The Trail of stone steps or the story of old paths of grapes, figs and salt
The Trail of Stone steps is a revived old trail passing through the Klamaruša hill,overhanging the Baretići village near Grižane,which used to be one of the link between woodland areas and ihabited settlements.
The trail is surrounded by beautiful scenery and natural and cultural-historical monuments(sacral buildings,a hill fort) It is a circular trail which begins and ends in the centre of Grižane.About 10 km long,380 meters above the sea level,with over 1300 carved stone steps,has both tourist and recreational function, and each visitor who passed it will learn some interesting stories from recent history,when it was the main link between woodland areas and small settlements in the Vinodol valley
Along with other trails in this area,it used to serve in the Second word war for carrying grapes,figs and cherries,as well as salt,which were than traded for corn and potatoes in Gorski kotar.
The trail enters the village of Gobići,the birthplace of the famous Croatian miniaturist painter Julije Klović,also known as the Michelangelo of miniature painting. It rises to the cutting of the Klamaruša hill,where two attractive caves are located:The upper and the lower Karlova peć.
The trail comes out at the very top of the mountain,at about 600 meters above sea level.Here it follows the existing hiking trail of Litica in the direction of the Pridva Belvedere. From this point,it returns to Grižane,the first stop of this recreational-educational field trip.
Equipment: appropriate clothing for hiking, hobnailed shoes, sticks, refreshments, sufficient water
Trail: medium heavy, in some places narrow and rocky - take the sticks!
Walking distance: 10 km- about 5 hours
Above Novi Vinodolski, near Krpmote are 10 celestial labyrinths which are meant to be connected to atronomical and cosmic patterns.
Their presence has a very positive effect on the entire enviroment and creates a balance in the body of the planet Earth.
People use labyrinths as a means to return to their self,or to explore their place under the Sun and their humanity.
Frequent walks through various labyrinths encourage positive changes at all levels,help improve physical and health problems,relations
with other people,psychological problems and business and material relations.
We single out:
The highest parts of Vinodol, Medviđak (1,077 m), Kobiljak (1,119 m), Zagrad’s Peak (1,187 m) and Viševica (1,428 m), as well as lower hills of the coastland crest at a height of approximately 300 m, provide many possibilities for an active vacation, such as hiking or walking.
There are seven marked trails:
1.WAVES’ TRAIL – a coastal trail which expands from Novi Vinodolski to Jadranovo
2.ROCKY GROUND AND SAGE TRAIL – a trail expanding from Novi Vinodolski over the first mountainous ridge of St. George, Drenin, Raven’s Rock, Sopalj, all the way to Jadranovo
3.CLIFFS’ TRAIL – stretching from Vinište over the hill-fort of Ledenice along the cliffs of Vinodol, all the way to Zebar located over Drivenik
4.GREEN TRAIL – stretching from Luka Krmpotska over the mountain peaks of Rujnik, Sitovnik, Zagrad’s Peak, Kancul’s Head to Medviđak
5.HEAVENLY TRAIL – stretching from Luka Krmpotska over the highest peaks of this area to Medviđak
6.DEGENIA’S TRAIL – stretching from Sibinje through Vodna draga to Kozica
7.THE TRAIL OF ROMANS – stretching from Crikvenica to Čandrli behind Drivenik; it mainly follows the flow of Dubračina
The trails are arranged in such manner that the visitors are able to enjoy the beautiful views of the coast, islands and mountains of Gorski kotar (when the weather is nice, you can also see Kornati, Bjelolasica, Risnjak, Slovene Snježnik, the Julian Alps and the Italian
PATHS AND MOUNTAIN TRACKS
The Jadranovo tourist tracks – between the Perčin and Havišće bays, traced through the pine wood and the specific littoral vegetation, connect sheltered beaches and bays. One of the paths leads to the Lokvišće Bay, famous for its curative mud and the archeological site.
Walking time: 40 minutes
Path length : 2500 metres
Drenin is the highest peak of the littoral ri dge overlooking Crikvenica (380m) with traces of an Illyric fort. The marked path starts from the stone bridge and, near the top, makes its way through the macchia. A view on Vinodol, the Vinodol Channel, the island of Krk and Učka extends from the peak
Walking time: one hour and twenty minutes
Love path – marked path, built in the 1930s, leads through the wood covered part of the Crikvenica hinterland from Vinodolska street to the Badanj fort where a view on the Vinodolska valley extends.
Walking time: one hour
Path length 2000m
We single out:
- the path to Kotor and Dolac (culturalhistoric and archeological significance)
- Natural monument – old oak trees in Guljanov dolac