we turn left from the main road. By continuing straight for another 50 meters, we would come to a facility of the Faculty of Forestry and the spring of the creek of Dubočanka. Following the turn and another kilometer of cycling, we reach a large clearing (locality of Jezerce), and then we turn right to a forest path at the intersection. During the following three kilometers of cycling through the forest, one must be careful and follow the cycling signposts, since there are many forest paths in the area. The ride brings us to the park forest of Jankovac, a must-see destination. We leave Jankovac by turning left to a gravel road, where a 5-kilometer climb awaits us. Towards the end of this climb, we reach an intersection with a monument from the Homeland War. After passing the highest point on the trail (at 760 m.a.s.l.), what follows is a descent approximately 9 kilometers long towards Velika. After passing the quarry, we cycle along an asphalt road for the final 1.4 kilometers of the trail.

Trail length: 23.8 km

Elevation difference: 440 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel, forest path

Hiking/walking

There are four marked hiking trails in the Park. Anyone who decides to tackle any of these medium-difficulty trails is bound to question the widespread perception of Slavonia as a flatland region. The site of Jankovac and the Skakavac cascade are particularly interesting to visitors, not least due to the 28-meter high waterfall diving across a steep rock into the canyon of the creek of Kovačica.

Velika (at the church) – Lapjak – Nevoljaš – Jankovac

Looking northwards, we start from the church in Velika towards the pool, taking the road that leads to the right. Passing the entrance to the pool complex, after approximately fifty meters, we turn left away from the asphalt road (at the first table of Lapjak educational trail that we are in fact taking). We take the steep stairs leading us next to a dilapidated building towards Turski grad (Velički stari grad, 452 m.a.s.l.). This initial part of the hiking takes approximately 30 minutes. From the ruins of Turski grad there is a wonderful view of Lapjak Mountain Hut and the spa. A marked hiking trail leads us along the ridge and across Tauberove stijene, next to the cross, to the peak of Lapjak (667 m.a.s.l.), taking 45 minutes of hiking.

Lapjak is a control point of the Croatian Mountaineering Bypass and the Slavonian Hiking Trail. After a ten-minute descent through coniferous forest, we reach an intersection, where the right branch, called Šulerov put and representing the route of Lapjak educational trail, leads towards the pools (around 40 minutes of hiking). However, we will continue straight along the ridge of Kovačev greb, cross the Padeška forest road, and reach the viewpoint of Nevoljaš (740 m.a.s.l.) in 40 minutes. It provides fantastic views in all directions, and hikers can see the mountains and hills of Slavonia, Bosnia and Hungary.
In only five minutes, we reach Nevoljaš mountain hut, marking the upper point of what was once a popular Slavonian ski area. To the right, along the ski trail, the route leads towards the site of Jezerce. Two hiking trails branch from that site. One leads towards Jankovac, Češljakovački vis and Duboka, and the other - our route - takes us westwards through the forest along a dirt road (towards Ivačka glava via Anđina baraka, a memorial site dedicated to war veterans, located at the intersection of the "military road" and ŽC 4253 road). After ten minutes of hiking, we turn right, and after twenty minutes of hiking through a wide passage cut into the terrain, via the Kameni vršak hill, we reach the intersection. Leading straight, there is a marked trail towards Češljakovački vis, and towards the right, there is the route towards Jezerce, colloquially referred to as "osječki put". At the intersection, we take the left route - a marked trail leading to Jankovac through "talijanski jarak" or "Italian channel" in 20 minutes. These 20 minutes of hiking take us through a labyrinth of fallen beech trees, which must not be touched since they belong to the area of the park forest Jankovac.

Trail length: 8.9 km

Elevation difference: 476 m

Velika (at the church) – Mališćak – Orahove vode – Ivačka glava

In Velika, at the church of St. Augustine, the county road to Jankovac (ŽC 4253, 15 kilometers) turns left as we face north (the right branch leads towards the pools and the mountain facilities of Lapjak and Trišnjica). We take the county road for about one kilometer, and then we come across a gravel path to our left, behind the HEP bungalows. We take this path for around five minutes, cross the road forming a bypass around the quarry, and walk for five more minutes until we get to an intersection of hiking trails. There, we take the right turn through low shrubs towards Mališćak (proceeding straight would lead us towards part of the Turjak educational loop trail and the Sokolina climbing site).

After around half an hour of relatively hard hiking, we come across a trail branch leading to the right towards the hill of Pliš (10 minutes). We have joined the educational trail Turjak, as one can tell from educational panels placed along the hiking trail. Proceeding straight, in five minutes, we reach rocky terrain with many protected spring plants (that is also the upper point of the exploitation field of the Veličanka II quarry). On top of the rocky terrain, the educational trail proceeds straight, while the hiking trail turns right (both trails will merge in about 800 meters). In around half an hour of hiking, we come across signposts on a small nameless hill: a branch heading left from the main hiking trail route leads to Mališćak viewpoint (around 5 minutes of hiking), to the educational loop trail Turjak, and to the settlement of Velika. By continuing straight along our route, three minutes from the intersection, we come across a new branch. The path branching to the right leads to Mališćak mountain hut (also known as Balkon or Balcony), 10 minutes of hiking away, offering unique views of the peak of Papuk and the southern slope of the mountain. If we continue straight, we will come across trail branches leading to the mountain hut Mališćak to our right again. We will get to the first branch after five minutes of hiking, and then to the second branch after additional 10 minutes of hiking. From the last mentioned branch (marked by a signpost saying "izvor" or "water source"), after around 30 minutes of hiking, we come across a hiking trail branching to the right leading towards the creeks of Veličanka and Velika. We will continue straight, cross a gravel forest road, and reach the permanent water source Orahove vode with a small shelter in less than half a kilometer from the previous intersection. The trail proceeding left at the intersection by the water source leads to Lipovac hill and then to Stražemanski grad and Velika. Our route towards Ivačka glava makes a sudden right turn at the water source. After the next 15 minutes of hiking, there comes another intersection. A marked trail heading to the left leads to the glade of Vratnice (around 20 minutes of hiking) and "ulaz zvečevački", where it separates into two trails: one trail leads towards the peak of Papuk (inaccessible!) and one leads towards Zvečevo. We will turn right, however, and reach the highest accessible point of Papuk Ivačka glava (913 m.a.s.l.) in less than 20 minutes. Seals of the Croatian Mountaineering Tour and the Slavonian Hiking Trail for hiking diaries are available there.

Trail length: 8.8 km

Elevation difference: 640 m

Vučjak Kamenski (Lula) – Kamengrad

On the seventh kilometer of the 4044 state road Kamenska – Voćin, there is the settlement Vučjak Kamenski with two hunting lodges. One is called Leštat, and another belongs to the hunting association Jelen. Across the road from the Jelen hunting lodge, on a place called Lula (a demolished monument from World War II), begins the hiking trail to Kamengrad. After approximately 10 minutes of hiking eastwards along a gravel road, there is a sudden climb towards the southeast and a sparse beech forest.

We pass through the forest using a skid trail for some 20 to 30 minutes, until we reach a gravel road. We turn left to this road and hike for around 3 minutes, until we reach a curve with the interpretation panel of Papuk Nature Park dedicated to the medieval fortress of Kamengrad. What follows is around five minutes of a winding climb to the site itself and the remains of Kamengrad. Kamengrad can also be reached by a gravel road from the village of Gornji Vrhovci. However, that route, around 5 kilometers long, is not marked.

Trail length: 2.8 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 300 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Velika (at the church) – Mountain Hut Lapjak – Kaniška glava – Češljakovački vis

Starting from the intersection at the parish church of Velika (273 m.a.s.l.), we take the eastern branch of the road, heading towards the pools. After passing the pools, in about five minutes, we reach the branch heading right to the Lapjak mountain lodge (around 1.3 kilometers away from the church). Right next to the northern wall of the mountain lodge, there is a marked hiking trail to Češljakovački vis and Trišnjica mountain hut. After around ten minutes of steep hiking, followed by another 20 minutes of hiking at a continuous elevation of the contour line below Toplička glava, passing two skid trails for timber at the site of Prđevac along the way, we reach the hill of Kaniška glava (613 m.a.s.l.).

We continue hiking through the shrubs and forest for another 20 minutes, in the direction of the site of "velika bukva". There, we see a marked trail joining to our right, under a sharp angle ("omladinska staza" or "youth trail", from the direction of Mala Velika and the creeks of Orljavac and Umitalica). What follows is one kilometer of light climb (halfway through that section, we will see an abandoned marked trail to our left, visible in old maps, descending along the creek of Radiša to the Tisica quarry near Velika). This climb will bring us to the intersection of Lipova glava (645 m.a.s.l.), where we will turn right (the trail heading left leads to the hill of Tisovac with a viewpoint and to Velika along the creek of Dubočanka). After only five minutes of hiking from Lipova glava, we come across an intersection. One branch takes hikers to the Trišnjica mountain hut in around 15 minutes of hiking. Our path continues straight. It will take us around 15 minutes of hiking to reach Čifutski bunar and Antunovac (nearby, there is a branch heading left towards Trišnjica). We will turn right and hike along a steep slope for 20 minutes, until we reach the second water source called Kapovac (which frequently runs dry). At this water source, we reach the intersection with the Slavonian Hiking Trail (Slavonski planinarski put, SPP). The trail heading left leads to Jankovac (1 minute), and the trail proceeding straight leads to Češljakovački vis (after 10 minutes of hiking, there is a branch leading towards the hill and the viewpoint located 200 meters below the top of the hill). On the hill of Češljakovački vis (825 m.a.s.l.), there is a box with the registry book and seals of the Croatian Mountaineering Tour and the Slavonian Hiking Trail for hiking diaries.

Trail length: 8.5 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 567 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Alpinism/climbing

The Park includes two very attractive climbing sites: Sokolina and Duzluk. The Sokolina site includes prepared routes for beginners as well. One particularly interesting characteristic of the area are quartz rocks, as opposed to predominant carbonate rocks elsewhere in Croatia. Duzluk is a somewhat more demanding climbing site. Both sites provide superb views of the mountain of Papuk.

Sokolina

Sokolina climbing site is located near the settlement of Velika, 2 kilometers by forest road from the bypass around the settlement. The prepared climbing routes are relatively easy, making them suitable for beginners.

One particularly interesting characteristic of the climbing site is the fact that the climbing rock is made from quartz (quartz sandstone/quartzite). Other climbing sites in Croatia are predominantly carbonate rocks (limestone and dolomite).

Number of routes: 8

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer

Route grade: 4b-5c

Duzluk

The climbing site is located in the valley of the creek of Duzlučki, and it has three sectors. One sector is on a rock on the eastern slope of Sokolina, and the other two sectors are on a rock on the western slope of Topoličko brdo.

Number of routes: 18

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer

Route grade: 4b-6b

Schools in nature

Papuk is also a geopark, which makes it the right place to learn about geology. The Rupko’s Geological School program is aimed at teaching elementary school pupils about rocks and geological processes. Another program is focused on forest orientation training, by using an exciting game of hunt for lost treasure.

Meet the forest

A walk through the forest teaches the pupils about essential species found in forest ecosystems. The program is accompanied by teaching materials.

Target age group: Elementary school grades 5–8

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Meet the meadow

A walk through the meadows teaches the pupils about essential species found in grassland ecosystems. The program is accompanied by teaching materials.

Target age group: Elementary school grades 5–8

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Meet the creek

The pupils learn about essential species found in aquatic ecosystems. Species that serve as indicators of ecosystem conservation are emphasized in particular, together with the basic chemical analysis of water. The program is accompanied by teaching materials.

Target age group: Elementary school grades 5–8

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Rupko's Geological School

The pupils learn about the essential types of rocks and geological processes on Papuk. Practical workshops on various topics, such as: how do mountains grow; fossils; volcanoes. The program is accompanied by teaching materials.

Target age group: Elementary school grades 5–8

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Geocoaching

Orientation in space in the form of a treasure hunt with the use of GPS devices.

Target age group: Elementary school grades 5–8

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Guided tours

From spring to autumn, visitors can choose from six attractive guided tours. Educational trails Ružica grad, Rupnica, Grofova staza and others are an excellent choice to get acquainted with all the unique aspects of the Papuk Nature Park. Expert guidance provides visitors with a more detailed insight and experience of this valuable space revealed by knowledge.

Educational trail Rupnica

Guided tour along the educational trail

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Educational trail Stari hrastovi

Guided tour along the educational trail

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Educational trail Grofova staza

Guided tour along the educational trail

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Educational trail Lapjak

Guided tour along the educational trail

Duration: 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Educational trail Turjak

Guided tour along the educational trail

Duration: 6 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Educational trail Ružica grad

Guided tour along the educational trail

Duration: 1.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Accommodation and catering

Mountain lodges, overnight accommodation and restaurants are all on offer. Services are provided upon request, which is why a visit should be planned in advance. Private accommodation providers also offer specialties of the local cuisine from family farms in the area.

Mountain lodge - Jankovac

The establishment offers accommodation, food and drinks

Contact:

Cell.:

  • 00385(0)98 984 2375
  • 00385(0)98 982 6564

Web: www.pd-jankovac.com

Restaurant and overnight accommodation - Mališćak

The establishment offers accommodation, food and drinks

Contact:

Address:
Luke Ibrišimovića 9
34330 Velika

Phone: 00385(0)34 233 771
Cell.: 00385(0)98 305 160
00385(0)98 724-331

Web: www.restoran-maliscak.hr
E-mail: perivlado@gmail.com

Overnight accommodation - Pansion Štefica

The establishment offers accommodation

Contact: 

Dr. Franje Tuđmana 40
34330 Velika

Phone: 00385(0)34 233 501

Cell.:
  • 00385(0)98 928 8205
  • 00385(0)99 783 1079

 

Restaurant and overnight accommodation - Schon blick

The establishment offers accommodation, food and drinks.

Contact: 

Zagrebačka 18,
34335 Vetovo

Phone/fax: 00385(0)34 267 108
Cell.: 00385(0)98 484 850

Web: www.schonblick.hr
E-mail: schonblick.vetovo@gmail.com

Overnight accommodation - Pansion Enjingi

The establishment offers accommodation, food and drinks by prior arrangement.

Contact:

Hrnjevac 87, 34335 Vetovo
Phone: 00385(0)34 267 200
E-mail: info@enjingi.hr
Web: www.enjingi.hr

Overnight accommodation - OPG Majetić

The establishment offers accommodation, food and drinks by prior arrangement.

Contact:

Venje 2, 34340 Kutjevo
Phone: 00385(0)34 255 450
Cell.: 00385(0)99 440 4993

Restaurant and overnight accommodation - Hotel Dukat

The establishment offers accommodation, food and drinks

Contact: 

Trg Sv. Križa 4, 33515 Orahovica
Phone: 00385(0)33 401 420
E-mail: ortran@vt.htnet.hr
Web: www.hotel-dukat.com

Boat trips and rentals

At Jankovac Eco Point, one can rent a fully equipped canoe and take a ride in it on the upper lake of Jankovac. This new activity offers a whole new perspective in enjoying the nature of Papuk to visitors eager to combine leisure and various activities.

Canoe rides

On weekends and holidays, visitors can rent a canoe with equipment at Jankovac Eco Point, and enjoy time on water on the upper lake of Jankovac. This completely new and unique activity on offer thus provides visitors with yet another opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the most picturesque jewel of the Papuk Nature Park – making the stay in the Park an unforgettable experience for the entire family and everyone interested in active vacation.

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Educational trails

Among six educational trails, the one dedicated to Ružica grad is the most interesting trail for visitors, and frequently their number-one choice. It takes visitors along a forest path leading from a lake to this medieval town, one of the biggest and best-preserved examples of its kind in Croatia.

Educational trail Rupnica

Rupnica site includes a relatively short educational trail covering the phenomenon of volcanic pillars as characteristic rocks of the Park area. This trail provides visitors with an interesting story about the volcanoes of the world. In addition to taking a tour of the first Croatian geological monument of nature, we will learn more about the dormant volcano of Rupnica by visiting the abandoned quarry of Trešnjevica, one of the most beautiful geological sites in Croatia, where visitors can see a magmatic vein several hundred meters long that penetrates the metamorphic rocks of Papuk 300 million years old.

Trail length: 2.3 km

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 4

Educational trail Stari hrastovi

In the northwestern part of the Park, in the area of Djedovice, there is a relatively short educational trail leading through the autochthonous beech and fir forest to the site of Stari hrastovi (Old Oaks), a protected monument of nature. Gigantic oak trees on the site are around 500 years old, and they are among the oldest living beings in Slavonia. Oak trees impressive in their size are an excellent opportunity to learn about the vegetation of the Nature Park.

There is a horse trail - Reitweg - passing right next to these oak trees. It was used in ancient times by the entourage of count Janković and other nobility. Endless and inaccessible areas of Papuk were once the hiding place of the notorious outlaw Čaruga, with numerous legends of his incredible adventures. 

Trail length: 2.3 km

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 8

Educational trail Grofova staza (Count's Trail)

This educational trail is located in the most beautiful part of Jankovac park forest, near the mountain lodge, the lakes of Jankovac and the cascade of Skakavac. Stairs, wooden walking bridges and handrails facilitate access to the most beautiful scenery of the area. Information panels placed along the trail explain various natural, cultural and historical points of interest along the route.

This educational trail is named Grofova staza (Count's Trail) out of respect to Count Josip pl. Janković, the first person who recognized the unique esthetic and landscape values of the valley. In 2006, the trail was awarded the Green Flower award of the Croatian Tourist Board as the most original tourist destination in continental Croatia.

Trail length: 2.3 km

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Partly accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 14

Educational trail Lapjak

This trail is the first educational hiking trail in the region of Slavonia, inspired in its design by educational trails in US national parks. The Lapjak trail partly overlaps with the Šulerov put hiking trail, and it includes all the key characteristics of Papuk Nature Park. With the help of information panels placed along the trail, coupled with expert tours provided by the Nature Park staff, visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the relief, hydrology, vegetation, flora and fauna, geology and history of the area.

Trail length: 4.2 km

Duration: 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 7

Educational trail Turjak

Not far from Velika lies the most interesting area of the Papuk Nature Park when it comes to the flora, consisting of the hills Turjak, Pliš, Mališćak and Lapjak. Due to their exceptional vegetation, unique and representative nature, a botanical educational trail has been designed in the area.

The trail passes through the centuries-old forest of pubescent oak and hop hornbeam with open rocky areas and small limestone grasslands within it. These small forest grasslands include most of the endangered and protected plants of the Nature Park. In addition to being marked by extraordinarily valuable vegetation, this area also represents the first confirmed site of the lizard snake-eyed skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii) in Croatia.

With the help of educational panels and guided tours provided by Park staff, visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the most interesting protected and endangered plant and animal species of Papuk.

Trail length: 6.3 km

Duration: 6 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 12

Educational trail Ružica grad

The old town of Ružica grad and the lake of Orahovačko jezero are some of the most interesting tourist destinations of the Papuk Nature Park. They are also located very near one another. Ružica grad stands on a hill above the lake and the city of Orahovica. The educational trail takes visitors along a forest path from the lake to Ružica grad as one of the biggest and best-preserved medieval towns in Croatia.

Educational panels are dedicated to the rich history, architecture, housing and art of the area, but also to very interesting legends of the origin of the town itself. With the help of educational panels placed along the trail, visitors also get acquainted with the wealth and value of forests of the Nature Park, which are not merely an important source of timber, but also represent habitats of many endangered plant and animal species.

Trail length: 0.8 km

Duration: 1.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 14

Attractions

Fortress of Klak near Drenovac

The medieval fortress of Klak stands at 305 meters above sea level, south of the settlement Slatinski Drenovac.

It is located on a dominant elevation above the canyon of Jankovački potok. Mentioned in the 14th century for the first time, the fortress has changed a number of owners since. It was damaged and in a rather poor condition as early as in the 16th century.

Fortress of Voćin

The fortress of Voćin is located on a dominant position above the confluence of Djedovica and Jovanovica that form the river of Voćinska on that site, approximately 300 meters above sea level.

The fortress of Voćin was mentioned for the first time in 1317, in the deed of gift by King Charles Robert. In 1687, during the struggle for liberation from the Ottoman rule, the fortress of Voćin ended up destroyed. It has not been renovated since.

Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Voćin

The biggest sacral site of the pre-Ottoman period in the region of Slavonia, the late Gothic single-nave Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built around the year 1500, in splendid Gothic style.

The church was burned and destroyed several times in its history, most recently in 1991 during the Homeland War. The church was fully renovated in 2011.

Fortress of Kamengrad

Remains of the Kamengrad fortress are located near the settlement of Kamenski Vučjak. The fortress was mentioned for the first time in 1421, and it is assumed that it was built in the 13th century.

Kamengrad changed a number of owners in its early history, ranging from Nikola Treutal to Petar Čeh Levanjski, Ivan Zapolja and the Tahy family, until it was conquered by the Ottomans in 1539, who kept their military troops in the fortress. In the liberation fight of the Emperor’s soldiers against the Ottomans, the fortress was partly destroyed, and it has not been inhabited in the last 300 years.

Fortress of Velika

The medieval fortress of Velika is located approximately one kilometer north of the current settlement of the same name, at 452 meters above sea level, on the southern edge of the hill of Lapjak.
It is assumed that the fortress was built in the 13th century. It was owned by the noble family of Velyke, later Bekefi Velyke. After the arrival of the Ottomans, the fortress became a military station. Today, the old town of Velika is only partially preserved, but it continues to be admired by excursionists and hikers who can reach the site via a marked hiking trail.

Church of St. Augustine

The foundation of the parish church of St. Augustine in Velika is a small original church from the second half of the 13th century; other parts of the present-day church were built in subsequent periods. Towards the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century, the Franciscans established a monastery in Velika, restored the vineyards, and engaged in pastoral work and the reconstruction of damaged churches.
In addition to performing religious duties, the Franciscans also established a monastery school, novitiate and seminary, which confirm that the settlement of Velika represented an important cultural and church center of the region of Slavonia in the past.

Archaeological site Kaptol – Gradci

During the Early Iron Age (750–300 B.C.), the valley of Požega and the surrounding hills were home to many settlements linked with the site of Kaptol as the center of a wider area.

This world-renowned site of Hallstatt culture is extraordinary for its findings of graves of rich headmen under the tumuli, reflecting the custom of placing the ashes of the deceased in urns. Black ceramic vessels, frequently covered by a fine layer of graphite and adorned with animal horns, are a testimony to the wealth and power of the headmen of Kaptol.

Old town of Kaptol

In the center of the settlement of Kaptol, there are largely preserved remains of the fortress, church and housing area, together with the recently renovated church tower. The fortress of Kaptol is a hexagonal Late Gothic and Renaissance citadel with circular half-towers, and a rectangular tower at the entrance.
The fortress was protected by a moat, probably filled with water from a nearby creek, so access was possible only via a bridge. In terms of its construction style, the fortification corresponds to the so-called Wasserburg style of the 15th and the 16th century, and it represents one of the best-preserved Slavonian fortresses of the pre-Ottoman period.

Old town of Oršulić

Remains of the medieval fortress of Oršulić, also known as Stari grad or Old Town, are located below the peak of Kapavac (792 m.a.s.l.), around three kilometers away from Ružica grad. The fortress was built on a remote hill at around 700 meters above sea level, protected by steep slopes of the surrounding mountainous area.

This medieval town or fortress is not fully explored yet. There are no direct historical data on the site, although it is possible that certain historical sources from the 13th and the 14th century actually pertain to this fortress, rather than to the site of Ružica grad located nearby.

Ružica grad

The medieval fortress of Ružica grad is one of the key medieval fortress complexes in Croatia. Located between the northern slopes of Papuk and Krndija, and south of the village of Duzluk, this fortress covers the surface of 8000 square meters. It is located on a ridge at 378 meters above sea level that is accessible only from its southern side.
Ružica grad is the best explored, evaluated and presented highest-category monument of culture in a wider area.

Monastery of St. Nicholas

The Monastery of St. Nicholas (Nicolai) is located around three kilometers south of the city of Orahovica, below the peaks of Petrov vrh and Djedov nos.
The monastery stands isolated in a small mountain valley in the upper part of the course of the creek of Babin potok, not far from its nearby source called Iskrica. The Monastery of St. Nicholas was established towards the end of the 16th century.

Historical complex of Kutjevo

The historical complex of Kutjevo consists of the church of St. Mary, the southern wing of an earlier Cistercian monastery (converted into today’s castle), two additional smaller wings (western and eastern), a wine cellar complex, and a park.
The Cistercian abbey of St. Mary was established in 1232, and it is assumed that the construction of the parish church began soon thereafter.

Geological site Rupnica

Rupnica became the first proclaimed geological monument of nature in Croatia back in 1948. Its geological significance stems from a unique morphology of volcanic rocks, in the form of rectangular and hexagonal columnar jointing of albite rhyolite.
The columns were created in the process of creation of crack systems that developed due to the cooling of magma during its rise towards the surface of the Earth.

Geological site Trešnjevica

Trešnjevica geological site was once a quarry, and it is located next to the Voćin – Zvečevo road. The Trešnjevica site includes very well exposed clusters of volcanic rocks cutting into the older magmatic complex.
What is interesting about this site in geological terms is the surprisingly rich and diverse variety of rocks (granite, basalt, rhyolite, gneiss), with varying age, origin, texture, structure, mineral and chemical composition. The locality is closely connected with the protected site of Rupnica in terms of origin, and it shares some characteristics with it. Trešnjevica is an extraordinary locality for the exploration of igneous and metamorphic rocks and their origin, and for the study of magmatic processes, structures and textures.

Habitat of alcon blue

In botanical research of the marsh gentian plant (Gentiana pneumonanthe L.), researchers discovered the eggs of alcon blue (Phengaris alcon alcon), a critically endangered butterfly taxon in Croatia. Adult butterflies were recorded in 2012, which is when research of the population and the intriguing life cycle of this butterfly species began.
Apart from Papuk, alcon blue has been recorded only in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and on the site of Grubišno polje. This butterfly species can be encountered only in a specific type of habitat – wet grasslands that include either marsh gentian (the key feeding plant of this butterfly species) or, more rarely, willow gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea L.), and that include ants of the genus Myrmica. Adult alcon blue butterflies appear in July and August, laying their eggs on the feeding plant upon fertilization. After around ten days, small caterpillars leave the eggs and enter the flower buds, where they feed on the plant. After around three weeks, in warm evenings when the activity of ants is most intensive, caterpillars bite their way through the flower and descend to the ground on a silk thread. Caterpillars secrete a sweet liquid on their back side that attracts and feeds the ants, which therefore take the caterpillars to their anthill. Worker ants treat the caterpillars as they would their own larvae – feeding and cleaning them. In the Republic of Croatia, alcon blue is a critically endangered butterfly taxon, strictly protected by the Nature Protection Act. Drafting of the Management Plan and the accompanying Action Plan dedicated to the conservation of alcon blue is currently ongoing. There is a need to determine the population status of this taxon, as well as the goals and activities that need to be undertaken in order to preserve it, together with its habitat.

Brzaja

The Brzaja creek is one of the best-preserved creeks of the Papuk Nature Park, an area rich in mountain water sources and creeks. The creek of Brzaja is marked by an extraordinary diversity of macrozoobenthos; in addition, fish populations are well conserved, and the creek abounds in dense populations of diverse fish species.
Ichthyological research has resulted in a number of species recorded in the creek, including the brown trout, southern barbel, bullhead, bleak and lamprey; in addition, there is considerable diversity of aquatic insects belonging to the orders of EphemeropteraPlecopteraTrichoptera and Coleoptera, characteristic for clean mountain creeks. In the upper part of the course of Brzaja, the artificial Zvečevačko Lake, once a very popular excursion destination, spreads on the surface of 3.1842 hectares. Throughout its course, the creek of Brzaja still invites visitors to stop and spend at least a moment enjoying the unique views and listening to the sound of flowing water, enriching the silence of untouched and preserved nature of the Papuk Nature Park.

Čarugin kamen

The extraordinarily interesting geological site of Čarugin kamen (Čaruga’s Stone) was named after an equally interesting historical figure – an outlaw from the region of Slavonia called Jovan Stanisavljević Čaruga. Many tales have developed around Čaruga’s character. According to one of them, as he was hiding and robbing his victims in the forests of Slavonia, he once broke off a part of a cliff and threw it on the railway tracks, in order to stop the train that carried the money for salaries of workers in a local forestry office.
And so the legend of Čaruga’s Stone was born. In addition to carrying a memory of the turbulent history of Slavonia, this site is unique in its geological features as well. It is primarily characterized by migmatitic rocks with an interesting texture of rock veins. Migmatites are unusual rocks composed of light-colored veins (arising from the recurring melting of the original rock material, predominantly gneiss) and dark layers (essentially unmelted residue of original rocks).

Svinjarevac

The extraordinary abundance of moss species on this site makes Svinjarevac a unique locality, not only at the level of Papuk, but also at the level of Croatia as a whole. Since 1995, the site of Svinjarevac has been known as one of the few sites with groundcedar (Diphasiastrum complanatum) in Croatia. In 2009, it again drew the attraction of researchers with the finding of a previously undiscovered species of the genus Sphagnum.
Recent research has revealed an extraordinary abundance and diversity of moss species, with as many as 52 species, as well as lichen species. One particularly important species is Sphagnum quinquefarium, covering the forest soil in widespread, very thick and dense carpets. Due to its red color, this species dominates the plant landscape of the site, making it visually unique compared to other forest communities in Croatia, and quite beautiful too. As a matter of fact, there is no other deciduous forest community in Croatia where Sphagnum species would dominate in such a manner as here. That is what makes the Svinjarevac forest important at the national level, since it significantly contributes to the biodiversity of Croatia and to the uniqueness of its flora and vegetation.

Geological site Vranovo

The geological locality of Vranovo is characterized by phyllonite –a highly unusual metamorphic rock marked by a series of changes over time, as well as by multiple folding, deformation and low-grade metamorphism. The site is very interesting, because it shows gradual and long-term phases and processes of folding, bending and shaping of rocks, ranging from older, Precambrian periods to newer tectonic developments.

Vranovo is one of the most important sites in the area of Papuk Nature Park, as it provides a wonderful insight into the rich and diverse history of geological development of this part of Croatia. On a relatively small area of Papuk, one can come across some of the oldest rocks in Croatia.

Geological site Vrhovci

The oldest Tertiary sediments in the area of the Nature Park are lake and river sediments that originated 23 million years ago. They frequently contain fossils of the continental flora and fauna. Around 16.5 million years ago, the penetration of seawater resulted in gradual sedimentation in a shallow sea of Paratethys – the Pannonian Sea. The mountains of Papuk, Psunj and Krndija were islands back then, as testified by numerous fossils of marine organisms of that era: algae, corals, sea urchins, bivalves, snails and fish along the edges of these mountains.
One particularly interesting area is the area of Vrhovci, which was once the delta of a river squeezed between the steep marine shores of those ancient times, bringing abundant continental sediment to the site. Not far from Vrhovci, there is a site where a fossil of the lower right rhinoceros jaw was found. Unfortunately, with teeth crowns non-existent due to wear, it is impossible to detect either the genus or the species of this rhinoceros. The flora characteristics of this period reflect subtropical climate conditions, as testified by a number of fossil plant remains (Phragmites oeningensisAndromeda protogeaMyrica lignitumLaurus primigeniaCinnamonum sp., Legumisites sp.,Eukaliptus oceanica, etc.). Shallow warm seas, such as the Pannonian Sea, were also a habitat of various shark species. Tooth of a shark from the genus Hemipristis was thus found in the vicinity of Vrhovci. One interesting fact worth mentioning is that such sediments also tend to frequently include teeth of an extinct shark species Charcharocles megalodon, a true sea monster capable of reaching up to 15 meters in length.

Uviraljka

This karst phenomenon is the most important geomorphological site in the Papuk Nature Park. The abyss of Uviraljka is located at 810 meters above sea level, near the highest peak of Papuk. The abyss was created several million years ago in the carbonate complex of Papuk due to tectonic impact and the erosion effect of water of a creek diving underground.
The depth of the abyss is 28.4 meters, and the total length of channels explored so far is 96 meters. The abyss of Uviraljka is even more important as a zoological habitat – it is a wintering site of rare and endangered bat species, with 11 bat species recorded in wintering, making this site the richest wintering area for bats in Croatia in terms of the number of species. The number of bats varies, with roughly around 500 bats on site. One interesting fact is that some bats fly for several hundred kilometers in order to spend winter in the abyss of Uviraljka.

Suhodolka pit

Over 90 meters deep, Suhodolka is the deepest pit in the region of Slavonia, and the most important speleological site on Papuk. Most speleological sites on Papuk are far away from settlements, and completely unknown to the general public. That is one of the main reasons why such sites on Papuk are very well preserved, with minimal human impact.
Suhodolka is topographically mapped, and spaces in the pit are unusually large for the area of Papuk. The width of the upper vertical exceeds 10 meters, with the total pit length at around 70 meters. In the course of research, fauna specimens were collected in the pit, and amphipods of the genus Niphargus were found on the massif of Papuk for the first time. The pit of Suhodolka, together with numerous other valuable speleological sites of Papuk, confirms that the region of Slavonia has plenty to offer to speleologists, and that karst areas, no matter how small, still hide many intriguing subterranean spaces and forms of life.

Geological site Kutjevačka rijeka

Geological characteristics of the Kutjevo area represent an important part of the extraordinary geological wealth of Slavonian mountains, and they also represent one of the reasons why the area of Papuk has become a Nature Park. There are eight marked geological sites along the river of Kutjevačka rijeka, providing an opportunity to interpret the geological timeline ranging from the oldest rocks of Croatia to the most recent geological phenomena.
Although the river is only a couple of kilometers long, its geological profile reveals the geological composition and structure of Papuk, but also the structure of Slavonian mountains, ranging from the youngest Neogene sediments to the sediment rocks of Middle Triassic. The scientifically most interesting part of the profile is the metamorphic complex the components of which reflect various pressure levels and temperature in the depths of the Earth. The oldest rocks on this site are the oldest rocks of Papuk itself, and they have undergone intensive and multiple metamorphosis in the course of their geological history.

Botanical areas of Turjak

The area of Turjak is covered in the forest of pubescent oak and manna ash around 100 years old, with open rocky areas and small limestone grasslands. The forest community of pubescent oak and manna ash represents the remains of thermophilic Tertiary vegetation, and this area is one of the warmest areas of Papuk. The soil is shallow and covered by a residue of dry leaves, with the carbonate layer (limestone) partially reaching the surface.
The area of Turjak is located at 600 to 685 meters above sea level, and the peak zone of this hilly terrain is home to a stable population of snake-eyed skink (Ablepharus kitaibelli Bibron & Bory 1833). This species is the smallest lizard in Croatia, and it was discovered in the area of the Nature Park in 2008. In addition to the Park area, snake-eyed skink has been recorded only in the territory of Ilok. The total length of adult specimens barely reaches 13 centimeters, and their weight ranges from 0.7 to 1.5 grams. Unlike other lizards, this species has legs that appear too small given the size of the body, giving it a snake-like appearance; eyes do not have eyelids, which is unusual among lizards. In addition to the Turjak site, the neighboring hills of Pliš, Mališćak and Lapjak are also very valuable. The surface of these four hills is around 190 hectares, and it includes isolated habitats of the continental karst, with open, rocky habitats partially present as well – a rather untypical and rare occurrence in the eastern part of Croatia. Individual small forest grasslands on these hills include most of the endangered and protected plants of the Papuk Nature Park. For some species, such as, for example, the greater pasque flower and garland flower, this area is their only habitat in northeastern Croatia. The area is also rich in orchids, with monkey orchid as a particularly interesting orchid species, named after the fact that its petals are similar to monkey hands and legs. The area of Turjak, Mališćak, Pliš and Lapjak was once temporarily protected as a special botanical reserve. Given its value, it is necessary to ensure permanent protection of the area.

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