Lika-Karlovac travel guide
- Visit Grabovača Cave Park
- Fishing in the Gacka valley
- See Kuterovo bear sanctuary
- Enjoy the fresh air in the Gorski Kotar mountains
- 57km hiking trail in the Northern Velebit National Park
- Must see: Cascading lakes at Plitvice National park
Inland region encompassing wild and rugged landscapes as well as modern industrial towns and pretty rural villages
Very special, natural and wild, sparsely populated land of forests, lakes, sparkling rivers, wolves and bears, 139 bird species, majestic in its own right and a short drive to the seaLika is the region between the Croatian capital Zagreb and the coastline. It is the least populated, but the largest by land area and includes the national jewels Plitvice Lakes National Park
(UNESCO site) and North Velebit National Park, some of Croatia's major tourist attractions. This rural, wooded area of sheep and cow farms, rivers brimming with fish, wild flower meadows and shimmering lakes has plenty to occupy you for a few days, and it is only a short drive from the sea (10 km).
Children and adults will be astounded by the 16 cascading lakes which are surrounded by lace-like nature made walls, and there are also adrenaline parks, soft ball playgrounds and a small museum which celebrates the local genius Nicholas Tesla, who gave electricity to the whole world and laid the grounds for computers and the electric car named after him. Activities are walking, mountain running, cycling, river swimming, fishing, caves, adrenaline parks, winter sports, water sports. Visit Zavratnica fiord, Kuterevo bear sanctuary and Lunjska olive farms, to mention a few. Near Plitvice lakes is the village of Rastoke, which is very pretty and has its own lakes and waterfalls, known as "The Small Lakes of Plitvice". Closer to the sea is the famous historic 16th century fort "Nehaj" - a unique museum of pirates which were living in and around the coastal town of Senj and are a part of Croatian legend. Wider afield there are beautiful old castles Dubovac, Ozalj, Bosliljevo and plenty of taverns where you can taste excellent local ham, roast lamb, mountain cheese and wonderful fresh produce.