Weekend in middle Velebit...
Ideas for weekend
When people mention the weekend in central Velebit everyone thinks that awaits them just hiking and nothing else. However middle Velebit offers much more - as the first access by car to the attractive mountain huts! Then plenty of adrenaline, good local grub, unspoiled nature and cool museums. Finally we should mention the cordial lican without whom this experience would not be complete.
Gospic is the heart based, and for those who aspire to more comfortable accommodation can be a base. Numerous holiday rooms and apartments, and the hotel would recommend hotel "Ana" and hotel "Ante" and motel "Maki". We opted for little bit extremeer version. From Gospic we went regional road (OK asphalt, but there are police speed control), which leads to over Velebit to Karlobag. At the crest of the road are Baške Oštarije. Accommodation is possible in two mountain lodges and camping. We chose a mountain lodge Prpa and can safely say that there is no such place anywhere in the world. You are located in a small mountain bungalows alpine style blends perfectly into the woods. Bungalows for 1-2 family and named after the surrounding mountain tops (our name was Šatorina). Part of the complex is the janitor house with mountain living room - indoor and outdoor section. Special event that night in the company of the caretaker government Prpića - Prpe, the best Croatian connoisseurs viper. In addition to the hunt for snakes will hear from him and many other interesting stories, and with a little luck in handy terrarium will be a snake that he picked up on his walks Velebit.
Near the home visit Lookout Kubus. It is an imposing stone cube at 927 meters above sea level raised regarding construction of the road through Ostarian door. Excellent overlook the Pag and the surrounding islands, and near the gift shop TZ Karlobag. Special attraction - night view when the lights on the islands. Dom Prpa an excellent base for visiting the surrounding peaks. At least a dozen of them superbly attractive, so you can choose the one that suits your fitness level and technical abilities. The trick is to be in the immediate vicinity of the peaks can be accessed by good forest road climb takes 60-90 min. We have succeeded in three - Kiza (technically simple, after just 45 minutes you will get photos that will look like you are in the Alps), Bacic Kuk (it's already big deal and it is recommended that only highly skilled, but all shot of adrenaline) and finally Visočica (grassy peak, the highest in the area with the impressive 1616 m).
Adrenaline which is not to hike on their come-adventure excursion in center-city Rizvan. Facilities that park offers chase you faster blood body, and will be heard and that scream. Here you can climb the rock and play paintball or ride quads and Jeep. Special attractions are najadrenalinskije - visit adrenalin park row (set up in the canopy of giant beech), zip line (where you scream like a girl) and the end of a giant swing (that you have run out of words). If you is enough, you can play a giant table football. Greetings excellent animators and recommendations - do not miss it.
If you are ready to prepare their own meals in the mountain hut Gospic ooooodlična offers two restaurants - Maki and the Golden Horseshoe. We chose Maki, food is excellent and the prices more than moderate. Now everyone expects that I will recommend a roast or grill, but I seem to have a special treat giant portions of excellently prepared squid. When you are already in Lika must not miss any great Highland beer - Velebit and trotting. We have made a step forward and visited Pazarište (30 km from Gospic). Ante Starcevic, friendly owner of the brewery Ličanka found half an hour for us and by the time we honored their excellent beers.
On returning to Gospic worth drop in Perušić. The cave Grabovača you, accompanied by a great professional guide, visit Samogradska cave. Markedly different from other tourist decorated caves in Croatia, it is easily accessible to children, but do not come in flip-flops. Also nearby is called. Turkey tower, a great opportunity for those who would like a little more adrenaline.
In the end, Gospic and its immediate surroundings offer three interesting museums / exhibitions. In the town, a museum based. It will most enjoy lovers of ancient history and art. What you should not miss is the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center in nearby Smiljan. Besides big it certainly applies to families with small children - a park like the one in the center is probably not seen anywhere else. True patriots can drop up to Big Žitnik where the birthplace of the father of the homeland, Ante Starcevic.
The idea is great, but they can be less ambitious with Baske Oštarija simply down to Karlobag swimming (only 12 km) or enjoy trout fishing in one of the Lika River.