Activities

Bicycling

There are eight cycling trails on Učka. The longest one includes 52 kilometers of a rather demanding route, and the shortest trail is 12 kilometers long and fairly easy. Visitors interested in exploration of the trails can rent popular electric bikes. Due to extraordinary vistas, the trails are very popular and appreciated in the cycling community; most require good fitness level and experience.

Trail 1

Trail 1 (the right trail loop) begins and ends in front of the Brdo hunting lodge. It passes through beech forest along the eastern slopes of the mountain of Učka. The tour takes 2 hours.

Trail length: 15.3 km

Elevation difference: 200 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 100% gravel

Note: Medium difficulty trail

Trail 2

Trail 2 (the left trail loop) begins and ends in front of the Brdo hunting lodge. It passes through beech forest along the eastern slopes of the mountain of Učka. The tour takes 2 hours.

Trail length: 15.3 km

Elevation difference: 200 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 100% gravel

Note: Medium difficulty trail

Trail 3

The trail begins in the village of  Brgudac on the mountain of Ćićarija, passing through Moljevi dvori and ending in Brgudac. The tour takes one hour and 20 minutes.

Trail length: 12 km

Elevation difference: 58 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 60% dirt trail, 30% gravel, 10% asphalt

Note: Easy trail

Trail 4

The trail passes along the western slopes of Učka. It begins in the village of Mala Učka and continues along a gravel road towards Vela Učka. After 500 meters, the trail turns left in the direction of the peak of Bodaj, offering a wonderful view of the landscapes of central Istria and the peak of Učka. From Bodaj, the trail leads the same way back towards Mala Učka. The tour takes 2 hours.

Trail length: 17 km

Elevation difference: 200 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 100% gravel

Note: Medium difficulty trail

Trail 5

The trail begins in front of the mountain lodge on Poklon and leads along an asphalted road to Vojak, the highest peak of the Nature Park. The tour takes one hour.

Trail length: 14 km

Elevation difference: 465 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 100% asphalt

Note: Medium difficulty trail

Trail 6

This trail is intended for cyclists who have sufficient cycling skills and fitness level for extreme uphill and downhill rides. The trail begins at Poklon and takes cyclists to the most interesting nature sites on Ćićarija - Gospin dol, Bončić lodge, and Brdo hunting lodge - before returning back to Poklon. The tour takes 3 hours.

Trail length: 25.7 km

Elevation difference: 267 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 85% gravel, 15% asphalt

Note: Difficult trail

Trail 7

This trail is intended for cyclists in good physical shape who love the challenges of very demanding climbs and downhill rides with frequent slope changes, ranging from mild to very steep. The initial couple of kilometers of the trail overlap with the route of Trail 6, and Trail 7 then branches towards the village of Brest. After Brest, what follows is a new climb, and after that the trail finally reaches Poklon. The tour takes 3 hours.

Trail length: 25 km

Elevation difference: 468 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 95% gravel, 5% asphalt

Note: Difficult trail

Trail 8

This most demanding trail begins in Lovran and continues along an asphalted road towards Mošćenička Draga and Mošćenice (Sv. Jelena village). That is where the climb towards the peak of Bodaj begins, with the trail continuing to the village of Mala Učka, and then descending to the entry to the Učka tunnel on the Kvarner Bay side. Continuing to Tuliševica, the trail gradually starts descending towards Lovran after reaching the Lovran - Lovranska Draga road. After 52 kilometers, cyclists return back to the starting point. The tour takes four and a half hours.

Trail length: 52 km

Elevation difference: 1019 m

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

Bicycle rental possibilities: Electric bike rental available

Trail type: 40% asphalt, 60% gravel

Note: Difficult trail

Hiking/walking

Author: Anita Hodak

Opatijska planinarska obilaznica, a hiking tour near the town of Opatija, is a very popular 45-kilometer long hiking trail, quite diverse in terms of its difficulty level, ranging from easy to medium-difficulty. The trail leading to Vojak, the highest peak of the mountain of Učka, is a medium-difficulty trail, and the belvedere on it that became a recognizable symbol of the Nature Park is one of the attractions making this trail one of the favorable destinations of hikers.

  

 

Poklon – Vojak

This hiking trail is the most popular trail available. It begins at the Poklon mountain pass and leads hikers to Vojak, the highest peak of the Nature Park, taking them through coastal and subalpine beech forest. The tour takes one and a half hour.

Trail length: 4 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 474 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year, except in high snowfall conditions during winter.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Available

Istrian Hiking Trail (Istarski planinarski put, IPP)

The Istrian Hiking Trail (Istarski planinarski put, IPP) is trail linking the most beautiful mountains and landscapes of Istria. Stages 5 and 6 of the trail pass through the Učka Nature Park.

The starting point is the mountain lodge Na Koritima, that can be reached from the village of Brgudac along the hiking trail Brgudac-Korita taking 45 minutes. The trail than continues towards Veli Planik via Poklon to the peak of Vojak. From Vojak, the trail descends to the village of Mala Učka via Sedlo. The village of Mala Učka is where the 5th stage of the Istrian Hiking Trail ends. That stage requires 8 to 9 hours of hiking. Its total length is 18.6 kilometers, with 440 meters of elevation difference.
Stage 6 of the Istrian Hiking Trail continues from the village of Mala Učka to the peak of Brgud, passing through the abandoned shepherds' village of Podmaj and the mountain pass of Bodaj along the way. After that, it continues to the peak of Kremenjak and to the mountain pass of Prodol. From Prodol, the trail continues to the peak of Šikovac, and then to the peak of Sisol, after which it descends to Plomin. The 6th stage of the Istrian Hiking trail ends in Plomin and requires 10 to 11 hours of hiking. Its total length is 22.8 kilometers, and its elevation difference is  890 meters.

Trail length: 41.4 km

Trail difficulty: Easy

Elevation difference: 1010 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year, except in high snowfall conditions during winter.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Available

Note: Tour of the Istrian Hiking Trail requires two days of hiking.

Opatija Hiking Trail

Opatija Hiking Trail is a loop trail beginning in Opatija. It requires 15 and a half hours of hiking in two days, with the possibility of overnight stay at Poklon mountain lodge. The trail, mostly passing through the area of the Nature Park, provides hikers with the opportunity to climb 14 peaks. For more information, please contact the mountaineering association PD Opatija.

Trail length: 45 km

Trail difficulty: Easy / medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 0 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year, except in high snowfall conditions during winter.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Tour of the Opatija Mountain Trail requires two days of hiking.

Lovran – Liganj – Grnjač – Sedlo – Vojak

The trail begins in the coastal town of Lovran. After a 45-minute climb that includes stairs and a road crossing, hikers reach the settlement of Liganj, where the administrative building of Učka Nature Park is located. The trail continues to the peak of Grnjač, and then proceeds to the mountain pass called Vrata and to the locality of Sedlo. From Sedlo onwards, what remains is a 30-minute climb to Vojak, cut by a road.

Trail length: 7.4 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 1401 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year, except in high snowfall conditions during winter.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Poklon – Veli Planik

The hiking trail begins at the mountain pass of Poklon and continues along an asphalted road in the direction of the mountain lodge. After 50 meters, the trail turns left to a forest road. The trail leads through forests, meadows and karst terrain, taking about two hours of hiking to reach Veli Planik.

Trail length: 7.5 km

Trail difficulty: Easy

Elevation difference: 400 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year, except in high snowfall conditions during winter.

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Alpinism/climbing

Vela draga canyon is a genuine climbers’ attraction. With 62 routes, it is one of the most attractive climbing sites of Croatia, visited by rock climbers throughout the year. Limestone pillars and rocks of Vela draga are ideal for this type of sport, and the Italian climber Emilio Comici was the first person to discover that, having climbed the first route at Vela draga back in 1931.

Sector Nad tunelom

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 7

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

Route grade: From 6a to 7a

Sector Okno

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 6

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

Route grade: From 5b to 7a

Sector Furija

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 1

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

Route grade: 6a

Sector Rukavica i Ploče

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 25

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

Route grade: From 4a to 7b

Sector Castello

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 7

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

Route grade: From 6a to 7b

Sector Veli toranj

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 13

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

Route grade: From 4b to 7b

Sector Sjeverna stijena

Vela draga canyon

Number of routes: 7

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

Route grade: From 4 to 7

Paragliding and flying

Vojak take-off site is at 1396 meters above sea level. Same as the Brgud take-off site, which is at a lower altitude, it is suitable for hang gliders and paragliders. The landing area for both take-off sites is Boljunsko polje.

Take-off site Vojak

This site is located at the peak of Vojak at 1396 meters above sea level. It is suitable for hang gliders and paragliders. An inclined platform and a nearby grass surface are used for takeoff.

Landing site: Boljunsko polje

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Take-off site Brgud

This site is located below the peak of Brgud at 810 meters above sea level, on the western slope of Učka. It is suitable for hang gliders and paragliders. A grass surface is used for takeoff.

Landing site: Boljunsko polje

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Schools in nature

Intended for elementary, high school and university students, schools in nature include the possibility of hiking along educational and hiking trails, all depending on visitors’ wishes and consultations with the Park staff. The programs explore the abundance of what Učka Nature Park can offer, ranging from the plant and animal world to cultural and historical heritage and geomorphological phenomena.

Trail tour / kindergarten

We offer our youngest visitors the opportunity to take an unforgettable walk along one educational trail through the wonderful environment of the Nature Park, with several educational trails on offer:

1) Geological educational trail Vela draga
2) Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap
3) Vela Učka
4) Educational trail Malikova staza

The program provides children with the opportunity to experience and get acquainted with the amazing world of nature, to learn to love and cherish that world, and to discover how they can protect and conserve it.

Target age group: Kindergarten

Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail tour and workshop Learn About the Nature Park / kindergarten

We offer our youngest visitors the opportunity to take an unforgettable walk along one educational trail through the wonderful environment of the Nature Park, with several educational trails on offer:

1) Geological educational trail Vela draga
2) Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap
3) Vela Učka
4) Educational trail Malikova staza

The program provides children with the opportunity to experience and get acquainted with the amazing world of nature, to learn to love and cherish that world, and to discover how they can protect and conserve it.

In consultation with the teaching staff, the content of the program can be amended by choosing one of the fun workshops on offer, designed to acquaint children with nature through play and research activities in an interesting manner and adjusted to their age, while supporting their creative expression. Workshop topics on offer include the following:
living world of a creek; spring plants; fruits of autumn; domestic and wild animals; tree bark and leaves, mimicry; make your own fossil; memory play; art workshops; ...

Target age group: Kindergarten

Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours, plus 30 minutes for the workshop

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail tour / elementary school

The idea behind the program is to enable children to spend part of the teaching process in a natural setting and to get acquainted with animate and inanimate nature, discovering its diversity, mutual connections and dynamism, as they develop respect towards natural and cultural heritage and a responsible attitude towards the environment.

The program includes a tour of one educational or hiking trail with expert guidance by teachers. There are several trails on offer:
1) Educational trail Malikova staza
2) Geological educational trail Vela draga
3) Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap
4) Vela Učka
5) Vela Učka – Mala Učka
6) Brgudac – excursion site Korita
7) Poklon – Vojak – educational trail Plas
8) Mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun

Target age group: Elementary school (grades 1 to 8)

Duration: 1.5 to 4.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail tour and workshop Learn About the Nature Park / elementary school

The idea behind the program is to enable children to spend part of the teaching process in a natural setting and to get acquainted with animate and inanimate nature, discovering its diversity, mutual connections and dynamism, as they develop respect towards natural and cultural heritage and a responsible attitude towards the environment.

The program includes a tour of one educational or hiking trail with expert guidance by teachers. There are several trails on offer:
1) Educational trail Malikova staza
2) Geological educational trail Vela draga
3) Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap
4) Vela Učka
5) Vela Učka – Mala Učka
6) Brgudac – excursion site Korita
7) Poklon – Vojak – educational trail Plas
8) Mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun

In consultation with teaching staff, the content of the program can be amended by choosing one of the many workshops on offer. The workshops include active participation of children as they discover the diversity of natural and cultural heritage. The topics on offer include the following:
living world of a creek; spring plants; fruits of autumn; domestic and wild animals; medicinal plants; tree bark and leaves; traces; mimicry; bird feathers; birds of the Učka Nature Park; social insects; vegetation of Vela draga; memory plays; art workshops; timeline; mapping; make your own fossil; ...

Target age group: Elementary school (grades 1 to 8)

Duration: 1.5 to 4.5 hours, plus 30 minutes for the workshop

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Educational program with working materials Learn About Učka Through Play / elementary school

The idea behind this program is to enable children to get in direct contact with nature and to engage in active exploration and learning, in order to obtain valuable knowledge and skills and to develop positive attitudes towards environmental and nature conservation and a healthy lifestyle.

The program begins in a specially prepared "classroom" in nature, where children use working materials suitable for their age to answer questions and learn about the code of conduct in protected areas. They also play with wooden puzzles with pictures of the flora and fauna of the Park.

After that part of the program, what follows is a tour of the educational trail Malikova staza with teachers as guides, coupled with teamwork through joint assignments.

Target age group: Elementary school (grades 1 to 4)

Duration: 4 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail tour / high school and university

High school and university students are recommended to take a tour of one of the attractive educational or hiking trails on offer, coupled with interpretation of natural and cultural characteristics of the Park:

1) Geological educational trail Vela draga
2) Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap
3) Vela Učka – Mala Učka
4) Brgudac – excursion site Korita
5) Poklon – Vojak – educational trail Plas
6) Mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun

As they get acquainted with the cultural and historical heritage of the area and with plant and animal species living in the Park, high school and university students develop responsible attitude towards the protection of cultural heritage, as well as awareness on the importance of environmental protection.

Target age group: High school and university students

Duration: 1.5 to 4.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail tour and workshop / high school and university

High school and university students are recommended to take a tour of one of the attractive educational or hiking trails on offer, coupled with interpretation of natural and cultural characteristics of the Park:

1) Geological educational trail Vela draga
2) Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap
3) Vela Učka – Mala Učka
4) Brgudac – excursion site Korita
5) Poklon – Vojak – educational trail Plas
6) Mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun

As they get acquainted with the cultural and historical heritage of the area and with plant and animal species living in the Park, high school and university students develop responsible attitude towards the protection of cultural heritage, as well as awareness on the importance of environmental protection.

In consultation with the trainers, the content of the program can be further enriched by including any of the interesting workshops on offer. It is also possible to adjust to the curriculum intended for high school and university students. The topics on offer include the following:
living world of a creek; medicinal plants; traces; birds of the Učka Nature Park; social insects; vegetation of Vela draga; mapping; ...

Target age group: High school and university students

Duration: 1.5 to 4.5 hours, plus 30 minutes for the workshop

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Guided tours

Designed with the aim of acquainting the visitors with key attractions and special features of the Park, guided tours also include the possibility of spending a day with Park rangers. That allows the visitors to experience this protected area by exploring it with knowledgeable experts whose workplace is the mountain of Učka. All tours are intended for groups of visitors.

Poklon – Fountain Voda Josipa II. – Vela draga

The tour starts on the mountain pass of Poklon with a brief story of the mountain of Učka and the reasons why the Park area is protected. What follows is a brief presentation of the Park and its key characteristics.

The tour then continues to the settlement of Vela Učka, where the Voda Josipa II fountain is located. After the fountain, which represents a legacy of road architecture from the 18th century, the tour continues towards the canyon of Vela draga - a geomorphological monument of nature. Vela draga educational trail leads to the edge of the canyon, where a viewpoint and a resting area are available, together with an open-air exhibition that includes information panels explaining the origin of the mountain of Učka, the climbing history of Vela draga, fossils in the area, etc. 
The tour can also include exploration of the canyon itself along the educational trail.

Duration: 1 hour without descending to the canyon; 2.5 hours with descent to the canyon

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year (with the exception of winter in case of snow)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Lovranska Draga – walking trail Slap

The excursion includes a visit to the rural settlement of Lovranska Draga, located within the boundaries of the Nature Park, and a walk along the Slap walking path to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Učka Nature Park. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the settlement of Lovranska Draga, sweet chestnuts and the habitat of the creek and the surrounding area.

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year (with the exception of winter in case of snow)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Poklon – Vojak – educational trail Plas – Poklon

The tour takes the visitors through a beech forest from the mountain pass of Poklon to the viewpoint located on the peak of Vojak, the highest peak of the mountain of Učka (at 1400 meters above sea level). Telescopes on the viewpoint give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the attractive panoramic view. In clear weather, it is possible to see a very wide area with the naked eye, including the islands of the Kvarner Bay, the mountains of Gorski kotar, the entire Velebit massif, the peninsula of Istria, the Italian Alps, Venice and other sites as well. In addition to attracting numerous hikers and excursionists, the peak of Vojak has also turned into an attractive destination for paraglider and hang glider enthusiasts.

On the way to the peak, visitors have the chance to see a typical karst abyss, to drink spring water, and to learn more about the natural characteristics of the peak of Vojak, which represents one of the most important and sensitive sites of the Nature Park, together with the localities of Plas, Suhi vrh and Argun. The reason why these sites are so valuable lies in a large number of rare habitat types with a range of rare and threatened plant and animal species, including many protected and relic species.

Visitors who decide to take this tour return to the starting point by taking the Plas educational trail. It passes along the peak ridge of Učka through a dense beech forest, and information panels placed along the route teach visitors about the plant and animal world of the Nature Park.

Duration: 4 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year (with the exception of winter in case of snow)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Trekking tour

Brgudac – Korita

The tour starts in the village of Brgudac, and proceeds towards the water source of Korita, the pearl of Ćićarija. Hiking to the water source takes 45 minutes along a trail leading through a dense oak and hornbeam forest, with an occasional spruce and many protected plant and animal species.

The site of Korita is located on a meadow under the cliff of Brajkove stijene. Drinking water from this water source pours into ten troughs made of solid wood, with a pool rich in plant and animal species under them. A rest area at the water source offers majestic views of the Učka massif.

Mountain lodge Na Koritima located near the site offers accommodation and refreshing meals to hikers over the weekends.

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year (with the exception of winter in case of snow)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Trekking tour

Mošćenička Draga – Trebišća – Sučići – Mošćenička Draga

The tour begins in the settlement of Mošćenička Draga, where the mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun begins. The trail leads through the settlement of Potoki towards the abandoned hamlet of Trebišća under the hill of Perun. According to research, these slopes of Učka played a very important role in the life of the first Slavic settlers in the Adriatic area. This site was chosen as a shrine and a mythical area symbolizing the annual cycle of life and changes in nature essential for the survival of man.

With the help of information panels rich in visual and textual information, visitors can learn about the Slavs, about who the original settlers were, why they came to this area, and what were the beliefs that structured the life of their community.

Visitors return to Mošćenička Draga via the hamlet of Sučići.

Duration: 4 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year (with the exception of winter in case of snow)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Trekking tour

A Day With Park Rangers

Join the ranger service staff of the Učka Nature Park in their daily tasks. The route of this educational tour follows the regular assignments within the Park surveillance program, which include a number of various sections and routes in the Park, so the tour represents a surprise of sorts for visitors. During the educational tour, Park rangers are available for your questions regarding Park characteristics and management, in particular when it comes to the activities and powers of the ranger service.

Learn more about the natural and cultural characteristics of the Nature Park, and ways in which its specific resources are protected. A tour of the Park in off-road vehicles is an exclusive attraction not available in other educational programs. 

The park ranger educational tour takes half a day.

Duration: 6 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year (with the exception of winter in case of snow)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Note: The tour is taken in an off-road vehicle, and the number of participants is limited to not less than two and not more than four persons per vehicle.

Accommodation and catering

Hotels, boarding houses, tourist apartments and villas are all available. Opening hours vary considerably, so it is advisable to plan the visit in advance, and to inquire about the availability of accommodation and the level of service.

 

 

Restaurant and boarding house - Učka

Opening hours: 9:00 till 23:00

Vela Učka bb, 51414 Ičići

Web: www.pansion-ucka.com/index.php/hr/

E-mail: kargopatija@gmail.com

Phone: 00385 (0)51 516 899

Mountain lodge - Poklon

The mountain lodge is open only on weekends. It has 14 beds in two rooms. There is no shower.

The facility is managed by the mountaineering association PD Opatija

Web: www.pdopatija.hr

Contact person: Mirjana Brumnjak, President of the Association

Cell: 00385 (0)98 297 433

Mountain lodge - Korita

The mountain lodge is open only on weekends.

The facility is managed by the mountaineering association PD Glas Istre

Contact person: Boris Doblanović     

Cell: 00385 (0)98 701 535

Hotel - Draga di Lovrana

 Lovranska Draga 1, 51415 Lovran

Web: www.dragadilovrana.hr

E-mail: hotel@dragadilovrana.hr

Phone: 00385(0)51 294 166
Fax: 00385(0)51 291 826

Villa - Sirotnjak

Lovranska Draga 10, 51415 Lovran

Web: www.traveladriatic.net/hr/user/villasirotnjak/

E-mail: villasirotnjak@gmail.com

Phone: 00385 (0)51 291 348
Cell: 00385 (0)91 429 1348

Summer house - Ivančić

Brgudac

Phone: 00385 (0)51 715 535

Cell: 00385 (0)91 534 0500

Apartment - Vista

Brest pod Učkom 50, 52426 Lupoglav

Web: www.istra-apartman-vista.com

E-mail: seka.dule@yahoo.com

Phone: 00385 (0)52 653 253

Cell: 00385 (0)97 736 7420

Educational trails

The Park includes five very attractive educational trails, passing along the peak ridges of Učka, several mythical historical places, a cascade and Vela draga as a geomorphological monument of nature. The trail called Malikova staza, suitable for youngest visitors as well, provides a wealth of information about the cultural and historical heritage of the area, and about the animal world.

Educational trail Plas

The trail begins approx. 300 meters below Vojak. It passes along the slopes of the peak ridge of Učka, a uniquely important area due to its geological origin and rare endemic plant and animal species. The educational trail also passes through a dense coastal beech forest, and it includes rest areas and viewpoints offering views of the hills of Istria and Ćićarija.

 

Interpretation panels placed along the trail provide information on unique natural characteristics of the area and on the origin of the karst terrain and biodiversity.

Trail length: 2 km

Duration: 1 – 1,5 h

Elevation difference: 130 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path 100%

Number of interpretation panels: 18

Mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun

The trail provides insight into ancient myths reflected in the landscape. On the eastern slopes of Učka (above the beach in Mošćenička Draga), there is a deep canyon that carried major mythical significance in the past. For the ancient Slavic population that reached the bay of Kvarner, the slopes of Učka were holy places connected with the cycle of life. The mythical historical trail Trebišća – Perun acquaints us with the Slavs and their history, visible in many traces. The trail passes through pristine nature and preserved hamlets of the canyon of Potoška vala, taking us all the way to the peak of Perun (880 m.a.s.l.).

The Trebišća – Perun trail takes a full day of hiking. A tour of the trail requires good fitness level and suitable footwear and clothes, as well as sufficient quantity of drinking water and food. The only reliable source of drinking water along the way is in the hamlet of Trebišća.

Trail length: 15 km

Duration: 7 hours

Elevation difference: 843 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Asphalt 20%, gravel 10%, forest path 70%

Number of interpretation panels: 13

Walking trail Slap

The walking trail Slap passes through the area of Lovranska Draga, one of the most beautiful and remarkable torrent valleys on the eastern slopes of Učka.

 

The walking trail leads to a waterfall that obtains water from several springs within the canyon, with the stream entering into the sea at Medveja. On the path towards the waterfall, visitors pass through sweet chestnut plantations, oak and hornbeam forest, and old terraces that were once cultivated. There is a resting place next to the cascade.

Trail length: 0.8 km

Duration: 30 minutes

Elevation difference: 84 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Asphalt 25%, forest path 75%

Number of interpretation panels: 4

Educational trail Vela draga

The impressive canyon of Vela draga is a geomorphological monument of nature, and the educational trail of the same name passes along its edge. The trail includes information boards in four languages - English, German, Italian and Croatian. Hikers that take this trail can also learn about the importance of alpinism in the area. Back in 1931, alpinist Emilio Comici climbed the first rock-climbing route at the site of Veliki toranj.

Vela draga is a well-known climbing site among Croatian and European rock climbers and sport climbers.

Trail length: 1.4 km (without descending to the canyon) or 2.5 km (with descent to the canyon)

Duration: 40 minutes (without descending to the canyon) or 1.5 hours (with descent to the canyon)

Elevation difference: 138 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path 100%

Number of interpretation panels: 14

Trail Malikova staza

Malikova staza educational trail is suitable for the youngest visitors of the Nature Park, and it is used for various School in Nature programs. The trail begins at the mountain pass of Poklon, passing through a beech forest with hazel and ending on a meadow next to the creek of Banina, on a locality known as Rečina.

The trail includes interactive sculptures/panels informing visitors about the cultural and historical heritage of the area and about the plant and animal species in the Park.

Trail length: 2.5 km (or 4 km if returning to Poklon)

Duration: 2 – 3 hours

Elevation difference: 195 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel 50%, forest path 50%

Number of interpretation panels: 7

Stražica – Sapaćica Land Art Trail

This loop trail represents a mix of land art interventions and natural beauty of the southern areas of the mountain of Ćićarija, around the cliffs of Stražica and the pastures of Sapaćica. The trail is not demanding, so it is also suitable for parents with children, senior citizens and all other visitors eager to enjoy a pleasant and easy walk through nature.

The guiding principle of the trail is to develop awareness on the importance of the link between man and nature. Regardless of the alienation and quick pace of the modern lifestyle, man is still a constituent part of nature. Therefore, as you walk the trail, make sure to breathe in the scents of the forest, hear its sounds, feel the moist soil on your fingers, and sense the mighty energy of nature around you. Do not forget to look for land art designs that will make you ponder and meditate. Take a pause in silence, feel the nature and link up with it as you watch artworks in the area.

Trail length: 6.5 km

Duration: 2 – 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel 50%, forest path 50%

Number of interpretation panels: 2

Attractions

Brest pod Učkom

Brest pod Učkom is a peculiar village at 708 meters above sea level located in the middle of a fertile field on the Ćićarija plateau.

The people of Brest were once famous for producing charcoal. The forest was their main source of income: it provided firewood for their homes, and for the production of karbun or charcoal – a skill that the locals truly mastered. They sold coal in Opatija, Rijeka, Lovran and other places along the coast. Charcoal production was in fact the key activity of the locals, in addition to agriculture and livestock breeding.

If you wish to taste or buy homemade sheep cheese, ask the locals about the Rumac brothers. They make sheep cheese and curd cheese from the milk of their flocks of the indigenous Istrian sheep breed called pramenka that graze freely on the pastures of Ćićarija.

Brgudac

The picturesque village of Brgudac is located in the heart of Ćićarija at 747 meters above sea level, and it is the highest permanent settlement in the area of Istrian County. This village dating back to the Middle Ages was once full of life, with over 400 inhabitants living in the village at one point, tending to almost 3000 cattle. Later on, the economy and turbulent history forced the inhabitants of Brgudac to emigrate throughout Croatia and the world. However, many descendants regularly return to the village to take care of their heritage and to preserve the beauty of Brgudac.

During World War II, Brgudac was the center of partisan resistance against the Nazis, and it is remembered for the suffering and heroism of its people. It was in this village that the first people’s liberation committee was founded as a self-government body at the village level, on 10 October 1942. In December 1943, the first Croatian school in Istria was opened in Brgudac following the fascist ban of 1923. Around ten memorials in Brgudac serve as reminders of that difficult period.

Korita

The water source of Korita is 45 minutes of hiking away from the village of Brgudac. It can be reached via a trail leading through a dense hornbeam and oak forest, with an occasional spruce and many protected plant and animal species.

The water source is located on a meadow under the cliff of Brajkova stijena, and drinking water flowing from it pours into ten troughs made of solid wood, with a pool rich in plant and animal species under them. This facility played an essential role in the life of the locals, providing water for them and their livestock.

A rest area at the water source offers majestic views of the Učka massif. Information boards placed there inform the visitors about the cultural and natural relevance of the site.

Mountain lodge Na Koritima located near the site offers accommodation and refreshing meals to hikers over the weekends.

Vojak Tower

Vojak is the highest peak of Učka Nature Park. It is also the highest peak of the Istrian peninsula, rising 1401 meters above the sea.

The Vojak Tower was built in 1911, inspired by the astounding views of Istria, the Kvarner Bay with the islands, the mountains of the Gorski kotar area, Velebit, the Alps and Italy that can be enjoyed from the peak. The tower was built by hikers and nature enthusiasts from the Oesterreicherischer Touristen Club during the Austro-Hungarian rule. In World War I, the tower served as a lookout post of the Austro-Hungarian military.

After the Učka massif and part of the mountain of Ćićarija became a Nature Park in 1999, the tower on the peak of Vojak became a symbol of the Park. Učka Nature Park Public Institution fully renovated the Vojak Tower in 2004, in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the area and the long tradition of climbing to the highest peak of Učka and to the observation tower that honors the majestic view offered by the site. Today, the tower includes an information office, a souvenir shop and a viewpoint equipped with telescopes that offer an even better opportunity to explore the surrounding landscape.

Note:

Information center and souvenir shop in the Vojak Tower are open during the tourist season, i.e. from May to October.

Lovranska Draga

Lovranska Draga is a picturesque settlement on the eastern slopes of the mountain of Učka. Until twenty or so years ago, the inhabitants of Lovranska Draga engaged intensively in agriculture, especially winegrowing and livestock breeding, sheep breeding in particular. The fertile soil of the area was favorable not only for vines, but also for various fruit and vegetable varieties, the most important being cherries and sweet chestnuts. Small scattered houses are connected by a network of old paths and trails, the most important being those that link this rural hinterland of the town of Lovran with the settlement of Medveja and the sea.

In the past, the women of Lovranska Draga would walk these paths every day carrying firewood, milk and vegetables to Lovran. At the entrance to Lovranska Draga stands the small baroque church of St. Michael, the patron saint of the village. The settlement is surrounded by terraced vineyards and meadows. Together with the peak ridge of the mountain of Učka in the background, Lovranska Draga represents a particularly valuable landscape. A stream that the locals refer to simply as Potok or Brook flows through the village, eventually reaching the sea in Medveja. The most interesting part of this stream is its waterfall – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Učka Nature Park. It can be reached by taking a marked educational trail called Slap (Waterfall).

Every September 29, the locals celebrate the feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of Lovranska Draga after whom the small baroque church in the settlement was named. That is when Lovranska Draga organizes a folk festivity offering visitors one of the traditional dishes of the region – turnip and bean soup.

Mala Učka

Mala Učka is the highest rural settlement in Istria, located at 995 meters above sea level. Once upon a time, there were 130 inhabitants living in Mala Učka, called Učkari. Their key activity was livestock breeding, and they were famous for the top-quality cheese that they produced.

During World War II, on April 30, 1944, Italian and German soldiers burned the entire village to the ground, and Učkari were forced to emigrate out of their village due to the severe economic situation. However, even despite that calamity, the character of the village remained remarkable, and the village became part of the Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage as a protected rural unit in 1976.

Today, the village of Mala Učka has no permanent residents. However, the shepherding family of Maliki spends summer months in Mala Učka with their livestock enjoying the surrounding areas rich in top-quality local pastures. Visitors can buy excellent organic sheep cheese and curd cheese at their house.

Trebišća

Only three kilometers away from the summer crowds congregating at a well-known beach in Mošćenička Draga, lies the extraordinarily beautiful hamlet of Trebišća hidden deep in the lush vegetation and freshness of the Mošćenica canyon, with a creek flowing through it. The reason why the hamlet is located precisely where it stands is the old mill that once marked the village, and that ended up destroyed in the meantime. The entire surrounding area of Mošćenica carried wheat and trukinja (corn) to the old mill that dates back to the Middle Ages according to written records.

The mill was set on fire towards the end of World War II, and it was never renovated, since water mills became obsolete due to technical progress. Having lost its importance without the mill, the hamlet of Trebišća gradually lost its permanent inhabitants as well. However, thanks to the care that people born in this hamlet continued to show to their native place, the hamlet remained preserved, frozen in time like a sleeping beauty.

Vela Učka

Vela Učka is a rural settlement located on the highest slopes of the mountain of Učka.
Located at 950 meters above sea level, it is the second-highest settlement in Croatia.

Voda Josipa II.

The fountain called Voda Josipa II (literally: “Water of Joseph II”) is located in the settlement of Vela Učka lying on the western slopes of the Nature Park. The site is remarkable in its design and dimensions, and the locals also called it Napoleonova voda (“Napoleon’s Water”) in the past. Due to its monumental and cultural characteristics, the site represents cultural heritage of special importance for the local area.

When it comes to its construction style, it is assumed that the fountain was built during the Habsburg Monarchy, at the time when the road over the mountain of Učka was built. Back in those days, most of the local population depended on livestock breeding and agriculture, so the facility served as a place to rest and to obtain water for people and livestock. A recently rediscovered inscription in Latin, made in the same architectural style as the site itself, mentions the name of Emperor Joseph II of Lorraine, the sovereign of the Monarchy in the period from 1780 to 1790.

Vela draga canyon

The Vela draga canyon is a natural phenomenon that the forces of nature – earthquakes, wind, sun and water – began shaping back in the ancient times of the Cretaceous period (some 140 million years ago). Since 1963, the site has been protected as a natural reserve, and it has also been enjoying the status of a geomorphological monument of nature since 1998.

The site is marked by limestone pillars up to 100 meters high, and the rocks rich in fossil remains testify to the turbulent geological history of this canyon. On top of that, Vela draga is a favorite destination of rock climbers, with over 60 climbing routes on offer.

Veli Planik

Veli Planik is the highest peak of Ćićarija. It is located at 1272 meters above sea level, its bare rocks protruding and rising above the dense forest surrounding the site.

Visitors who decide to climb to the peak will be awarded with a majestic and quite unique panoramic view.

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