Rab i Lopar
A little bit of excercise pays back a bunch of good mood, so while on the happy island of Rab take a moment and go walk its lace of 200 km of promenades, hiking and mountaineering trails. Don’t fret, altitude are not that big and the climbs are rather mild, so even if you are not in top shape you should do fine.
Start with Premužićeva path 1. It is 8 kilometers long, running alongside the island ridge, from Lopar camp to the hamlet of Matići. Part of the path is sunny and another goes through the woods. Be warned that there are no water sources or restaurants, so bring your own food and water. Half way along the path you will find a hidden valley of Fruga. No bikes on this path please.
Premužićeva path 2 takes you from Kampor through the park forest Dundo all the way to the south coast of Kalifront and then on along the coast to Frkanj and bay of St. Euphemia. It is 15 kilometers long and mostly through the woods. There are some restaurants and bars along the way in the bay of Gožinka, should you need refreshments. This path is not suitable for biking.
Then there is 14 km long Rab – Maman path, starting from the Rab city walls along the St. Euphemia bay to Kampor, then take the gravel road to Dumići bay, along the coast to the islet of Maman. Most of the path is suitable for bikes as it wide enough and runs along the coast, but be warned that you can explore the islet of Maman only on foot or by boat. There are several bars and restaurants along the way and should you get tired you can catch a bus from Kampor or Dumići.
There are two wide and nicely paved walks, Rab to St. Euphemia, only 3 km long and Rab to Barbat, which is 8 km long. If you happen to be in Lopar, path along the Rajska beach is only 2 km long and beautiful just after sunrise.
Adventurers and trail blazers should take the 12 km long Mišnjak to Lopar trek, ideal for škraping (it is croatian for rock walking, as boulders of rock are called schkrape in the local lingo). Half way up, on top of Kamenjak (highest peak on the island) there is a tiny restaurant with a great view of the Velebit mountain to the east and bay of Kvarner to the west. You will just love it.
These are only just a few of available treks, so should you need more we recommend finding “Biking&trekking map of the island of Rab” at your local tourist bureau or your hotel’s reception.
The island of Pag is rich in trails that connect the villages and can be used for walking or cycling. Some of them offer real adventure and require professional sports and recreation equipment, such as mountain bikes or hiking gear. Other trails are less demanding and ideal for casual holiday participants. Here are some of the trails around Novalja:
The Vodice Trail
This trail connects Pag and Novalja through some interesting residential areas. This is a macadam trail, not too demanding for beginners and with many places to stop for refreshments. Half way along the trail is a spring of fresh drinking water. You will also see an ornithological nature reserves along the train.
The Kolan Trail
This trail allows you to reach Pag or Novalja from the area of Kolan. Although relatively demanding, especially on the route by Mandra, this trail is interesting because you pass through fields and gullies. You can also purchase local products in Kolan.
The Kamenolom Trail
This starts at the Old Novalja ferry dock and ends on Zrće Beach. Ten kilometres long, it runs past several beaches and allows you to branch off towards Žigljen, where a UFO park is located. The most important part of this trail, and the reason it got its name, is the fact that you can see the stonepits.
The Novalja Field Trail
This paved trail is particularly enjoyable for beginners, whether hiking or biking, since it doesn’t require any special routes or orientation skills. Here you can explore the smaller paths and numerous hills and bridges without getting lost or feeling exhausted.
The Wine Trails
The trail to the wine cellars isn’t an easy one – it is steep and sharp and it requires focus and physical strength. The trail to the wine cellars is marked by views of the Novalja Fields and it offers a welcome menu.
The Novalja-Lun Trail
This is the best trail for getting to know the Novalja area. During the high season, it is necessary to be careful since this trail is also a road. The route includes relaxation on the beaches of Potočnica and Jakišnica, while the Lun olive groves offer a special kind of experience. Some of the olive trees are up to a thousand years old.
1.Senj bypass: Sibinj -Malić-Alino bilo-Krivi Put -Orlovo gnijezdo- Vratnik -Krajačeva kuća- Jadićeva plan – Sijaset – Kula Nehaj- track lenght 50 km
2. Starigrad-Donja Klada: walkway along the sea with educational tables – about 1, 5 hour of walk
3. Oltari – Zavižan: marked hiking trail – 5h of walk
4. Gornja Klada- Zavižan: marked hiking trail – 5h of walk
5. Jablanac-Turska vrata-Strogir-Alan: marked hiking trail – 4h of walk
6. Siča-Plančice-Alan: marked hiking trail – 7,5h of walk
7. Velike Brisnice-Plančice-Rossijeva koliba: marked hiking trail
8. Premužić trail -The top parts of northern and central Velebit from Zavižan to Baške Oštarije are connected by a 57 km long hiking trail. It was named after its designer, Ante Premužić, the great builder of roads and trails on Velebit.
The construction of the trail took only 3 years (1930 – 1933), but it required the labour of a large number of workers from sub-Velebit villages. The trail opened access to the least to the most hidden and the most beautiful parts of Velebit, known only to few people that far.
Since there are no high ascents (the altitude difference between the highest and the lowest point along the whole of its length is only 200m), people unaccustomed to mountain hiking may enjoy its beauty. There are also several mountain shelters nearby.
The quality of construction and its perfect fit in the natural habitat make this trail a masterpiece of trail construction.