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Učka Park of Nature

About Učka Park of Nature.

The distinctive features for which this area was proclaimed a nature park have been known about for long time. Due to its relief and proximity to the sea, the area is characterised by a particular climate and lush forest vegetation. Also important are its rich meadows and other anthropogenic habitats that are home to numerous endemic, threatened and protected plant and animal species.
The beauty of the mountains of Učka and Ćićarija has always attracted plenty of attention from day-trippers and visitors for whom these green oases of peace represent a refuge to escape the bustle and crowds of the city. Being well located near so many major urban centres, Mount Učka has always been a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers.
After Mount Učka and part of the Ćićarija mountain range were declared the Učka Nature Park, preconditions were established for better and more organised development of tourism in the area. However, there is one very specific thing to bear in mind when speaking about tourism in protected areas: visiting these areas must not in any way degrade the natural or human-made features for which the protection was declared in the first place.
Setting up tables at the entrances to the park, brown signs on the roads, signposts at the crossings of the main hiking routes, and boards explaining the rules of behaviour, were the first steps to creating the necessary tourist infrastructure and organising a system for visitors. This was an indispensable priority for a systematic and well-organised development of the park. Many efforts have been made to provide a better infrastructure, essential for creating a more compelling tourism offer aimed at presenting the beautiful nature of the area at its best and making each visit to Učka and Ćićarija an unforgettable experience.

ENCOMPASSES: Mount Učka and part of the Ćićarija mountain range
AREA: 160 km2
HIGHEST PEAKS: Vojak 1,401m, Veli Planik 1,272m
ACT AND YEAR OF PROCLAMATION: Law on the Proclamation of Učka Nature Park in April 1999
ACT AND YEAR OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PUBLIC INSTITUTION: Decree about the establishment of the Učka Nature Park Public Institution in September 1999
COUNTIES: Istria, Primorje-Gorski kotar
TOWNS: Opatija
MUNICIPALITIES: Kršan, Lanišće, Lovran, Lupoglav, Matulji, Mošćenička Draga

Park info:

Liganj 42
51415 Lovran
Phone +385 51/293-753
Telefax +385 51/293-751