Trip to Velebit mountain and Zrmanja Canyon is unforgettable hiking adventure in Velebit Nature Park. You will enjoy the magnificent view of Zrmanja river canyon, climb the most beautiful peak of mountain Velebit, visit filming locations of Winnetou and birth house of Luka Modrić.
AVAILABLE: May to September
SIGHTS and ATTRACTIONS:
Velebit Nature Park is mountain range and the largest protected area in Croatia. The highest peak of the mountain reaches up to 1.757 m. Velebit is included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Majstorska cesta is a macadam road and the most beautiful mountain road in Croatia, offering spectacular views of the peaks of Velebit mountain, the Zadar hinterland and the sea. It was built in 19th century and it is 41 km long. It was the first road to connect the continental and coastal Croatia’s regions.
Tulove grede (Tulo’s Rafters) is one of the most attractive peaks of Velebit mountain. Extremely steep limestone cliffs and rough landscape served as filming location for many movies and definitely the most popular are those about Winnetou – fictive Indian chief, based on Karl May’s novels. Velebit is known as a mountain where movie character Indian chief Winnetou died. After the death of the famous actor Pierre Brice, his wife spilled its ashes across this magnificent mountain.
Zrmanja river is 69 km long and flows through the wild and rocky landscape creating magnificent canyon that is more than 200 meters deep.
PLAN OF THE TOUR:
START: 8:00 or 15:00
END: 13:00 or 8:00
Duration: 5:00 hours
Hike Velebit mountain and Zrmanja canyon is organized in the morning and in the afternoon. Departure is from Zadar towards the first location – Zrmanja canyon. You will stop shortly in a plateau overlooking Zrmanja canyon and admire magnificent 200 m deep canyon. This location served for the purposes of making Winnetou movies, representing Wild West while river Zrmanja was representing Rio Pecos.
After that you will drive towards Velebit Nature Park. The ride itself is unique experience because you will drive along old macadam road (Majstorska cesta) and you will enjoy amazing panoramic views as you climb towards the Velebit mountain. During the ride your guide will tell you stories and legends about construction of the road and you will stop to visit the church of St. Francis with unusual architecture built in 1832 by the emperor Francis II.
The ride continues to the foothills of Tulove grede, one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Croatia. This is where you stop and exit the vehicle to start the 1,5 hour hike up hill to the top. Short walks are combined with short pauses for you to refresh and to photograph unusual karst formations and wildlife. At the top of the mountain you will have 30-40 min pause to enjoy the calmness of the mountain and breath-taking views from 1.100 m height.
After the pause follows downhill 40-min hike to the foothills of the peak, where the vehicle will be waiting for you. On your way back to Zadar, you will stop to see birth house of Luka Modrić, World’s best football player in 2018.
Hike Velebit mountain and Zrmanja canyon ends when you return to Zadar.
75,00 EUR per person (565.09 HRK)
Notice: minimal number of 4 passengers is required for this tour
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- transportation with air-conditioned vehicle
- experienced hiking guide
- admission for Velebit Nature Park
- insurance for consequences from injuries
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- personal consumption
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF HIKING:
Difficulty: moderate (medium demanding)
Distance climbing: 1500 meters
Effective climbing time: 1:20 hours
Distance descending: 1500 meters
Effective descending time: 40 minutes
RECOMMENDED AGE: kids older than 12 years and adults
GUIDES: licensed Croatian, English and/or German speaking guides
WHAT TO BRING: hiking boots or sneakers without plastic sole, small backpack for your stuff, rain coat, sun cream, lightweight jacket, energy bar, bottle of water (1,5 liters), mobile phone, money, your ID
Toilet: unavailable at the mountain