Viškovo - With a UNESCO Signature
Viškovo is located on the north-western side of the city of Rijeka at a distance of 8 kilometres, next to the road from Rijeka towards Škalnica and Klana. This road is one of the oldest in the Kastav region and it was first mentioned in the 16th century as the only path between Rijeka, Trieste, Ljubljana and all the way to Graz and Vienna.
There are few written records about the beginnings of history in the area of today’s Municipality of Viškovo. Its biggest part - Halubje - is an area of pastoral tradition, as evidenced by its name which originates from the word "halupa", meaning "shepherd's hut".
Viškovo is the home of two intangible cultural heritages that are on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: Two-part singing and playing in the Istrian scale, and Zvončari, the annual carnival bell ringers' pageant from the Kastav area, i.e. Zvončari from Halubje, permanent guardians of lent customs in the Halubje area.
Today, this area sees an interesting coexistence of the past and the present, an irresistible culinary blend of authentic dishes from the coast and the mountain region, but also modern gastronomic specialties.
Arranged promenades and walking and cycling trails are an invitation to pleasant walks through forest landscapes, on a holiday, recreation, biking and the pleasure of staying somewhere surrounded by nature.