Risnjak (Picture credit: Alan Caplar/CNTB)Croatia is one of the most varied countries in Europe thanks to its geographic place. You can go from lying on a beach on the gorgeous Adriatic coast to enjoying forests and nature in the mountains in simply a short drive. If nature is your thing Croatia has it in abundance.
Among those spectacular mountainous areas is located in between Karlovac and Rijeka. Due to the fact that 63% of its surface area is forested, Gorski Kotar is frequently called the green lungs of Croatia or the Croatian Switzerland.
Here are some things to take a look at and do in Gorski Kotar.
Go kayaking & & rafting down the Kupa & & Dobra rivers
Kupa (Photo: Davor Rostuhar/ CNTB)The River Kupa springs from a blue-green well that forms a pond and is a secret due to the fact that of its depth and size. In its upper reach as a slow-moving river, Kupa forms the Valley of Butterflies, a geographically separated location which hides rare butterfly species. It also streams through a rocky canyon which forms a lovely sight.
Dobra (implying the excellent one) is the second largest river of Gorski Kotar which vanishes into a ?ulin ponor, a gorge near Ogulin which hides a terrible romance, and emerges ten kilometers downstream.
Go to the Lokve & & Bajer lakes
Lokve (image: SI-Ziga under CC)Lake Lokve near Risnjak mountain, lakes Bajer, Lepenice, Sabljaci near Ogulin and Potkoš near Fužine are gorgeous lakes surrounded by forests and suitable for picnics, horse-riding, canoeing, surfing, swimming and absolutely enjoying! You can also check out a nearby paintball park. In lake Lokve is some of the greatest trout worldwide so it a good area to for trout fishing.
Bjelolasica (Planinarski Portal)Bjelolasica is the location’s greatest peak with a gorgeous view extending all the way to the Adriatic sea. Neighboring is the greatest settlement in Croatia at an altitude of 1076 meters. Bjelolasica utilized to be the most significant winter season sports center in Croatia, but there are now fantastic ski centers in Platak, ?elimbaša, Polane and Petehovac near Delnice.
Go horse riding in Risnjak National forest
Among the most lovely forest– covered areas with an amazing view over the surrounding nature and extending to Kvarner and Slovenian Alps. Distinct flora and fauna, huge climatic distinctions between the Alpine air and Adriatic region and serene nature are a quite great mix for an excellent holiday.
Go to Frankopan & & Zrinski castles
Zrinski-Frankopan Castle in Severin
na Kupi(photo: Stefo under CC )Zrinski-Frankopan Castle in Severin na Kupi belonged to well-known noble family Frankopan, much like the one in Stara Sušica near Ravna Gora. This one is said to be the only one not attacked by the Ottoman Empire throughout the 16th century. Petar Zrinski castle in Brod na Kupi from the 17th century, a museum today, and another Zrinski castle in ?abar are perfect and mystic examples of these parts. Strolling down the history lane one might likewise check out the town of Prezid which conceals an ancient Roman wall– the residue of the classical Roman Limes.
Enjoy the beautiful canyons Kama?nik & & Devil’s passage
: http://www.svijetokonas.net) Kama?nik is a safeguarded landscape near the mountain variety Velika Kapela and Dobra river. It is a stunning watercourse in a canyon formed of Jurassic limestone, filled with waterfalls and small lakes. It is an unique sight after rains and the melting of the snow since of the water amount it collects. The ideal vacation with its relaxing views and noises of water. Devil’s passage is one of the most gorgeous canyons in Croatia, described as Dante’s path to Hell. Though, it is stunning and is surrounded by small bridges for a much better view of nature.
Take a look at the caverns like Vrelo, Bukovac & & Lokvarka
Lokvarka cavern (image: gorskikotar.hr)
Lokvarka cave is among the biggest in Croatia and is a natural monolith. It has plenty of amazing cave formations and uncommon icicles throughout the cold season. The temperature throughout the year is 6,5– 8 ° C. Vrelo near Fužine is 3,5– 4 million years of ages. It is only 300 meters long however holds a lovely well, a lake and a chasm, and a neighboring stream floods the collapse the rainy season. An ideal sight with its stalactites and natures decor. It is likewise well adjusted for tourist, even the younger ones. Bukovac cave conceals traces of prehistoric men, cavern bears and panthers, so it is a great historical site.
Explore Ethno villages & & Dela? Home
(picture credit: ineco.posluh.hr )Home Dela?, the earliest in the village, was built in 1644 and is under the security of the Croatian Ministry of Culture. Whatever in it is a reminder of past– daily things, the space such as the attic or the old ways of preserving food, guide us through the history of Gorski Kotar. Other examples of genuine houses are Pal?ava šiša dating from 1856., Selan?ev mlin (mill) from 1751. which still works or Ethno town Leskova Draga.
Visit Ogulin & & Klek
Famous for numerous things, such as being a birthplace to a well-known Croatian fairy tale writer Ivana Brli?– Mažurani? or as a home town to legends, Ogulin provides a couple of paths. One is a Fairytale path with 12 best-known characters from popular Croatian stories (composed by Mažurani?).
In the Frankopan castle, Ivana’s Home of Fairy Tales discovered its house. The other path causes the mountain Klek, part of Velika Kapela, referred to as a “wonderful” mountain which is a house to various regional witch legends. It is likewise a botanical reserve with uncommon and stunning plants.
Eat standard food
Game stew (image: Fini Recepti)
After all the sightseeing and fresh air, you ought to consume something. Nothing, just the finest and ideally home-made. If not, there are plenty of restaurants to consume standard game meat goulash or stew with polenta, homemade home cheese, roast potatoes and sauerkraut, smoked game, bear meat, frogs’ legs (scrumptious), mushrooms, strudel with wild berries, honey and medica (sort of brandy made with honey).
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