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Lika and Gorski Kotar

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LikaLika is a geographic region in Mountainous Croatia macroregion of Croatia, roughly bound by the Velebit mountain from the southwest and the Plješevica mountain from the northeast.
Major towns include Gospić, Otočac, and Gračac, most of which are located in the karst poljes of the rivers of Lika, Gacka and others.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is also in Lika.
Lika is traditionally a rural area with a developed farming (growing potatoes) and livestock.
Industry relies mostly on wood processing.
Gorski Kotar is the mountainous region in Croatia between Karlovac and Rijeka.
Together with Lika and the Ogulin-Plaški valley it forms Mountainous Croatia.

Plitvice LakesPlitvice Lakes National Park, the most famous national park in Croatia.
It is a phenomenon of Karst hydrography, consisting of 16 connected cascading lakes with numerous waterfalls, surrounded by a forest of beeches, firs, spruces and pine trees.
Due to its natural beauty, Plitvice Lakes National Park has been entered on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. Plitvice is open throughout the whole year.
Numerous trails lead you through the National Park. Furthermore, you can go sightseeing by tourist boat or train.

 Gospić

is a town and municipality in the mountainous and sparsely populated region of Lika. Gospić is located near the Lika River in the middle of a karst field.
Today's town was built around two Ottoman forts (the towers of Aga Senković and of Aga Alić). The Turkish incursion was repelled by the end of the 17th century and Gospić became an administrative centre of the Lika region within the Military Frontier.
The municipality was the birthplace of such great men as the physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla (in Smiljan), pioneer in telegraphy Ferdinand Kovačević and also national thinkers like Ante Starčević.

 Otočac

is a town in Lika, Croatia. It lies in the northwestern part of Lika, in the Gacka river valley.
The town lies to the southeast of Senj, northwest of Gospić and west of Plitvice.
Otočac was named after the early Croatian parish.
The text of the famous Baška Tablet (around 1100) says that the church of St. Nicholas in Otočac was part of the order community with the Church of St. Lucy, Jurandvor on the island of Krk.
The Baroque parish church of the Holy Trinity, erected in 1684 (restored in 1774), is a large one-nave building with rounded sanctuary; three side chapels are on each side of the nave.
The bell tower rises from the main front.
The late baroque and classicist furnishings of the church include seven altars, a pulpit, baptismal font and sepulchral slabs from the 18th century.
From 1746, Otočac was the headquarters of a regiment of the Military Frontier. A number of harmonious, simple, mostly two-story houses originate from this period.

Gračac

is a town and a municipality in the southern part of Lika, Croatia.
It is located south of Udbina, northeast of Obrovac, northwest of Knin and southeast of Gospić.
The municipality is administratively part of the Zadar county.
The name Gračac is derived from "gradina" which means an old abandoned castle.
Near the town there are Lake Gračac and the karst field of Gračac.
The Cerovac caves nearby are open for turists.
The town is on the way into the Lika region of Zadar county, and the surroundings offer good hunting game.

Bjelolasica

located in a spacious valley at an altitude of 620 meters, 27 km from Ogulin.
It is known for its rich vegetation, typical of the Gorski Kotar region.
It is a tourist destination suitable for all seasons.
Bjelolasica is also suitable for winter activities, hunting, fishing, rafting on the rapids of the Dobra and Mrežnica rivers excursions.
Access
Karlovac - Bosiljevo – direction of Split – Ogulin exit - Jasenak - Bjelolasica.
Distance: Zagreb 130 km.

Ravna Gora

is located in the central part of Gorski kotar on a plateau whose average altitude ranges from 700 to 900 m.
It is surrounded by mountains – on one side by Bjelolasica, Visnjevica and Suhi Vrh, and on the other side by Javorova Kosa and Kosica.
Ravna Gora is located in the central part of Gorski kotar, only 45 kilometers from the sea, approximately half way from Rijeka to Karlovac with an exit on the new motorway.
The name itself bears witness to the magnificent connection between the flatland and the mountain.
It lies at an average altitude of 800 m. Ravna Gora is surrounded by areas of unspoiled nature, clean air and sources of fresh water.
It is a real paradise for lovers of hiking, bike riding and nature.
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