Trekking

We have distanced ourselves so much from nature that walking has become a targeted additional activity. We used to walk so we could get from point A to point B. Today we avoid walking during our working hours because it is “slow”, and because precious work time is wasted. Walking enables us to strengthen our muscles that have relaxed due to long office hours, car use or time spent on the sofa. Get back to yourself through walking on footpaths that lead across stunning areas. Choose the ideal footpath by the sea, across scented lavender fields, olive groves, orchards, grasslands, rocks, in the shade or take the full trekking equipment on demanding paths. Trekking is divided into various difficulty levels to suit different groups of people.

Locations

Cres – The island of Cres is the gem of the Adriatic sea; still a bit wild, not explored enough, and to a large extent unknown. Apart from the Island of Krk, it is the second biggest island of the Adriatic. Despite being an island, the typical trees of the northern parts are oak, chestnut and cherry. There are many olive groves, sage plants and approximately 1400 other species of plants. The Ecological centre Caput insulae is the shelter for the griffon vultures and it has saved them from extinction. Cres is the nesting place for the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus) and the nightingale.Cres offers more than one might expect. It will surprise you with the breathtaking beauty of nature. Cres offers possibilities for new physical, spiritual and cognitive forms of experience and awareness. This is an ideal place for a new dimension of holidays.

Beli – trekking

Trekking Medium difficulty level route which goes through Beli, Srednji, Niska, Cave Campari, Beli.

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Medium difficulty
  • Price per person: KN 60
  • Includes expert guide
  • Minimum number of people: 2

Tramuntana forrest

Preferred activities for most visitors of the island. By walking and trekking on this island we get a sense of physical and mental rest. Mediterranean vegetation with its rich scent and light breeze by the sea will relax you from all tensions. We recommend the following route: The magical forest Tramuntana – the starting point is Beli and you walk towards the forest.

In Tramuntana you follow the educational ecological footpath – the Red path – where you can encounter The exhibition of history and art comprised of 21 sculptures -work of the academic sculptor Ljubo de Karina, carved verses and philosophical thoughts of the poet Andre Vido Mihacic and the word “Tramuntana” written in Glagolitic script. Various deserted villages can be found in the forest which resemble ethnological museums in the open air and can be used as venues for various activities. There are also 7 labyrinths along the way.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Level: easy
  • Price: KN 120

Labyrinth in Tramuntana

Labyrinth in Tramuntana– parts of the path Tramuntana were made so that contact between man and nature can be made. The walk through the labyrinth is a meditation in movement that brings back the balance and tranquillity of the mind. Before entering the labyrinth it is advisable to dedicate the walk to a topic, a question or a situation about which you would like to get more information. The labyrinth, metaphors of the paths of life, special places where you can encounter yourself and the other creatures of nature. Deep in the nature, the labyrinths get a new context. In the woods there are seven of them, each of them carrying its name and symbolic.

Vesna Labyrinth is an enlarged replica of the labyrinth of the cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres in France. It is dedicated to the old Croatian goddess of spring Vesna, who balances the heart, the mind and kindness.

Tarin Labyrinth – Tara, in Tibetan means a star which releases.

Rusalka Labyrinth – dedicated to the water fairies Rusalkas who, according to the old Croatian mythology, in the nights of the new moon, dance on the glades of the forests.

Izida’s Labyrinth – dedicated to the ancient Egyptian mother, symbol of birth, fertility and earthly riches. It is often associated with the image of the Black Madonna, who can be found in the parish church of Beli.

Ishtara’s Labyrinth – is dedicated to the goddess of love and fertility in the times of the Babylonian and Assyrian peoples. Ishtar, according to Hopi Indians is the symbol of Mother Earth.

Lubenice

Beneath the town of Lubenice there is the well known beach with turquoise sea, ranked 8th of the 50 most beautiful beaches in the world. The magnificent view from the steep cliffs discovers the wonderful white gravel beach which you can reach by discending a steep footpath. This path is very popular, and of moderate intensity. The reward is priceless: swimming in the christalline waters of the Adriatic Sea. For the descent you will need approximately 40 minutes, and for the return 1 hr and 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Duration: 5 hours (2 hours walking + swimming and sunbathing)
  • Intensity: Moderate

you simply cannot remain indifferent once you have seen Istria. Its fascinating landscapes, medieval towns which surge in the foggy mornings as if by magic, views on the dormant valleys, intertwined with white footpaths, tales, fables, legends, a rich history and irresistalbe delicacies are all a guarantee of intense pleasure for all senses. Istria offers a wide range of activities which provide you with many possibilities and combinations for your holidays. The countryside with its history and the green areas gives an opportunity for many sports, adrenaline and other nature activities, while the coastline and its romantic cities, with its scent of the sea and rich gastronomy offer a real summer holiday experience.

Walk through the forest park Sijana

The park forest Sijana is situated only two kilometres from Pula’s city centre. The narrow winding paths are ideal for walking and trekking enthusiasts. The Sijana park forest covers an area of 152 square metres and it is characteristic for its examples of deciduous trees and conifers. There is a legend that is connected with the Sijana park. On Good Friday of 1271, members of the wealthy Castropola family of Pula were killed by the conspirators. The loyal servant only managed to save the son of the family and hide him in the Franciscan monastery where he was brought up. Later, to show his gratitude, the grown up son gave the park Sijana to the monastery. At the beginning of 20th century it was named Kaiserwald (The Imperial Forest), and used as leisure and recreation grounds of the Austro-Hungarian gentry and army.

  • Expert guide (minimum 25 pax)
  • Price per person: KN 30 kn (children up to 15 years of age KN 20)

Plitvice lakes National Park – The most prominent and visited of the eight national parks in Croatia. It represents a special hydro-geological phenomenon which is breathtaking. Plitvice is a forested mountain region where there are 16 smaller and bigger lakes of crystalline teal colour. The lakes collect water from numerous rivers and streams and are interconnected by cascades and waterfalls. Tuff barriers created 10 000 years ago is the distinctive feature of the Park. Locally known as Plitivce, the Park has become the unavoidable stop for the tourists who come to spend their holidays in Croatia, and it is very often one of the main reasons for coming to Croatia. Mother nature has played its role here in the most fabulous and beautiful way.

Plitvice Lakes National Park – trekking

Visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park

Ticket price

  • Adult 01.11-31.03. – 80 kn
  • Adult 01.04-31.10. – 110 kn
  • Children 7-18 yrs. 01.11-31.03. – 40 kn
  • Childer 7-18 yrs. 01.04-31.10. – 55 kn

Programme visit A

Starts at the northern entrance to the Park (entrance no.1). The circular sightseeing includes the Great cascade (Veliki slap)– the biggest cascade of the Plitvice lakes and the biggest one in Croatia, Supljara cave, and from the view on the eastern and western sight of the kanyon of the Lower lakes (Donja jezera) you can see the lakes Novakovica brod, Kaluderovac, Gavanovac and Milanovac. The farthest point of the programme is the motel/restaurant Kozjacka draga on the lakeshore of Kozjak, where is the gathering point for the return.

  • Duration 2-3 hours
  • walking

Programme – visit B

It starts in the northern entrance to the Park (entrance nr 1). The circular sightseeing includes the walk through the limestone of Donja jezera canyon, trip by electric boat on the biggest lake – the Kozjak lake, ride by the panoramic train and a walk from the top of the easern side of the canyon to the starting point at the entrance no 1. The programme includes the visit to the impressive Big cascade (Veliki slap) and Sastavke, beautiful teal coloured lakes Novakovica brod, Kaluderovac, Gavanovac and Milanovac as well as the vastness of the Kozjak lake.

  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Walk, electric boat, panoramic train

Programme – visit C

It starts at the northern entrance to the Park (entrance no 1). The circular sightseeing includes the area of the Lower and Upper Lakes (Donja i Gornja jezera). The programme combines walk, ride on an electric boat and ends with a return by the panoramic train. Enjoy in the beauty of the most beautiful cascades (Veliki slap, Veliki and Mali prstavac), as well as in the numerous smaller cascades and the lakes.

  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Walk, ride by electric boat and panoramic train

Programme – visit E

It starts at the southern entrance to the Park (entrance no 2). The circular sightseeing includes the area of the Upper lakes (Gornja jezera). The programme includes a walk and a short trip by the boat across the Kozjak lake and the return on the panoramic train. Experience the idyllic beauty of the vast and calm Upper lakes, forest shores and the most attractive cascades – Veliki and Mali prstavci, as well as numerous smaller cascades.

  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Walk, ride on electric broad and panoramic train.

Programme – visit F

It starts at the southern entrance to the Park (entrance no 2). After a short walk, the circular sightseeing continues with a ride across the Kozjak lake on an electric boat, and then follows a walk along the limestone Donja jezera canyon to Veliki slap (The Big Cascade). From Veliki slap to the train station there is a steep serpentine that leads to the eastern part of the canyon from where you have numerous unforgettable views on the crystalline teal coloured lakes and high nearby cliffs. The return to the starting point is by the panoramic train.

  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Walk, ride on electric boad and panoramic train

Programme – visit H

It starts at the southern entrance to the Park (entrance no 2). The short walk is followed by a ride on a panoramic train. The circular sightseeing continues with a walk along the Gornja jezera (Upper lakes), ride on an electric boat across the Kozjak lake, walk down the Donja jezera canyon, to the Big cascade (Veliki slap), walk along the eastern side of the canyon and a repeated ride on a panoramic train. This programme offers you to enjoy the beauty of the whole lake region of the Park.

  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Walk, ride on electric boat and panoramic train

Programme – visit K1

It starts at the northern entrance (entrance no 1) and enables the tour of the whole area of the Park. The programme includes the visit to the Great cascade (Veliki slap), walk on top of the western side of the canyon and the western side of the Kozjak lake, and then the path ascends to the plain Stubica where from Tomiceva pogledala you will have a most beautiful view on Ciginovac and the vastness of the Proscansko lake. Upon return you will enjoy walking along the Upper lakes (Gornja jezera) and the eastern lakeshore of Kozjak which you will reach in a short boat trip. The programme continues with a short walk on the top of the eastern side of Donja jezera canyon, till you reach the starting point at the entrance no 1.

  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Walk

Programme – visit K2

It starts at the southern entrance (entrance no 2) and includes the visit to the whole lakeside area of the Park on foot. The programme consists of a walk on the eastern side of the lakeshore of the Kozjak lake; it then ascends to the top of the eastern slope of the Donja jezera canyon all the way to the Big cascade (Veliki slap). Upon return you will enjoy the tour of the top western slope of the canyon along the western shore of the Kozjak lake, and then follow the footpath to the elevated plain of Stubica where from Tomiceva pogledala you can have a most wonderful view on Ciganovac and the vastness of the Proscansko lake. While descending from Stubica, the walk continues along the Upper lakes (Gornja jezera) and then follows the short boat trip across the Kozjak lake, and arrival to the starting point (entrance no 2).

  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Walk

Paklenica National Park A protected area in which, on a relatively small area, can be found an abundance of geomorphologic phenomena, diverse flora and fauna, as well as attractive landscapes and intact nature. The most important phenomena of Paklenica are its forests and geomorphologic features. Besides the almost treeless southern part of Velebit, Paklenica has very diverse forest species. The most impressive are the canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica that cut deep into the mountain range of Velebit. In the national park there are several caves and caverns, of which the most famous and largest caves are the cave Manita above the canyon of Velika Paklenica and Jama Vodarica. Here you can really feel the power of nature and its grandeur. Various planned sports activities which are carried out in this area are under strict supervision and with high security measures. They leave a deep impact on people due to the pure energy of the mountain range and the forest – the primordial wilderness which one has to experience.

Hiking – Mountaineering

Hiking – Mountaineering – is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. The Park area contains approximately 150-200 km of trails and roads – from tourism trails which lead from the Velika Paklenica Canyon to the Manita Pec cave, the Lugarnica forestry house and the mountain huts, to the real mountaineering trails that lead to the highest peaks of Velebit.

Trail 1 Velika Paklenica – Anica Kuk – Lugarnica – Paklenica Mountain Hut

Paklenica Mountain Hut Points of interest: Paklenica mills, Velika Paklenica canyon, karst formations, flora and fauna of the karst area, waterfalls, boulders and cliffs like Anica kuk, Lugarnica forestry house, mountain hut at the foot of Paklenica, mountain villages Parici and Ramići.

  • Difficulty: 1.5 / 5
  • Duration: 2 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 400 m

Trail 2 Velika Paklenica – Anica Kuk – Manita

Points of interest: panoramic views on the cliff Anica kuk, Juras head and Manita pec (The Tooth of Manita Pec), Manita Pec Cave.

  • Difficulty: 2/ 5
  • Duration: 1.5 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 450 m

Trail 3. Manita Pec – Zorin Kuk – Vidakov kuk – Tomici – Starigrad

Points of interest: karst rock formations, panoramic views, karst flora and fauna.

  • Difficulty: 4/ 5
  • Duration: 3 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 300 m

Trail 4. Circle walk: entrance to the Velika Paklenica NP – Anica Kuk – Grabova dolina – Njive lekine – Mala Paklenica – Seline (or the other way around)

Points of interest: Velika Paklenica Canyon, European black pine and common beech forests, Vodarica cave, Kapljarka cave, karst formations, Mala Paklenica canyon.

  • Difficulty: 4/ 5
  • Duration: 6 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference

Risnjak National Park – This park is the least visited one. The people who visit it are the true connoisseurs of beautiful natural locations. It is still widely unknown and thus provides a unique union with nature. It is located in the region of Gorski kotar and founded in 1953. The entrance to the Park is possible from different locations: from the main administrative building of the National Park in Bijela vodica (Crni Lug), from Gornje Jelenje across Vilje and from Platak. There are protected areas of abundant forests and the hydrogeological natural monument – the source of the river Kupa. Three beasts found their habitat here: the lynx (ris) –hence the name of the Risnjak National Park, the wolf and the brown bear.

Walking – hiking

Suggestion: Leska educational path

It starts at the very entrance a few minutes’ walk to the west of the main administrative building of the Park, an easy access from Crni Lug. It is ideal for all visitors who would like an easy walk across the forest. Its plan is carried out in such a way that it enables each individual visitor to cover the whole trail on his/her own. The sequence of 23 information boards along a 4.2 km long trail provide a real chance for getting to know the natural and cultural heritage of this national park.

Suggestion: visit to the source of the river Kupa

The source of the river Kupa is one of the unresolved mysteries of this karst area, as it is one of the deepest Croatian wellspring. At the altitude of 321 m above the sea level, the water formed a stunning turquoise lake. The upper flow of the Kupa river is rich in flora and fauna and is named the Wonderful valley of butterflies. This tour is made as a physically less demanding one.

The visit to the source of the Kupa river can be done from two different directions:

  • a) from the Razloge village where a windy footpath takes you in just 30 minutes to the source of the river. One will need twice as much time to return
  • b) From Hrvatsko village, across Kupara where the footpath leads next to the river up to the source. This route also takes aprox. 30 minutes. On the way back you can take the right side of the river shore.

Suggestion: The Big Risnjak (1528m)

To mountaineers whose aim is to reach the peaks and enjoy the wonderful views from 1528m at the Bay of Kvarner, Istra and Julian Alps in Slovenia, this will definitely remain a memorable trip. There are several mountain paths, and the closest access is from the entrance Vilje in Gornje Jelenje. There is a partly asphalted road that takes to the area Medvjeda vrata across the southern Mali Risnjak from which there is a stunning view on the whole mountain range of Risnjak as well as the mountain hut.

Suggestion: Snjeznik (1506m)

This is a more demanding mountaineering path. They say that the view from this peak at 1506m is one of the most beautiful ones in Croatia. You need approximately one hour to reach to Snjeznik from the direction of Platak. The easiest way is from the footpath that takes you from Greben to the top. Upon return, you can choose the route through Grlo which descends to the west of the peak of Snjeznik.

Northern Velebit National Park – This national park presents yet another jewel of untouched nature, beautiful countryside and varied geological sites. In 1999 it received the status of the protected area. Velebit is characterized by its primordial wilderness, the home of mother nature, a place where we show her respect as without her we don’t exist. The air we breathe is absorbed at once and fills us with a special strength and energy which unites us with our own selves. Northern Velebit National Park contains strictly protected nature reserve locations: Hajducki and Rozanski kukovi, Lukina jama – one of the deepest caves in the world (discovered in 1999), botanical reserve Visibaba with the endemic plant Croatian sibiraea, Borov vrh forest reserve, Zavizan- Balinovac – Velika kosa botanical reserve, and the well known Velebit botanical garden.

Trekking and mountaineering

Premuzic’s path – mountain path is the path that crosses the highest peaks of the northern and central Velebit. It is 57km long. To cover the its first 16 kms takes approximately 8 to 9 hours walk and covers the area of Northern Velebit National Park. The usual direction of the walk is to start from the north towards the central part, from Zavizan mountain hut (1594 m), across the Veliki Alan pass (1412 m) to Ostarijska vrata (927m). Premuzic path got the highest score in the book 50 most beautiful mountain trips in Croatia by Zeljko Poljak. The path is very well marked and provides a relaxing walk. As it doesn’t have steep ascents, it is suitable for people who are not accustomed to regular mountaineering. However, it is worth mentioning that one needs to take appropriate equipment when doing this route.

Mountain paths of Zagorje – Because of its specific relief and hilly area, Zagorje is an ideal place for mountaineering, walks and mountain biking. These tours take us along the old well trodden mountain paths and discover new areas of hidden natural beauty.

trekking in Zagorje

The Kalnik Mountain The highest peak is Vranilac (643 m). The mountain is approximately 40 km long, and it extends from east to the west. It is 10 km wide. It is widely forested by deciduous trees, whereas the characteristics of its central part are the barren cliffs – the target for a large number of mountaineers, climbers and holiday makers.

Educational path – 7 teeth (7 zubi), Kalnicka greda, Vratno, stream Hruskovec.