Učka Nature Park and Vela draga

Located in one of the northernmost spots of the Mediterranean area, Mount Učka visually dominates the Istrian peninsula and the Bay of Kvarner. The Nature Park covers an area of 160 km2.

To experience one of the most stunning panoramas in this part of Europe, climb the highest peak of Učka - Vojak (1401 m). Its stone tower offers a breathtaking 360-degree-panorama of the Istrian peninsula, northern Adriatic islands, mountains in the Gorski kotar region, and all the way to Venice and the Alps.

Učka is the only place in the world where you can take a photograph of the Učka (Tommasini) bellflower, and one of the last European sites where you can watch griffon vultures or golden eagles. Apart enjoying good vibrations, here you can also taste sweet local dishes made of chestnuts, asparagus and other specialities of the healthy traditional cuisine.

Učka Nature Park includes two educational trails (the Plas that passes over the top ridge of Mount Učka, and the 2-km-kong Vela draga) and the Slap hiking path.

Vela draga below Učka
Vela or Vranjska draga, the vast valley at the foot of Učka's north-western slopes is well known to mountaineers and nature lovers, although it still remains distant and unknown to many. Its eastern edges precipitate below the viaduct at the very entrance to Učka Tunnel, from where it meanders through Draga canyon down towards Boljun field. Draga is dominated by high and sheer rocks, where two towers šoplja and čoplja stand out, thus creating a unique and characteristic karst phenomenon in Istria.

Entrance tickets: free entrance
Opening hours: non-stop

Učka Nature Park Public Institution
Address: Liganj 42
Postal Code: HR-51415 Lovran
Phone: + 385 (0)51 293753
Fax: + 385 (0)51 293751
E-mail: park.prirode.ucka@inet.hr
Website: www.pp-ucka.hr


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.