Učka Nature Park

EDEN finalist 2008/2009

Učka Nature Park

The mountain with a magnificent view

Vojak is one of those places you absolutely must not miss. Here, at the highest peak of Učka and the Istrian peninsula you can enjoy the beauty of nature from the lookout - a tower built in 1911 with a view from all four sides. Učka is one of those mountains that ideally combine natural wealth and human activity which began as early as prehistoric times, as evidenced by material finds and archaeological sites.

 

Since the first climb by mountaineers from Rijeka in 1852, Učka has become interesting to everyone, not just scientists. It has become the favourite spot of alpinists, hikers and tourists on vacation in Opatija. Also beloved by lovers of mountain biking, and visited by free climbers in spring and summer for Vela draga canyon - a geomorphological monument of nature with 62 climbing routes. 

 

Učka is located at one of the most northern points of the Mediterranean, above the western cove of the Kvarner Gulf, and it was declared a nature park 20 years ago, along with a part of the mountainous plateau Ćićarija. Ćićarija also has its aces! The Veli Planik peak with its bare rocks above thick forests and the Korita water source under the Brajkove stijene cliff attract lovers of active vacations and nature. Ćićarija is connected to Učka via the Poklon (“gift” in Croatian) mountain pass which got its name from the tradition of Istrian pilgrims who left offerings here for the votive church of Our Lady of Trsat.