Experience the perfect coexistence of people and nature
Why visit Lika Destination
Located in Croatia, Lika is a destination where you can experience a unique combination of mountainous terrain and the sea, along with three different climates on a relatively small geographical area. 60% of Lika Destination is protected through the Environmental Protection Act and there are 8 protected natural areas within the destination. Due to ecologically clean nature, local products are of exceptional quality. Nikola Tesla was born in Lika and the nature surrounding him was a source of inspiration for him.
Culture & Local Life
Lika is a destination where, in addition to the richness of preserved nature, you can also enjoy an abundance of cultural and historical sights, as well as experience traditional customs.
Visit museums and historical monuments, and learn about the Japod tribe. Visit old water mills and experience the smell of freshly ground flour, experience the coexistence of man and water. Visit family farms, taste local products prepared according to traditional recipes with the Lika Quality label. Experience the destination of Lika through taste, folk customs, and local souvenirs.
Get to know the traditions of Lika.
Lika Destination is located near two larger seaports Rijeka and Zadar, and two smaller seaports Karlobag and Senj. The railway also passes through Lika and several locations can be reached by train. The destination includes over 2000km of marked bike paths with printed bicycle maps.
Lika is connected by bus lines from Zagreb and Zadar.
There are agencies from which you can rent a bike and they deliver it to you at your desired location. If you have your own bike, there are many different bike trails to choose from whether you want a calm trail or hilly adrenaline. The trails are traced and marked with boards and maps, and some can be found in cycling mobile applications.
Nature & Wildlife
There are 3 national parks in the destination, one of which is the world famous – Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as many nature parks and several cave complexes. Within the destination there is also the Velebit Botanical Garden and the strictly reserved nature preserves Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi.
Lika is home to many endemic plants and karst formations they are some of the most interesting in the world. In addition to plants, the destination is home to many animals, of which three wild beasts, the wolf, the bear and the lynx.
Considering that almost 60% of the area of Lika is protected, the goal is to preserve the natural heritage as protected natural sites and develop tourism exclusively according to the model of sustainable development.
Through the regional quality system of food, beverages and souvenirs – Lika Quality, we want to encourage a larger volume of local production and consumption and local producers are involved in tourism development. In this way, we strive to preserve jobs of the local population and encourage family farms.
Health and Safety
Members of the Lika Destination Cluster were trained on how to behave when receiving guests, renting accommodations and providing services. They were given instructions on how to clean the premises and how to allow guests to be as safe as possible in the facility where they stay. There are disinfectants at the entrance of catering facilities, the staff wears protective face masks. Each guest must have their temperature measured before entering the facility, the total number of guests is limited, tables are set at the prescribed distance, the rooms are regularly ventilated and card payment is recommended everywhere.
At attractions such as national parks where visitors come in groups, circular tours have been created so that the groups do not meet each other.
Good Practice Story
Lika Destination is the ecological core of Croatia that, beside its unique natural beauty, has just as unique cuisine, using products that are made and grown within this ecological oasis. The goal is to preserve the natural heritage as protected natural sites and develop tourism in Lika exclusively according to the model of sustainable development.
The products of local producers are promoted under a common brand – Lika Quality and are included in the tourist offer. By networking all members within the destination, we are working on the integrated management of the destination to make the guest as satisfied as possible.
Travel tips from our editors
Hotels in the Plitvice Lakes National Park are certified Friends of Nature and Green Energy because the park uses electricity from renewable sources and remnants of food are disposed of in a sustainable way. Plitvice Lakes National Park has been working for several years on the introduction of biodegradable packaging with the aim of eliminating plastics from its business.
Lika destination offers diverse accommodation, in addition to classic hotels, you can also sleep in luxury tree houses or hobbit houses in the camp. Some campsites are Eco Camp certified. More information about accommodation in Lika destination can be found here.
Taste Lika Quality Products
Lika Destination has a large percentage of protected areas, which means that almost all foods produced in the destination are organic because they are grown in pure ecological nature. In order to further confirm their organic production, most producers in the Lika Quality system are entered in the register of organic producers.
More information about local producers from Lika whose products bear the Lika Quality label can be found here.
Stay 7 days in Lika Destination
Lika Destination has designed the project Stay 7 days in Lika which covers visit in the wider region of Lika and the Velebit coastline. Each trip includes the Plitvice Lakes National Park due to its exceptional nature value. Enjoy these trips with a group or individually and experience the protected natural areas, cultural heritage, adventure and educational activities.
The Lika Quality system includes producers who allow visitors to participate in the fruit harvest on their farms. Some of the private holiday home renters allow guests to pick fruits from the garden themselves and use them to prepare meals.
Various associations organize cleaning actions of parks or food drives collecting food as public events in which all visitors can also participate.
Hike & Bike
Lika has many hiking and biking trails. It is recommended to download the Cyclolika mobile application where most of the bike paths in the destination can be found. Every tourist board in Lika or attraction, such as national parks, and other protected areas have detailed descriptions of bicycle, hiking and mountaineering trails on their websites and on their premises you can get maps and other promotional and useful materials.
There are several mountaineering and cycling associations that have licensed guides that you can contact for guidance or for detailed information. Most trails, whether cycling, hiking or mountaineering, are marked with signs or markings and are safe to use with the necessary equipment for this activity. Bicycle rental is possible.
Hike & Bike
Within the Lika region you can find the biggest nature park of the whole country, Velebit Mountain.
This mountain area has two national parks – Northern Velebit and Paklenica (South Velebit). Velebit Mountain is part of the huge Dinaric Alps and the most popular hiking destination in the country. It’s a natural border between the Adriatic Sea and Lika’s hinterland.
The most popular hiking trail is the Premužić Trail that spans through the entire Northern Velebit National Park to Baške Oštarije in Central Velebit.
This 57 km trail offers amazing scenery with a great view of the Adriatic Sea, islands and beyond from the nearby peaks.
This area offers also an increasing number of cycling paths. You can ride it along well-maintained roads or more demanding “wild” paths, country roads, forest trails, alone or in organized tours with guides.
Lika Destination was selected in both the 2020 and 2021 Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories.
What does it mean?
- They have shown at least 60% compliance with the Green Destinations Core Criteria. Check out their scorecard to see their performance on each criterion.
- They have submitted a story that was selected to the list for its innovative, effective and / or transferable good management practice.