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OKIĆ

Gentle area around Okić covers the farthest south-eastern part of the Samoborsko gorje, about 20 km south-west of Zagreb, on the half way between Samobor and Jastrebarsko. The most attractive point of the area is Okić with Old Town on its rocks. It is one of the oldest medieval feudal towns of distinctive preserved Romanic architecture on exceptional position and is regarded as unique in the continental part of Croatia. All neighboring places carry its name – Novo Selo Okićko, Sv. Martin pod Okićem as well as famous Okić cherries. Woodlands are in the west and vineyards and orchards cover the southern slopes. In its lower areas where hilly terrain merges with plain there are more and more meadows and fields. Flora and fauna are considered as a part of the Samoborsko gorje.


Interesting ethno-house under Okić is worth your visit. Hiking and rock-climbing mountaineering on rocks around Old Town begins at mountaineers' lodge Maks Plotnikov.

  • Stari grad
  • Stari grad
  • Uspon
  • Pulferi
  • Pulferi
  • Trešnja

Snakes and lizards live on dry and sun-bathed habitats in karstic areas. Each of eleven species living in the nature Park is protected by law, except two poisonous snakes – horned viper and common adder.




INTERESTING...

Dragojla Manojlović, the Illyrian Movement writer from the 18th century, was the first woman who climbed to Okić from southern, steeper trail without rock-climbing equipment. Moreover, she was barefoot! This direction of climbing to Okić is known as "Dragojlina staza" (Dragojla's trail).


Novo Selo Okićko sprung in a relatively short period after a huge catastrophe had struck former village of Popov Dol on Easter 1911. After heavy rains, landslides and opening of cracks in the soil, the whole village disappeared in three days – "Only ruins of concrete buildings and chimneys of wooden houses left together with few cats sitting on the ruins wondering where their masters had gone."
Curate Ivan Stanković in "Samoborski list", 1912

Virgin Mary's Birth Parish Church, parish house and St Mathew's Chapel "survived" the catastrophe and a newly planned settlement was built in the neighborhood.


About 1,600 coins of Celtic money, so called "Samobors" were found near Podgrađe under Okić. The Celts made their own money imitating Greek money – Apollo's head was on the head and a horse on a tail.


HOW TO GET THERE...

By car
Samobor – Kladje – Konšćica – Klake – Mountaineers' lodge M. Plotnikov (under Old Town)
Samobor – Cerje – Manja Vas – Kotari – ML M. Plotnikov or from St. Martin or Novo Selo Okićko