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Slavnik and the Karst Edge

 
Slavnik and the Karst Edge

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Istra penninsula, Italy/Slovenia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.53356°N / 13.97577°E

Object Title: Slavnik and the Karst Edge

Activities: Hiking, Sport Climbing, Bouldering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 3372 ft / 1028 m

 

Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Feb 7, 2005 / Mar 15, 2013

Object ID: 153670

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Overview

 
Descending from Slavnik
 

Slavnik and the Karst Edge area

What's New On This Page?

> February 8th, 2013 - SP V3 design updated.
> February 7th, 2005 - Initial setup of the page.

Presenting the Area

The Istra penninsula is seperated from the European continent by a hilly barrier which features a very different nature of landscapes on both sides. The true Mediteranian landscape begins when you cross the Karst edge.

There are two reasons to mention these mountains: (1) they are a paradise for hiking, especially in 'out of season' times, (2) their short walls make one of the finest polygons for technical climbing. While it is unlikely that in the future each hiking summit would get its own page, it would be very desirable if each technical climbing resort would get its own page. Here, I'm giving just the overview of the Italian and Slovenian part of Karst edge and of Slavnik hills above it. The Croatian part is much unknown to me (but see also the Učka page and the Čičarija page).

Geography

The Karst edge begins at the north-west with the Cliffs of Devin. This is the only place, where the white limestone walls are rising directly out of the Adriatic sea. Further to the east the cliffs of the Karst edge are indented a few hundreds meters towards the inlands, allowing traffic to run by the coast.

Just above the big city of Trieste/Trst a special natural phenomenon is hiding - Val Rosandra / Glinscica is a beautiful valley with some low rock formations, useful for training technical climbing. There is, where Emilio Comici was training.

Close to Socerb castle the Karst edge continues on the Slovenian territory. Not far away from the border, above the small village of Osp, there are two famous walls, where technical climbs of the highest quality can be experienced - Osp wall and Mišja peč.

Further towards the southeast, beyond the big, elegant bridge of the main Slovenian highway, the Karst edge continues with the walls above Črni kal village. The hardest technical climbs can be done around the ruins of the ancient Venetian castle and more towards the southeast.

Going further south-eastwards the Karst edge falls down to Rižana valley in two bigger steps. Above the steep walls are rising over the Podpeč village and below there's a similar wall called Štrekljevica. Over both walls runs a secured, marked path. Štrekljevica would also be appropriate for hard technical climbing, but it is prohibited, because there are still a few rare birds nesting.

Still further down the Karst edge is less and less appropriate for technical climbing, but it remains a nice hiking area. As I shall describe only its Italian and Slovenian part on this page, let me stop here.

Above the Karst edge rocky steps there's another landscape. A completely flat grassy plateau is stretching towards the hills of Slavnik and its surroundings. Here you can find a few remote villages, but further towards the southeast the landscape rises again and amongst the hills there you can find some remote places where the only Slovenian savannah stretches. In spring, there some first class hiking goals could be enjoyed in the abundance of flora.

Below the rocky steps of Karst edge lie the fields and villages of the inner Istria. Limestone is being replaced with flysh, only a few limestone rocky outposts can be found in various locations. Some of them will be shortly described here.

Getting There

  • Trieste/Trst has an international airport. The city can also be reached by the highway from Venezia and Udine. Now the Italian and Slovenian coast are connected with ordinary routes, a highway is still only in plans. On the Slovenian coast Portorož has also an airport for sport planes.

  • From Ljubljana towards the Slovenian coast and Trieste/Trst there's also a nice, fast highway.

  • From the Croatian part of Istria there's still no highway connection, although the town of Buzet can be fastly reached by good roads and also the road to Slovenia is fairly good.

  • Small villages below Slavnik and the Karst edge can be reached by occasionally narrow macadam roads.

  • From the central Slovenia there's also a good railroad connection to the coast.

    Red Tape

    There are no limitations for hiking around, but some walls (like the mentioned Štrekljevica) are closed for climbing. Also the area below Slavnik is included in the Natura 2000 - the EU project for protecting certain areas of nature. This was also one of reasons that in spite of often strong winds (burja) the idea of setting up here windmills powerplant was abandoned. Luckilly!

    When To Climb

    Any time of the season.
     
    This table-eating-tree shows...  
     
    Limestone above Val Rosandra...  

    Huts and Camping

    On Slovenian coast there are many possibilities for camping.

    The only mountain hut in the area is standing on the very summit of Slavnik. It is called Tumova koča, it has 8+20 beds and is accessible by car.

    The Cliffs of Devin

    These white limestone cliffs are rising directly out of the Adriatic see. I have no information of technical climbs in these cliffs, highlights of this region are the following:

    High on a vertical rock the old castle is standing. The area is closed for visits, but the romantic ruine is very worth climbing over the gate (or fence).

    Close to the old castle the new one is standing - also high on the cliffs.

    Over the whole are of cliffs the Rilke marked path goes. It is very panoramic and frequented, to return back, you can also take a bike with you.
     
    The cliffs of Devin from the... On Rilke path
     
    The old castle of Devin. Old castle

    The Cliffs Above Trieste/Trst

    From Opicine/Opčine towards Monfalcone a nice panoramic path/road goes. It can be done by bike. Above and below it there are many appropriate cliffs where technical climbs are done.
     
    The cliffs above Trieste/Trst. Trieste cliffs

    Val Rosandra / Glinscica

     
    Val Rosandra / Glinscica waterfall
    Waterfall

    It's so unusual that just behind such a big city as it is Trieste/Trst you can find such an unspoiled pearl as it is Val Rosandra / Glinščica. If you start in Boljunec, in the mouth of the valley, you first walk along the remains of an ancient Romans' aquaduct. Deeper in the valley you reach the romantic church of Sta. Maria. It is worth climbing also on Cima Comici above it. It offers a nice panorama on the valley and the city of Trieste/Trst. Still deeper in the valley a nice 20m high waterfall and a gorge is hiding. In this area the cliffs are already high enough for climbing routes. A few hundred meters deeper in the valley there are a few houses of Botaccio/Botač village, one of them being also a restaurant. From the village a few paths ascend up on the panoramic edge of the valley. The shortest path crosses also the ex railroad, which is now arranged for biking.

    Search for the climbing web page here.
     
    The waterfall in Val Rosandra... Waterfall
     
    I shall stick to Don Nelson s... Autumn colours
     
    Val Rosandra / Glinscica -... Above the walls

    Osp and Misja Pec

     
    Overhang inspection
    Schputnik - "Stara" in Osp
     
    Osp climbing resort from...
    Osp

    The first thing to mention of this area is a strong Socerb castle from which you have a grest view on the bay of Trieste/Trst.

    Above Osp village there's a high wall, which is the most famous polygon fot technical rock climbing on Slovenian coast. Actually this (and Mišja peČ as well) is a huge ex cave, which collapsed many years ago.

    Search for the web page here.

    Mišja peČ is similar, lying a bit more towards east and above the valley. It is especially popular in recent times and also offers very hard climbs.

    Search for the web page here.

    And one more landmark for ordinary tourists: above on the karst plateau there's an entry into a nice Vilenica cave. It is finely decorated and known also by the annual international meeting of poets.
     
    The climbing area Osp. In Osp
     
    Misja pec climbing resort... Mišja peč
     
    Osp wall above the village. Osp walls

    Crni Kal

     
    Last sunlight ....
    alex_vega - Trst/Trieste from Socerb

    This village is interesting, because its church tower is leaning, like the famous tower in Pisa. Above the village the walls of the Karst edge offer nice technical climbs, such as:

    Search for the web page here.

    More towards the west there's another interesting point of visit - the Socerb castle, nowadays a reastaurant, which offers an excellent view on Trieste/Trst and the surroundings.
     
    On the Karst edge - the... Above the walls
     
    Socerb castle view Trieste/Trst from Socerb
     
    Socerb castle Socerb castle

    Strekljevica and Podpec

    A nice bike&hike proposal would be: Leve your bikes somewhere above Črni kal. Drive with car down to Hrastovlje village (see the church) and leave it there. Hike by the marked path to Zanigrad village and up to the wall of Strekljevica. It is crossed by a nice ledge, above which you can explore also ruines of an interesting refugium. After crossing the road and Podpeč village climb over the wall above it. You can also visit the Venetian tower. Then follow the upper edge of walls all the way to above Črni kal. Bike down by the main road to Hrastovlje.
     
    On top of the wall above... Above the walls
     
    Above the valley of Rizana.... Hrastovlje
     
    On a ledge, in the wall of... Štrekljevica

    Slavnik

     
    Istrian beauty
    Asphodel
     
    Slavnik slopes
    Slavnik slopes in evening light

    You can ascend Slavnik on many different ways: by bike, even by car, or by any of marked or unmarked paths, leading to its top. Whatever your choice, go there in a clear day and enjoy its broad panorama: from the Adriatic sea, to the high Dinaric elevations, like Učka and Snežnik, and to Julian Alps and Kamnik Alps. You can hike-up Slavnik any time of the season, but perhaps the best time is late spring, when its slopes are covered with blossoming flowers. Perhaps even more nice that Slavnik itself are lover hills and the savannah landscape, lying SE of Slavnik. Bike into the valley between Lipnik, Kavčič, Golič and Kojnik end of May and you will be allways returning to these places!
     
    The view from Slavnik towards Sneznik
    W views
     
    The view from Slavnik towards Trieste bay
    Towards the NW

    Raven Kras and The Ears of Istra

    The name means: 'The Flat Karst'. It lies one step below the Karst edge and offers some nice hiking or biking over a remote area. Once we were four, two pairs, biking over a cart-road towards Movraška stena (wall). Both men were trailing and suddenly decided to continue biking naked. Seeing us catching-up the two ladies were so surprised that in their shaking hands no camera worked any more.

    Raven Kras iz lying on a step above, north of Movraž valley. On the other side of the valley there's a smooth hill, hiding some more interesting things. If we start the tour on the bottom part of the valley and go around the hill, we first reach a nice stone window and then huge overhanging cliffs, called The Earth of Istria. They were created in distant past by a flowing water, something, which is hard to imagine today. Over these overhangs some technical climbs also go. The path proceeds below them, reaches the abandoned eagles nest and climbs over the cliffs. Nearby is worth visiting also an interesting cave. On the hill a cute church of St. Kvirik stands. Once we were spending a night there in a tent. Early in the morning we started walking along a collapsed wall, the only visible remains of an ancient town. We were surprised how long the walls were. It must have been a big town, which is today still undiscovered.
     
     The Ears of Istra  - huge... 'The ears of Istria'
     
    Cycling over Raven Kras. One... On Kuk
     
    Raven Kras. On these wide... Raven Kras

    Outposted Limestone Walls

     
    The limestone cliffs near...
    The wall near Dragonja

    More towards south there are some more stand-alone limestone cliffs. I'm mentioning them only to post a picture or two. Otherwise they are famous also by some endemic plants.

    Farewell

    Trst bay from Slavnik
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    Vid PogachnikUntitled Comment

    Vid Pogachnik

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    Thanks, Bor! I clicked Slovenia, but the program screw it. And I will not put Croatia. Their part of Karst Edge is not included. I must still explore it.





    Thanks for nice words about pictures. I have many more, but will not post them - they are mainly flowers, grassy landscape, 'ruj' (how's that in English?), old villages etc.
    Posted Feb 8, 2005 4:41 pm
    BorUntitled Comment

    Bor

    Voted 10/10

    You should put in the location also Slovenia and Croatia!
    Posted Feb 8, 2005 4:45 am
    Vid PogachnikUntitled Comment

    Vid Pogachnik

    Hasn't voted

    Thanks, Bor! I clicked Slovenia, but the program screw it. And I will not put Croatia. Their part of Karst Edge is not included. I must still explore it.





    Thanks for nice words about pictures. I have many more, but will not post them - they are mainly flowers, grassy landscape, 'ruj' (how's that in English?), old villages etc.
    Posted Feb 8, 2005 4:41 pm

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