Tramuntana forest


The northern part of the island of Cres, Tramuntana, with high and steep coasts covers 1/5 of the total area of ​​the island. It is an area with sparse settlements, sparse vegetation and large karst pastures where wild sheep graze in freedom. Tramuntana forests are forests of giant oaks and chestnut trees that are more than 100 years old, and it is not uncommon to find centuries-old giant trees over 30 meters in height and trunk circumference more than 5 meters.

The wooded part of Tramuntana, whose area is approx. 5,500 ha, represents an exceptional value of natural heritage. The vegetation of this area is mostly forests of tall oaks, hornbeams and chestnuts. The oldest medunca oak tree, located at the entrance to the village of Sv. Petar, was declared a protected natural monument in 1997.

There are numerous karst valleys, caves and pits on Tramuntana. Some of them are especially important for biospeleological, paleontological and prehistoric studies. Among them, the unique speleological object Jama Champari (Banicheva pechina) near the village of Petrichevi stands out, in which four skeletons of a 12,000-year-old brown cave bear were found. These are the only such complete skeletons in this part of Europe. Apart from complex values ​​of protected nature (special reserve), the area of ​​Tramuntana also stands out with archeological sites from prehistory (Banićeva cave) to antiquity and the Middle Ages (Beli, Dol), completely preserved rural settlements.

In the area of ​​Tramuntana, seven hiking, seven tourist and three bicycle paths in the total length of about 100 kilometers have been traced and marked.

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