Walking & Hiking
Mountaineering in Croatia
Croatian mountains do not exceed the height of 2000 meters but the variety of landscapes makes them extremely interesting. Due to such small height, most summits are rather easily accessible, which makes Croatian mountains overall suitable, virtually ideal for mountaineering. The beauty of Croatian mountains is even more accentuated by the fact that the summits are quite diverse as per their features. While most summits in the Pannonian part of Croatia are covered with woods, almost all higher mountaintops of the Dinaric area are bare and provide beautiful viewpoints.
Mountaineers have marked some 6000 kilometres of trails on all Croatian mountains. Due to their proximity to Zagreb, Medvednica and Samobor Hills are the most popular and interesting to mountaineers. As for the broader Zagreb region, mountaineering is popular on Žumberak Hills and on the mountains of Croatian Zagorje – on Kalnik, Ivanščica, Ravna Gora, Strahinjščica and on Kostelsko Hills. In the Slavonia region, Papuk is the most attractive summit.
The area of Gorski Kotar is a vast mountain area with many trails and it acts as a crossing point between the Alps and the Dinarides. A large part of Gorski Kotar is covered by Velika Kapela, a mountain range accommodating some of the most attractive mountaineering destinations: Bijele and Samarske Rocks, Bjelolasica and Klek. Risnjak, Tuhobić, Bitoraj and Viševica are on the western and northern parts of Gorski Kotar.
The coastline is a point where all the highest and most beautiful mountains are situated, offering the best viewpoints - Učka and Ćićarija in Istria, Obruč and Snježnik in the Croatian Littoral Region, Velebit, and the mountains of Dalmatia - Kozjak, Mosor, Omiška Dinara, Biokovo. Slightly further from the sea are Svilaja, Promina, Kamešnica and Dinara. As per its size, beauty and abundance of interesting sites, Velebit has a particular importance among Croatian mountains. Velebit is also the longest Croatian mountain (140 km).
Island mountains are not particularly high but due to their viewpoints offering incredible views of the sea and littoral mountains, these are considered interesting mountaineering destinations. Mountain trails lead to the summits of the islands of Brač, Cres, Lošinj, Hvar, Vis, Krk, Pag, Rab, Kornati and many other Adriatic islands.