Nature Park Velebit
Nature Park Velebit Nature Park Velebit was proclaimed as such in 1981. and encompasses several protected areas: strict reservation of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi; a forest vegetation reservation – Štirovača in mid-Velebit; botanical reservations: Zavižan – Balinovac – Zavižanska kosa, Visibaba; a special geomorphological reservation: Cerovac caves near Gračac; significant landscape: Zavratnica bay; and nature
Sports & nature
Contrast between the land and the sea, lookout points facing the sea, numerous and accessible trails towards peaks, well arranged and marked trails and hiking paths, fairy tail-like forest roads, rich flora and fauna, unusual rocks, nice mountain homes, wild canyons, deep caves and pits- all that and much more can be found in Nature Park Velebit. Virgin nature is one the greatest riches of this area and the reason true nature enthusiasts are attracted towards it. Substantial number of caves and pits found here sparks interest of speleologist and amateurs. Relatively small area holds an impressive number of the mentioned caves and pits: Vrlina, Mamet, Golubinka, Bunovac, Puhaljka pits and Cerovac caves. Cerovac caves are the greatest cave complex in Croatia which will surely amaze you with rich cave figures and decorations. Nature Park Velebit will please the recreationalists, adventurers as well as romantics who enjoy long nature walks.
Culture and history info
Despite the harsh nature, this area had been inhabited for centuries and tracks of active life are still visible: there are roads built, cultural monuments and sacral objects. Especially intriguing are the remains of what were once shepherds' residences, old mills and water mills and mirila
: memorial stones placed in the deceased’s honour, making them interesting for researchers from different scientific disciplines (e.g. http://bib.irb.hr/prikazi-rad?rad=677557