Nestled in the heart of Dalmatia, this region is a must-see destination. Explore the quaint villages and towns that dot the landscape, and discover the true soul of Dalmatia. Charming cobblestone villages, sapphire beaches, hospitality, majestic sunsets and adrenaline-filled adventures are just the beginning.
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Diversity of landscapes
The southernmost part of the Velebit mountain, rising 1402 m.
It’s embellished by karst reefs, valleys, landforms, and steep reefs. It offers one of the best views over Dalmatia and Lika. It also offers a view of the whole mountain of Velebit form one place. You can reach the peak by following the marked hiking trails “Prezid – Veliki Crnopac” and “Prezid – Mountain shelter Crnopac – Veliki Crnopac”.
Put Malog princa is the most popular hiking trail of the south Velebit, located near the mountain shelter Crnopac. It takes you through the Velebit Nature Park, all the way to the Bili Kuk peak (1171 m). The trail is rich in rock formations with interesting names. It’s one of the most challenging climbing trails in Croatia, even though it has a diameter of only 600 m and the climb takes less than 3 to 4 hours. A guided tour with hiking experience is recommended
The home of cave bears
The Cerovac Caves, located just 4km outside Gračac, are one of the most important speleological objects in Croatia and a part of the immense cave complex of Crnopac.
Famous for its stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes and colours, this karst underground is a magical and unique treasure of natural heritage. Have fun discovering what the various shapes of rocks and cave formations remind you of!
Two Caves – the Lower and Upper cave, are open for visitors to it's 700m lenght, and are toured with a guide (included in the price of the ticket) according to the scheadule. The average temperature is about 7 ºC so it is necessary to wear warm, layered clothing and athletic footwear whenever visiting the caves.
Even though the caves have been open for visitors since 1951, the newly opened Centre of Excellence allows you to explore this mysterious place in the Velebit Nature Park even better. Discover and get to know the underground in a new, appealing way with the help of modern amenities related to the phenomenon of the Cerovac Caves, karst, and natural and cultural heritage. You can also buy a souvenir there.
History carved in stone
Witness some eras gone by in the former Roman City of Asseria.
The grand City of Asseria was nestled between the present day Bukovica and Ravni Kotari. It is one of the most important Liburnian and then Roman settlements in the area of northern Dalmatia, located in the area of the present-day village of Podgrađe close to the City of Benkovac. The city was known for its triumphal arch, forum, aqueduct and cippus, a type of a Liburnian gravestone. They were discovered in the greatest numbers in this area. In addition to cippus, numerous other stone monuments were found here: portrait steles, decorations on public structures, altars and many others. All this is proof of a very developed stonemason economy that exists even today.
Fairy-tale castle with an imaginative history
Find out why this castle has been delighting it's visitors for centuries.
The most noticeable cultural-historical monument in Benkovac is Kaštel Benković, a fort named after the great Croatian Benković family who built it in the second half of the 15th century. However, there are also some other theories about its origin. Some say that it was built by Croatian lords in the Middle Ages. In the beginning, this mysterious castle played a defensive role. However, the Turks conquered it in 1527. The proof of the importance of this structure for this area is the fact that is marks the beginning of history of the City of Benkovac. The castle is just as important today even though it has a different function – it serves as the ideal stage for various manifestations and represents the centre of cultural life.