In an exceptional state of preservation, Mount Ćićarija distinguishes itself from the rest of Istria with a higher altitude and a cooler climate. Compared to Mount Učka, which is narrow, tall and small surface area-wise, Mount Ćićarija is a hilly, spacious plateau in the inland part of Istria. Its 30 km of length and 15 km of width is covered in pastures, meadows and forests. Should you look at Mount Ćićarija from Buzet, you will only see its rocks, which constitute the first step. Distinctive by the fact that, as opposed to other mountains, it raises like vertical steps which alternate with wide plateaus, from where unreal panoramas spread of Istria.
The whole of the Mount Ćićarija area is interwoven by mountain paths, passable all year round, which are ideal for familiarisation with this mountain. Take advantage of them and climb to the top of Mount Ćićarije. Your enjoyment in the panoramas is guaranteed!
The imprints of a hundred-year old man’s cohabitation with the mountain are deeply set in the highest mountain in Istria – Mount Učka. Stone walls, shepherds’ huts and field shelters are mute witnesses of human life on Mount Učka. The tallest mountain top, but also the tallest point of the Istrian peninsula, is the top Vojak (1,401 m), where there is a stone tower – viewing point. Should you happen to be at the top of Mount Učka when the weather is nice and when the bora (“bura”) wind is blowing – an imposing view will spread before you of Istria on one side and of the Kvarner islands, on the other.
Thanks to the rich diversity of its flora and fauna, as well as of different endemic species, Mount Učka has been declared a protected area since 1999. The uniqueness of this protected area is obvious at every step and the ways to familiarise with it are numerous – by mountaineering, hiking, cycling or by free climbing. Whichever way you choose, Mount Učka is the place where every visit is an experience.