TULO’S RAFTERS – ZRMANJA RIVER
Indulge in the connection between man and the mountain and experience an unforgettable adventure with us! Climb to the most attractive peak that served as a backdrop for the most famous Winnetou movie scenes that provide a magnificent view of the Zadar hinterland and islands!
Departure from the agreed place in the morning hours. We will start our trip with a pleasant drive through the “heart of Bukovica” – Medviđa and Ravni Kotari, which are known as one of the richest and most fertile parts of the Dalmatian hinterland full of picturesque villages of authentic rural architecture, where you will have the opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of this area.
We continue the trip by driving towards the most attractive peak of Velebit, Tulo’s Rafters. Tulo’s Rafters are conglomerate of white limestone cliffs looking like crown rising from the body of a massive peak. Its unique landscape and rough beauty served as filming location for many movies, definitely the most famous are those about Winnetou – fictive Indian chief, based on Karl May’s novels. Velebit is known as a mountain where movie character Indian chief Winnetou died, and after the death of famous actor Pierre Brice, his wife spilled his ashes across this magnificent mountain.
We will drive along the Master Road – a macadam road 41 km long built in 1832. It was the first road that connected continental and coastal Croatia. It took entire 11 years to built it trough wild and rocky terrain. Nowadays, this road is in its original condition as it was in 19th century and it is inscribed in the Croatian List of protected cultural goods. From foothills of the mountain peak starts 1,5 hour long climb to the top. At the top, you will have 15 minutes long pause to enjoy in unforgettable panorama view of Zadar archipelago and hinterland from 1100 meters height.
After that follows downhill hike to the bottom of the peak, more precisely to Zrmanja river where you will have a break and free time to swim in the beautiful turquoise color river. Zrmanja river flows through wild and rocky landscape and creates magnificent Canyon more than 200 meters deep. There is a possibility of visiting rural homestead Mićanovi Dvori for a lunch, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy selected dishes of Croatian cuisine prepared in the traditional way. Return to Pakoštane and arrival to the place of departure in the late afternoon hours.
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