Little-known European mountain gem has cascading waterfalls and riverside beaches

Croatia may be better known for its breathtaking coastlines and pristine beaches, which attract millions of tourists every year.

However, there is a lesser-known in-land destination that has natural wonders worth visiting and exploring.

Situated in the picturesque region of Lika, Slunj is known for its stunning landscapes, charming architecture, and proximity to several notable attractions.

Just a short drive from Slunj, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site renowned for its cascading lakes, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

Visitors can explore a network of wooden walkways and trails that lead past turquoise lakes, gushing waterfalls, and emerald-green forests.

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Boat rides and panoramic trains offer alternative ways to experience the park’s natural wonders.

Often referred to as the “Plitvice of the Small,” Rastoke is a quaint village renowned for its cascading waterfalls, wooden watermills, and rustic charm.

Strolling along the wooden pathways, visitors can admire the ethereal beauty of the waterfalls as they cascade into the Korana River.

The village offers a glimpse into traditional Croatian rural life and provides excellent opportunities for photography and relaxation.

And nestled amidst the forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Barać Caves are a fascinating underground attraction, where guided tours take visitors through a labyrinth of stalactites, stalagmites, and underground chambers.

Slunj itself boasts a rich cultural heritage, with historic landmarks such as the Frankopan Castle and the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Walking through the town’s cobblestone streets, visitors can admire the traditional architecture and learn about Slunj’s history and significance in the region.

A visit to Slunj would be incomplete without indulging in the local cuisine, with restaurants and taverns in the area serve delicious traditional dishes such as čobanac (a hearty meat stew), štrukli (cheese-filled pastry), and freshwater fish specialties.

Dining al fresco along the riverbanks adds to the gastronomic experience with its unparalleled views.


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