ŠPOLJARIĆ SAWMILL IN THE VILLAGE OF KORANA
Špoljarić Sawmill, situated in the village of Korana, owned by Mr. Miroslav Špoljarić, is the only preserved working sawmill in the entire area of Lika&Senj Region, and beyond, that uses water power for sawing logs. Špoljarić Sawmill, called "žaga" in dialect, was built in the beginning of the 20 th Century and belongs to a group of gang sawmills. It can saw logs of max. 90 cm in diameter. In 2005, the building (2.90 m x 14.10 m) was restored with funds provided by the Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development, Plitvice Lakes National Park and Tourist Board of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes . Since then, it has been included as part of the tourist program. Enjoy a pre-booked guided group tour to see the saw as it bites into fresh logs in an originally recreated atmosphere.
During the 19 th Century, and in the beginning of 20 th Century, five flourmills built on the Korana River were in operation. Now, only a few watermills, most characteristic of preindustrial times, are still working. Špoljarić Watermill was built in the 19 th Century. It is a small-sized edifice, having an elongated shape, made of calcareous sinter and logs, supported by stonewall and covered with shingles. The interior is divided in a mill room with three plants for grinding grain and a miller's room for reposing. The mill was restored in the spring 2002 with funds provided by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction , Public Institution of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Tourist Board of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes.
The Barać Caves are situated six kilometres east of the village of Rakovica, and only half a kilometre west of the small village of Nova Kršlja. There are three known caves simply named Large and Small Barać Cave, Upper and Lower Barać Cave, and newly discovered third cave named New Barać Cave.
More information: http://www.baraceve-spilje.hr/
MILLS ON THE GACKA RIVER
On the sources of the Gacka River, in the villages of Sinac and Lešće, people of the Gacka Field built many flourmills, sawmills, stamping mills and baskets used in the manufacture of homespun cloth and blankets. The mills on the Gacka River in the village of Sinac are very attractive survivals from the ancient building techniques and craft skills.
More information: www.tz-otocac.hr
FIRST CROATIAN SHELTER FOR YOUNG BEARS ON THE MOUNTAIN OF VELEBIT
The first Croatian shelter for young and abandoned bears has been built in the village of Kuterovo, which has been chosen for its excellent geographical position near densely populated bear habitats on the Northern Velebit.
More information: www.tz-otocac.hr
WATERMILL VILLAGE OF RASTOKE
The beauty of nature of the watermill village of Rastoke, built on the Slunjčica River at confluence with the Korana River, attracts many travellers and adventurers on their journey through the city of Slunj.
More information: www.slunj.hr
NIKOLA TESLA MEMORIAL CENTRE AT SMILJAN
Nikola Tesla, a world-renowned scientist and inventor, was born on 10th July, 1856 in the village of Smiljan, not far from the city of Gospić, where he began his quest to discover the mysteries of nature. He became one of the greatest scientific minds of all time and his great achievements have contributed immensely to the development and welfare of mankind.
One of the great men who have influenced mankind the most, Nikola Tesla died alone and poor in the New Yorker Hotel, New York City on 7th January, 1943, at the age of 87. To celebrate Tesla's life and achievements, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Republic of Croatia has proclaimed the year of 2006 as "Tesla' Year" and his name has been honoured with his own Memorial Centre in his native village.
More information: www.mcnikolatesla.hr
The Cerovac Caves are situated in the massif of Southern Velebit near Gračac. The whole cave complex is composed of three rooms: the Upper Cave, the Central Cave and the Lower Cave having a total length of about 4 km. At the moment, only the Lower Cave, having a length of 700 metres, is open for public.
More information: www.velebit.hr