The Peaks of Papuk
Height difference: 548m
Terrain: path through a forest, paved in the beginning
Time required: 4.5h
Starting from the church of St.Augustus we turn left. After about a kilometer, behind the wooden cottages owned by HEP, the so-called Bungalows we move on to the macadam road. After crossing the street, a quarry bypass, we walk a couple more minutes until the spot where paths part. We turn left towards Maličćak. Half and hour of ascenting and difficult walk we come to the diverging road for Pliš (10min). It is recommended to go all the way to Pliš so not to miss a wonderful view over Velika. Coming back, we move on and take the didactical path Turjak. It can be reconized by wooden boards with descriptons of sightseeings. After 5 minutes of walking we come to a pile of rocks where a lot of protected spring flowers was planted. We are at the crossroads of the didactical and mountain path. You can take both because after about 800 m both of them join together. Half an hour later we come to the post signs. The left diverges towards gazebo Mališćak, which is recommended and towards didactical path of Turjak, which leads to Velika. We move straight on and after a couple of minutes come to the crossroads with another diverging path. There is the Mališćak hut with a wonderful view over the Papuk peak and the south slopes of Papuk on the right and it takes you a few minutes to get there. Moving on after about 10 minutes you come across a diverging spot towards Maličćak hut. Since the last branch (spring) after 30 minutes there is another branch towards the spring of Veličanka and Velika.
Moving on in less than 500 m on the macadam road there is Orahove vode spring with small eaves. Turning left we move on towards Ivačka glava. After 15 minutes of walk there is another crossroads, left towards the Vratnice clearing and „Ulaz zvečevački“ where there is a crossroads for the Papuk peak and Zvečevo on a military road. We turn right and in 20 min we come to Ivačka glava, which is one of the highest accessible spots on Papuk. It is on 913 m above sea-level. There are stamps for the diaries of the Croatian mountain detours and SPP.
We come back the same way, it may vary a bit when you come close by the Mališćak hut and the Turjak path. The path is well marked, therefore easy for the orientation.
Map and height profile
Sign a tour!
After you have conquered the tour you can report yourself in two ways:
1. on the road directly by using your mobile phone for the members. Approximate spot for reporting yourself is the peak of Ivačka glava
2. by sending a photo with you in front of the cross with Ivačka glava written on it
Landmarks near you
The shelter is a stone cottage in the woods used as a place for rest, half way from Velika to Ivačka glava and Papuka peak 734 m above sea-level. The upper storey can accommodate ten people and additional five people on the benches downstairs. The shelter has the electricity, but not water since the local water-spring dried up. The nearby Mališćak is a gazebo with wonderful views all around.
St.Augustus Church in Velika
Today's parish church of St. Augustus is one of the oldest and most important sacral monuments in this part of Slavonia. There was a church in Velika as early as in the 12. century. Today's church was built in the beginning of the 14. century, and there is a monastery mentioned in 1435. as well. During the Ottoman rule in Slavonia, Velika was the only place where it was allowed to practice the religious rituals and to ring bells. The monastery in Velika was the residence of the famous fra Luka Imbrišimović at that time, who fought from here for liberation from the Ottomans in Slavonia. In the first half of the18.century the medieval church was baroqued and a new monastery was put up. After the abolishion of the Franciscan monastery, the monastery wings were torn down, so that the original complex was left limbless. Today's church is a gothic-baroque rebuild church.
Since 1999. Geopark has been a protected national park because of its geo- and biodiversity, abundance and valuable heritage. It got its status as the first such park in Croatia in 2007. Geopark has therefore become a part of the European and world UNESCO web of geoparks whose purpose is to protect, educate and maintain a sustainable development.
The Educational Centre and the Visitor's Centre is situated in Velika and represents its main enterance. In the vicinity of the Centre there are many touristic and recreational buildings (thermal pools, educational path Lapjak, climber's paths, a paragliding take off, free-climbing rock Sokoline). The exibition covers the most interesting biological, geological and historical exibits from the Geopark area. Visitors have the opportunity to discover the geological heritage through various posters, geological samples and crystals. A very rich collection of fossils has constantly been exibited. Biological remains, among other things, include the nests of many bird species and a collection of insects. Archeological exibits include the objects from the late Stone Age, early Iron Age, and many other glass products from the Glazier's manufacture from the 18. century. Visitors can see all the places with a story about the Planet Earth more than 600 million years old.
Sightseeing and tourism
Buffet „Čiča Mata“
Wine lovers can enjoy high quality wines from the region.
A top restaurant surrounded by an intact nature is situated in Velika in an elegant interior with experienced staff. It was named after the mountain Mališćak right above the restaurant. Among the delights from Slavonia, there is also a great offer of quality wines, a la carte dishes, ice cream and cakes from their patisserie. The restaurant offers accommodation as well. There are thirty double and seven single comfortable rooms with a wonderful view. Four bungalows have four beds, kitchen and a big terrace with a great view.