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Long Weekend in Lika: Three days – Three peaks

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How do you spend an extended weekend? The sun’s rays invite you to explore untouched nature, get to know the scenic attractions, and relax with family and friends – all while enjoying local specialties.

All of the above awaits you at the three-day event Three Days – Three Peaks, taking place from 28 to 30 May in beautiful Lika.

The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes, the Municipality of Udbina and the Tourist Board of the City of Gospić have jointly prepared an excellent program of active vacation for visitors – conquering three mountain peaks in three days with accompanying activities.

Professional hiking guides will make sure that there are no deviations from the right forest path. The event is co-organized by the Velebit Nature Park, CMRS station Gospić, Mrsinj Mountaineering Society, and Željezničar Mountaineering Society. Hiking, as well as gastronomic and musical amenities are completely free for all visitors.

Since the climbing tours are not particularly demanding, they can be mastered by people who are not in the best shape and by people with short legs. For excursionists who want to enjoy the fresh mountain air for all three days and get to know the quirks of this area, affordable accommodation is provided in the Mrzlin grad Tourist Resort, more information at: www.mrzlingrad.com

Korenica is the first host of climbing to the top of Mrsinj, which is located on the eastern part of the slope. The peak features the remains of the medieval fortress “Mrsinj Grad” (1112 m), the former home of the Frankopan dukes, and the remains of a former fortress are located below the stone peak.

Apart from defense, the Mrsinj Grad fortress also had a religious purpose. It was the first church administrative center, where the bishops of the Krbava diocese (since 1185) sat. After conquering the green peak, the excursionists descend to the Mrzlin grad tourist resort. The wonderful smell of hunters’ stew from the cauldron, a specialty of this region, with which the host awaits them in the Ursula restaurant, along with a music program, will surely delight even the pickiest of eaters.

On the second day, the departure from Udbina starts around 10 o’clock. Here you will discover the beauties of the Ozeblin hill, from which you can see as many as 17 mountain peaks, including Sinjal, the highest peak in Croatia and also one of the highest peaks of the Dinarides mountain range. On the way back, you can visit the famous Church of Croatian Martyrs in Udbina.

We also recommend excursions to Udbina, as well as the lookout point above the historic Krbava Field. After climbing and absorbing the beauties of untouched nature, there will be an organized picnic on the meadow for all visitors. Another one of Lika’s favorite specialties, homemade lamb, will be prepared and is sure to make your taste buds sing.

On the third day, after a walk around Gospić, it’s time for the third challenge – Oštra hill, a peak and short mountain slope near Gospić, four kilometers away from the city center. From the top, there is an irresistible view of most of the peaks of the middle and southern parts of Velebit.

This is the shortest of the three hiking tours and, on the way back, you just have to follow the tempting smell at the foot, where all hikers can expect a delicious “kotlovina” meal in the village of Trnovac.

There are just some places that offer enchanting views of natural beauty, looking like something right off a postcard. Such scenes await you in Lika. If you decide to go on this adventure, you will enjoy the fresh air and forget about everyday life and obligations in an instant.

The hosts will do their best to make your stay unforgettable and to fill your memory chest with many beautiful moments that you will cherish for a long time.

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