Kotar is a large mountainous and rocky region in between
the coast of Kvarner and the valley of Lake Kupe
which runs along the border between Slovenia and Croatia.
This region is divided up into three parts; the northern part which
includes the mountains of Obruc, Snjeznik,
and Risnjak, the area towards the coastline with
the mountains of Tuhobic, Medvidak
and Kobiljak, and the southern part with Velika
Kapela with the mountains of Burni, Bitoraj,
Visevnica, Bjelolasica, the cliffs
of Bijela, Samarska and Klek.
In the valleys of this large mountain range you will find the larger
towns; Ravna Gora, Vrbovsko, Ogulin, Delnice, Brod na Kupi,
Mrkopalj, Brod Moravice,
Fuzine, Cabar, Begovo
razdolje, Lokve, Skrad and many others.
in Gorski Kotar is continental which means it has
short, cool summers and long, cold winters with much snow.
Kapela is a wide mountainous region which connects Gorski
Kotar with the mountain range of Velebit. The natural parks
of the Bijela and Samarska cliffs are located in the spacious
region of Velika Kapela and, because it is so difficult to reach
these nature parks, they remain well-preserved.
On the mountain
of Bjelolasica lies the highest peak in Gorski
Kotar – Kula (1534m). Bjelolasica is 5-6km long
with steep sides and its peak is a high and narrow plain which is
a beautiful botanical garden.
National Park of Risnjak dominates the north-western
region of Gorski Kotar and captures the central, highest and most
interesting part of this mass of mountains. Throughout this area,
a trail was made which is 3800m long and 690m above sea-level.
is a town which is very rich in vegetation and is one of the „greenest“
in Croatia. Near Cabar is Hrib, the mountain of
„1000“ villages. The trail passes through this area and leads to
the source and canyon of the river Kupe. Cabar
is a great place to enjoy recreational excursions, hunting
is one of the largest and main towns in Gorski Kotar. Surrounding
Delnice is a number of caves, forests and mountains
which make Delnice a perfect location for hunting and summer
holidays. Accommodation in Delnice can be found in private
homes with apartments, pansions, and hotels.
town of Lokve is known for its large man-made lake
Omladinska, the lime-stone caves of Lokvarska,
as well as the Natural Park and forest of Golubnjak.
is known to be a wonderful winter recreational centre as well as
a beautiful mountain summer resort. Mrkopalj is also the starting
point of many excursions as well as a great area for hunting.
last few years, tourism in Gorski Kotar has grown and offers accommodation
such as apartments, rooms, pansions, and hotels. Visitors can enjoy
their holiday by taking part in rural tourism,
visiting the many taverns and restaurants which
offer traditional specialties such as wild game.
Gorski Kotar is an area where hunting is quite popular during the
summer months, and, because of the mountains, it is an attractive
destination for hikers and mountain climbers as
well as skiing during the winter months. Its many
rivers and rapids, picturesque valleys, lakes, caves,
the unexplored flow of underground rivers, as well as its beautiful
villages attract the most enthusiastic of nature
in the central highland area, along the Lousiana road which runs
through the town, you will find Skrad
- a popular vacation spot since the end of the 19th century, primarily
because of the climate characteristics of the area. Skrad and the
surrounding villages occupy an area of 56,54 square km and are,
according to the last population count, home to 1333 inhabitants.
Spread over the slopes of Skradski vrh, Skrad is
situated at 700m above sea level. The highest point of Skradski
vrh is at 1044 m above sea level, while the lowest point is at Zeleni
vir, 302 meters above sea level. The Skrad area is surrounded
by the valley of the river Kupa to the north, Cedanj
stream and river Dobra to the east, Bukovska
Dobra and highland plains to the south and Velika
Sušica stream to the west. The most important georgaphical
characteristic of this area is that it is easily accessible.