THE SOUTHERNMOST TIP OF ISTRIA
The Public Institution of Kamenjak manages two forest parks (Kašteja and Soline Hill near Vinkuran) as well as two significant landscapes (Lower Kamenjak and the Medulin Archipelago, and Upper Kamenjak). The core activities of the institution are to protect, maintain, preserve, promote and use protected areas with the aim to ensure undisturbed course of natural processes and the sustainable use of natural resources, as well as the supervision of the implementation of the conditions and measures of nature protection in the areas it manages. In 1996, due to its exceptional natural values, the peninsula consisting of Upper and Lower Kamenjak was declared a protected area in the significant landscape category. The area is criss-crossed with numerous trails, ideal for hiking or cycling while providing views of timeless beauty. The natural splendour of its 30 coves and 11 islets will leave no one indifferent.
The Mediterranean climate and human activity have contributed to the development of various plant habitats, resulting in around 600 plant species. The fauna of Kamenjak still hasn’t been sufficiently and properly researched, but so far there have been reports of a large number of animal species: 192 bird species, more than 50 species of butterflies, numerous insect species, reptiles, mammals and many others. The entire Kamenjak area is ideal for running and trekking. The bike trails of Upper and Lower Kamenjak are among the most popular in Istria, and every year several thousand cyclists pass through this area, and almost everyone who comes, comes back again. One of the most attractive rides is the Full Moon Bike Ride that takes place at night under a full moon during the summer months. Kamenjak and the Medulin Archipelago are among the most popular destinations for surfing lovers in Europe. Owing to their indented coast, the surfing locations are very safe and easily accessible.
During the summer months, the admission to the area of significant landscape Lower Kamenjak and the Medulin Archipelago is charged. There are two entry/exit points and the admission is charged only for motor vehicles, while cyclists and pedestrians can enter free of charge. At the Rupine entry/exit point, which can be reached after passing through the village of Premantura, one can enter solely with a prepaid ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Paredine entry/exit point. During the summer months there is a ticket sales point at the beginning of the village of Premantura, near the sports grounds. Online ticket sales: shop.kamenjak.hr