Gorski kotar is the mountainous region of central continental part of Croatia , located between Karlovac and Rijeka. Gorski Kotar borders with Lika and Kvarner regions. Gorski kotar means “mountain district” as large part of its territory is densly forested.
The highest point is Bjelolasica at 1534 m followed by Risnjak at 1528 m. To the north, the Kupa river is the border between Gorski kotar and Slovenia’s Bela Krajina region. It is surrounded by mountains Kapela, Klek, Risnjak, Sneznik, Bjelolasica, and rivers Kupa, Cabranka and Dobra.
Forests in Gorski Kotar provide habitat for a vast variety of fauna and flora including some rare mammal species extinct in most other parts of the world.
In Gorski Kotar it is still possible to see wolves, brown bear, wild boar and lynx roaming freely. Due to its thick forrests and inaccessibility, Gorski Kotar in general stayed uninhabited for a long time. The majority of its settlements were mentioned for the first time only in the 15th century. A more intensive development of region begins with the construction of the Louisiana road, the main traffic route from Karlovac to Rijeka.
Gorski Kotar includes cities of Ogulin, Delnice, Čabar, Tršće Vrbovsko; Ravna Gora, and the municipalities of Mrkopalj, Ravna Gora, Skrad, Brod na Kupi, Fužine and Lokve. Most of the inhabitants live in cities Delnice, Vrbovsko, Ogulin, Cabar and Mrkopalj.
Whether you are a winter sports enthusiast, hunter, fisherman, hiker, canoeist, birdwatcher or simply a nature lover – Gorski Kotar has something for everyone!
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- Planinarski Centar Petehovac ☆☆☆☆☆
Surrounded by a forest close to Delnice in the mountain region of Gorski Kotar, Planinarski Centar Petehovac offers ensuite rooms with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Prices from €61.00 – Number of rooms: 12 – Check Planinarski Centar Petehovac, Delnice availability
- Hotel Risnjak ★★★☆☆
The newly renovated Hotel Risnjak can be found close to the Delnice exit of the A6 / E65 motorway and offers you tasty regional cuisine, free parking and free Wi-fi in all rooms. A large fitness hall can be found on site as well. Prices from €49.00 – Number of rooms: 21 – Check Hotel Risnjak, Delnice availability
- Gina B&B ★★★☆☆
Featuring cabin-style rooms with wooden walls, Gina B&B features a restaurant serving homemade meals and a terrace. The owners have a snow canon in case there is not enough natural snow. Prices from €60.00 – Number of rooms: 5 – Check Gina B&B, Kupjak availability
- Hotel Bitoraj ★★★★☆“Hotel Bitoraj enjoys a picturesque location in the centre of Fuzine, surrounded by an ageless forest in the green heart of Croatia, a stone drop away from the Adriatic Sea and with excellent traffic connections.” Prices from €45 – Number of rooms: 20 – Check Hotel Bitoraj, Fužine availability
- Guesthouse Arnika ☆☆☆☆☆“Arnika is a private guesthouse situated amidst wooded countryside in the small picturesque village of Fuzine in Gorski Kotar. In close proximity to all public amenities and transport, yet sufficiently remote to ensure tranquility.” Prices from €31 – Number of rooms: 15 – Check Guesthouse Arnika, Fužine availability
- Planinski Raj Rooms ★★★☆☆
Located in the Begovo Razdolje ski resort, Planinski Raj Rooms offers a traditional restaurant and its own ski school. Wi-Fi is available free of charge. All rooms have an en suite bathroom with a shower or bathtub. Prices from €48.00 – Number of rooms: 6 – Check Planinski Raj Rooms, Mrkopalj availability
- Agrotourism Japodi ★★★★☆
Situated at 820 metres above sea level in the mountain region of Gorski Kotar, Agroturism Japodi is a wooden guesthouse with handmade furniture in the village of Sunger. The Japodi features a spacious lounge area with a fireplace and a veranda. Prices from €42.00 – Number of rooms: 6 – Check Agrotourism Japodi, Mrkopalj availability
- Private Accomodation: Sobol household is located in the amazing valley of butterflies – valley of Kupa river in Gorski kotar, in the village Kočićin (Kocicin), 7 km from Brod na Kupi…more info and booking
Gorski Kotar Destinations:
Delnice is the largest city of the region and its center. It has population of just under 5 thousand inhabitants. Almost a century-old tradition of excursions, health tourism, sports and other forms of tourism, along with natural beauties and climatic features make Delnice the tourist centre of the region of Gorski Kotar. First inns and boarding houses were built along the old Louisian road as early as the end of the 19th century. Since Delnice may be reached in an hour from Rijeka and the nearby resorts on the Kvarner riviera, it is an ideal place for one-day excursions, short visits to the peaks of Gorski Kotar but also for longer stays.
Begovo Razdolje is the highest town in Croatia, is located in Gorski kotar at an altitude of 1076 m. It is popular skiing and hiking destination.
Fužine is a small town situated at 730 meters above sea level, in the southwest of Gorski kotar region. It is surrounded by picturesque mountains, the silence of centennial forests and magnificent lakes. (Check Fuzine Hotels)
Skrad: Situated in the central highland area, along the Lousiana road which runs through the town, you will find Skrad – a popular vacation spot since the end of the 19th century, primarily because of the climate characteristics of the area.
Tršce is a settlement in Gorski Kotar located some 15 km from the small town of Cabar. It is situated on a plateau, surrounded by dense forests and many fields, and with so peaceful and gentle a surroundings, it is a destination attracting many lovers of the great outdoors.
Bjelolasica is the highest mountain in the Velika Kapela massif, and indeed in the whole of Gorski kotar. It extends in the form of a simple ridge, 5-6 km in length, with very steep slopes sweeping down from the wide forested plateau between Mrkopaljsko polje (Mrkopalj Range) and Jasenacko polje (Jasenak Range). However, despite the steep slopes, and despite the height and limestone composition, the ridge is neither sharp nor rocky, but its crown is a small, grassy plateau containing rich and varied flora, almost nature’s own botanical garden. The steep slopes are covered in forests interspaced with meadows, each more beautiful than the last. There are no human settlements in the wider area, but there are forest roads which enable one to get beneath the very ridge itself, as well as to enjoy pleasant hikes through the vast forests. Check about Skiing in Croatia
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Risnjak National Park – Gorski Kotar: The other side of Kvarner is the highlands on the mainland. Gorski Kotar is a wide, heavily forested, karst plateau rising to jagged peaks. Easily accessible, owing to the proximity of the main Zagreb–Rijeka road, the area is a popular destination with Croats for walking, climbing and …read more