Ćićarija is a mountainous plateau in the northeast of Istria peninsula. With a maximum elevation of 1.272 meters a.s.l. (Veliki Planik) it stretches about 45 kilometers, partly in Slovenia. Basically, it’s an elevated region of karst terrain that terminates abruptly with steep cliffs protruding from the surrounding, much lower, landscape. Because of this karst, it’s often called the White Istria (due to the white limestone rocks). The entire region is well worth a hiking trip.
We start the hike from the road that runs beneath the mountain range. Things are watching us as we walk.
Fortunately for us, the creature is docile.
The art of nature often lies in small things.
It’s a shame there was no sunlight to make the dewdrops glitter.
They were beautiful still.
This is Vojak (1.396 m), the highest peak of Učka mountain in the distance.
A pair of dragonflies in the act of mating. If these were humans, the site would be long gone because of obscenity, even though human mating procedures are much, much more interesting.
This is a small lake where water from Korita source pools.
And these are the Korita, a sequence of watering troughs that collect water from the nearby source and channel it down to the pool.
Korita and Brajkov vrh (Brajko’s Peak) in the background. We’ll climb that rock later.
Time to move on. We accidentally took a wrong turn here and headed for Orljak instead of Županj Peak.
But taking a wrong turn led us into this beautiful patch of the forest.
Beech trees cast long shadows over the leaf-covered ground.
Apparently, it’s autumn.
It wasn’t long before we realized we’re on the wrong path and went back. Yep, Županj Peak is the other way.
Brajko’s Peak draws attention. We’ll get there on the way back.
Autumn in beech canopies.
Ooh, a long-legged visitor!
Shadows crawl over the forested highlands.
This is Ćićarija.
One more look at Brajko’s Peak. So much more attractive than Županj Peak we’re standing on.
We left the boring Županj Peak after a short rest and quickly climbed Brajko’s Peak. Looking back towards Županj (the one on the left) surrounded by beautiful autumn landscape under clear blue skies.
View of Korita from above.
How far down? Uncomfortably.
The small lake that water from Korita pools in.
Autumn in the forest.
I wanted to get on this rock, but the others, fearing for my safety, wouldn’t let me. I think I could have pulled it.
One more view of Županj Peak, much nicer from up here.
We came down the same trail and travelled to the town of Roč for a well-deserved break.
And we ended the trip in Hum, dubbed the “smallest town in the world”. Population: 30.
A sunset for a day to end.