The Paklenica riviera, as a specific geographical and climatic area, where the mountains touch the sea, will enchant you. This is a place where the gentle mediterranean climate meets the cold mountain climate.It is the place where the rock giant Velebit has opened itself to the sea and has made it possible for other influences to push their way into the hinterland as well as the other way around. These influences are of climatic, civilization and cultural nature.
A great variety of lovely nattural sights of the Velebit Range unite in the National Park of Paklenica which offers all these unselfishly to the visitor. To walk down the paths of the park, to be able to see the magnificent canyons, to admire the Manita (crazy) Cave, to watch the alpinists on the cliffs of the Paklenica, to bathe in the crystal clear sea, to enjoy in the home-made food, to get to know the way of living of the hospitable people of the region-these are the little things that give great pleasure. Coming from the direction of Rijeka, Split or Zagreb do make a stop at this twenty kilometre long riviera. The tourist resorts of Starigrad, Seline and Tribanj will give you accomodation in their hotels, pensions, restaurants, apartments and motorist camps. Orderly sports grounds, well-arranged restaurants offering the local cuisine, in particular fish specialties, numerous terraces inviting you to fun and atnusement and with the excursions that are organized here will surely fulfill your vacation.
Starigrad, as center of the Paklenica Riviera, has developed on the once locality of ancient Argyruntum. For more than two thousand years already people have found a reson for living here. Traces of this unbroken continuity, as well as a variety of European cultures, is what you will find in the precious collection of Roman glass Argyruntum, in the amber jewelry and in the Većka Tower dating from the period of the Turks, and finally, in the simpleness of the church of St. Peter from the old Croation period. The richness that people here have enjoyed for centuries will give satisfaction to you also. Take pleasure in the benefits of the sea, the mountains, the air and the sun. Taste the fruits of the land and the work done by the industrious hands of these people-the flavour of the local cuisine; fish, lamb, cheese, figs, olive oil, wine and brandy will long be remembered.
People have settled here quite some time ago, on this fertile land formed by the streams coming from Little Paklenica. These hamlets, through time, have become small tourist resorts. But even today people here are engaged in traditional work: olive growing, sheep-breeding, beekeeping and fishing. A long pebble beach, a crystal clear sea and a vacation under the shade of the tamaris will offer you true pleasure. If you choose a close contact with nature then do visit the impassable canyon of the Little Paklenica which is inhabited by the white-headed vulture, or do have a look at the old hamlets at the feet of these mountains -Bucići, Jukići, Jurline, Škiljići, and others.
The picturesque fishermen's villages of Tribanj range in romantic bays: Sveta Marija Magdalena, Kruščica, Šibuljina. People have found their peace here a long time ago in simple fishermen's lives collecting the fruits of the sea and the barren land. These are the ideal places for all those who wish to spend their holidey in a peaceful atmosphere. Shady motorist camps by the sea, comfortable apartments and room's will offer you a pleasant stay. Friendly fishermen with wrinkled faces that have been dried under the sun and the bura (northern wind) will take you on boat trips and they will reveal to you only a part of their fishing secrets.
Many seamen and fishermen originate from this mediterranean town. Narrow streets, coastal architecture, fishennen's boats and hospitable people have inspired many painters and this will fascinate even you. Life and time are here measured by some other measures. From summer to summer, from arrival to departure.
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