Gorski kotar – a green oasis in Croatia

In our minds, summer is mostly for going to the sea and soaking up the sun, but everyone’s favorite season can be so much more than that. Gorski kotar, Croatia’s green oasis, is beautiful in winter, but we’ve yet to experience what it has to offer during the warmer part of the year. How rich and full of life Croatia is, and how little we are aware of the blessings we have been endowed with.

And Gorski kotar is a region with so much to offer, a region for all seasons. Located halfway between Zagreb and Rijeka, this magical region is one of the greenest parts of the whole country. A place where nature and local people are in perfect harmony. And where the rich history is visible in the many castles throughout the region.

So let’s pick out some highlights from the marvelous Gorski kotar

Bear watching

Yes, watch out! One such resident that has always ruled the forests of Gorski kotar are the bears. Thanks to the “Bear Watching” program, there is a good chance that you will encounter a bear in its natural habitat face to face. And the organizers of this great idea claim that bears appear almost 95% of the time, which means you have a very good chance of seeing a bear up close. “Bear watch” is a fantastic experience, an encounter with nature and the opportunity to remember that man is only a link in a chain that works very well without us.

Gastronomy Gorsky Kotar

Like the majority of regions across the country, Gorski kotar has its own specialties. Hunter’s goulash, ravioli, blueberry tart, homemade cheese, sausages, bear leek pesto, homemade bread, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. All the dishes resemble the ancient cuisine of the inhabitants of this region. Satisfying and heavy food is served in order to survive the harsh conditions that are common here in winter. People needed to work a lot, but they also ate well.

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A mystical city in the heart of Gorski kotar

Čabar is truly a gem of a small town. Mainly, because of its beautiful nature and forests, and its rich history, but also extremely kind people ready to welcome you. A visit to the Interpretation Center “Les Routes des Frankopans” reminds you of the rich history and heritage of the famous families who lived in this region. Every now and then they find new documents in the archives, recordings and images that have lain under layers of dust for years until someone discovers their value.


Klanac bathing area

The surprises in Gorski kotar never end, and with a visit to Vrbovsko you will discover another, the Klanac bathing area. Why do we only hit the beaches every summer when here we can find calm and refresh ourselves and enjoy nature? And here, the perfect artist, which is nature, has really done its best. Besides swimming in the beautiful and clean water, you can kayak, enjoy organized rafting, sunbathe, eat at nearby restaurants and just have fun. The Klanac swimming area can be a great detour or even the main destination.

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