Central Croatia travel & tourism guide
Central Croatia has two bigger parts, Gorski kotar and Lika. As it is main transit route to the south you can come very fast from the Croatian coast same as the continental route, from Zagreb
...this is the privilege of Croatia as a small country...in fact, Platak ski center, in the outback of Rijeka
town, is the only ski center in the world with the view at the sea. Travel with the car to the continent, after one hour you enter the snow borderline...this is Gorski kotar, district in central Croatia...lots of space for winter tourism, hunting, walking and mountaineering.Delnice town is the major centre and there's also very nice Fužine and Lokve, both by the lakes. Admistratively, Gorski kotar is part of Primorsko-goranska county and the well known is National Park Risnjak
.At the norther part, in Ogulin-Plasce valley, is a border with another discrict in central Croatia; Lika....this is some kind of plateau surrounded with mountains; there's 58% size of all of the national parks in Croatia; Plitvice lakes
and Northern Velebit
Tourism in Central Croatia
However, both of those districts are markedly parts of Croatian continental, but summer months brings lot of sun and heat. Also, out of season there's lot of days with boon conditions for different touristic activities such as walking or mountaineering. Here you can find accommodation in one of the hotels in larger centres like Gospić or Otočac (in Lika), there's several big restaurants beside the main highway in Lika which connect Zagreb and Split; in those family services is possible to rent a room or apartment. The most often way of hospitality in Gorski kotar is to rent a whole house located at the attractive points.Gorski kotar and Lika are areas in which the depopulation is very big and increase constantly; because of that the main economic activities are agrarian...potatoes planting and cattle breeding in Lika and there's some of wood industry in Gorski kotar.
Tourism here is a card that play only in the hands of individuals who gives the enormous efforts to promote those districts as touristical attractivity; tourist who prefer hunting, mountains and valleys, peaceful and quiet week or month far away of the big cities, friendship with bears in asylum in Kuterevo, enjoyment at the arranged ski-paths near by Mrkopalj, Ravna gora and Delnice. Here you'll be served with venison specialities with blueberry dish, you'll been told about wolves contacts, proudly they'll tell story - in that area, in Kosinje place, in 1483; was the first printing house in that part of southeast Europe in which was printed „Glagolitic misal“; the very first book which is not printed on the Latin language. „Glagolitic misal“ have the value of book printed on another public language. Here you can see people who still carry on the old crafts and tools like woodcoal manufacturing near Vrbovsko.
Come and testify the original event which every year attract more and more people and tourists; „Fructus of mountains“; that manifestation lasts from May until November and it's a combination of recreative and spiritual; based on rapprochement between human and nature...through the different segments and topic days; strawberry day, elder day, blueberry, curative plants, mushrooms; everybody can learn that all the best is already given to us and it's very reacheable; natural and good, here it is, around.Gorski kotar and Lika are advisable for visiting during the whole year; if you are on summer vacation at the coast, easily can reach one of the above mentioned national parks...same attractivity offer a newyear's night on snow, in mountain house. And don't forget: men and wolves are friends there.
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