The most outstanding and most visited of the eight national parks in Croatia - the Plitvice Lakes is the only cultural value in Croatia that was been inserted in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) back in 1979, among the first in the world. Possible activities in the park: walking, mountaineering, electric boat and train ride, photography, cycling, rowing.
The "Nikola Tesla" Memorial Center dates from 2006. Nikola Tesla (Smiljan, July 10, 1856 - New York, January 7, 1943), world known scientist and innovator. He worked in the field of electrical technology and radio technology and invented the moving magnetic field and the multiphase system of alternating current. Nikola Tesla was born on July 9/10, 1856 in the locality of Smiljan next to Gospić and right there, about 40 km from Karlobag, the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center was opened. We highly recommend a visit of the center.
The Premužić Trail was named after the construction engineer Ante Premužić who designed it in 1930, while the construction it self was finished in 1933. The trail crosses the most beautiful and most interesting parts of the North Velebit. A beautiful view spreads over the Adriatic Sea and the islands of Pag, Rab, Goli, Prvić and Krk, and onto the Lika hinterland from the continental side. The cultural heritage of the park manifests itself in the numerous remains of old cattle lodgings, houses, drystone walls witnesses of times gone when this region was settled by a greater number of people that later left and settled around the world leaving only traces of their presence in this exceptionally beautiful and unique area.
If you are planning an outing from which you expect to discover new and interesting destinations you must visit Zavratnica - „a significant landscape “ and one of the most beautiful coves on the Croatian coast. From its first appearance Zavratnica was a flooded valley with 100 meter high canyon cliffs. The length of the bay is about 900 m, and the width varies between 50 and 150 m. It first appeared in layers from the Cretaceous Age where numerous sandbanks were formed due to the fragmentation and the planting of trees and underbrushes.
129 types of plants have been counted in Zavratnica of which 100 are autochthonous and 29 are alohtone. The upper trail with a viewpoint and sea promenade were built at the beginning of the 20th cent. At that time Zavratnica became the sheltered summer resort of the Viennese and Prague elite.
How to reach it: You can reach Zvratnica from Jablanac, the ferry port for the island of Rab, a half-hour walk along the sea trail. If you have a mountaineering and adventurous spirit you can descend into the cove using the mountain trail from Zavratnica village.
The monument dedicated to the building of the Karlobag– Gospić Road across the Velebit, the Cube (Kubus, Ura) on four spheres is situated on the Oštarije Saddle or Stara vrata, at 927 m above sea level from where the view extends over Karlobag, the island of Pag and the entire Velebit Channel. In 1846 the Cube was put up during the construction of the road from Gospić to Karlobag (1844-1850). There are 33 steps leading to the Cube. On one side of the cube there is the inscription Ferdinand I, Austrian Emperor MDCCCXLVI.
Hotel "Zagreb" is situated at the very edge of the coast, right next to the sea, with a beach that enables swimming in the crystal clear sea. The mixture of mountain air with sea air opens great possibilities for a healthy and relaxing vacation. Surround by greenery, Hotel Zagreb has about 130 comfortably furnished rooms and 9 suites. The rooms are with double beds and three beds, air-conditioning, bathroom, TV, balcony with a magnificent view of the island of Pag. The hotel also has a bar, an inner swimming pool with freshwater, sauna, wellness & spa, fitness and sports grounds. Besides having a pleasant staff at disposal, the hotel also has a rich sports and entertainment offer that makes it possible to have an active and interesting time. There is also a rich program of excursions organized and offered by the hotel and the most beautiful national parks in Croatia, ancient cities overlooking the Adriatic coast and interesting islands.
Ribarica is situated under the Adriatic Highway, at the foot of the Velebit in the Velebit Channel. It is located at 5 km northeast of Karlobag and 60 km southeast of Senj. This new locality is only about fifty years old and, thanks to its position, it has developed into one of the tourist centers of the Lika-Senj County.
Cesarica is situated in a lovely cove at the foot of the Velebit in a channel bearing the same name, 7 km northwest of Karlobag and 55 km southeast of Senj, next to the Adriatic Highway. Few are acquainted with this jewel of the Croatian coast. Up to the Second World War this locality had a school, church and monastery. Current Cesarica is more of a weekend locality than a place to live in. It can be proud of its beautiful cove, crystal clear sea and the powerful Velebit in the background inspiring awe with its frequent gusts of the north wind bora . The church of St. Helen with its parish building holds the people together( 18.08.).
A fountain made of carved stone. In memory of the building of the Knežić– Kekićeve road built from 1844 to 1851. An interesting fact to mention is that people called this source the source of fertility.
The Theresiana was built in 1786 as a better connection between Gospić, the Regiment Headquarters of the time, and the free port of Karlobag, and also as a substitute for the Caroline Road which was becoming all the more difficult due to its sharp bends and steep areas. The order to build a new, modern road was given by Emperor Joseph II.
The road was named after his mother Mary Theresa. The building of the road was conferred to the boundary officer Filip Vukasović, the later renowned builder of the Louisinana Road from Karlovac to Rijeka. Wishing to inform people of the cultural importance of the Theresiana , the public institution of Velebit Nature Park arranged one part of the educational trail. The trail is exclusively for pedestrians and it is particularly interesting due to the region it crosses where in a small area one experiences the two Velebit faces in their complete beauty.
One learns of the history of the road and of the Velebit region, hears a legend or two and laughs at the anecdotes from the life of the proud people of the region. The educational trail begins in Baške Oštarije (924m above sea level.), and descends to Konjsko village (655m/above sea level) 3 km in length. This is the longer walking tour and lasts from 2.5 – 3 h. A shorter tour of about 1.5 h is also offered where the first third of the trail (up to Oštarijsko Ždrilo) is on the Theresiana and then a mild ascent follows to Debela kosa Peak (972 m/above sea level) The ascent is not demanding and people of weaker physical condition are able to cross it. After a short walk along Debela kosa Ridge astonishing views spread on the Adriatic Sea and the island of Pag on one side, and Baška Oštarija Valley on the other, the trail descends to Oštarska vrata Pass.
Dabarski kukovi (cliffs) remind of a giant stegosaurus sunk into the vast forests of Central Velebit – only sharp and irregular spikes have remained extending in a mild arch from Bačić kuk (1.304 m) in the northwest to Kiza (1.320 m) in the southeast. Attractive, wild and exciting! Kiza is actually a disjointed 2 km–long lime ridge full of vertical and hanging rocks and picturesque meadows and groves that have pushed their way into the cliffs. The road through these cliffs is quite demanding but each one will award you with an indescribable view and from the very surprising fact that there is a trail through this wilderness.
The road will take you to Kiza Peak from Hotel Velebno, across Stupačinova and Kamenice source at a sharp bend of the road where it makes a steep left entrance into the forest. This spot can be reached by car. If you are headed directly to the top, you will need about 0:40 h, but you will be tempted by the signposts toward the other cliffs – Anin kuk, Kuk od Pećice (1,250 m) or Grabar (1,270 m) that are worth the effort. The signs are excellent and you can freely start the adventure of conquering the cliffs. Reaching Kiza Peak requires extra fearlessness and some climbing skills. Behind Kiza Peak stand the phenomenal Žuti kuk (1,180), and then Vranji kuk, and the trail becomes all the harder ... And so until Bačić kuk, but this requires a lot of will power, time and good physical condition. You can take young mountaineers up to Kiza Peak for this excursion with a lot of adrenalin will surely raise their motivation for further excursions.
Lukovo Šugarje-initially a local development center, south of Karlobag and situated in the cove bearing the same name and a short strait connects it with the open sea. The settlement dates from the Middle Ages and was abandoned in the 17th cent. Later it revived with many localities on the nude and steep slopes of the maritime Velebit. The church of St. Luke the Evangelist was built in the 18th century and renewed in 1873. The parish was established in 1809. The local cistern was built next to the church in 1840. The elementary school was opened in 1907 although the inhabitants of Lukovo had demanded it from the military headquarters in Zagreb back in 1875.
The single nave church with the lateral chapel of St. Anthony. Behind the altar there are choir stalls and a wooden stand for the pulpit from the 18th century from where monks prayed their daily breviary. In the church we find the valuable painting of the Last Supper by Cristoforo Tasca. The monastery is of square ground plan with a rectangular yard, cloister, with a large cistern (rainfall water) 6 m in diameter of 300-year-long capacity for the needs of the inhabitants of Karlobag. The monastery has a library with theological literature from the 16th, 17th and 18th cent.
A church from 1710, built on the foundations of the church of St. John( 1615). It was badly damaged during the bombings in 1943 and 1958. The remains were removed except for the preserved tower, one part of the wall and the entire bell fry. Next to the church stands the monument of Šime Starčević, father of the first Croatian grammar.
A church from 1710, built on the foundations of the church of St. John( 1615). It was badly damaged during the bombings in 1943 and 1958. The remains were removed except for the preserved tower, one part of the wall and the entire bell fry. Next to the church stands the monument of Šime Starčević, father A chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows was built in 1727 on higher ground above the town, on Calvary, and it was consecrated on September 12 by the bishop of Senj, Modruš and Krbava, Nikola Pohmajević. The inhabitants covered all the expenses and converted it into a small church in 1740.f the first Croatian grammar.
At the beginning of the Middle Ages the new settlement of Scrissa or Bag developed next to the sea, in the Fortica area. Remains of a small four-corner fortress from the 12th cent are situated on a higher plateau with a defense tower in the center and at 250 meter above sea level. The fortress is completely of private ownership. A chaplain and a small crew were constantly in the fortress and they provided for the security of the town and supervised the navigation of vessels towards Pag. Remains of the water supply cistern have been preserved. The current and arranged Kava Mediterranean Garden with an exhibition of private owned mosaics. The name Kava (quarry) refers to the possibility that there may have been a quarry but it is more probable that in the area there were military dormitories. Today there are luxuriant gardens with squares and other buildings.
The stone building was built in 1875 through the efforts of Baron Mollinary, and it was the most grandiose building of the time in Karlobag.
The most outstanding and most visited of the eight national parks in Croatia - the Plitvice Lakes is the only cultural value in Croatia that was been inserted in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) back ...