Lika and Pounje Region

Destinations North Dalmatia

General information

Lika and Pounje region is known for fields and valleys surrounded by slopes of Velebit on the south side, Lika highlands to the west and Plješevica on the east side. The border with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Northeast generally follows the valley of the river Una. The height varies between 500 and 800 meters, up to 1200m. Lika and Pounje region due to very poor population has intensively developed agriculture.

Gračac is the biggest municipality in Croatia, located in a wide valley in southern  Lika. From Dalmatia is separated by high massif of Velebit.

Srb is a village in the Croatian Highlands located in the southeastern part of Lika. It is located in the valley of the river Una, on the road that connects the Donji Lapac and Knin, east of Gracac. 

"Cerovac Caves are the largest cave complex in Croatia."

The main watercourse in the Lika and Pounje region are Una, Otuča and Ričica. Source river Zrmanja, river Srebrenica and Babić Lake is also adorn the region. The area is mostly covered by beech forests and grasslands. Part of the area is under the protection within the Velebit Nature Park.

They are especially attractive Cerovac caves in the southern part of the park protected category of special geomorphological reserve. The complex consists of three caves (Lower, Middle and Upper) with a total of 4 km excavated channel, and this is also one of the most famous and the most significant caves in Croatia. Turists can see the first 700 m of the Lower and Upper Caves.

In the vicinity of Lower Suvaja is hydrological natural monument, wellhead Une.

Zrmanja, Gračac
Zrmanja, Izvor: Sanda Marelja Muić

Of cultural attractions, it is important to mention the remains of the old Croatian royal fortress Zvonigrad located on upper Zrmanja.

Old Croatian fort "Otuča" in Gračac with a new monument to the fallen Croatian Homeland War defenders.


Lika and Pounje region is known for Lika's folk costumes which are woven from wool. Distinctive part of the Lika costume represents male red cap from whose perimeter hanging long black strands. For women is typical woolen apron and bag with wool braids and embroidered straps.

Typical products that are still made by weaving are bags, socks, woolen blankets. It should be mentioned wooden cooking utensils, ceramic dishes, etc..

Of the more important events that take place in this area is "Autumn in Gracac" which gathers and presents local traditions, products of craft and agricultural producers, and authentic cuisine.

Narodna nošnja, Gračac

Gastronomic particularities of this area are various cheeses with supplements, herbs, dried mushrooms, mushrooms in vinegar, liqueurs, jams and others.

Newer souvenirs produced by women's association Prospero are ceramic sheep and figures of Lika's grandpa in national costume.

Dijete, Gračac

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