Seven kilometres away from Jastrebarsko, Plešivica rose high alongside a mountain ridge with the same name (779 m), offering a view full of diversity and beauty.
Almost all year Plešivica is bathed in the sun, and fog and humidity are rare occurrences. A large number of sunny days and good soil conditions were suitable for the cultivation of wine grapes that are grown here since forever. Today Plešivica is a true symbol of the tradition of viticulture and winemaking in the Jaska region. Visitors can enjoy the fresh air, the fruits of nature, local cuisine and, of course, excellent wines. Many family farms offer exceptional eno and gastronomic experience. ”Klet (cottage) Poljanice”, on the highest point of the road Jastrebarsko - Samobor is an excellent resting place for hikers, climbers, bikers and fliers, or starting point to the viewing pyramid placed, placed back in the 1881 at the very top of the ridge. From the pyramid spreads a wide view of the greenery of vineyards and blue sky, and numerous scattered Jaska villages.
The composition of the Park Erdödy, constructed at the turn of the 20th century, is mostly based on the landscaping movement that started in 18th-century England. The plant life of the grounds and the grounds themselves largely contribute to biodiversity and to the environment of the Jastrebarsko region. The grounds have been protected as a monument of landscape architecture.
The park is designed in a free style and represents a continuation of the natural forest, which still occupies the western area of the park. From autochthonous elements those that stand out are examples of oak, maple, red leaf beech and hornbeam. Imposing are groups of old hanging spruce, larch and pine forest. From exotic species, more significant are by age and the development of the treetops of catalpas, sephoras, as well as weeping willow in the castle’s moat. The protected area of the park is 9.47 hectares. The vast park contains a crystal clear brook named Reka, a pond named Park, and the Erdödy Castle, its most valuable “exhibit”. Across from the palace, there is an old granary with a beautiful green patio in front of it. Lanterns recently placed along the two main promenades gave a new look to the park and made it an ideal place for romantic evening walks among the ancient trees. This renovation has brought back life into the park after many years of stagnation, and turned it into a perfect location for permanent or occasional events related to cultural, artistic, and economic life of Jastrebarsko and its surroundings. The park can now accommodate sports, recreational activities, and various heritage-related events.
Sveta (Saint) Jana, located 9 km from Jaska, with its 17 picturesque villages is the most spacious and tamest part of Prigorje and a favourite excursion destination. This beautiful landscape have been densely populated since Middle Ages. Turanj, the seat of the old podgorska Country is located exactly here, on the over-looking position near today`s Draga Svetojanska. The largest villages is Gorica Svetojanska, situated on the wide green ledge at the foot of japetić. In Gorica dominate the thin tower of the all area having the same name. Her July holiday, popular “Janinovo” is a great festival connects faith, custom and tradition. Ethno collection of the Region of Saint Jana and renewed Miller`s house will complete the excursion to Saint Jana and show you life of this region in the past.
Healthy, fresh spring water is now a symbol of economy of Sveta Jana. Old, very abundant thermal springs in the village Svetojanske Toplice confirms from ancient times that this region is extremely rich in quality water. Because of its balanced mineral composition and top quality, spring water Jana that is bottled by Jamnica in the bottling facility Celine, found itself in the very top of the world market and has achieved a remarkable success. Healthy Sveta Jana water is not only famous Jana water! Above village Lanišća there is a spring of healthy, particularly favourite drinking water, that has, due to its composition, according to the urban legend, a reputation as an aphrodisiac!
Japetić, the highest peak of Plešivica (879 meters), due to its preserved natural beauty has been declared a reserve of forest vegetation. Especially valuable are beech forests, but also opulent mountain flora that covers mountain meadows. At the very top a viewing pyramid is set, 12 meters high, with a beautiful view of the entire region. During nice weather, from the mountain terrace on Žitnica, known by its exceptional local cuisine, a view of Pokuplje, Žumberak, Klek spreads all the way to the Alps. Numerous well-marked hiking trails and roads lead to Japetić through Draga Svetojanska. This is an ideal place for mountain climbers, hikers, cyclists, fliers and other nature lovers. On the karst plain near Japetić is Grabarak, an abandoned village, known for its well-preserved rural architecture.
Mladina is famous for its wine and the attractive wine cellar that used to belonge to the Erdödy counts. Nowadays, in the old cellar, wines have been cultivated by Mladina company. This trip destination is synonym for the most beautiful and demanding motocross tracks in Europe.In the green oasis of calmness, World, European and Country motocross competitions and championship take place.
The most valuable natural heritage of Jastrebarsko and its surrounding area is certainly an ornithological reserve Crna Mlaka. It is located in the central part of the swamp-forest area, 11 kilometres southeast of the town Jastrebarsko. On the part of the continuously flooded soil of 625 acres in 1905 a forest was cleared and carp ponds were built. In the central part of the reserve a very nice park has been developed, with decorative species of trees and shrubs. In the middle of the park, the first owner Kornellius Zwilling built the castle Rigobrad in the style of the Viennese Secession. (for more information on the castle, read the chapter ’’cultural heritage’’, under Castle ZWILLING - Ribograd). Ponds attracted the birds, so today ornithologists on Crna Mlaka record as much as 235 bird species, out of which 98 species are related to aquatic habitats, and 74 to the forest. White-tailed eagle, lesser spotted eagle, river gulls, black storks, cormorants, herons, woodcocks and various species of ducks are just some of the many protected birds that remain here throughout most of the year. Crna Mlaka was declared in 1980 a special ornithological reserve and is under special protection. Reserve is included in the list of Ramsar Convention and in the project of Ornithologicaly important areas in Europe IBA.
A kind of trademark of Crna Mlaka is Ferruginous Duck. During summer and early autumn the largest gathering of this kind of ducks in Central Europe is exactly in Crna Mlaka - up to five thousand ducks gather!
More information on: http://priroda-zagrebacka.hr/web/crna-mlaka-2/
Knjiga Gorana Šafareka – Ornitološki rezervat Crna Mlaka : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVZcIpXW5Ro