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The Učka ([ˈut͡ʃka], Italian: Monte Maggiore) is a mountain range in northwestern Croatia. It rises behind the Opatija riviera, on the eastern side of the Istrian peninsula.

View from Kvarner Gulf
Highest point
Elevation1,396 m (4,580 ft)
Coordinates45°17′6″N 14°12′7″E / 45.28500°N 14.20194°E / 45.28500; 14.20194Coordinates: 45°17′6″N 14°12′7″E / 45.28500°N 14.20194°E / 45.28500; 14.20194
Učka is located in Croatia
Location in Croatia
Parent rangeDinaric Alps

It forms a single morphological unit together with the Ćićarija range which stretches from the Bay of Trieste to Rijeka. Učka is a limestone massif with numerous areas of karst, stretching for 20 km from the Poklon Pass (920 m) to Plomin Bay, and is between 4 and 9 km wide.[1]

It differs from all the other coastal mountains in Croatia because of its abundant vegetation on the seaward side. Best known are the forests of sweet chestnuts in the area around Lovran.

Učka's highest peaks are considered nature reserves and memorial areas. The highest peak, Vojak, is located at 1396 meters above sea level.[2] From it there are views over Istria, the Bay of Trieste, the Julian Alps and the Adriatic islands, right down to Dugi Otok.[1]

The subject of a degree of local folklore, Učka is visible from much of the peninsula and is snow-capped some months of the year. The town of Opatija (Italian: Abbazia) is said to have derived its popularity as a resort in Imperial Austria because it is located "in the shade" of Mt. Učka, which by legend shields it from the fierce Mediterranean heat in summertime.

The area of Učka is designated a nature park (park prirode), a kind of protected area in Croatia.

Učka was called "Ulcaria" in antiquity. It's been suggested that the name "Ulcaria" derives from the Indo-European root *wlkwos, meaning "wolf".[3][failed verification]

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  1. ^ a b Naklada Naprijed, The Croatian Adriatic Tourist Guide, pg. 89, Zagreb (1999), ISBN 953-178-097-8
  2. ^ Ostroški, Ljiljana, ed. (December 2015). Statistički ljetopis Republike Hrvatske 2015 [Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia 2015] (PDF). Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia (in Croatian and English). 47. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. p. 48. ISSN 1333-3305. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
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