Lonely Planet Writer

Explore Croatia's colourful Land Art trail

Croatia may be more associated with sparkling oceans and gorgeous beaches but nature and art lovers are encouraged to get a bit off the beaten track to discover this colourful Land Art trail in Istria.

The trail is in Učka Nature Park and is the brainchild and creation of artist Boris Pecigoš who completed the trail at the end of 2016. It combines a mixture of rock and land art that aims to get visitors thinking about the connection between humans and the nature around them.

In total, the circular trail is 6.5 kilometres long and is described as easy enough for walkers of all abilities. It will take two-three hours in total but the artist advises people leave a little longer to spend time contemplating the artwork. A map of the trail and more information about how to get there and what to expect are here.

Visitors are invited to take off their shoes and stand here. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Visitors are invited to take off their shoes and stand here. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Seven decorated stones make up the 'Fairy Gathering'.  Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Seven decorated stones make up the 'Fairy Gathering'. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
The Love Stone. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
The Love Stone. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
These palm prints represent the positive impact humans have had on the local ecosystem. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
These palm prints represent the positive impact humans have had on the local ecosystem. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Sheep geoglyphs. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Sheep geoglyphs. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
The red tree symbolises mankind's negative impact on the environment. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
The red tree symbolises mankind's negative impact on the environment. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
'Stone teeth'. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
'Stone teeth'. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
The stone labyrinth. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
The stone labyrinth. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Here a stone forest stands in for the fallen trees. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Here a stone forest stands in for the fallen trees. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
This huge painting represents the lichens of the environment. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
This huge painting represents the lichens of the environment. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Moss I. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Moss I. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Moss II. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Moss II. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Spirals are found everywhere in nature, even in our DNA. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
Spirals are found everywhere in nature, even in our DNA. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
More spirals are found painted on the rock. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
More spirals are found painted on the rock. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
'Sentinel' natural installation. Photo by Boris Pecigoš
'Sentinel' natural installation. Photo by Boris Pecigoš