Camping Plitvice is located in central Croatia, more precisely in the village Smoljanac, which is part of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes and Lika-Senj County. Nearby, on the east side, is the state border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We could say that by staying in our camp, you are staying in the heart of Croatia.
A little less than five thousand inhabitants live on an area of 470.79 km², and the area itself is surrounded by mountains. On the west side there is Mala Kapela (known as Gvozd), and on the east Plješivica (known as Vražji vrt which served in defense against Turkish attacks) with the highest peak 1646 m above sea level, also the highest peak of this area. The natural resources of this area are diverse animal species such as birds, butterflies and wildlife (deer, wolves, lynxes, bears) as well as forests (beech, hornbeam, fir).
Strategically positioned Camping Plitvice is located at an equal distance of one hour by car towards Gospić on the south side (69 km) or Karlovac on the north side (78.5 km). The unique experience of contrast in as many as three different climatic and vegetative changes is the close proximity to the sea, and continental and Mediterranean climates, although the area is predominantly mountainous.
The Korana River has its source in the Plitvice Lakes, and its mouth in the Kupa River (towards the north of Croatia). It is 134.2 km long.
In addition to the Korana, nearby are the river Una (east side) and Gacka (west side of the municipality) which you can sail with kayak. See the offer of our partners for more information on activities.
Probably the most famous symbol of Lika is the Lika’s hat, a recognizable red color, decorated with black motifs and black whales.
Famous people from the Plitvice Lakes Municipality are doctor Andrija Štampar (1888 – 1958), actors Rade Šerbedžija and Đorđe Rapajić (Nosonja from the TV series Smogovci), and singer Vlado Kalember.
Famous people from the surrounding area are Ban Josip Jelačić, who has always emphasized his Lika roots, and art artist and singer Josipa Lisac.
The gastronomic offer is based on the continental mountain climate in which the cultivation of cereals, plants and livestock for the production of milk, dairy and meat products prevailed.
Traditional Lika cuisine that you will find in the offer of local restaurants includes a variety of porridge (polenta) of corn, oats, barley or millet, sauerkraut or beans combined with meat, homemade bread, sour or sweet milk, fine hard cheeses, potato pie, greens or a shelf (the Lika name for potatoes baked in their shells), and desserts such as donuts, cast dough fried in hot oil and strudels of various flavors.
If you want to try the rich autochthonous offer of cheeses from the Lika region, we definitely advise you to visit the cheese factory “Runolist” in Otočac, which in addition to cheese tasting and quality wine tasting has an educational room (hallway) on the cheese production process.
The offer of local family farms, in addition to homemade milk and a large selection of cheeses, the most popular of which is škripavac and various meat products, includes homemade honey (mostly meadow, and the most healing among them is Medun, which is known as the king of all honeys). jams, chokeberry or blackberry jams or juices, nettle teas, elderflower or peppermint flowers, wild herbs such as mushrooms dried for tea or various dishes, Lika traditional cakes such as Plitvice strudel, and homemade brandies of various kinds (quince, pear, cider, honeysuckle, sour cherry and carob) among which the most famous is Lika plum brandy.
You can find the entire offer on the link: https://www.lika-destination.hr/lika-quality
National Park Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The area of almost 300 km² consists mostly of forests, a small part of grasslands, and only 1% of lakes and waterfalls (a total of 16 cascading lakes connected by sparkling waterfalls) that make up the most beautiful part of this pearl of natural heritage.
Barac’s caves will provide you with a unique experience of the underground world and the untouched nature of magnificent whitefish that you can experience through a 60-minute expert guide.
Visit the old town of Drežnik to experience a touch of history dating back to the 11th century. century when Drežnik town was a very important defensive stronghold, while today it is left with the remains of the city’s defensive walls and a large inner tower.
At the “Dolina Jelena” ranch of the Bićanić family, you will be able to hang out with the common and deer fallow deer.
The Špoljarić sawmill and mill in the village of Korana is the only one of a total of five mills located along the Korana River, which is still operating today, grinding grain and sawing wood with the power of water. It was built in 19. century, and over time restored.
Visit the Astronomical Society Korenica to enjoy the heavenly beauties.
The “Nikola Tesla” Memorial Center, located outside the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes, more precisely in Smiljan, is still close to you and worth a visit to witness the works of this brilliant scientist and inventor of electricity.