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Učka Nature Park - A view from our expert author
The Kula on Vojak, Učka’s highest peak © Istra Photonet
The highest point on Učka, Vojak (also known as Vrh Učka), rises to just over 1,400m above sea level, and is crowned by a stout stone tower, as well as a paragliding ramp.
Učka Nature Park or Park prirode Učka stretches southwest from Opatija, parallel with and just inland from the coast, and covers an area of around 160km². It is one of 11 nature parks in Croatia – the only one in Istria – and includes the Učka massif as well as part of neighbouring Ćićarija. Fauna ranges from wild boar and roe deer to endemic subterranean cave beetles and endemic land snails, and around 250 species of butterflies and moths.
The highest point on Učka, Vojak (also known as Vrh Učka), rises to just over 1,400m above sea level, and is crowned by a stout stone tower, as well as a paragliding ramp just below this – not to mention a gigantic telecommunications aerial, but don’t let that put you off. The surrounding slopes are lushly forested, punctuated by the occasional meadow as well as some stark areas of limestone scenery, including the knobbly fingers of rock protruding from Vranjska draga, close to the inland entrance to the Učka tunnel.