THE CITY OF SENJ
City of Senj is the largest urban agglomeration on the Croatian coast between Rijeka and Zadar. Area of Senj encompasses 76 km of coast, and its position is between the sea and hillsides of Kapela and Velebit, the largest and most beautiful Croatian mountain. Senj has the population of 7128 people.
Thanks to a favorable geographical position, Senj area has always been a significant sea trade center. It is connected by sea with cities and lands of the Mediterranean, and with Rijeka, Zagreb, Zadar, Split and South Dalmatia by land. Senj’s port was one of the most important ones in the state in the past, i.e. until the Rijeka-Karlovac railroad, which bypassed Senj, was built. Focus on fishing and sea tradition are confirmed by the remains of Lukovo tunnel near Senj. Today, Senj is developing in tourism offering visitors the benefits of both coastal and mountain climates and quality products, such as Velebit shrimp, honey and soft cheese (škripavac). City symbol is the Nehaj fort, the witness of extreme heroism and turbulent past of it. Each year, Senj is the host of International Senj Summer Carnival, the largest summer carnival with over than 45 year old tradition.
City between Velebit an the sea, is placed on an important road passage which through Adriatic highway goes from Rijeka to Dubrovnik, and in the mainland to Gospić, Plitvice lakes and Zagreb. Karlobag is an amazing mixture of the Mediterranean and the continent, crystal blue sea and the most beautiful Croatian mountain, just a few minutes drive away. This small coastal city has always been a trade center and a significant port. For port traffic in Karlobag, most important were wood and iron, cloth and linen and wool fabric and silk. Nautical development was followed by the development of road infrastructure. Theresiana Trail is a special attraction, where the traveler simultaneously enjoys the scents of Velebit’s herbs and the sight of the sea, islands of Pag, Rab and Goli otok. The fact that the borough is completely under the Nature Park Velebit confirms the exceptional and preserved natural beauty and gastronomical quality of local products. During the summer, there are fish festivities and the Karlobag Culture Summer, series of culture-artistic events aimed at tradition preservation. Area of 283 km2 has the population of 917 people.
THE CITY OF NOVALJA
Island of Pag is one of the sunniest in the Adriatic, with more than 2500 sunny hours. Novalja is the tourist center and the main port of Pag. City of Novalja area, with total of 93,36 km2 surface, had 3.663 people. Novalja has a long and interesting past, the witness of which are many archaeological findings in diverse localities in the city and its surroundings, and especially the underwater. In terms of archeology, Caska area is especially interesting because, recently, investigation of the Roman settlement Cissa has been started. The greatest value and interest is the unique antic waterworks from the 1st century, made from stone. Novalja residents, through history has dealt with farming and livestock, olives (Lun), but fishing as well. It is interesting to note that the Novalja port holds the greatest share of fish take from LAGUR’s TRAMUNTANA area. In Novalja, you can find many tourist manifestations, such as Novljanski fuštan, traditional fashion shows with ethnic elements, Festival pisme nakanat of island of Pag, Novalja Culture Summer and many others.
THE CITY OF RAB
Island of Rab is placed on the northern part of the Adriatic sea as the part of Kvarner archipelago. Along with city of Rab, there are seven other places: Lopar, Barbat, Banjol, Palit, Kampor, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga. There are approximately 8.065 people in Rab. Habitants have been practicing organized tourism for over 120 years, as well as connected activities (fishing, livestock holding, olives, wine, ship building…). Development of tourism on the island is possible primarily due to the pleasant Mediterranean climate whose main characteristic is warm summer and mild winter. Rab has always been known for top naval workers, good road connections and quality ship building. During the history there has been good connections with neighboring islands, as well as island inland to the ports. Amphorae have been carried to the Rab port by trade ships, and safe docks were in Kamporska and Supetarska draga on the northern side of the island. Turbulent and famous past of the island and the city has left a rich cultural and historical heritage which can be seen in the architecture of the sacral and other objects, monuments, archaeological findings, tradition and customs. Rabska fjera and Viteške igre (Knights’ games) are important to note for the revival of the Middle Age history of Rab.
Lopar is a tourist place on the island of Rab, 12 km away from the Old Town of Rab. It has 1263 people. The place is known for its extreme natural beauties, rich flora and fauna and picturesque sand beaches along the coast. Locals deal with tourism, agriculture, livestock holding and fishing. It is surrounded by many island and small islands, such as Goli otok, Grgur, Lukovac and Školjić. Geological garden Lopar with total of 50 marked geological spots, in the Rab Geopark complex, is abundant in geological attractions and rare vegetation. In Lopar’s aquatorium you can see playful dolphins and sea turtles. Lopar is the birthplace of St. Marin – stonecutter and founder of San Marino Republic. Lopar’s inhabitants honor him by presenting his life and the abandonment of Lopar , each year during the manifestation “Lopar Night – Back to the Roots”. It is a unique presentation of old Lopar customs, trades and skills of Lopar people, tools they used, their nutrition, some of which are still in use or valued as an notable remainder of the past times.