RIVIJERA PAKLENICA - where mountain touches
Riviera Paklenica covers the area of more than
200 km2. Area of RIVIJERA PAKLENICA stretches from the western side
from Tribanj-Mandalina, from eastern side up to Modric, and the
northern frontier of RIVIJERA PAKLENICA is on the heights of Velebit.
Velebit is a 145 km long mountain range that separates Mediterranean
from the continental part of Croatia. As such natural corridor it
contributes to climate conditions. It is an ideal mixture of Mediterranean
and mild mountain climate and as such is healthy. During summers
it is never unbearably hot because there is always a light mistral,
and winters are mild with occasional strong bora. Mountain Velebit,
Karst giant with a complex eco system was in 1978 included into
the protection and scientific research program for the benefit of
humanity within the Organization of United Nations for education,
science and culture.
Below the highest peaks of the mountain there are two canyons squeezed
between giant rocks - Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons. The area
of Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons, natural phenomenon of Croatian
Karst with the rich flora and fauna was in 1949 proclaimed The National
park of Croatia.
Numerous legends were told beside the family hearths
about the canyons cut into Velebit - the Croatian Olympus. One of
the scariest and most beautiful one is that about the Velebit fairies
who with their beauty enchanted young men to serve them as slaves
of love or...
Although we doubt in the existence of the fairies
it's sure that each visitor will be captivated with the beauty of
nature. Paklenica national park joins the most beautiful and versatile
sights of Velebit, and challenges each nature lover, regardless
if it is the picnicker or mountaineer to stroll the paths, meet
the secrets of the canyons and research the truth behind the one
eyed giant of the Manita cave that irresistibly reminds us of the
Ulysses meeting the Cyclops Polifem, who was blinded by the Ithaca
canning man, or to get know the life and friendly people from this
The centre of RIVIJERA PAKLENICA is Starigrad-Paklenica
antique Argyruntum. It is considered that Argyruntum was founded
at the place of prehistoric settlement during the time of emperor
Tiberius, and that it was Roman municipal whose inhabitants had
a status of Roman citizens. Rich heritage of china dishes, luxurious
jewellery, tools, weapons and a collection of glass items of high
value confirm that Argyruntum was one of the civilization, cultural
and economic centres of these parts of antique Croatia. The collection
is kept in archaeological museum in Zadar.
Archaeological findings in Milovci near Starigrad-Paklenica
prove that there were conditions for population of Palaeolithic
man, and findings (Neolithic china) from Vaganac cave give us the
data on the life of Neolithic man.
Later history witnesses about economic and cultural richness of
- Velebit graveyards - traditional graveyards
- St. Peter church - pre-Romanic sacral building from the 10th century
- Vecka tower - ruins of the castle during the time of the attack
of the Turks on the seaside
- St. Mary's church - votive sanctuary where Assumption is traditionally
celebrated on August 15 at Veliko Rujno (900 m a/s)
The fact that the educational program started as
early as 1894 is another proof of cultural and historical heritage
Until the beginning of the development of tourism in the 1950s the
citizens of Starigrad -Paklenica were oriented towards continental
areas and only with the beginning of the development of tourism
they are beginning to focus on the seaside area. Even today the
people of this area live the simple life of their ancestors fishermen,
shepherds, olive growers, beekeepers, winegrowers...
The first visit to RIVIJERA PAKLENICA - Milovac family is an adventure
to unknown. All other travels will be adventures to familiar but
nevertheless different and you will always again be captured by
the beauty of these parts.