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House Štefan

I. i M. Baštijana 9
51211 Matulji
Phone: 00385 51 254356
Sea: 1000 m

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Put Luskino 35
51211 Matulji
Phone: 00385 91 9388955
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Bike Trails:
In co-operation with the Kvarner Mountain Biking Club, Matulji Tourism Office has prepared and issued a booklet for two bike routes that lead through several villages and past many attractive locations within the municipality. We can also provide guides who are not only very familiar with the routes but who will also be able to tell you plenty of interesting stories from the local history.

Bike trails Lisina
We set off from the centre of Matulji along the old road towards Učka where, after passing through Frančići, we turn right towards Lisina. We pass by Rukavac and at the 4,5 km we are on a macadam road.On the our way up the hill to Lisina we pass by old Italian military barracks. At the 9,7 km we are on the top of the hill and 1 km further away we arrive at the crossroads where we turn left towards the climbers’ refuge, an ideal place for rest.
Leaving the climbers’ refuge we ride straight down the hill to Škrapna. At the 12,1 km we turn left following the signs and at the 13 km we arrive in Škrapna. It is worth stopping here at the old water cistern and admire a wonderful view to Opatija hinterland.
As soon as we leave Škrapna we turn right and the old road will take us to Kriva. Turning left we pass through Zdemer and at the 16 km we turn right towards Kućeli. As soon as we enter the village we turn right and we go down the steep hill along the asfalted road towards Rukavac. From the centre of Rukavac we carry on towards Mihotići where we get back to the old road to Učka, which takes us back to the centre of Matulji.

Bike trails Lužina
We set out from the centre of Matulji along the road Rijeka – Trieste in the direction of Jušići. After a 5,4 km long ride we turn left to a macadam road in Mučići and again to the right after only 100 meters we pull out into an old unsurfaced road going up the hill until the 7,2 km, where we reach Stanić pass.After the pass we come to the crossroads where we turn left towards the hunter lodging Zvirić. We pass by the lodging but we do not turn at the 8,8 km.
After a slow descent we arrive to the crossroads for Pavletići where we turn right and ride up the hill to Kastav. We pass by Crekvina (the church) through the town and just after the town gate we turn right to Belićev breg where we turn once again to the unsurfaced road. Following the signs we reach Brajani village carrying on to the right and again into the forest. At the 14,9 km we turn left to Principi place. In the centre of the village we turn left to a forest path that will take us to Jurdani where we pull out to the road Rijeka – Trieste. Turning left and return in the centre of Matulji again.
Hiking Trails:
St. Mihovil trail
The track begins in the centre of Matulji just in front of the Tourist Agency where we get going along the promenade by the Elementary School towards Opatija. We turn left to the forest path leading down the steep hill through the small forest towards Preluk, crossing the road twice. We reach Preluk after a twenty – minute walk. Preluk is a spot well known for the world champion ship motorcycle races that used to take place there. It is a deep bay that in the past was tuna fishing locality and in more distant past it used to be a landing place for ships carrying amber. Our promenade is part of the well – known Amber Road on which amber was transported all the way to the Baltic.
Walking up the very steep track we pass along the edge of the quarry where, by the end of the 19th century, stone for the building of the Port of Rijeka was obtained. We reach Cirkul, (ex Panorama Hotel) where we cross the road Rijeka – Matulji and we turn right down a steep road, just by the signpost for Matulji.
After about 500 meters we reach a macadam road that after a while takes us to the railway tracks and then across the highway flyover to Rubeši.Walking along some more gradient path we arrive in front of the Monument to the Second World War Victims. This spot is also a wonderful belvedere to the Riviera of Opatija.
In the past local people used this path to carry on their backs sand for the construction of Crekvina, the Kastav church.
Proceeding further we pull out to the main road turning left after 200 meters and after a short walk up the hill we arrive at an elevation where St. Mihovil’s Church is situated. On this spot in the years 1871 and 1911 the 1st and 2nd Istrian Assemblies were held. These were public meetings where Istrian Croatians demanded larger political rights as well as stronger links with other South Slavs.
We continue walking down the hill through Antončići and Frlanija until we arrive at the water tank Živica, popularly called Buč. Once there used to be a freshwater source and a small lake. We reach the road Kastav – Matulji that leads us down to the centre of Matulji.

St. Luka trail
We set out from the center of Matulji towards the railway station and afterwards we walk up the hill through Osojnaki and Trtni to the road Rijeka – Trieste. We cross the road and through Mihelići we reach the railway track, carrying on along the steps and through Mohorići and Biškupi. Following the old road through the area called Brezovac we arrive in Krujci, a hamlet interesting for the well preserved elements of traditional architecture. Admiring the wonderful view of the Quarner Bay, we descend to the centre of Rukavac and then again we walk up the hill to St. Luka’s Church.
A steep path will take us down the hill to Luskino, we cross the railway and arrive in Mihotići on the road for Učka that takes us back to the centre of Matulji.
Lisina Forest Park:
Lisina is a protected karst landscape next to the spacious protected area of Učka Nature Park. It belongs to the mountainous areas of Ćićarija mountain range and is almost entirely wooded with beautiful thickets of littoral beech forest. Only in some small areas is it spotted with picturesque meadows and grassy forest glades. This area has a long tradition of being visited by day-trippers. The forest resources of the mountain have always attracted the local inhabitants as well, who were traditionally busy collecting firewood, burning charcoal and hunting edible dormice.
Category of protection: protected landscape
Year of proclamation: 1997
Document proclaiming protection: Službene novine Official Gazette, issues 8/97 and 12/97
Area: 1,394 ha
Location: area of the Municipality of Matulji (Ćićarija)
Altitude: 600 – 1,241 m

Flora: autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis), martagon lily (Lilium martagon), stemless lousewort (Pedicularis acaulis), blue lungwort (Pulmonaria australis), dark blue spring gentian (Gentiana tergestina), cowslip (Primula columnae); plenty of fungi, especially boletes (Boletaceae)

Fauna: edible dormouse (Myoxus glis), roe-deer, foxes, badgers, hares, martens, plenty of forest birds, occasionally deer and boars

Vegetation: littoral beech forest with autumn moor grass (Seslerio-Fagetum), to a lesser extent European hop-hornbeam forest (Seslerio-Ostryetum) and planted coniferous cultures – black pine (Pinus nigra), silver fir (Abies alba) and spruce (Picea abies)

The protected landscape of Lisina is a spacious karst wooded area in Ćićarija mountain range, which is a continuation of Učka Nature Park. The area of Lisina with its mountain hut and meadows surrounded by luxuriant littoral beech forests is a favourite destination of hikers and mountaineers and the starting point for numerous attractive walks to the nearby peaks and natural sites. One of the most interesting peaks in this wooded mountain landscape is the peak of Crni vrh (1,037 m). Over its picturesque ridge leads a mountaineering path starting south-west of the Lisina mountain hut. The ridge is rather rocky with a few smaller compact forest rocks where – even at this altitude – some representatives of thermophile Mediterranean-montane forests grow: European hop-hornbeam (Ostrya carpinifolia), manna ash (Fraxinus ornus) and others, mixed with representatives of the beech forests. Among rare plants, the protected martagon lily (Lilium martagon) can be found here. The nearby peak of Kadički vrh (1,104 m) is surrounded by karst terrain covered with beech forest and characterised by many forest sinkholes, smaller forest rocks and deep pits in which the snow remains until late spring. These areas are rarely visited by hikers or day-trippers, although there are several logging roads in this very interesting landscape. More visited is the area of Vodička griža (1,143 m) with the famous source of Vodice at its foot. This is the favourite point for hikers during the summer heat when the extremely cold spring water offers delicious refreshment. The peak of Vodička griža can be reached in only 10 minutes on foot from the source. The peaks of Lisina (1,183 m) and Gomila (1,241 m) are probably the most visited mountaineering destinations within the protected landscape, but the views from these points are limited because of a thick beech forest. To the north, there is the peak of Lepi (1,014 m) afforested with coniferous forests. The furthest south-eastern part of the protected landscape is the peak of Beljač (787 m), partially covered with planted black pine forest. Whilst other areas of the protected landscape of Lisina are mostly covered with beech forests, the area of Beljač is in the belt of thermophile European hop-hornbeam. Therefore, the flora here is somewhat different to the flora elsewhere in this area. Grassy surfaces play a significant role in preserving biodiversity in protected landscapes, but there are only few such areas here. Meadows in the vicinity of the Lisina mountain hut are mostly neglected and overgrown with thicket. Some of the rare plants covering these grasslands can be noticed already in the spring. Amongst others, these are for example the Tertiary relict stemless lousewort (Pedicularis acaulis) and blue lungwort (Pulmonaria australis), which also grow on the grasslands of Učka. In the forests of Lisina are some well-known habitats of the edible dormouse (Myoxus glis), which local inhabitants traditionally hunt in autumn.

Tour
The protected landscape of Lisina is the immediate continuation of the northern border of Učka Nature Park. Visitors who arrive from Poklon on Učka and climb the peak of Planik, the highest point of Ćićarija, often end their walk on Lisina and then take the bus from the village of Zvoneća. The entire tour takes 7-8 hours of moderate walking and is somewhat demanding in terms of orientation, but the paths are marked. Those who climb Crni vrh from Lisina can descend down the picturesque grassy glade of Mala Sapca towards Rukavac or Veprinac. Lisina mountain hut can be reached by gravel roads from the villages of Rukavac, Zvoneća or Veprinac. Since the hut is temporarily closed, visitors interested in Lisina should find accommodation on the Liburnian Riviera (for example in Opatija, approximately 15 km from the Lisina hut!), and make use of the bus routes to the villages at the foot of Lisina – Zvoneća, Rukavac and Veprinac. The diligent mountaineers of Matulji have recently traced out and marked the hiking-tourist trail through the most beautiful area of Lisina. This is called the “Lisina path” and passes over all the most important mountain peaks; it has ten control points and covers a length of approximately 30 kilometres of air distance.

While in this area, one should also visit some other interesting landscapes and cultural-historical sites like the locally significant terraces in the village of Zvoneća or the ancient small town of Veprinac, located on the belvedere hill above Opatija. The ancient town of Kastav, full of interesting attractions and legends, is also worth a visit. In the small nearby coastal town of Volosko, the scientist Andrija Mohorovičić was born, the discoverer of the Earth’s discontinuity, which was named the Moho in his honour. To the north of Kastav is the spacious karst forest of Lužina, especially attractive to trekkers, recreationists, and all nature lovers. In the spatial plan for the County of Primorje-Gorski kotar, the forest has been proposed for protection in the category of protected landscape. The cave of Sparožna, located within this area, has a long tradition of being visited – going back to the times of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. It has not been electrified, but a path has been laid down within the cave. The key to it is held by the members of the Estavela Spelaeological Society from Kastav.

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