As you conquer the top of mount Kapela at 888 meters above sea level, you enter Lika. The first stop on the way is Jezerane, a small village with the Maljen archaeological site and the cave jewel Rokina Bezdana and Pećina from where water occasionally flows.
On rainy days, the water from the cave fills entire field Crnačko polje, while during low water levels you can go inside and admire the unique underground world. Legend says that the gold is hidden in the cave, while natives say that right there on Good Friday, the day when the bells in all the churches are fixed stationary, at noon you can hear their sound.
Jezerane has great historical importance. In the village centre is the Church of St. George the Martyr built in 1821, and where also the famous Croatian admiral Janko pl. Vuković Podkapelski who became famous in the 1st World War was born.
Near Jezerane is Stajnica, a village on the northeastern part of the municipality of Brinje and on the far north of Lika. The field Stajničko Polje, surrounded by mountains, with numerous hamlets, stream gullies, and always unexpected water levels, makes this village, on the slopes of Mala Kapela, a unique place to visit. Stajnica hides green fields and fertile soil, and the field Stajničko Polje is filled with people, especially on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, when a famous soccer tournament is also held. Located in Stajnica are Markarevo and Žižićevo vrilo, wonderful water sources used by the inhabitants of this region.
After Stajnica you arrive in Lipice, a village made up of 12 smaller villages that adorn the hills of the beautiful coniferous forest. In the valley of this magical village, first mentioned in 1638, is the Church of St. John the Baptist, built in 1878. The midsummer feast, their most important day, is celebrated twice a year, in summer and winter. Besides its agriculture, village is also known for its fruit growing, as the land and climate are especially suitable for that kind of culture.
As we continue in the direction of the Plitvice Lakes and arrive at the village Glibodol, which was first mentioned in historical documents in 1645. Glibodol was an important stronghold of defence in the war, which is why the country has suffered many casualties. Today, the village has been renewed and is gladly visited by many tourists on their way to Plitvice.
After Glibodol, you arrive in Križpolje, a small village that, according to a past legend, carried the name Križ or Cross. Legend has it that a large cross fell in Križpolje, hence the church, which will soon celebrate its 200th anniversary, is called the church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross. The feast of Križeva is celebrated as the most important holiday, while Križpolje is also an important transport location, as it is positioned at the exit from the A1 Zagreb – Split highway.
West of Križpolje, the road leads to the village Križ Kamenica, comprising Upper and Lower Kamenica. The village is mentiond in historical documents dating back to 1645, and its gentle meadows, beautiful forests and fertile fields, beckon one to seek rest. Above the village of Pavlovići is the water spring Stražište, from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and which until recently supplied the local population with drinking water.
Next stop is Vodoteč, a quiet place known for its agriculture and hunting. Located here are the famous Bitoraj hunting grounds.
Vodoteč brings us back to Brinje and the small village of Letinac, near mount Škamnica. The ravine, into which we enter while passing through a speleological gem, the Siničići cave, hides beautiful fertile fields. In Letinac you’ll find the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, built in 1907, and the village celebrates its most important day on 13th June with a solemn celebration.
As we go further towards the sea, we reach Prokike, a well-known resting place for many travellers travelling to the sea. In Prokike, you will always encounter cyclists, motorcyclists and others who prefer a break before the twisting climb up North Velebit. Due of its proximity to the sea, Prokike has been recognised by many people who have ended up building holiday houses there, because the mountain climate and fresh air guarantee tranquil sleep during the hot summer months.
Just half an hour from the sea lies Žuta Lokva. From its earliest history, the place was the intersection of important routes from the interior to the sea, and discovered archaeological sites from ancient times confirm this thesis. Today, Žuta Lokva is an important route intersection for the modern A1 Zagreb-Split motorway, and for local and regional roads leading to the Adriatic coast or further inland of Lika.
The road ends at the smallest village in the municipality of Brinje, Rapain Klanac, located on the road leading to Plitvice Lakes, and it is a must-see on your journey through magnificent Lika.
We believe that, together with us, you have enjoyed this trip and you will travel the same route many times.