This hinterland of the Kvarner is the highlands of Rijeka. This foreboding and captivating area is the birthplace of warriors. I have friends who have served in the Croatian war of Independence (91-95) and said the bravest and ruthless fighters were from this area. Their ancestors are said to have fought and won both the Mongols in 1242 and Turks. the hilltop tow of Grobnik provides and perfect sanctuary and height advantage to the battle planes below and Platak mountain range keeping enemy from a fast retreat on the other side. Here are some pics I took on a recent visit to the top of Grad (town) Grobnik.