Hidden trails of mountain Učka
Departure at 9:00 am from the holiday villa by taking the old road that goes from the town Ičići to Vojak, mountain Učka’s highest peak. On the way there the van passes through the small town Poljane, which is home to the Istrian donkey “tovar”, where there’s the first 10 minute break for the guests to feed the donkey. After that the tour is headed to the town Veprinac, where there’s an one hour break. The break is used for a tour of the old town, the Veprinac Church of St. Mark and the Veprinac Ethno collection. After all the sightseeing, the tour continues in the direction of the mountain Učka. After the half-hour ride the group arrives at Vojak, that is 1401 meters high, which makes it Učka’s highest ridge. Vojak offers the most beautiful view of the Slovenian Alps, Triglav and the Italian Dolomites as well as of Kvarner bay, its island and Istria. When the sky is very clear, especially after rain, it is even possible to see Venice with binoculars. After half an hour of enjoying the most beautiful panoramic view in the region the tour continues in the direction of Mala Učka. On the way towards the little town the tour visits the local herbalist, where they can buy mixtures of herbal teas collected on Učka. Upon arrival at Mala Učka the guests visit the local dairy production that is based on sheep’s milk, where there’s a possibility to buy some of the products. From Mala Učka the tour continues to Vela Draga, a canyon with high stone pillars, which serve as alpine climbs nowadays, making it look like the Wild West; during the 60s the movie Winnetou was filmed there. On the way back from Vela Draga, there is a stop by a spring of drinkable water which was built under Franz Joseph during the governance of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. After tasting the water from the spring, that is said to help with “men’s powers” the tour slowly returns to Ičići. There is a possibility to stop for lunch at the famous restaurant Dopo Lavoro or to try homemade food in the authentic Istrian household of the Rumac family. The arrival back to the starting point is planned around 16:00.
Duration of the trip: 7 hours (9:30 to 16:30)
The price includes: transport, guide, travel insurance, the ticket to the Ethno collection,
The price does not include: A la carte lunch in the restaurant Dopo Lavoro – Učka, visit and tasting of the homemade products in the Istrian household of the Rumac family