Via Dinarica HR-B-02 Ćićarija
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Brest i ŽbevnicaPhoto: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
The Blue Line enters Croatia on the mountain of Ćićarija, from the direction of Slavnik in Slovenia. On the westernmost Croatian site exceeding the 1000-meter mark called Žbevnica, there is a connecting hiking trail leading from Slovenia into Croatia. This path is known as Sakomanov put, named after the mountaineer Josip Sakoman who designed hiking trails in Istria. However, due to the Schengen border procedure, this trail cannot be used at present. Instead, hikers crossing the state border need to use the border crossing point Slum - Rakitovec.
One option for visitors who wish to get better acquainted with Istria is to take the route of the European Long-Distance Path (E-12) from Plovanija to Motovun, and then to continue along the Istrian Hiking Trail (IPP) to Buzet and to Brest pod Žbevnicom.
From the border crossing point Slum – Rakitovec, it takes 3 kilometers by road to get to the village of Brest. From the village, we follow the hiking trail markings to the hill of Žbevnica. From Žbevnica onwards, along Ćićarija and Učka, the Blue Line follows the IPP route (to Poklon and to the peak of Vojak). The route is marked by hiking trail markings, and it is easily passable throughout the year. The main starting points for excursions to Ćićarija can be found along the asphalt road leading from Lupoglav to Lanišće, Račja Vas, Rašpor and Trstenik, and then descending across Brest to Buzet. In Račja Vas, we come across the old Veprinac road branching off. It can serve as the closest approach to Orljak, Šija and Planik. Taking into account the elevation, approach from Poklon is also suitable. Almost all peaks in the area offer wide views of the surroundings.
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