The Croatian National Tourist Board has again launched a promotional interactive campaign “Epic Week in Croatia” where participants can create their perfect vacation in Croatia by selecting 7 of 219 fantastic experiences. “219 experiences” are dived by regions and you can choose from fantastic sports activities, tastings, sightseeing and much more.
In Lika-Senj and Karlovac County there are 19 awesome things to do and we have the full list!
1. SEE PLACES FROM THE LEGENDARY GERMAN CHILDREN’S BOOK
One trip across the Croatian coast and an encounter with the juvenile gang members and their leader, the fourteen-year-old Zora, was enough for the German writer Kurt Kläber to find what he was looking for – inspiration for a work that would become a German children’s literary classic and a symbol of growing up for millions of Germans. A hit series and theater play were created according to the book of adventures of brave and reckless redheaded girl and her friends.
2. TAKE A DEEP LOOK AT ĐULIN PONOR
Ogulin is the only town in Croatia, and among the few in the world, that was built above cave halls. It sounds scary, but people got used to it. One of the city’s biggest attractions is the Đulin ponor, a 40-meter deep abyss located in the very center of Ogulin. According to legend, Đulin ponor was named after a girl Đula, who jumped into the hole because of an unhappy love. Today, the abyss is a tourist attraction and a challenge for numerous alpinists.
3. LOOK UNDER THE SURFACE OF CROATIAN RIVERS
Croatia is one of the European countries with the most rivers, so it is not surprising that there is a town which lies on four rivers, Karlovac. Visit its newly opened large freshwater aquarium and explore all the splendor of Croatian fresh water – over a hundred freshwater fish species and some of them endemic!
4. DESCENT TO A BEAUTIFUL CROATIAN FJORD
There are many beautiful bays on the Adriatic coast, but one of them is rightly considered as the most beautiful one. In fact, it is so beautiful that in 1964 Zavratnica bay was declared “protected landscape”, and since 1981 it has been an integral part of the Velebit Nature Park. Zavratnica looks like a miniature Norwegian fjord and you have to see it! A must.
5. GET TO KNOW LIKA INSIDE-OUT
No matter how many times you’ve been to Lika or passed through it, there is always a new place that might surprise you. One of these undiscovered places is the Grabovača cave park with the Samograd cave. In the only cave park in Croatia you can boldly go to the center of the Earth on hundred-year-old stone-grained hand-carved stairs. Dress well, it is only 8 °C inside!
6. TRY THE MAGICAL WATER FROM CESAROVAC
If you are looking for a beauty and youth elixir, head to Cesarovac! The legend says that a sip of the Cesarovac water will make you beautiful and young forever. But, and of course there is a but – only if you are female! If you are a man and want refreshment, you will end up marrying a girl from Ogulin, which is also a pretty sweet deal. See for yourself if there is any truth in the legend and while at it, see all of the natural beauties the region has to offer!
7. HIKE ON A MOUNTAIN THAT INSPIRED LEGENDS
Step aside, Hans Christian Andersen. The odd-looking mountain Klek near the town Ogulin inspired so many different tales that it’s almost certain you will also write one if you visit it. The most famous one says that the mountain is the petrified giant Klek punished by gods before the dawn of human kind. Since then, witches from all over the world gather at midnight during storms and try to awaken him. Feel free to climb and check it out!
8. WALK THE HIGHEST RATED HIKING TRAIL IN CROATIA
Like giant spaghetti laid down a mountain, the Premužićeva trail zigzags through 57 km of the rocky Velebit. The first 16 km go through the Northern Velebit National Park, while the rest will amaze you with its unspoiled nature and views of the beautiful Adriatic islands. This 90-year-old trail fully deserves its rating as the best in Croatia.
9. MAKE YOUR OWN FLOUR AT THE VILLAGE OF THE MILLS
Practice pinching yourself before you visit Rastoke, an amazing village in central Croatia with dozens of streams and waterfalls running between houses. Each house has a mill and some of them even offer guests the opportunity to make flour. You’ll feel like a character from a fairy tale, but that’s OK because you can easily come back to reality with that pinch you’ve practiced.
10. RIDE THE LONGEST ZIP LINE IN EUROPE
Check out this trajectory and fire yourself away in an adventure you’ll remember forever! 1,700 m long and reaching speeds of up to 120 km/h, riding this zip line you might just find out how missiles feel. But the best thing about it is the view of unspoiled nature beneath you. You are certain to have a blast!
11. ENTER A FAIRY TALE IN OGULIN
Ogulin is a quaint little town in central Croatia that is also referred to as the “home of fairy tales”. It is the birthplace of Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, the famous Croatian author of children’s literature. Her work is brought to life in a unique museum set up with interactive and multimedia content. Check it out and enter the land of fairy tales.
12. SCREAM ON A GIGANTIC CROATIAN SWING
When we were kids we would always run to the playground and wait for our turn on the swing, but now we don’t have this joy in our lives because we are just too big for swings. Or are we? Just go to Rizvan City in Lika and take a seat on a 17-metre-high swing! You will scream at the top of your lungs but you’ll enjoy every second of it!
13. KAYAK THROUGH A CITY WITH 4 RIVERS
Karlovac is a charming city in central Croatia surrounded by 4 rivers. Each of its four rivers Mrežnica, Kupa, Korana and Dobra have their own hidden wonders and it’s up to you to choose one (or more) and explore them on kayak.
14. RIDE A MOTORBIKE ON ADRIATIC HIGHWAY
Do your own Tour de Adriatic and discover small places, coastal streets, old country roads and other hidden routes off the beaten path and experience a series of small adventures. And wherever you go the Adriatic Sea is following you!
15. RUN A MARATHON THROUGH PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
The 42,195 m long marathon trail in Plitvice must be the most beautiful one in the world! Run by the breathtaking views of Plitvice waterfalls, breathe in the fresh air of pristine nature, and take a break in the shadows of trees that are hundreds of years old!
16. VISIT ONE OF THE LAST EUROPEAN JUNGLES
Take a walk through a jungle where the trees are 50 m high and 500 years old. In the north-western corner of Plitvice National Park lies an untouched beech and fir forest called Čorkova Uvala. All the life in the jungle goes on without any human interference making it the perfect spot to experience such a unique ecosystem.
Hang gliding above the Croatian landscape is an unforgettable experience. Find out what it is like to be a bird in the town of Buzet in central Istria. Experienced gliders can test their skills over the Velebit Mountain as well.
As soon as they finish with their winter hibernation, the last stable population of European brown bears is ready to receive guests at the Bear Sanctuary in Kuterevo on the Velebit Mountain.
18. VISIT THE HOME OF NIKOLA TESLA
One of the greatest inventors of all time with as much as 278 patents, among which are AC electricity, the radio, the remote control, X-rays and the electric motor was born in the Croatian village of Smiljan. His home is now a museum and you can visit it to find out more about the man who changed the world.
COVER PHOTO: Chris&Nat