Jastrebarsko

Jastrebarsko, popularly called Jaska, is atown with a population of 5400. It lies on the Zagreb–Karlovac motorway, on the regionalroad and the railway line, and is 36 km from Zagreb.  

Jastrebarsko and the surrounding areas have a long tradition in tourism, as thisis a favourite outing destination for Zagreb residents due to its beautiful landscapes,wine-growing hills, nature reserves and countless cultural and historical monuments(churches, monasteries and castles). The oldest building in Jastrebarsko is the ErdödyCastle. It is located in a beautiful old parkthat is actually a monument of horticulture and is open for visitors while interior isclosed and about to be completely renovated soon. The surrounding areas include several attractive excursion destinations, including the Crna Mlaka ornithological reserve, the Plešivica wine road and the highest peakof the Samobor hills, Mt. Japetić (879 m).¸

Only 9 km from Jaska this area is made up of 17 picturesque villages.Sveta Jana is the gentlest part of Prigorje and has always attracted holidaymakers. One way of getting there is via the village of Petrovina,famous for its St. Peter’s church. In the vicinity is also a small village of Rastoci famous for pottery. The Jastrebarsko area is rich in water, and there used to be a large number of watermills operating in the region. Millers were well respected in the community and an important part of village life. Nowadays, however, there are only few mills still standing. Fortunately, Sveta Jana association recognized their importance, and renewed one of the old watermills. It is the Miller’s House, a cultural master piece. Built beside the mill on the Draga brook, this priceless treasure reminds us of times past, and the life that used to be led in thearea. Miller’s House is a replica of a typical house that the miller’s familyused to occupy. Although smaller than usual, the house contains all thetraditional elements of a historic house. The kitchen and bedroom arefilled with items from the last century, typical for the region. There is anumber of details and items in the kitchen, some of which are more thana hundred years old. A bread oven, also used to heat both the kitchen andthe bedroom, dominates the room. Small details are the ones that giveextra warmth to the room. They are filled with tradition and give a realisticre presentation of local culture. The numerous historic items will leave noperson untouched, neither chance visitors nor true lovers of things past.

Crna Mlaka Bird Reserve is situated only 14 km away from the town.With its unique hydrographic and vegetation features, many bird speciesand oak forests, it is the place you simply must visit. During most of theyear protected and rare birds inhabit the reserve: sea eagle, cormorant,black stork, grebe, heron, duck and other. Ornithologists have identifiedaround 230 bird species, and in 1980 Crna Mlaka becomes a special protection reserve. The reserve covers the area of 6,87 square kilometres.A fishpond network used to this day was build in the late 1917s and issituated in the lowest part of the Kupa basin.

With its 879 m Japetić is the highest peak of Samoborska gora mountainrange. Due to its natural beauties it has been turned into a reserve offorest vegetation. Especially interesting is an old beech forest that used tocover this area but today takes up only some 29 hectares. When you reachthe top you can enjoy the view from a 12 m viewing platform. You can seeall of the Samobor hills region from there. Another breathtaking view ofPrigorje, Žumberak, Pokuplje, Klek and weather permitting even the Alps,is that from the hunting lodge on Žitnica. This lodge is open all year roundand is also famous for excellent food.

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