Relatively isolated and rarely visited, despite being only 32km northeast of Rijeka, Risnjak National Park covers an area of 63 sq km and rises up to 1528m at its highest peak, Veliki Risnjak. The landscape linking the Alps with the Balkan ranges is thickly forested with beech and pine trees, and carpeted with meadows and wildflowers. The bracing alpine breezes make it the perfect hideaway when the coastal heat and crowds become overpowering. Most of the park is virgin forest, with only a few settlements. Wildlife-watching is a highlight.