Kvarner newsletter / no 3

Učka Nature Park
A combination of nature, heritage, sports and adventure

Although the whole area of Kvarner abounds in beautiful nature and preserved landscapes, one of its most impressive gems is without a doubt Učka Nature Park.
Located on one of the most northern points of the Mediterranean, up to 1,401 metres above sea level, Učka Nature Park visually dominates Istra and Kvarner.

Mount Učka covers a relatively small area of 160 square kilometres and abounds in lush vegetation, plant and animal species, beautiful landscapes, distinctive microclimates, traditional architecture and geological phenomena. Moreover, Učka continually invites visitors to discover its beautiful natural world, each time revealing more of its distinctive features.

The Učka Outdoor project has been designed to offer visitors opportunities to engage in various kinds of sports and recreation in unique natural surroundings. Hiking, trekking, free climbing, paragliding and hang-gliding, backpacking, mountain biking, speleological adventure, recreational horse riding, bird watching and adventure races – all these sports are organised here in a way that respects, promotes and educates visitors about nature and man-made features in Učka Nature Park.
Učka also offers educational programmes for school children, who can attend lessons in the Park and learn more about protected areas and adopt a responsible attitude towards nature.

Učka is one of the last European habitats of Eurasian griffon vultures and golden eagles and is probably the only place in the world where the endemic Učka (Tommasini) bellflower grows.
Numerous hiking trails lead from the picturesque Mediterranean coastal towns through the wooded slopes of Mount Učka to its highest peak, Vojak, on which a stone tower offers magnificent views of the Istrian peninsula, the islands of the northern Adriatic, the mountains of Gorski kotar and even Venice and the Italian Alps. Učka Nature Park includes a geomorphological natural monument, Vela Draga, which can be reached via an educational trail.

The rich archaeological heritage in the caves, the architectural and cultural heritage, as well as traditional local events that continue to attract visitors, add to Učka’s uniqueness.