Učka Mountain Croatia


ucka mt

Učka Mountain Vista

Happy in the WoodsThe Učka (pronounced yahka) Mountain hiking trails along the Opǎtija Riviera are beautiful! There are twelve trails of varying length and difficulty. Four of them begin near my hotel.

Linnaea Borealis

Linnaea Borealis

Učka’s highest peak, Vojak, is about 5,000 ft. above sea level. Views from Vojak include the Istrian Peninsula, Bay of Trieste, peaks of the Italian Alps and Venice, and the Adriatic Islands.

Yesterday I made it as far as Veprinac, a medieval town dominated by the Baroque Church of St. Mark. Depending on the route Veprinac is about 8 miles from Opǎtija through dense forest. The uphill was hard in the heat but the views were great and worth the effort.

Veprinac

Veprinac

woods

Hiking Trail

Except for the birds no one else was on the trail – probably at the beach. The Griffon Vulture is one of many species inhabiting Učka Mountain and the song birds are especially wonderful.

Griffon vulture

Griffon Vulture

I looked for the local bell flower which only grows on Učka Mountain but didn’t see any. The vegetation is fragrant and includes asparagus, laurel, rosemary, cherry and chestnut trees, and many exotic looking native plants. The honey here is high-quality and made from “chestnuts, linden, sage, and locust tree nectar”.

View from Učka Mountain

View from Učka Mountain

A storm is brewing in the Adriatic. Hope it cools temperatures down a bit!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s