Although Croatia is the tourist destination most famous for its beautiful beaches and clear blue sea, lovers of caves are surely aware of the fact that there are about ten thousand known caves in Croatia. However, out of the total number of caves, only forty are open to visitors. All caves in Croatia are protected by law, and the visit is allowed only if you are granted a permit for research or for tourist purposes, so individual visits without official accompaniment are not recommended.
Odysseus cave is located on the southern coast of the island of Mljet. During the summer months when the sunlight is the strongest in the sea, a spectacular color spectrum is created, which is especially interesting to true lovers of natural beauty. The access to the cave from the sea is possible with a smaller boat or by swimming. The entrance is only five meters wide and the height is one meter and a half, while access from the mainland is facilitated by improvised stairs. Find affordable apartments and private accommodation on island Mljet .
The Blue Cave is the sea cave, which is located in the cove Balun on the eastern side of the island Biševo about eight kilometers from Komiža on the island of Vis. Access to the cave is possible with a small rowing boat through the exterior artificially deepened entrance. Through the underwater opening on the south side of the cave, part of the day passes the sunlight reflecting from the bottom and illuminating the cave with the effect of a blue color. The cave is suitable for diving. Island Biševo is the closest to island Vis, where you have the opportunity to stay in the city Vis "on the eastern side of the island or in Komiza on the west side of the island.
Barac's caves are made up of three caves located about 6 kilometers from Rakovica near the Plitvice Lakes. The tour of the cave is organized accompanied by a guide who acquaints you with all the secrets of these beautiful caves. The visit takes about an hour and is available in Croatian, English and German. The visual spectacle is additionally added by ice lights which highlights the beauty of this cave. Apart from the rich cave decorations, Barac's caves are also famous for their archaeological finds of prehistoric objects dating back to the 7th century BC. A rich and diverse offer of private accommodation can be found in Plitvice Lakes if you choose to visit this interesting underground world.
The Vrelo Cave in Fužine according to some predictions is about 3.5 million years old and was discovered by accident in the middle of last century. The cave length of only 300 meters makes it one of the smaller caves, but the richness of cave decorations distinguishes it from other caves in Croatia. In the cave itself is a source of water and a natural lake that makes it special. The Vrelo cave was designed for tourist hiking and lightened in the late nineties of the last century. Given that this is a very mild steep, it is ideal for visits for children and older people. Private accommodation in romantic Fužine will allow you to relax in a clean air, leaving the busy everyday life, and visiting this beautiful cave!
The most famous caves in Croatia are the Cerovac caves located in the southern part of the Velebit Nature Park. Cerovac caves are located in the southern part of the Velebit Nature Park, and represent the largest cave complex in Croatia. The most famous caves are the Upper caves, about 1,200 m long, and the Lower Cave, which is about 2,400 m long. Access to the caves for tourist visits is possible, and visitors can enjoy exceptionally rich cave decorations. Also in the caves are found human bones and remains of cave bears. Cerovac caves are protected as a geological monument of nature. For sightseeing, a prior announcement is required and the tour takes about an hour. The nearest place where you can find affordable private accommodation is Gračac , located in Zadar county, and only 20 kilometers from Adriatic sea.
The cave Veternica is located near Zagreb, in the southwestern part of the Medvednica Nature Park. Although the length of the cave is more than seven thousand meters, making it one of the longest caves in Croatia, the tourists part is only first 380 meters. In torist part of the cave there are geomorphological phenomena - sand dunes, erosion forms, remains of extinct cave bears, fossils and similar natural phenomena are shown. Zagreb is rapidly becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination thanks to its rich and varied tourist offer throughout the year and offers number of apartments and rooms within private accommodation, which are offered for daily rental.
The Lokvarka cave is situated in the heart of Gorski kotar, a beautiful green oasis, situated between Rijeka and Zagreb, where exists harmonious coexistence of man and nature. Given that there is no natural entrance to it, the Lokvarka cave was discovered quite accidentally when excavating limestone at the beginning of the 20th century. Because of its indisputable beauty, it is considered one of the most beautiful caves of Croatian karst. There are six levels out of which four are open for tourist visits. Its length is about 1,179 meters, its depth is about 275 meters, and since it is about 75 meters deep from the beginning to the bottom, it is the deepest speleological object in Croatia, which is arranged for tourist visits. Temperature of soil and air in the cave is about eight degrees with high humidity. The age of saffron decoration is estimated at about 20,000 years, while age of cave is even greater. Lokvarka cave is also known for its rich fauna and it has over thirty cave herbs. Most of the organisms found in the cave are endemic species. If you choose to visit this beauty of nature, you can find affordable private accommodation in an idyllic little village Lokve , where you can spend pleasant vacation surrounded by untouched nature.
Paklenica National Park is located in the southern part of Velebit on a surface of less than 100 km2. Manita peć is the only cave arranged for tourist visits and is located in the NP Paklenica area. It opened its doors in 1937, when it has been arranged for visitors and its tour takes about half an hour and is only possible with the guides. It is about an hour and a half away from the parking lot in Velika Paklenica while the entrance to the cave itself is located at some 570 meters above sea level. Apart from its spaciousness, Manita Peć is rich in cave ornaments, which differ according to the form and manner of posture, the most common being stalagmites, stalactites, pillars (stalagata) and cave cascades. The cave is rich in underground fauna, especially with a large number of different types of bats. Considering that during summer months are about nine degrees inside, it is necessary to wear appropriate clothing. Starting point for visiting cave and the entire Paklenica national park is Starigrad - Paklenica where you can find private accommodation in apartments, rooms or holiday homes.
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