Mount Vojak

Mount Vojak, the highest peak on the Istrian peninsula

Mount Vojak is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.396m (4,580ft) above the sea level, located in the Dinaric mountain range, on the Istrian peninsula, in northwestern Croatia.

Located within the Učka Nature Park, the road to the summit is paved with some narrow parts near the end. On the top a tower was placed, and functions as an observation tower, TV mast, lookout point, and an observation deck equipped with telescopes offering magnificent views of the surrounding landscapes. The breathtaking views from the tower looks upon the islands Krk, Losinj and Cres, Gorski kotar and Istria peninsula, the Bay of Trieste, the Julian Alps and the Adriatic islands, right down to Dugi Otok and even the Alps and Italy.

The road to the summit is paved. Starting from Vranja, the ascent is 13.7 km long. The average percentage is 8.0% but there are sections over the 23,8%. The stone tower (observation tower) on the top was built by mountain climbers and nature enthusiasts in 1911. During World War I, it served as an Austro-Hungarian military and naval lookout post. Inside the tower there is an information center and souvenir shop (neat stuff) managed by the Ucka Nature Park institution. On the roof of the tower there are telescopes installed in order to offer close up views of the surrounding panorama.  Mount Vojak is Istria's highest peak and along the way there are incredible 360 degrees views as far as the Dolomites and Switzerland.

The route is recommended during all seasons. During winter time check the snow conditions. It is of a Croatian origin and supposedly comes from 'Vučka', meaning 'Wolf's mountain'. The speed is limited to 30km/h. One can drive up the mountain as far as you can go (at your own risk - there is a sign that indicates once you go past this spot then all bets are off-).