Tramuntana Woods

Tramuntana Woods of tall oaks, hornbeams and chestnuts in the north of about 5.500 ha is valuable natural heritage. The oldest oak tree the so called medunac was declared protected natural monument in 1997.

There are many caves and caverns in Tramuntana some of which are important for bio speleology, palaeontology and prehistoric research.  In the cavern Čampara (Banićeva pećina) next to the village Petrićevi four 12000-year old skeletons of a brown cave bear were found. These skeletons are the only complete skeletons of this kind in this part of Europe.

The first educational eco track in Tramuntana on the island of Cres was opened in 1997: it has 20 stops marked with stone sculptures made by the academic sculptor Ljubo De Karin.  Verses by Andro Vid Mihičić, a great poet, patriot and philosopher born in Beli are engraved in the sculptures. In Tramuntana woods there is a net of seven educational eco tracks leading through former roads that linked villages in Tramuntana: the most attractive one is a track no 1 - the so called Red track - with sculptures by Ljubo De Karin. Many mazes are built next to the tracks in order to re-establish the communication between the man and nature. Numerous pools you may come across were important in the past for water supply.

The appeal of Tramuntana lies in protected nature (special reserve), archaeological sites ranging from pre-history (Banićeva pećina) to the ancient times and the Middle Ages (Beli, Dol), fully preserved rural colonies of original traditional architecture, enclaves of fertile soil and many pools serving as tanks for potable water.