National parks




Among the many karstic phenomena of the Velebit and Paklenica caves and spits are one oft he most significant ones. So far, 90 speleological objects have been explored in the NP Paklenica. In some of them were found 30.000-year old cave bear’s (Ursus spelaeus) skull and also the fragments of ceramics and bones which indicates a temporary stay of people back int he Copper Age and Bronze Age (3.000-1.000 BC). Some of the deepest pits in Croatia are settled in the NP Paklenica, more then 500m deep.

Manita peć

Manita Peć is the only cave in the Park area that is open and suitable for tours. The cave’s broad chambers and the beauty of its cave formations have been enchanting visitors since 1937, when the trail was set up and visits began. It sits at an altitude of 570 m, and the walk up from the parking lot at Velika Paklenica takes about an hour and a half.

The cave is abundant with cave formations or speleothems. They differ in form and method of formation. The most frequent types of speleothems that you will find in Manita Peć are: stalagmites, stalactites, columns and flowstones (cascading rimstone dams). Some of these formations got their names from their interesting shapes, such as the Helmet, the Organ and the Witch.

If you decide to visit Manita Peć, you will spend about 30 minutes in the cave accompanied by a guide, and you will discover many secrets of this intriguing underground world. The temperature in the cave is around 10°C all year round, so we recommend that you bring adequate clothing and when visiting during the warm season. Tours of the cave are only allowed with a guide.

Opening hours of Manita Peć cave
April – Saturdays from 10 – 13
May, June and October – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 – 13
July, August and September – every day from 10 – 13

Modrič cave

Modrič Cave lies at 30 meters above the sea level, between Rovanjska and the hamlet of Modrič. It was discovered in 1985 by the spelunker Silvije Legović from Poreč, who explored its underground passages together with other members of “Proteus” and “Liburnija” spelunking clubs from Poreč and Zadar. The total length of explored cave channels currently stands at 829 meters. Its interior abounds in beautiful, spacious halls, decorated by numerous speleothems – stalactites, stalagmites, stalagmitic columns and curtains. The cave is relatively dry, and its temperature is a pleasant 17 –19 ˚C throughout the year.

Modrič Cave stands out among others cave of Velebit by its natural beauty, which has been preserved in full splendor. Because of that, soon after its discovery the cave was granted status of geomorphological monument.

Tourist visits are possible only by arrangement. The visit is not a typical tourist visit, this is a real speleoadventure!Tthere are no stairs, marked paths or installed electric lights inside the cave and, it is necessary to wear overalls and a helmet with a carbide lamp to walk freely around the cave (included in arrangement).

Cerovačke cave

Of all the fascinating attractions the mountain of Velebit hides in its underworld, Cerovac Caves belong to its most intriguing ones. For their unique natural beauty, richness of cave ornaments and numerous findings that belong to the ancient times, Cerovac Caves received legal protection in 1961 as geomorphological natural monument. This cave complex is located near the town of Gračac int he massive oft he South Velebit. It comprises three speleological structures: the Upper, Middle and Lower Caves with a total length of approx.4km. Apart from that, these caves are one of the largest cave bear site sin Croatia as well. You can see traces of bears` „sharpening“ on cave rocks even today, which survived as evidence of bears moving along the cave walls. Among the artifacts discovered int he caves, including numerous archaelogical finds from the Iron Age/fragments of ceramic dishes, bronze, bone and stone utensils), was also a fossil human bone, bown awls and flint scrapers found in the Cave Bear Hunter`a Hall, which testify to the human presence from the Upper Paleolithic period.

The average temperature in the caves lies at 11C, so warm clothings, a head covering and a pair of comfortable hiking shoes are needed. A guided tour of the caves takes about an hour.
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